bee and red cloverSolar Ripe began in 2013 with an aim to provide people with organic medicinal herbs. Now, seven years later, Solar Ripe also runs various workshops on herbal medicine and holistic gardening.

Solar Ripe is run by myself, simone melanie, and I am passionate about plants. My knowledge of herbalism has been gathered from the wonderful plants themselves, studying with various herbalists including Maureen Robertson, Keith Robertson, Fiona Morris and the Seed SistAs, friends, a lot of self study (inspired by Susun Weed and Stephen Harrod Buhner), and trial and error!

For me, herbal medicine is not only about nourishing and healing myself with plants, but also taking personal responsibility for my health, rather than relying on pharmaceutical companies who cause animal suffering and environmental damage. I prefer to use native plants that we can find growing all around us such as Elder, Plantain and Blackberry and use organic, recycled, and local as much as is possible (so expect so see an old jam jar here and there)!

Since 2014 I have been developing a medicine garden at Craigencalt Farm, Kinghorn Loch, Fife, as a place where people can come and meet a wide range of plants and learn about their herbal uses. The garden is open when I am there and you are welcome to visit to wander and have the chance to buy some of my organically grown plants. If you would like to arrange a visit for yourself or your group please contact me for more details.

If you would like me to run a workshop for you or your group please e-mail me herbs(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)solarripe.eu, and see this website or Twitter for upcoming events.

May you enjoy and be well

simone melanie, 2020.