A Conversation with Ancestral Apothecary

Thank you to Guido Mase of Urban Moonshine’s blog for taking the time to interview Ancestral Apothecary stewards Atava Garcia Swiecicki, Myrna Cabán Lezcano and Abi Huff. The article is called “Supporting Each Other, Honoring the Traditions,” and writes about the history of the school, our transition to new stewardship, the importance of ancestral medicine and what inspires each one of us. https://www.urbanmoonshine.com/blogs/blog/supporting-each-other-honoring-the-traditions

Ancestral Apothecary Teachers Featured in Los Angeles Times

Beautiful piece in the Los Angeles Times on Black herbalists featuring our very own, Abi Huff and Danielle Benjamin, alongside other amazing folks! Follow Abi: @_thestingingnettle_ Follow Danielle: @danielleelainebenjamin Thank you Julissa James!

BIPOC + POC Scholarship Fund

Ancestral Apothecary School has been dedicated to training BIPOC + POC herbalists for the past fifteen years.  We are launching a fundraising campaign to raise money for our nine-month herbal training program called Cecemmana which begins in April of 2021.  Cecemmana is a Nahuatl word that means to sprinkle and plant seeds on the earth. The Cecemmana program is dedicated to planting seeds in our diverse Bay Area communities for future herbalists. This 250-hour training provides students a solid foundation in the art, science & spirituality of herbal medicine from a people… Read More

Medicine for Uncertain Times

Today we find ourselves in much uncertainty. This may be uncomfortable, this may be familiar, but for all, this flavor of unknown is new.  I write to you on election day in the so-called US without power from my home in Oakland, CA, unceded Ohlone Territory. This power outage was scheduled for today, but still the irony radiates. Four years ago,  during the last election, I was working in a refugee camp in Greece distributing water and food. As we got the news that it was undeniably clear 45 had been elected,… Read More

Dreamwork as Spiritual & Healing Practice for BIPOC

As the nights grow longer, let us turn inward to replenish and drink from the starlit well of our dreams. When people of color dream together, we nourish each other and change the world. Like our ancestors before us, we draw upon all our resources to protect and manifest what is precious and sacred. This dream group cultivates our healing path and spiritual growth, activating our highest selves.

Herbal Allies, An Introduction to Herbal Medicine

This class will focus on building our relationship with our herbal allies. Each class will focus in-depth on one or more herbal medicines and we will learn how they work both physically and energetically . We’ll learn recipes & other ways to incorporate the plants into our lives.

Donate to our Black Student Scholarship Fund

Ancestral Apothecary School was born of a dream and a prayer to create herbal educational spaces centered on people of color. Herbal medicine has always been integral to people’s resilience in the struggle for liberation and this moment is no different. We believe in the power of plants and our ancestral medicine to help us heal individually and collectively from systemic racism and the impact it has had on Brown, Black and Indigenous people. . We all agreed that a way to contribute to the movement is to increase our class offerings… Read More

Herbal Allies for Stress and Trauma

Gracias a todxs, thank you to all who joined us for our Herbal Allies for Stress and Trauma. We (Batul and Atava) enjoyed talking about our favorite herbal allies. Plants we covered included chamomile, passionflower, lemon balm, pericón, cempazuchitl, scullcap, CA poppy, lavendar, rose, reishi and ashwaganda.

Herbs to Grow Now

We have learned in this pandemic that essential items including medicinal herbs can quickly disappear from grocery stores. A good way to ensure that we have access to herbs that we need is to start growing our own medicine.

Resources for Building Relationship with Plants

I started this page to offer resources to people who are interested in deepening their relationships with medicinal plants and in learning history of how plants have supported people’s reslience.