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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.  

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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 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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