My love poem to plants

Dear beloved plant friends,
Thank you
For your unconditional love
For always sharing with me
For always offering your support
For continuing to help us humans
Even when we’ve forgotten how to respect you.

Cecemmana Year 1, 2020

This program is dedicated to planting seeds in our diverse Bay Area communities for future herbalists. This 300 hour training will provide students a solid foundation in the art, science & spirituality of herbal medicine from a multi-cultural perspective.

Herbal Allies, An Introduction to Herbal Medicine, Fall 2019

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 will learn recipes and other ways to incorporate the plants into our lives.

The Curanderx’s Toolkit Fall 2019

Learn healing skills steeped in ancient wisdom to provide basic health care to yourself & your family. This is a two part class with differnt topics covered in the fall and spring series.

Award for Diversity in Herbal Medicine

We are honored that Ancestral Apothecary has been chosen to receive the Victoria Fortner Award in Diversity, Inclusion and Equity from the American Herbalist Guild that recognizes “outstanding accomplishments in the field of professional herbalism that address the health care needs of diverse communities.”  I am grateful for our incredible teachers and students who shape our learning and healing community. We’ll be attending the American Herbalist Guild’s Symposium in October to accept this award.  Hope to see you there! https://www.americanherbalistsguild.com/victoria-fortner-award-diversity-equity-and-inclusion

Support from our Herbal Allies

In these turbulent times, when I’ve lost faith in humankind, I turn to the plants.  The plants love us unconditionally and have been helping humans since the beginning of time.  They provide us food, shelter, clothing, medicine, spiritual guidance and beauty.  They give us life every moment we breathe and take in their oxygen. Thankfully, the plants have not given up on humanity yet.  They continue to support us on many levels.  This post is dedicated to our Herbal Allies and sharing how we can build stronger relationships with them. What is an… Read More

Herbal Support for Stress and Trauma, Part 1: Nervines

Herbal nervines are herbs that support, strengthen and nourish the nervous system. They can help with stress, shock, tension, pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia and other nervous systems disorders. Nervines are great herbal allies to support our bodies during acute or chronic stress. They also help the body, mind and heart to heal from stress and trauma.

Elderberry Medicine!

European elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a time-honored folk remedy for good health. Elderberries have traditionally been made into wine, brandy and cordials.  Folks made their elderberry medicine in the late summer and sipped it throughout the winter. Recently, science has discovered that elderberries protect the cell wall against viral attack. That means they can help to protect your body against any virus, including H1N1. A species of Elderberry, sambucus mexicana, is native to California.  I planted an elderberry tree in my yard four years ago.  This year my tree is giving me… Read More