The first time I came to California I was under the spell of the scent of the Eucalyptus along the coast. I hail from the brown deciduous woods of New York and the Evergreen forests of the Pacific Northwest, and the sweet, stirring smell of Eucalyptus was something I had never experienced before. Although I love my trees from my various homes, the eucalyptus was something that was so intoxicating, so bewitching to my spirit, that I knew I would have to spend some time getting to know this area of the world. I became an herbalist through my own healing crisis as well as a frustration with the loss of ancestral wisdom and privatization of health care in this country. I was no longer willing to be disassociated with my body and this earth. I don’t believe that health comes from sterile doctor’s offices, instead I believe in the magic and healing that comes out of our own kitchens and homes. I have always welcomed folks into my kitchen. It’s a place where we can cook community dinners, enjoy the practical magic of fir tip and wild strawberry leaf tea, or to just sit on the floor while sharing space and telling stories, whether they are painful or pleasant. These are practices that nourish myself as well as my community and I am dedicated to encourage others to empower themselves by taking care of themselves! When I’m not working at the lovely Ohlone Clinic, I spend a lot of my time harvesting plants, infusing medicinal honeys, laying down on the forest floor, making flower essences, reading about and connecting to ancient folklore and magical practices and striving to maintain seasonal balance within myself. Let’s continue to take good care of ourselves!