Self-Medication and Coping Mechanisms for Dark Times.

Several years of finding, learning, studying and making herbal coping mechanisms to help us to feel more in control, steady and supported in daily life have gone into the creation of the Dark Times Apothecary.  You might be here because you’re curious, and also fed up of feeling overwhelmed, lost and out of control. Hello, hi. I’m Dianne, and I make nature infused tools to help you get through the day to day joy of being human, hand-build ceramics for your altars, and make soothing art as spells to hang in your home and watch over you.

Everything is (unless otherwise mentioned) home-grown or hand-harvested from my small allotment garden in North London, my mother’s garden in New Zealand, or the woods nearby. I make things slowly over time, using carefully selected ingredients to make oils, balms and tinctures to ground, support, and calm during times of need – all in small batches, and limited runs.

Please read all of the information below before you head on over to the store, it’s important to keep you safe and so you know how the Apothecary operates.

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A quick (but important) note, before you hit the store –

I am a self-taught student of herbology, still learning every day and working with plants and getting to know them well in my own garden and kitchen. Everything you see here is the result of a lot of research, practice, study and trial and error. Before I release anything for sale, I test it for myself and share it with friends who I think may benefit to get feedback. Everything listed in the store has been through this process before being released for general sale, so I know that for myself and those friends who have tried them – they have been beneficial, and not caused any harm to those that have used them.

The products sold in the store are meant to help you find some kind of support during difficult and dark times – they are not replacements for real medical treatement and should not be treated as such. Please immunize yourself and your children. Please see your doctor if you have a real medical issue, or if you are unsure or nervous about using any of the herbs included in these products.

Always scroll down to the bottom of every product listing before purchasing to read the full list of ingredients, and always make sure the product you have purchased is right for you before you purchase. You are always responsible for your own life experience, including what you buy here. It is very important to note that while these products have not caused myself or friends any issues, they may react differently or not be suitable for your own specific needs.

Some of the herbs I have used are not safe for everyone to use, depending on the individuals circumstances – medication you’re already on, sensitivities you might already have. You will always find as much info as I am able to provide highlighted in the lower section of every product listing. I recommend you check in with your own medical story before you try any of our, or any other herbal products.  Always be safe and if anything weird starts to happen, stop using your product immediatly and speak to your doctor.

If you are ever unsure, please do some research of your own. Everything listed here can be verified online through some light implimentation of your chosen online search tool.  You can always drop me an email as well, if you want to double check something – but remember I do not know your background, I am not a certified herbalist or medical professional and can not diagnose or treat any medical problems you may have. Again, as an adult you have full control of your own body and life, please make your own decisions wisely.

I can just offer you some tools I’ve found helpful for certain things, to get us through the day.

And if I spend some time helping you with some herbal shenanighans and what not, maybe return some love. I’ve spent a lot of time researching and working to get to a place where I can offer help, and while I gladly share this knowledge it doesn’t hurt to have the time I’m taking to do so recognised.

You can shout me something via Ko-Fi, or buy something from the store in gratitude.

Rest Balm with Lavender and Hops

A Note on Pricing:

Everything in the store is priced to a sliding scale to make products more available to people of different incomes. Everything defaults to the “normal” price, meaning I make an ideal profit from these and cover all costs across the board. If you are on a lower income, or finding times more difficult I welcome you to choose the Low Income option. This price means I cover costs for each product, and make a small amount extra to cover other costs – but mostly, it means I can offer you something to help you when you need it most.

Those of you who are flourishing have a third option to choose a slightly higher price point if you wish. There is absolutely no pressure to do this, but its there in case you are feeling generous and wish to balance out those who are finding times difficult.

I’m sure there are other important things – for now, visit the store, follow on Instagram and be kind to animals, humans included.