What is Aliensauce?
"Aliensauce is a loving exchange between me & the world by way of providing earth-derived, integrative skin/body care products & information. Our handmade wellness cosmetics/practical products are all mostly composed of plant/earth-derived material & are centered around herbal sciences & narrative medicine. An ode to self-care & the transformative beauty of ritual. Made with Love, Light & Efficacy."
~ Sasha Anniyah
— Specializing in Herbalism & Narrative/Integrative Medicine
How did you arrive here, where is here?
For years, I've used the herbal knowledge I've gained from my family, community & extensive research in hundreds of texts and books regarding herbalism & botanical medicine. My mother is a nurse, grandmother is a descendant of Maroon herbalists & grandfather was a chef & dental practitioner in Jamaica. They each passed down & imparted to me knowledge about medicinal herbs/pharmacognosy rooted in traditional Chinese & Caribbean cultures, with or without realizing. Home-cooked meals with ingredients fresh out of the garden were the norm and I was taught that food is medicine. I've taken these teachings along with me on this journey, stepping heavily onto the path of Narrative Medicine, Herbalism & Holistic Wellness. I’m currently a student of a Nutritionist certification program & an incredible Spiritual Herbalism apprenticeship program here in Brooklyn, NY. It has taught me in my adulthood, that maintaining a relationship with the plants and my ancestors would change my life every single day. I welcomed the journey. As a life-long student, I understand health & wellness to be a “whole” process. Whole, yet full of individual stories. Individual components, that connect and create a symbiotic environment. Every part contains the whole, and I’m a part.
How do you regard the plants and make use of them?
As much as I’ve a voracious mind and would consume as much information as I could about practical applications of plant medicine, I’ve learned what it is to be thankful & appreciative of getting to know each plant one by one. This gratitude, born of my experience with mentors and community within the plant world, has stirred up familiar feelings towards the land for me. “By the fruits we know the tree,” and there is no truer statement when regarding plant history, taxonomy, cultivation, parts & usages. The earth, untainted by human colonization & destruction, provides us with everything we need. Mother Earth has exhibited the largest scale of compassion I know of. That's why I regard & nurture plants the way I do, allowing them to shine in everyday use. What started as an interest combined with a labor of love for friends & family, has since deepened & expanded into a loving service I wanted to extend to anyone I can mutually access.
Deodorant, toothpaste, facial toners, teas, etc. The products we buy for use on our skin & in our bodies shouldn't contain harsh chemicals & unsafe metals that disrupt our body's natural/healthy processes. I find that as we advance technologically with time or look to the world of capitalism for our herbal understanding(Western), we still manage to overlook very obvious hazards & environmentally destructive harvesting/manufacturing techniques. Aliensauce is about an honest attempt to use plants with 100% reverence and remembrance, & to operate through spiritual & scientific integrity always. I believe in making products that are effective & small-batching so they last with as little need for commercial preservative. But it IS important to inform community about the differences between various preservative methods before making assumptions about all of them. As we wouldn't want to forsake something that's helpful just because we know nothing about it. Education is key. Education from the right SOURCE, is key. As an avid researcher/student/practitioner of holistic living, I am always adapting to what Mother Earth asks of me with respect to mind/body/spirit. Keeping informed on what ingredients are safe, effective & sustainable - respective to nature, history, conscious cultivation/wildcrafting & context in which it is being used. As I continue to further my education in herbalism/holistic wellness & do the work, I will make it my mission to share what I’ve learned the best way I know how. Chop wood, carry water.
What can customers expect?
Every ingredient used in Aliensauce products are with purpose, absolutely no inactive ingredients over here. All hydrosols & essential oils are a by-product of steam distillation or CO2 extraction. All of Aliensauce's ingredients are sustainably & reliably sourced. & all products are hand-crafted & delivered in hand-stamped burlap or muslin bags. :)
Again, Aliensauce operates through Love, Light & Efficacy. <3