Meet the owner and head herbal creatrix at Akasha Apothecary - Alissa
Santa Cruz Mountains + Humboldt County
"This work began through my own self discovery and personal healing journey with plant medicines - I have experienced chronic pain as well as anxiety for many years. Using plant medicines and creating my own herbal offerings has allowed me to build an intimate relationship with my own radical self care"
My passion for educating myself and my community about the benefits of using plants, intention, ritual, and ceremony to create profound self healing lead me down a path of discovering folk herbalism, Ayurveda, being guided by the moon to live more in alignment with our bodies natural cycles as a womxn, and discovering somatic healing modalities to soothe the nervous system from having lived through traumatic experiences growing up.
I am also passionate about community and being of service - during the CZU Lightning complex fires we were inspired to create a lifelong dream of mine - The Renegade Apothecary Project - a community of herbalists serving people in need with free herbal + wellness offerings. The other part of our community offering is that we donate to local grassroots organizations like Livity Rising - who provide free and low lost community clinics
Along with planting 1 tree for every single order that is placed on our website. I believe that it is deeply important to be in right relationship with Gaia - always offering something back to the earth when we take or use resources from her. Planting a tree is a beautiful way to give back for the resources used to curate our wellness offerings as well as leave a legacy of respect + honoring of our ancestors + those yet to come.
I am a certified Women's Work Facilitator - Wild Essence School - offering 1:1 radical self care to womxn who are looking to answer the call to incorporate plant medicines into everyday ritual + ceremony