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Our Herbalist

My name is Sarah Anne Lawless and I am pretty much the only herbalist in the Western world with a sole focus on researching and working with medicinal nightshades. I have worked with the medicinal plants of the Solanaceae family for 15 years now. My passion and awe for these powerful herbs never wanes and I love that I never stop learning new things about them, no matter how much time passes. I began producing my nightshade ointments in 2010 as curios. A few years later, word of my ointments' effectiveness for pain, stress, and sleep disorders had spread and I was able to quit my day job and make a career out of herbalism and nightshade medicine. I began selling my nightshade ointments more openly and teaching about their herbs at conferences. I have never looked back since.

I am a folk herbalist, artist, writer, researcher, naturalist, and gardener. Aside from medicinal nightshades, my life is consumed with foraging, mushroom hunting, and teaching about local wild edibles and medicinals. I live in a small village of 600 people in rural Northern Ontario with my mycophile partner Alex and our two little boys. Together we run Medicinal Nightshades and are wilderness educators under the banner Fern & Fungi.


To educate herbalists and the public about the traditional preparations and uses of medicinal nightshades in order to revitalise their use in modern herbalism.

To educate commercial foragers and farmers about medicinal nightshades as a livelihood.

To continue making the ointments so people can experience their effects first hand and lose their fear of medicinal nightshades.


My youngest child is now a year old and I am once more able to travel again for teaching at conferences, gatherings, and other events. Over the past decade and a half I have led many herbal focused workshops and am an experienced, capable public speaker. I've included examples below of past nightshade workshops.

Interested in having me speak at your event? Please feel free to contact me at sarah@medicinalnightshades.com

P A S T   C L A S S E S

Class: Altered States, Ritual Herbs, and Flying Ointments
Event: 2012 Gathering for Life on Earth

Class: Rediscovering Ancestral Plant Wisdom: Historical Ritual Uses of Solanaceae Herbs, Including a Mandrake Plant Journey.
Event: 2013 BC Residential Shamanic Conference & Gathering

Class: Solanaceae: Nightshade Medicine
Event: 2016 Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference
Paper: "Solanaceae: A Monograph of Nightshade Medicine" by Sarah Anne Lawless

Class: Introduction to Ritual Trance: History, Folklore & Practice
Event: 2016 Kaleidoscope Gathering