My name is Elokin Orton-Cheung, I'm a community herbalist, activist, and big garden nerd. I fell in love with plants when I grew my first bean as a kid- it was magikal to watch a little seed turn into a full grown plant, covered in delicious string beans! Since then I have been growing plants of all kinds, and working with them as medicine.
I am deeply grateful to all the teachers I've learned from- both the plants and the people who have shared so much knowledge with me. In 2003 I began my journey in herb school with Howie Brounstein at the Columbine's School of Botanical Studies, and to this day I continue my studies with Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes at the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine. I am also a student of acupuncture at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland- I have a lifelong commitment to being a student as well as a teacher. There is always so much more to learn!
I created Shooting Star Botanicals in 2012, as a wellness practice dedicated to healing and social change. My work is founded in healing justice- a belief that we all have the right to affordable, accessible, high quality health care. I am a mixed queer person of color, and I strive to build accessible and safer spaces committed to healthcare that centers racial and gender justice through my work. I will support you in improving your emotional, spiritual, and physical health through working with herbal medicine.
I offer herbal consultations, Spiritual Massage energy work, and teach classes on plant medicine and sustainable gardening at universities, high schools, community gardens and grassroots organizations all around the country. I believe through connecting deeply with the healing nature of herbal medicine we can make the changes we want to see in ourselves, the communities we are connected to, and the world we are part of. I love this work, and look forward to connecting with you!