Namaste! Welcome to Sejal Apothecary!
My name is Prerna Gurung. Some call me Peru, Sejal or Sej which can be my numerous calling names. I’m the face behind S.A, a small batch organic handcrafted herbal apothecary. I’m an Herbalist, writer & Reiki practitioner. Since I was a child, I’ve always felt a deep connection with nature (trees, water, plants, birds). It was like I could be in nature and a new world would open for me and I could speak and understand her language.
I grew up in Kathmandu, Nepal which is a hustling city nevertheless we have plenty of mountain air and walking just short distance up hill, you will come across groves of medicinal plants everywhere. My dad and maternal uncle (whom I grew up with) used to work in environmental projects like tree plantation and conservation. My father was a Community Forestry development officer who would go to villages or communities and teach about medicinal & edible plants, how to grow them, conserve them as well as tree plantation & conservation in forests and regions in Nepal as needed. I’ve been basically home taught since my early age 🙂 My mom is a clinical nurse practitioner since she was 18.
I studied business administration in my college major as I always had this idea of being an entrepreneur I guess. My first job ever as a business student was nothing in a corporate setting as I had envisioned or studied. I started with a visionary boss who was an environment conservationist. I joined his startup company in 2004. Everything was new, even his business ideas that time. I learnt about ethical business and sustainable tourism(as it was a travel company) first hand. I was taught abc of doing business not as my management college but by protecting environment, giving back to community and reusing/recycling everything (I SPELL EVERYTHING) 🙂 Every morning, I would be taught values of ethical, sustainable and responsible business policies and now I see the sense of why the Universe always helped me meet my green teachers from home to business world 🙂 Btw, my first business GURU or my boss is now a successful business enterpreneur and active envionmentalist.
It was though not until I went to France that I really got into Herbalism as a way of life. I, surprise again 🙂 met and lived with my friends in a traditional stone farm house in Bretagne who are descendants of Celtic lineage. We’d grow organic vegetables, ate medicinal herbs in our food (they’d know which herb did what), brewed medicinal meads and tisanes, sang around the fire and talked about moon cycles and nature spirits like it was the next 15th century normal thing 🙂
In 2010 I moved to San Francisco bay area to be near my family who had all migrated here due to ongoing civil war in my country for many years. I was taken away by the natural quiet beauty of the bay area with small green hills and forests everywhere that reminds me of Nepal, pacific ocean where I can walk day and night, lovely cottage houses everywhere that showed off with California sun loving flowers and plants that blooms almost all year round. I also love the fact that people in bay area is so open towards holistic lifestyle and incorporates natural living versus what I’d seen in many places.
Since 2016, I walked the path of healing with plants and flowers due to my own quest for healing and I believe somehow a direct relation to my early life, education and experiences. It was like nothing would make me happier than working, teaching about plants as well bringing Herbal medicine to the world. I experienced my own healing, happiness & rejuvenation while working with plants. My connection and love for plant kingdom grew and grew. It was like it was always there inside me but it just needed a reason to bloom full on. And it did and it has been an ongoing journey for me.
Understanding the healing nature of plants felt like opening a treasure chest buried deep within the earth’s safest ground. Inspired and perhaps encouraged since my early age, I started my formal training by taking courses and researching on my own with medicinal plants.
My first teacher or Guru is mother earth herself and plant kingdom who’ve opened up to me since I was a child and encouraged me with many life teachers from my father, mother, grandmother, boss, friends and many unknown faces I met.
The wise plants teach you if you seek to learn. They’ll open up for you. It’s an ancient practice which is known as ”Communicating with Plant Spirits”. Spending time with plants, working with them, using as herbal supplements, they will communicate with you and teach about their strengths or their nature. I learnt about plants since I was young by listening to them. They connect with our souls, we feel them in our heart and their knowledge is grasped by our subconscious senses which passes down to our receiving mind.
Besides direct knowledge from plants and earth, I did my detailed coursework on the energetic of flower essences and preparations from Sara and David Crow, Floracoepia. I learnt in detail about the energy of each flower and to learn to connect with them. I also studied Herbalism, human anatomy and botany from Herbal Acadmey with Marlene Adeleman. I’m still on my journey to Herbal Science and Medicine Making from Chestnut School of Medicine Making. Juliet Blankespoor is my current teacher and I’ve learnt so much through her about plant botany, medicinal herbs in our wellness, permaculture & medicine making.
I read a lot from other Herbalists and teachers and research on my own. My favorite Herbalists are Michael Tierra, Jade Shutes and of course, beloved Rosemary Gladstar.
Sejal Apothecary was created or borne to make plant and flower supplements for everyday wellness & rejuvenation. I make herbal supplements in liquid extractions (by tinctures, glycerites, decoctions, infusion, tea), herbal syrups, salves, balms, infused oils, herbal baths, aroma spray, and mists. All of the products that I use are 100% natural, 90% certified organic products which I buy mostly from Mountainroseherbs. co, Frontier co-orp and other organic herb producers. I don’t use that much essential oils unless it’s really for therapeutic, aroma and healing purpose such as in aroma sprays, some body oils & herbal baths. I try to buy ‘not-at-risk’ essential oils and from companies that does in fact, grow or harvest in sustainable manner and are in the process of planting, regrowing and conserving the plants or trees they use in making essential oils.
I do not use artificial fragrances, chemicals and synthesize to make any herbal products or medicines.
Every opportunity has been a learning experience in my life from people to places, from pain to healing, teachers I met. Sejal Apothecary is not a brick and mortar business but a dedication to wellness, rejuvenation and healing with nature and natural remedies.
Please feel free to browse through the herbal products, read through them to know more about their benefits. You can also read my blogs to understand more about herbalism and interconnection of body, mind & spirit with plant medicine. If you have questions and require consultation, then email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Peace, love & good health,