Episode 6: Roses with Damiana Calvario


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Roses with Damiana Calvario




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Episode Summary

I'm thrilled to be joined today by Damiana Calvario. I've known Damiana for a couple of years now, and we've had the opportunity to share and support each other's work in a variety of ways.

Damiana is a mixed woman of color, daughter, sister, caregiver, community member, and 1st generation immigrant. Born and raised in Mexico City to a large family, she inherited both her mother's and father's lineages. Currently living as a guest in Chumash land, Damiana's practice blends together her Mexican roots, family's kitchen remedies, Curanderismo studies, and western herbal training.

Damiana's heart-centered offerings have always impressed me, and I'm so grateful that she's here on the podcast.



Every day was a feast in my parents' and my grandparents' house, and herbs were included as an everyday practice. It's a beautiful part of growing up in that way, and I treasure it deeply, but it's also not the only way, you know. I also want to say that it's never late. It's never like, 'Oh, I didn't grow up like that, so I don't have it in me.’ Like, no. We got this. We can pick up wherever we left off, even like our ancestors left off, and we can begin today. Even if we feel like we don't know anything, we can be in today, and there's already so much knowledge that we have.






What You'll Learn from This Episode

  • [02:03] How Damiana’s love for the plant world started

  • [07:20] The qualities and characteristics of roses

  • [11:49] How to harvests and use roses 

  • [18:57] Rose horchata recipe

  • [25:20] Damiana’s current herbal projects

  • [27:11] Damiana shares her thoughts on how herbs instill hope


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Rosalee is an herbalist and author of the bestselling book Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Heal and co-author of the bestselling book Wild Remedies: How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine. She's a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and has taught thousands of students through her online courses. Read about how Rosalee went from having a terminal illness to being a bestselling author in her full story here.