What are some of your favourite ancestral practices you have used throughout your work?
I would say all of our work is rooted in ancestral practice, herbal medicine is an ancestral practice that has been validated in modern times by scientific research, each plant we work with is backed by thousands of years of traditional use worldwide with significant history in the Arab region dating back to the times of Ibn Sina (980-1037CE).
Which authors, books or creatives have influenced your practice? Do you have any favourite quotes that you’d like to share?
There are just so many it’s hard to condense here.. The ones we reference on a daily basis, who’s research is deeply valuable to the field of herbal medicine, the ones that come to mind are Aref Abu Rabia, Shahina Ghazanfar, David Hoffman, Matthew Wood, Rosemary Gladstar, Michael Tierra, Stephen Buhner, Richard Schultes, and Michael Pollan.
"A large part of our wellbeing will always depend on the intimacy we have with ourselves (whole selves) and the green world outside our door” - Nancy Phillips
“It is my belief that plants have manifested as one of this plants foremost expressions of love. The clear vibration of love that radiates from plants is one of the fullest expressions of unconditional love that I witness, harvesting is a way of calling forth and receiving the love.” - Michael Philips
"Knowing that you love the Earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate, but when you feel that the Earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond" - Robin Wall Kimmerer
For those who are unfamiliar with hikma, what would you describe as some primary benefits from using your products, and what would you recommend for people wanting to learn more?
Our products are pure botanicals, organic, ethically and sustainably sourced, contain absolutely no nasties and are here to bring people to a state of balance and vitality, we offer solutions to common physical and mental health issues through traditional preparations of herbal medicine (examples of some are anxiety, hormonal issues, immunity and digestion). This could be in the form of powders, tinctures (plant extracts taken by mouth), oils for the skin or dried herb blends to drink.
Each of our products are carefully formulated to create a certain synergy. You can learn more about our products and their uses on our website.
What are your must have wellness products?
Hikma “Focus” powder has become an integrated part of our daily routine, it is a blend of medicinal mushrooms, astragalus, cardamom and cinnamon and supports cognitive function, immunity and gut health. The soothing and anti-inflammatory hikma “Tender” body oil is part of both of our daily skincare routines, calendula infused almond oil with a touch of orange blossom. And last but not least, a daily dose of lots of fruits, greens, pure water and sunshine!