New Herbalism and State Violence Book!

It’s finally here!!!!!!!!!!!! The Herbalism and State Violence is being printed as we speak! I put the original call-out for contributions back in January 2020, and then you guessed it, the pandemic hit and the project was sadly put on the back burner. However, I recently re-visited it and after months of work, it’s finally finished. I’m so grateful for everyone’s contributions that are woven into the book. The whole project wouldn’t have happened without the support of my close friend Kes Otter Lieffe who copy-edited my work, offered a lot of project support and so much more. Check out her website here if you’re interested in some editing support from an awesome writer and badass femme.

The book focuses on state repression, police violence, prisons, the border regime, genocide, occupation and war while recognising there are millions more other forms of state violence shaping people’s lives and bodies. From herbal care for handcuff injuries to healing from incarceration, the book looks at herbal solidarity in practice, with examples from around the world. Tools are shared for herbal medic responses at demonstrations, protests and uprisings to practising herbalism in prison, to herbal support for nightmares, panic attacks and other expressions of distress and trauma. Learn more below!

About the Book

State violence is a brutal reality for vast numbers of people. It is an experience that is racialised, classed and gendered in its design and application. It intersects with nearly all forms of oppression. Plant medicines can be a tool for solidarity and resistance; they can practically support us to survive and they can help us recover from trauma.

From herbal care for handcuff injuries to healing from incarceration, this book looks at examples from around the world of herbal solidarity in practice. Writing from her lived experience of incarceration, political organising and of running the Solidarity Apothecary, Nicole Rose explores some of the many connections between herbalism and struggles for liberation. Through recipes, remedies and stories from the herbal frontlines, she invites us to connect with our allies in struggle – the plants – to rest, to heal and to continue the fight.

444 pages.

Read the first few pages here: Herbalism & State Violence contents and introduction

How to buy it

Order your copy here:

Profits from the book are used to support people experiencing state violence with herbalism, see more about the work of the Solidarity Apothecary here.

If you would like to order wholesale copies in bulk for your distro or shop please email

If you would like to order a free copy for people in prison, or multiple copies for a prisoner book project, please complete this form:

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