Remedies for Resistance

a project by raju rage

Remedies for Resistance shares remedies from residents of Bootle and beyond, gathered through conversations and community workshops led by Raju Rage, which took place between 2020-21: a difficult time of isolation and social distancing where accessing wellbeing was crucial. Acknowledging this, we considered the ways in which we take care of ourselves and each other. 

Some of the questions we asked ourselves during these conversations were: 

Do we know how to care for ourselves and each other? What is collective care? How do we practice collective care within our communities? Do we have medical knowledge? Do we have our own remedies? Have these passed along through family, kinship or through networks? How do we know or find out about them? Who do we share them with and how? 

Inside the publication, you’ll find recipes for remedies from Elderberry syrup to Comfrey Oil contributed by members of our community, extracts from remedy swaps, conversations about beekeeping and tea drinking, as well as a beautifully illustrated pull out herbal.

You can download a PDF copy of the publication here:

About Raju Rage

Raju Rage is proactive about using art, education and activism to forge creative survival. They explore the spaces and relationships between dis/connected bodies, theory and practice, text and the body and aesthetics and the political substance. Their current interests are around sustainability, economies, care, and resistance. 

Raju has a theirstory in activism, self and collective organised queer/ transgender/ people of colour movements and creative projects in London and beyond from which their politics and works draw on and from.

Raju has trained as a pastry chef and baker, worked in several community kitchens and been part of a baker’s collective.

Past Events

Aug 2020
Jan 2021

Join us for an online remedy swap and making session, as part of Raju Rage’s project —Remedies for Resistance.

Together we’ll make Fire Cider: a healing recipe that Raju has shared with us for the workshop. Fire Cider is a vinegar-based herbal tonic, traditionally used to boost the immune and digestive systems. If you are local to Bootle or Crosby, you can book to receive a box of all the ingredients you’ll need, delivered to your door.

Do you have a remedy that you or your family use or have used?

This could be anything from herbal remedies to bread poultices, cloves for toothache, or chicken soup. Could you share a recipe, story or memory about this remedy with us? Whilst we prepare Fire Cider together, we’ll discuss as a group how we care for ourselves and each other, our own knowledge of remedies, and how this knowledge has come to us. Feel free to bring along any recipes, ingredients or other materials that you’d like to share. 

The discussion will be recorded as part of the process of gathering recipes and stories for a small publication that Raju would like to produce. You can read more about the Remedies for Resistance project here.