Today we’d like to introduce you to Elza Sanchez.
Hi Elza, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was born and partially raised in Michoacán, Mexico, and crossed the border when I was 11 with my mother and 2-year-old brother…
I’m a dreamer.
I’m one of many immigrant kids who are brought here for a chance to a better life, leaving behind loved ones, culture, and traditions.
I started Jardín Secreto in 2021 after walking out of my 9-5 job, where I was very unhappy and felt like I didn’t belong.
Herbs have always been part of my life…
My abuela had a tecito for everything, even heartbreak.
My craft has helped me reconnect to my culture and traditions, it makes me feel closer to my abuela and my ancestors. I haven’t been able to go back home for 20 years and it gets harder by the day. The grief is always there, but making tea has helped me in a way I can’t describe. It’s magical!
I’m so grateful to be here sharing part of who I am with everyone as I get to honor my abuela and her teachings.
I hope you feel the love and magic that goes into everything I make because it’s there for you… use it, embrace it; it’s powerful; it comes from the soul.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has been challenging in many ways, but the biggest challenge for sure has been putting myself out there, sharing my story, and how I got here.
Being an immigrant in a country where we are looked down on hasn’t been easy, but it’s so important for us to share our story. America needs to learn what we go through and the weight we carry every single day.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I create herbal teas and other botanical items, guided by ancestors and using magical properties of the herbs.
Most of my teas have an intention set to help emotionally, mentally, physically, or all.
Flowers make my soul smile, so I create items using them.
My botanical taper candles are one of a kind. I used real pressed flowers that I pick from the city or grow myself.
My botanical handmade paper also has flower petals to use for rituals, spells, love letters, art, and poetry.
I’m most proud of honoring who I am and sharing my soul with the world.
We are all different and connected at the same time.
Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
But definitely a rainy Sunday with my abuelos, the smell of the wet dirt and café de Olla.
- Instagram: Jardinsecreto_secretgarden