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 (she/they). Made in Mexico, born in New Mexico, raised in California by a first generation Southern Italian American single mother who instilled in me early on: music and books are important, and we are abolitionists.  

Kara means black in Turkish, beloved or dear in Italian, and in Irish, friend.

I currently live on the occupied territory of the Chochenyo Ohlone people, also known as Oakland, California.

Virgo sun, Cancer moon, Sagittarius rising.

I am an animist folk herbalist who helps folks deepen relationship and activate the ancestral connections inside their bodies. 

My ancestors were Mediterranean on my mothers side, and English, German, Scottish and Irish on my fathers side, the first ones landed on Turtle Island in the 1620s, and the last, my mother’s father, arrived as a teenager from Calabria in the 1920s.

I believe we are our ancestors, that we hold the ancestor realm inside of our bodies.  I believe the elements, the plants, trees and mushrooms are our ancestors.   I believe it all comes down to energy exchange.  This guides me as I walk through the world.  

Epigenetics, Mythology and Living Folk culture direct and inform my work.  

As a teenager, I lived in Santiago Chile after the fall of Pinochet Dictatorship in the early 1990s. 

In my 20s, I received my BFA in fine art and documentary photography.

In my early 30s I walked the streets of Oaxaca and Havana taking photographs with film.  And then I became a mother and my ancestors guided me on my path of herbalism; specifically studying and practicing my ancestral herbal traditions and rituals.

Later, I participated in Cecemmana, Ancestral Apothecary's three year clinical herbalism program.  I have since held many classes, workshops and series at Ancestral Apothecary and around Oakland.  

I am committed to collective liberation, reparations and rematriation. To shifting culture away from white supremacy, away from injustice and intolerance.  Meeting my shadow daily, I am constantly in the ancestral process spiral.

I am in devotion to, and in communication with my ancestors and I attempt to live daily as the ancestor that I want to be.  

Everything is an energy exchange.  


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