This little corner is dedicated to the beautiful intersecting crafts that relate to the plant world – alchemy, gardening, herbalism, distillation and astrology. It is inspired by the Islamic Tradition, with interwoven histories between North Africa, Europe and the gardens of the island of Britain.
Amongst it all, you will find translations of sacred plant-based writings (Arabic-English), as well as more personal reflections, recipes, interviews and more. I hope that you can find something of interest, and please do feel free to get in touch if you have questions.
I am Miriam – a researcher and practitioner in the fields of herbalism, distillation and gardening, and passionate about the intersecting lines that tie together traditional scientific practice. How this relates to spiritual and craft traditions is also intriguing to me, so you might find an eclectic mix of reflections here.
I started the Atlas Apothecary in 2016 as a way to share my research and practice in the fields of folk herbalism and kitchen crafts. I have since shared this work around the world in workshops and lectures, particularly teaching the craft of herbal distillation. My home-distilled hydrosols live in homes from Australia, North Africa to the UK (although I am not currently selling products, you can get in touch if you would like to know if I have anything to share currently). This space is a complement to my in-person work, where I am not always able to share the more detailed aspects of the work that I love.
If you would like to know more about my work, don’t hesitate to get in touch. I am not currently offering workshops and lectures, but if you would like to book an event I am willing to discuss this with you too. I am currently based between the UK and Morocco.
Illustrations ©Kat Ali (www.katodinaali.com)