When the body feels like it's getting sick, the first think that comes to my mind is tea. In Mexico, before even going to the doctor, we first try to fix everything with plants. There are many ways to use them, but tea is the most common: Stomach ache? Chamomile tea. Cough? Bougainvillea tea. Insomnia? Linden tea. Are you in need of a love spell? Toloache tea! (a dangerous one though).

Botanica original floral art by CreativeIngrid | Ingrid Sanchez. Autumn Collection 2019, London. Ingrid Sanchez, AKA CreativeIngrid painting in her studio in London, Botanica Autumn 2019.

And where do we buy these magical herbs? In the 'tienda botánica', which translates as 'plant store'. These shops are truly magical for the eyes and senses, you can find dried flowers, incense, medicinal herbs, candles, amulets, the list is endless.

Botanica is a word that reminds me of home, but since I live in London the meaning in my mind has slightly changed to a place where plants are taken care of, it makes me think in a botanical garden or nursery.

For my autumn collection I wanted to use this word as inspiration. Mixing the idea of magical spells and bringing the healing power of flowers into our lives.

Originals available from this collection

October 01, 2019 — Ingrid Sanchez