Bath time devotee Rachel Landon is a kindred spirit- for true bath lovers, this is daily ritual, not mere practicality. To be in Rachel's company inspires an emphasis, in general, on simple things thoroughly enjoyed.
Having practised as a Naturopath and Herbalist for over a decade, training as a Children's Yoga Therapist along the way, she has channeled this deep rooted love of herbs and healing into Wilder Botanics, a line of delicious, efficacious treats for body and spirit.
Rachel's silken calm was balanced by her children's energetic mischief, bounding from Sleeping Lions games on a soft Indian eiderdown in the sun to chasing each other up and down the teal stairs like Mary Poppins hero and heroine in their cotton nightshirts.
I have four children, ranging in age from 19 to 3 years old. There are 6 years between each of the first three whereas there's only 15 months between the last two. The dynamics and intensity of two so close together requires a whole new way of parenting and so I'm looking into a talk on how best to negotiate this and not intrude on their bond.
I’ve come to realise as a mother (nearing 50) of four at very different stages that emotional times in a day shift very quickly and I’m trying to ride this everyday rollercoaster and look at the bigger picture more.
My childhood was spent in a village outside of Manchester surrounded by fields, the youngest of four with lots of freedom to roam. Being in Manchester in the late 80’s early 90’s was incredible mainly because of the music scene but I couldn’t wait to get away.
I’d love to move out of London soon, to have the clean air and slower pace . I feel the kids need fields to run around and the expanse of sky to see the stars and clouds rolling by . We are definitely working towards this and Wilder is a manifestation of us eventually moving out.
Our dog Tippi gets us out onto the heath or scrubs and we often get out of the city on a weekend but theres also something beautiful about London and the amount of green space we have here . I've lived in Paris and New York and London feels like a collection of villages compared to them. I love the older two being able to pop to the Tate or go to a play at the Old Vic; that these are accessible.
One herbal secret to share for:
- A breastfeeding mama? Keeping hydrated with lots of delicious fennel & nettle tea, lots of seasonal veg and organic protein , not skipping meals and snacking on seeds, nuts , dried fruits , nap when baby naps ..and enjoy the moment!
- An exhausted mother? Try not to reach for the caffeine and try herbal teas instead such as Nettle & Dandelion that are rich in nourishing minerals. Make sure you have enough essential fatty acids such as fax & fish oils, consider a B complex supplest or super greens from Dr Udo and add to a fresh juice in the morning. Delegate more and don’t be afraid to ask for help to take a walk on your own or take a gentle yoga class .
- A shortcut to looking/feeling beautiful for any mother? Our Wilder Day & Night organic face oils! I formulated our Beauty tea as way of utilising organic phytonutrients especially for the skin and hair and to keep the nervous system supported and serene.
You? Buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup, redcurrants and a little natural yoghurt
The children? They’d say buttered toast with marmite and lots of strawberries.
Dream destination to pack your PJs and head off to? Cambodia