Botanical alchemist and entrepreneur Adriana Ayales is the founder of Botica & Co., an apothecary and juice bar in Greenpoint. There, patrons can find tonics and elixirs made from her Pura Fruta fresh juices and Anima Mundi artisan crafted medicines, utilizing sustainably harvested rainforest herbs. She was initiated into the wisdom of plants by her grandmother, a medicine woman and shaman in her native Costa Rica, and Ariana gracefully infuses this wisdom (and lots of kokoro) into everything at Botica & Co., giving New Yorkers a true taste of the jungle.
Produced by Thomas Peisel
Feature Image courtesy of New York Natives, Photographer: Thomas Peisel