IRENE APOLO – A BIT ABOUT MYSELF
I am from Extremadura, graduated in labour relations; for several years I worked in different companies. One day my life took a 180 degree turn, and so my love story with the world of plants and the knowledge of myself began, creating my own project with soul, a project that brings health and well-being to the life of many people every day.
During these years, I have traveled the world, researching and rescuing the ancestral and popular wisdom about the uses and properties of each plant; “Gold” that with great respect, love and pleasure I transform into Therapeutic Oils, Medicinal Ointments and personalized cosmetic formulas.
I have lived in Ibiza for 8 years, and it is in this wonderful island where, finally, I have been able to develop my project “Ayurveda of the Mediterranean” with the immense variety of medicinal plants that nature puts at our disposal, creating my own line of products and teaching different training courses.
There was no such thing as the internet then, so I set off to south-eastern Spain and visited the wise old women who live in the little villages dotted around the Sierra Nevada region. They have such a wealth of knowledge on how to live, work and be in relation to plants.
They taught me about the specific properties and applications of herbs – the best time to gather them, how to prepare them, and so on.
After my tour through Spain, I went on a trip to visit a Mayan community in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. This was intended to be a trip where I learned from the ancient wisdom of local shamans, but I ended up giving the workshops.
I’m still learning about traditional and alternative medicine – in particular Ayurveda, which originated in India and has been traced back to 5000 BC. Seven thousand years – can you imagine?
I’m also deepening my knowledge of feminine alchemy and astrology because lunar cycles play an important part in the maceration of a plant. Working with the moon cycle allows me to be more precise.
The power of plants is undeniable and we need to save this wisdom – a wisdom intrinsically present in each of us but that we’ve lost somewhere along the road to so-called progress.