"Irene shares her knowledge of Ibiza’s healing herbs through several interactive experiences."
Irene’s journey into plant medicine started in her twenties, when she was faced with an illness that required consistent medication. Not comfortable with what the conventional medical world was telling her, she started to research alternatives. Eventually, she met up with a naturopath who was able to treat her condition with herbs. It was the opening to what would become a lifelong journey and would eventually lead Irene to leave her established career in Human Resources to embark in a new direction. She travelled extensively through her Extremadura homeland and greater Spain, seeking the elderly women in small villages who retained the ancient knowledge of the plant world. Time spent in a Maya village in Mexico further solidified her knowledge as well as studies in Ayurveda and other modalities.
These days Irene can be found either collecting wild herbs in the forests of Ibiza, concocting oils, lotions and plant treatments, attending to her small garden of medicinal herbs or running workshops to introduce people to the principles and power of plants. “Ibiza is full of medicinal plant,” she says. “Much of it is native to the island and what cannot grow here always has a local substitute. You have everything here.” There are many ways to harness the power of plants and Irene creates infusions, perfumes, creams, essential oils and distillates making sure that each process coincides with the natural lunar cycle of the plant’s growth.
Irene shares her knowledge of Ibiza’s healing herbs through several interactive experiences. Workshops might include a meditative walk through the forest to identify and collect different herbs for the creation of an infusion, the crafting of a perfume blended to the specific needs of the workshop participants or learning how to establish your own mini medicinal herb garden. Ibiza is overflowing with plant medicine goodness, and Irene focuses on some of the most common ones and their healing benefits.