You may say that I'm a Dreamer, but I'm not the only one...

We forget that we are a part of the web of Nature. My mission is to help us remember. Anointing the body brings us back to our true spirit, the one from which we were created, in which we feel a kindred spirit with nature and with humanity, and the spark of possibility. I believe that when you take care of yourself you are able to shine your light out into the word. I believe that the world needs your light, just as it needs mine. As we take the time for the ritual of self care we come to know, accept, and love ourselves. We are able to lift that veil of separation. Through bringing the natural world into our bodies we are able to know, accept, and love nature. We protect what we know. We nurture what we love.

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Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the Earth...

My name is Erica Ragusa. I am the maker of Ambika Herbals and a licensed massage therapist, certified herbalist, ayurvedic bodyworker and yoga instructor. From a young age I have been drawn to the mystery and enchantment of the natural world. While I was in college studying environmental science and chemistry I was also learning from the elders in my community about energy work, crystals, and yoga. I was visiting sacred lands, steaming in their saunas and dipping in their streams. I was hiking in the snow of the Adirondack Mountains, sleeping under the stars and learning the songs of the birds.

In my massage practice I began to develop self care products to weave into the treatments, based on the philosophy of ayurveda and infused with the spirit of our natural world: whole plant extracts, pure essential oils, and crystal elixirs. I continue to draw nature into the heart of my apothecary by sourcing ingredients from local and artisan farmers and by gathering and growing the herbs and crystals myself, here in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. I continue to bathe myself in ritual by infusing herbs and crystals under the moonlight to create enchanted body oils, botanic perfumes and therapeutic elixirs.

As I wear this apothecary on my body it becomes a part of my being and it attunes me to the sacred. Join me in inviting ritual into your every day life, drawing nature into your being through botanic self care, and seeing the world through enchanted eyes.