Welcome to Mana Medicinals
My name is Anja, and I'm an Herbalist, Holistic Nutrition Consultant, Doula and overall Women's Health Enthusiast.
Though I walk the healing path, in truth I believe we all carry an incredible capacity to heal ourselves, if we'll only learn to listen. Our bodies are resilient, intelligent and beautiful. Magic is not beyond us, but within us and all around us.
Vitalism is the core philosophy that guides my work.
It's based in the principle that Life, Nature and the Spirit from which they arise are fully present in all aspects of the body as well as in the psyche, the heart and the soul -- sustaining life and health as well as providing us the momentum for personal evolution and healing on all levels of being.
It is through acknowledging and honoring the vital essence that resides in each one of us that we can truly begin to heal.
My passion for Women’s health arose out of my own journey to understand and heal my body. As a young woman I struggled to navigate shifting hormones, mood swings, the embarrassment of my period, how to put in a tampon, which birth control was my best option and what it really meant to be embodied.
I feel like I spent years fighting against myself, against my innate rhythms and cycles, confused and overwhelmed by how to truly care for myself in a deep and meaningful way.
As I deepened my studies of herbalism, nutrition and holistic healing, I began to understand my body and the multifaceted ways it functions. I began to honor my natural rhythms, to listen to the deep wisdom of my body and stop separating the physical from the mental, emotional and spiritual.
I began to understand that to be truly holistic, you have to tend to the whole woman - the total ecology of women's health.
Through a decade of deep exploration, I've woven a tapestry of healing that bridges the scientific with the spiritual, the clinical with the intuitive, the ancient with the modern.
This unique perspective of women's health is steeped in many different traditions- weaving together Ayurveda, Traditional Western Herbalism, Functional Nutrition and Intuitive Womb Wisdom.
Food as medicine has also been at the center of my healing philosophy from the start.
My passion for cooking goes back as far as I can remember and food has always been the centerpiece of gathering loved ones together in my life.
In 2017, I became a certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant through Bauman College. My passion for cooking, recipe development and sourcing sustainable, local whole foods is a deep soul offering I share with clients, allowing me to create individualized, sustainable lifestyle and dietary plans while still eating delicious food! Let food be thy medicine!
I've created a model of care that tends to the total ecology of our health and wellness as women.
I've taken my tapestry of experience and knowledge, and created a sustainable framework for healing that tends to the physical, mental and spiritual -- a truly holistic approach.
I believe in the innate wisdom you carry within you.
I believe you have much power to heal and enlighten your experience of life. I believe in the healing power of nature, and of the profound wisdom we can awaken together for our own, and the world's, wellbeing.
Credentials & Trainings
Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant (Bauman College)
Women's Functional and Integrative Medicine Program (with Aviva Romm, M.D. )
Certified Holistic Doula (with Whapio Diane Bartlett & Sarah Naia Soleil)
Foundational & Advanced Clinical Herbalism (Vitalist School of Herbology, Evolutionary School of Herbalism)
Clinical Ayurveda Program (The Dhyana Center, The Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine)
Certified Yoga Instructor (Vajrapani Yoga School RYT 200)
Certificate in Foundational Aromatherapy (Floricopia)
Professional Member of the American Herbalists Guild
Member of the Institute for Functional Medicine and the National Association of Nutrition Professionals