Ancestral Folk Medicine and Connection
Cimaruta Remedies is an authentic container for healing, connection and magic rooted in the protective folk medicine ways of my ancestral lands.
I am devoted to helping clients who seek support in healing physically and emotionally with plants to find their deeper truth.
We work together to practice restorative wellness — with the plants and healing relations with the ancestors.
Many of us have suffered ancestral and multigenerational trauma, and Cimaruta Remedies offers tools for both liberation and reclamation. We are a nurturing space that welcomes all who are interested in forming new and healing attachments to the body, the plants and ancestral guides.
Herbal Wellness sessions and Ancestral Connection Sessions are held via zoom.
I have taken two online Mediterranean Plant workshops with Kara, and both were incredible experiences. Kara’s knowledge, intentions, and lived experiences are potent teachers during the courses. As someone of Italian heritage who has been taught some Ancestral traditions regarding plant magic, protection modalities, and herbalism, I found Kara’s teachings to deepen and broaden my preexisting knowings.
I am very grateful for the bounty of recipes and background readings Kara provides, and the respectful, intentional forwarding of acknowledging and honouring the stolen, unceded, and/or Treaty territories that many of us on Turtle Island (North America) take for granted. Thank you Kara for teaching us all to be rooted in ourselves and our ancestors, to be critical of colonialist narratives, and to embrace our plant comrades in beautiful and complex relationships.
I had the privilege of taking several classes in Kara’s Italian Folk Medicine series. Kara is a skilled storyteller, ritualist, and herbal teacher. Kara’s presence is welcoming and wise, and she teaches with authenticity and integrity. Her class helped sharpen my herbal skills and reclaim ancestral connections— I can’t recommend her classes enough.
I learned so much through a workshop Kara facilitated on Ancestral Healing. Her historical framing, reflective pacing, and resource-rich discussion supported my lifelong journey of unpacking whiteness. I especially appreciated how Kara navigated virtual tools and attended to group dynamics in a way that humanized everyone involved. I highly recommend her facilitation and expertise!
I've been working with Kara once a month for this past spring and summer. I remember she showed up to our first greeting with her Calabrian cloth, olive bread to break, and rosemary/thyme smudge. It was a breath of fresh air, a true Italian grandmother/lineage carrier. She inspires me on the daily with her presence, her knowledge, her love, and her strength. She asked me questions about my life, family, and ancestry, and encouraged me towards a healing path. I really cannot stress enough the generous gift you'll receive working with Kara. It'll make waves of healing in your life in the best of ways! Thank you Kara for all that you share with us!
Kara's passion and creativity runs deep. Her herbal classes and the beautiful and thoughtful Ancestral session she prepared have changed my life by touching my heart in profound ways. Kara is a compassionate and powerful guide that I would recommend to anyone who is looking to open their hearts and minds to the ancient wisdom of our ancestors' tangible and visceral knowledge.
Ancestral veneration is a really new practice for me, and Kara has helped me find approachable ways of exploring how to connect with my ancestors. She’s a warm and gentle teacher. I’m always excited for another class or session with her.
I am Kara. I live on the territory of the Ohlone people, in what is named the the city of Oakland, CA.
I am a mother, a partner, a folk herbalist and an ancestral medicine connector.
I create a container for people to connect with their ancestors, the elements, the plants and with their bodies.
My matrilineal side: Mediterranean; both grandparents were Calabrian (Southern Italians). Those ancestors were Indigenous to the Italic penninsula, Albanian (known as Arbereshe) and SWANA (southwest Asia and north Africa). My patrilineal side my ancestors were from Highland Scotland, Germany, Ireland, England.
The over 20 years of ancestral work I have personally practiced has led me to ancestral medicine rooted in my Italian, Mediterranean and European folk ways.
I attended Ancestral Apothecary's first Cecemmana clinical herbalism program and have taught classes at Ancestral Apothecary since graduating. I’ve also held amaro making workshops in Oakland, bringing the medicine of ancestral bitters to my community.
It is an honor to listen to the call to hold space and show up sharing my experiences and perspective through holding seasonal Italian folk medicine and Mediterranean plant classes. I offer private herbal consultations for specific concerns and preventative holistic self care and private ancestral connection sessions, helping individuals to find their own ancestral medicine within.
Cimaruta Remedies also is a product line of organic, home grown and sustainably and ethically sourced plant medicine.
My products can be purchased locally directly from me, at BayMade in Oakland or here on this site shop. I grow many of the plants I work with to make my salves, tea blends and tinctures.
I am practicing ancestral healing work and making ancestral medicine on land that is stolen and not my ancestral land, to aknowledge this and work towards rematriation, a portion of the sale of all my salves goes to pay Shuumi Land Tax
I look forward to connecting and working with you.