I am a descendant of the Yurok tribe in Northern California. My great-great-great grandmother lived amongst her people on the Klamath River, her name I still do not know. Stories passed down from my grandmother, whose mother, Melcina, was born of Yurok woman who married a French man, are few and far between. Melcina ended up in San Francisco before she married Dewey, my great grandfather, who was also of Yurok decent. After they married, they moved to Colorado, and later to Utah, where my father and later myself, grew up. My grandmother Ann always made sure we knew where we came from, but I think her past was even hidden from her.
Interestingly, I moved to San Francisco in 2013 and surely, it felt like home. But it wasn’t until we moved to Ojai and I started working with different local sages, that I realized why I felt like I was home. I was tending to the lands of my ancestors. I was working with their plants, their healing modalities and their traditions. I had access to the spirits of those ancestors, not in the stories and half truths I’d come to know of my origins, but in the practice of working with plants. I realized, my ancestors were already in me, a direct link to heal that wound I so deeply felt in my late 20s.
Through distillation and plant exploration, I am healing that wound. I am several generations detached from the traditions of my ancestors but the connection is living and thriving in me, in my work. I am so grateful for the sage plant, for bringing me back to that inner knowing. For showing me how to reconnect with my ancestors in the most fulfilling way.
Over the last few years, we have taken several herbal courses here in Ojai. One of my favorite teachers is Dr. James Adams. He is a kind and gentle man, intelligent and very humble. His published works have provided rich sustenance for this journey I am on and I am so grateful to have met him. He so generously provides the recipe for a sage liniment in his book, Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West. This book is a study of the traditional healing methods of the Chumash through a pharmaceutical perspective. Cecelia Garcia, the late Chumash healer, coauthored the book and provides much insight into the Chumash healing modalities.
This formula was more than an experiment in the studio. It revealed truths, buried deep in my ancestral history that were hidden to me. Building on the original recipe, we added locally grown hemp and several sage hydrosols to the formula. It is a composition of time and love, all plants lovingly grown in our own garden. We are delighted to be gifting this very special liniment to to you this holiday season.
Thank you to the sage, for connecting me to this land, my ancestors, my self. Thank you, to the earth and sky and the water that runs through. Thank you to the Chumash, who still live and work in this valley. And thank you to James Adams and Cecelia Garcia for your priceless knowledge and willingness to share it with the world.
“This liniment is rubbed liberally onto painful areas of the body. Pain relief occurs within twenty seconds and last for six hours or more. Even pain from broken bones, cancer, and chronic back pain can be treated with this liniment. When the pain returns, the liniment can be reapplied. The liniment evaporates from the skin and is very safe. Pain is felt in the skin and is most effectively and safely treated in the skin. The liniment has cured opioid addiction in several people.”
p.38 Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West - 4th edition, Adams, Wonderments and Villaseñor
A botanical liniment for tired muscles and joints, injuries or other sore areas.
HOW TO USE: Spray liberally on affected area as needed for relief. Gently massage area and let dry before dressing. Do not apply to open wounds. May stain clothing. For topical use only.
California Sagebrush Artemisia californica
- Contains several monoterpenoids including camphor and beta-pinene which has powerful calming properties. These compounds are rapidly absorbed by the skin and have immediate effects.
Black Sage Salvia melifera
- Contains over 50 monoterpenoids and several diterpenoids such as rosmanol and carnosic acid which have calming and soothing properties. Similar to the terpenes in California sagebrush, these compounds are readily absorbed by the skin.
Hemp Cannabis sativa
- Our favorite herb to feature, cannabis contains a myriad of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other sedative compounds. Preparations made with cannabis are easily absorbed by the skin and provide localized, targeted relief.
Avocado Seeds Persea americana
- Although avocado seeds contains some toxic chemicals, they also contain an array of beneficial compounds for the skin including vitamin A, polyphenols, beta-carotene and fatty acids.
White Sage Salvia apiana
- This sacred sage contains both beneficial and toxic compounds. It contains several monoterpenoids including cineole, a calming and soothing chemical. White sage also contains a compound called militrone which helps to calm and center the mind.
INGREDIENTS: Pharmaceutical-grade Alcohol, California Sagebrush (Artemesia californica), Black Sage (Salvia mellifera), Cannabis (Cannabis sativa) flowers, Avocado (Persea americana) seeds, California Sagebrush (Artemesia californica) hydrosol, Black Sage (Salvia mellifera) hydrosol, Cannabis (Cannabis sativa) hydrosol, White Sage (Salvia apiana)
*Ingredients not certified organic are however, grown and processed organically.