When I drove down the narrow curvy road heading to her home.. the road ended onto sweet nook up against a mountain covered with trees in Laurel Canyon. It was quiet with all the subtleties of the bohemians era that once was. Her home was one of those lucky finds, a treasure in the heart of the city, not too far from the main road, but far enough to feel seclusion. It has been some time since I trekked to that neck of the woods, but it felt good to be there. Earlier in the year I finished my course studies in Ayurveda, and while determined to continue to learn rather become a counselor right off the bat, I realize that my service and offering for now was to connect and share of those who practice this philosophy and science.
I met Kari Jansen of Poppy and Someday at the Mercado Sagrado this past fall... The attraction to her products was instantaneous, the scents were delightful, and we had the common bond of Ayurveda, so I knew she had more to share.
A few weeks later when we sat down to finally catch up, I found myself engaged on the path in which she had chosen to study Ayurveda and Herbalism. She offered me tea that was brewing in the sun next to her garden. We chatted about the relevance of our practice, the understanding of traditional ways but knowing we must continue to further our knowledge in the way we live today. Kari mentioned the Ojas and the Guna’s... a rarity when first having a conversation on this topic... But she spoke of it in so naturally that felt like anyone could comprehend it, even if you knew nothing about Ayurveda... a clear observation that she has been practicing for over 10 years, and seemingly certain this way of life found her soul as a child.
( Ojas, A Sanskrit term meaning “vigor,” circulates throughout the bodily tissues and heart, sustaining the physical self, bringing clarity to the mind and balancing the emotions. Guna’s, the influence or impulse. The cosmic matter is made up of three gunas, more specific qualities obtained from their elemental makeup).
She is a practitioner and healer of all sorts, focusing her dreams by way of plant medicine and flower remedies. She spoke of her time in India, studying and cultivating her practice then onto Northern California, Sebastopol at Dhyana Center where she was taught by founder DeAnna Batdorff.
It was there when she realized her passion for plant alchemy that prompted her to create Poppy and Someday. Her tinctures spray, salves and smoke blends are wildcrafted and bathed in crystals. Her essence in being is rich with her studies and when you talk with her, she becomes like a sister, a girlfriend you’ve known for years, excited to share ideas and stories on how we can all treat ourselves with more care.
Kari + Poppy and Someday will also be at the Echo Park craft fair this month.