Herbal Medicine "I have very much enjoyed working with Elokin and Shootingstar Botanicals. The herbs and tinctures have helped me in tremendous ways over the years, particularly during stressful times. Elokin has the wonderful ability to tune in to what I need and is able to put together herbs that are just right for me. Her process is always intentional, mindful, with love. I have felt very supported in my journey and I would highly recommend Shootingstar to anyone looking to use the power of plant medicine as a transformative healing tool". - S.N.
" I actually think Elokin is a Magical Genius. She radiates pure joy and every word out of her mouth is smart and deeply helpful. That she is a natural channel of the deep wisdom of plants is obvious and a blessing to all who work with her". - Jessie Susannah Karnatz-Lazarus
"Elokin is the magical rainbow unicorn of plant spirit medicine and activism and their overlaps. I've met very few people as open-hearted and dedicated and just on it. Whether Elokin is in a teacher or healing practitioner or co-organizer role, you are in seriously reliably good hands." - LD
"Becoming a client of Elokin’s has been truly transformative to my body and my sense of its needs and systems. I started working with them because I wanted to see if there was a way to keep my skin balanced without continuing to take birth control pills, side effects of which had undermined my mental health for years. Though I'd already moved to mostly herbal skincare products with great results, I was a little doubtful that plants could do much internally for my skin—and I’m overjoyed to have been wrong! My body is so much more balanced, inside and out. Elokin takes one of the most holistic approaches I’ve ever encountered, with in-depth conversations about all areas of life and bodily experience. They are a generous expert, activist, and plant medicine genius who works hard to make their practice and medicine accessible, financially and logistically. For example, right now the Bay Area is under Shelter in Place for the coronavirus pandemic, and they provided no-contact medicine refills after a FaceTime version of our regular follow-up appointments.Thank you for everything, Elokin." — Jessica Glennon-Zukoff
Workshops From a workshop on How to Start A Social-Jusice Oriented Small Businesses, for High School Students"I wish most business models reflected Elokin’s love and care for our children, elders and community. I reached out to her because I wanted my 12th grade students to learn about local business owner’s products and services that benefit humanity. In short, many of my students never met an herbalist and understood the importance of using native plants as medicine. Elokin shared her experiences with owning a small business, working with elders in the herbalist community, and taught my students how to identify 3 native plants with healing powers. At the end of her workshop, Elokin also offered my students the opportunity to sign-up for the Magical Medicine Chest: a 6-week introduction to herbal medicine internship, for free! I highly recommend Elokin! She is passionate about sharing her wisdom, practice with youth and healing our world!" - Castro
"Elokin creates a welcoming and supportive environment for learning. The intention and care that she puts into her classes are evident in her easy to follow instruction and pacing of the class. Before the workshop was over, I could easily picture myself incorporating this new found practice into my life. Cannot wait for the next one!" - Kimi Mojica
"Elokin shares her knowledge openly. Her love of plants is contagious, and her workshops are engaging and fun. In just two hours, I left her workshop with an armful of plant medicine, feeling more connected to nature, and more connected to myself." - DT
"Elokin is an expert in plants and plant medicine. She is very passionate when sharing her knowledge with us. She came well prepared for her classes. Her classes are informative, creative and fun! " - MM Spiritual Massage- a form of Chinese energy work "My Spiritual Massage with Elokin was a tender and gentle healing experience. Throughout the session, I felt safe, heard and held. Elokin has a beautiful ability to receive and reflect back deep seeded emotions that surfaced throughout the session. After the spiritual massage, I felt physical lightness and weeks after our session, my anxiety decreased significantly: a testament to her gift of shifting stagnant energy in the body. She provided great recommendations on how I can continue my personal healing work, complementing the long term sustainability of the healing work she facilitated." - Anonymous
"This experience went beyond what I had expected. Thank you for the opportunity to visit deep within my psyche and tangibly release fears I had been holding on to as a result from trauma. As a healer myself, I value your work as deeply supportive, restorative, and profound. I came to see you during a time of incredible vulnerability, as the earthquakes of transformation shook my most solid foundations and everything in me was tender. Thank you for meeting me there. Days later I was still feeling the powerful effects of your session. Months later as I traveled to another country to find closure to childhood wounds, I thought of you- your spirit and your capacity to show up for me as a healer and as part of my community. It is so important, even vital to our spiritual evolution that we walk intimately with each other on our personal and collective healing paths. Thank you for walking with me. I am always so deeply moved and inspired by the generosity of your heart. I look forward to visiting you again, and working with you in any capacity." - Zhayra Palma
"Shooting Star Botanical's Spiritual Massage was both intuitive and thorough. SSB's approach to healing recognized past trauma, current systems, daily lived experiences and community connections in ways that made me feel comfortable and safe enough to relax - for me this is a really big deal. After our session together, I felt a physical and energetic release, as well as a sense of overall warmth. SSB was able to pinpoint areas of my life and body that felt heavy, as well as patterns that I need to work through. I so appreciate the love, thoughtfulness and compassion SSB brings to their community offerings." - Ray
"After I asked Elokin for more information about her Spiritual Massage practice, advertised alongside her herbal healing offerings, I decided to try a session. At that time I happened to also be experiencing my energy as particularly unbalanced, in a dysfunctional pattern, and my anxiety level was up when I met her at her practice space. She responded with great generosity and calm, taking on no distress about the destabilized expression I was manifesting, and allowed me to have access to gentleness and choice as much as possible when moving into the work. After she finished the massage, my energy was so much more grounded than when I came in, that I felt the effects of restoration and balance for the next few weeks. It made a major difference in my bodily calm and daily functioning. Her generosity continued after the massage with Elokin sharing suggestions for how to continue my spiritual self-support, and offering a sample of a flower essence which could help. In my larger experience of her, this offering of care, consideration and calm perspective is common. I highly recommend any kind of healing practice or learning opportunity she offers." - Seeley Quest
"I loved my spiritual healing and medicinal consultation with Shooting Star Botanicals. From the beginning of my time, I felt safe, held, and completely listened to. I never felt rushed- just super honored. During my session, Elokin struck a rare balance of professionalism and connection to source. Any woman-bodied person looking for healing are in the right hands." -M.G.