Botanical essences, oils, ointments, and perfumes from the poison garden.

Established in 2009, Bane Folk is most well known for our natural pain relief ointments.

Bane Folk hosts the largest catalogue of poisonous flower essences, including native plants and the rare and unusual. Low dose homeopathic essences are used in flower essence therapy and for personal, emotional, and spiritual healing & development.

Discover our unisex line of Poison Garden Perfumes crafted using purely plant extracts.

Grow your own poison garden with our offerings of seeds and growing guides.

Poison as Medicine

A poison that can harm often also has medicinal properties. Many toxic botanicals are effective medicines at low doses and they are in use every day in conventional and herbal medicine. When properly prepared and dosed, toxic botanicals can be pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, sedative, anti-anxiety, antidepressant, and much more. Bane Folk is centered on the medicinal value of low dose botanicals in modern herbalism with a special focus on helping people with pain, anxiety, stress, and sleep issues.

All of our high quality products are formulated and manufactured in small seasonal batches by our in-house herbalist who has extensive experience with botanical safety, WHMIS, and HACCP.

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“Dosis sola facit venenum (the dose makes the poison).”

“All things are poison, and nothing is without poison; the dosage alone makes it so a thing is not a poison.”

~ Renaissance physician Paracelsus, circa 1538

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Every drug that is worth anything as a medicinal agent is also a poison; and, vice versa, almost every poison, under certain conditions, exerts a useful medicinal action and may therefore be regarded as a therapeutic agent.

~ Pharmacologist David I. Macht, 1938 

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Sarah Anne Lawless

Owner / Herbalist

Sarah Anne Lawless is an author, artist, herbalist, gardener, forager, and outdoor educator living in rural Canada. She has been studying and practicing herbalism for 20 years, has been a gardener and forager of foods & medicines for well over 20 years, and has worked as a professional nature field guide for 15 years. As a herbalist her focus is on low dose botanicals specializing in researching, growing, processing, working with and writing about medicinal nightshades and poisonous flower essences.  Some of her biggest influences include herbalists Michael Moore and Robert Rogers along with ethnobotanists Nancy J. Turner and Wade Davis

Background:

  • 1999-2008: Culinary industry (yes, with the white coat and the tall white hat).
  • 2003-2005: Apprenticed in herbalism with a nurse-herbalist in Victoria, BC.
  • 2006-2011: Studied biogregional herbalism and Native American ethnobotany while living on a protected nature conserve in unceded Coast Salish territory (mentorship + self study).
  • 2009: Launched first line of botanical oils, ointments, and perfumes –many of which are still available today in the shop.
  • 2009 – Present: Natural health products manufacturing.
  • 2011 – Present: Professional nature field guide teaching native plant, tree, and mushroom identification and ethnobotanical uses to local organizations, groups, schools, scouting programs, outdoor education programs, and via horticultural societies.

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