A Holiday Message for 2023

Dear Friends,

We have chosen the king of the Peruvian rainforest as the vehicle for our holiday message—the Yanapuma, or Black Jaguar—who adorns the front cover of a new book of poetry, Poems by Elena de Nazca. This unique book of magnificent poems is by Elena Rojas Martinez, a cofounder of Whole World Botanicals. Elena’s heart is one with this magnificent beast—now an endangered species in the Amazon River Basin due to the loss of most of its habitat.

Every trip we take to the Peruvian rainforest in the Amazon River Basin reveals more loss of its haunting beauty, its wild and mysterious spirit, and the richest diversity of plant life on planet Earth. The unparalleled healing powers of rainforest plant life are embodied in the accumulated wisdom of the people who have inhabited this arboreal environment for thousands of years.

As we continue to make these healing rainforest botanicals available to you, we pray for a change in awareness, and action to save the treasure that is the Amazon, which helps sustain the entire planet.

Let us celebrate with Elena the beauty and power of this magnificent animal, and make an intention to be a force to preserve biodiversity on the planet, and cherish this great gift that humanity has received. We ask you to join us in honoring nature and the human community, in empathy with all creation.

We will be making Elena’s book available for purchase on our website in the new year. In her poetry, Elena offers a rare glimpse into her heart and mind, depicting Peru, the rainforest, her family members, the desert and the Nazca lines, and her life in New York. Most of all, Elena’s poems are about her profound experience of mystical union with the transcendent all.

At this holiday time, we wish you the joy that comes from oneness with nature and the human community, and the peace that passes all understanding.

On behalf of the Whole World Botanicals family, may you have peace and good health in 2023!