Orange, Vermont USA • (802) 793-8983

Mandala Botanicals is promoting the creation of a grassroots healthcare system

We offer single herb tinctures as well as blends tested and formulated in house. We specialize in custom blending using kinesiology and dowsing.

Organic Herbal Products

Tinctures, elixirs, and more.
Our products are made by hand with intention, in small batches, and in accordance with the moon's cycles. We intimately know the plants in our medicines because we take time to know them from seed to full maturity in our diverse organic gardens and tended wild areas of our region.

As herbal remedy makers, we are accountable to the land as we observe her shifting and changing due to human impact. Therefore, in our formulas, we are replacing botanicals listed on the United Plant Savers 'at risk' and 'to watch' list with locally cultivated or invasive medicinal analogs. For example, barberry instead of coptis or goldenseal, and goldenrod instead of arnica.

Mandala Botanicals believes that responsible herbalism is inherently linked to issues of food security and public health. We are in solidarity with numerous food and health justice initiatives and contribute to them throughout the year.

Our tincture selection is available in 2 oz, 4 oz, and 8 oz bulk sizes.
Click here to view our product list.

Contact us by phone (802) 793-8983
or email mandalabotanicals@gmail.com to place your order.

Products available by mail out or pick up.

About Our Farm

Mandala Botanicals is located on ten rural scenic acres facing Spruce Mountain and Groton State Forest, four miles from Barre City in the town of Orange. We respectfully acknowledge that we are residing on land known to the Western Abenaki as N'Dakinna, referred to by non-indigenous people of this region as Vermont USA.

With reverence and gratitude for the opportunity to steward this parcel of earth, we are cultivating medicinal crops and in the early stages of creating a traditional healing and folk medicine learning center designed with permaculture, natural farming, and social justice principles.

Due to the construction zone while we build our house and outbuildings in 2015, we will be taking a year off from offering our nine month herbal training, the Local Healers Program.

Request our quarterly e-newsletter of classes, events, and updates by emailing: mandalabotanicals@gmail.com.

Our land

Internship Program

The 2014 Internship Program was a blast:
Thank you Shelby Gonzalez, Serena Fox, Flower Kotkes, Danny Rissin-Rosenfeld, and Shay Gaay for the positive energy, great memories, and hard work!

Contact us if you are interested in applying for one of our 2015 intern positions. We seek reliable, soil loving, motivated individuals to gain skills working side by side with us in the gardens, greenhouse, and apothecary one day per week. Interns focus on a special project during their tenure that satisfies a personal interest and contributes to our goals on the farm. This is an exchange opportunity. Winter apothecary interns commit to a half day, mid-January through March; medicine garden interns commit to a full day per week from May through October.

Herbal Cupping Therapy

Hello, I am Sandra Lory. I am rather fond of plants and have unwavering faith in the power of Mother Nature's pharmacy. I keep my hands in the soil and tend it as my home, classroom, and cathedral.

I am a clinically trained herbalist and professional member of the International Cupping Therapy Association (ICTA). Appointments are available in 30, 60 or 90 minute treatments and are $60 per hour. Home visits are available with a $2 per mile commuting fee. I also offer private herbal cupping spa parties. Each person receives an organic facial, aromatic herbal foot bath, seasonal herbal tea blend, and introductory cupping treatment. Cost is $45 per person, host is free.
Click here for more information about my cupping services.

My practice combines traditional cupping therapy and topical use of aromatic plants for physical healing and spirit cleansing. The combination of these two techniques unblocks stagnant energy and balances overstimulated pathways in the body. The opportunity awaits for you to enter sanctuary and deepen your relationship with nature, as plants are an integral part of every service I offer.

I believe each person is an ecological expression.
We are part of nature and need nature. In this rapidly changing global climate, we need to attune to the practices of our ancestry and to the foods and medicines of the bioregion in which we live. Through integrating regular awareness of our bodies with the rhythms of the seasons, we can enjoy great improvements in health.



We use herbs for their physical medicinal attributes for wellness, as well as the powers they have to heal the mind and spirit.

Sandra Lory

About Sandra Lory

My birthplace is Chennai, India, and I was raised in East Hardwick, Vermont, where my parents settled after years of international relief work. My parents continue to teach me about the importance of social justice and community, the wisdom of nature, and the wild. My parents are avid gardeners, and my father is a dowser. My maternal granny, Luiza Maria Antao, was a village herbalist from Goa, India, who raised the family in Nairobi, Kenya during the British colonial era. My paternal grandfather, Andrej Lazorcak, came from Slovakia to Pittsburgh's South Side, where he worked in the wrought iron industry and cultivated a garden to feed the family during the war.

My work incorporates awareness and action, impact and responsibility inherent in being a global citizen. I have been privileged to witness and learn about folk medicine internationally. Currently, I am working on a photo essay series that documents my experiences with healing plants in Palestine, Haiti, Mexico, Israel, Slovakia, and India.

I have over 15 years experience with natural foods, urban agriculture, and community based work. In the 1990s I was involved with the community garden movement in New York City and Holyoke, Massachusetts, and I graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in Social Ecology and Visual Arts in 2001. I have been working in Barre, Vermont as a food justice educator and organizer for five years with the Nourishing Transitions and Good Food, Good Medicine programs, addressing food insecurity with families through community gardening, herbalism, and food as medicine. In 2015 I am taking a sabbatical from teaching to focus on curriculum development and to expand my private practice.

I am grateful to my teachers for their generous and timeless instruction. I've had the divine pleasure of working at Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center since 2002, under the tutelage of herbalist and author Rosemary Gladstar. I established Mandala Botanicals in 2003 after graduation from a year long apprenticeship with Rosemary. A brief synopsis of my studies in the healing arts the past 15 years include: Astrology and Herbalism with Atmo Abram; Village Herbalism with Amy Goodman-Kiefer; Mayan Abdominal Massage and Spiritual Healing with Miss Beatrice Waight; Clinical Herbalism with Guido Mase; Traditional Healing with Rocio Alarcon; Food Justice Education with Joseph Kiefer; Five Element Shiatsu with Hadar Sarit; Taoist Acupuncture with Josephine Spilka; Massage Therapy with Bob Onne; and Traditional Cupping with Julia Graves, Peter Schnell, Gabrielle Simon, Mark Perido, and Kim Miller. I also draw inspiration from the late D.C. Jarvis, renowned Barre physician and Vermont folk medicine advocate. I am thankful for my supportive family, especially my sister Yvonne, parents Jim and Victoria, and wonderful husband, Zachary Tonnissen.

I have given workshops at the New England Women's Herbal Conference, the International Herb Symposium, as well as many local venues ranging from public schools to Blue Cross Blue Shield.

My writing and photography have been featured in We'Moon, and in the books Fire Heart: The Life and Teachings of Maya Medicine Woman Miss Beatrice Torres Waight, and The Language of Plants: A Guide to the Doctrine of Signatures by Julia Hoffman Graves.

Sandra Lory

Links

Co-Founder of:
The Northeast Radical Health Care Network

Barre Community Gardeners Alliance and the Barre Community Garden at Metro Way
Herbalists Without Borders, Vermont Chapter

Member of:
Good Food, Good Medicine Program

Transition Town Vermont
Onion River Exchange and REACH Carebank
Herbal Aide

Friends:
Dandelioness Herbals
Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center
Numen (A film about the healing power of plants)
Wisdom of the Herbs School
Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism
Seeds of Renewal
Miss Beatrice Waight
United Plant Savers

Wild summer roses we harvested to blend with raw honey and to add to love elixir with cardamom and hawthorn berries.

Contact Us

(802) 793-8983
mandalabotanicals@gmail.com

Photographs © Sandra Lory.

A Mandala is a universal pattern in nature.
It is the source and cycle of all things, the intersection of dualities, and the mirroring between microcosm and macrocosm.
The elements of nature and life radiate, grow and change in Mandalas. Healing arts throughout the world are expressed in the form of Mandalas.

The services of Mandala Botanicals are for educational purposes only.
They are not intended to substitute for the advice or treatment of your doctor/healthcare practitioner.

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