En La Brega: Lynsey Ayala
This past Monday, I did what most people love to do on a snowy Monday morning, I went to jury duty. Yes, jury duty at 8:30 AM on the day of the first real snow of the season, on the first Monday after a holiday. I was so excited I barely slept the night before. After going through the process I was released and made my way through the snow-filled streets of downtown Brooklyn over to Flatbush to meet with Lynsey Ayala.
Like most children of the Caribbean, I was raised on a healthy mix of both African and Indigenous spirituality blended with some form of Christianity. More so, I was blessed to have a mother who was curious enough to study various forms of spirituality and made sure to share her personal understandings with me. Mami is also a “yerbera,” which loosely translates to someone who works with plants in medicinal ways. I’m sure this is true to most children of the islands and beyond.
I think this is why I was so attracted to Lynsey and her work. She has developed a brand focused on fusing traditional Caribbean / Puerto Rican home remedies with organic healing products, community workshops, education, immersive events, art, music, alternative medicine & so much more. We spoke about her personal connection to the art she creates, her childhood in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx (her Kindergarten teacher was Jennifer Lopez’s mother), and also the challenges of being a Latinx woman running a successful business for 4 years now. I left truly inspired. I look forward to having some more time with Lynsey on our podcast.