GURU Medica- the Edible Apothecary. Quite a delicious mouthful right? Let’s break it down. In ancient Sanskrit, ‘guru’ translates to teacher. An apothecary is a person who prepares and sells medicine and drugs. The team behind GURU believe that nature is our ultimate teacher and healer. Their mission is to preserve the language of plants; to blur the line between the culinary and medicinal and inspire humans to reconnect with the Earth.
GURU used to operate from within the Fremantle markets. They recently moved to a stunning, new modern space just down the road. At first glance, GURU looks like an elegant bulk foods store, however, the owner Apple, a modern day herbalist (how cool is that!), clarifies that GURU Medica is much more. GURU represents a movement, inviting people back to the healing power of Mother Earth.
Plants were our original medicines. The word ‘drug’ comes from the word ‘drogen’ which means ‘to dry!’ How times have changed.
Patient: “I have an earache”
Here, eat this root
That root is heathen, say this prayer
That prayer is superstitious, drink this potion
That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill
That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic
That antibiotic is excessive. Here, eat this root.
GURU Medica stocks an impressive range of foods, teas, spices and potent herbal botanicals. I was surprised and impressed with the range of unique items. For example, butterfly pea flavour bubble tea is having quite a moment amongst the masses, but I had never seen the rich, gorgeous purple flowers in real life before stepping into GURU. An honourable mention goes to the apple mojito tea leaves that I couldn’t stop smelling!
Another fantastic feature is the spice rack that spans the entirety of the right wall. The spices are organised by the Silk Road trail, the land route that connects Asia, Persia, the Arabian Peninsula, East Africa and Southern Europe. The Silk Road derives its name from the lucrative trade in silk carried out along its length, beginning in the Han dynasty in China (207 BCE–220 CE). How’s that for a wholesome history lesson? To add to that, each earth-friendly paper baggie is printed with a label that describes the spice and it’s medicinal uses.
Are you just getting started on your health journey and find wholefood stores a bit intimidating? Never fear, Apple, is a deep well of knowledge and has such a gentle, nurturing energy about her. Currently, a lot of my clients are suffering from Hayfever, so I asked Apple for her recommendations. She immediately listed a number of herbs and plants (none of which included Claratyne), and is mixing up a nettle tea blend specifically designed to combat hayfever! Talk about passion and dedicated service!
Curious about expanding your knowledge about natural healing? Check out GURU in store or online!
101 South Terrace, Fremantle Western Australia 6160
Phone: 0439 777 201