The Curanderx Toolkit: Reclaiming Ancestral Latinx Plant Medicine and Rituals for Healing

Atava’s first book, first book, The Curanderx Toolkit:  Reclaiming Ancestral Latinx Plant Medicine and Rituals for Healing , will be available in bookstores on July 12th through Huchiun/Berkeley based non-profit press, Hey Day Books.

Cecemmana 2023

Cecemmana is our long term herbal training program. As our school is currently in transition, we plan to launch the next cycle in 2023. Fill out our Cecemmana interest form for updates.

Herbal Allies, Summer 2022

Join us for an introduction to herbal medicine and a class to help build our connection with our herbal allies.

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.

Building Relationship with Herbal Allies to Support Our Resilience

The key is building relationships with plants. We must decolonize our way of thinking about plants. They are not objects or commodities. Plants are our relatives. They are our elders. They are living beings with vast intelligence and capabilities.

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.

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