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Animal Spirit Profiles: Elie Barausky

Elie Barausky


We interviewed and photographed Portland creatives we admire to find out a little bit more about their work.


Elie Barausky: Golden Egg


Elie is one of two founders of Portland Apothecary, a shop that specializes in healing teas, elixirs, soaps and other botanical formulas crafted to support health and spirit by reconnecting people with the healing found in plants. An essential partner in the creation of our collaborative Reflect Tea, Elie holds deep wisdom about nature's nurturing and regenerative properties. Her calm presence and intimate engagement with the environment reminded us of the Golden Egg, whose restful ease invites the answers to some of our deepest questions about how best to live in harmony with the world around us.

  1. What is your medium? Herbs, aromatherapy, the garden, the kitchen
  2. Three words that describe your work: plants, reverence, alchemy
  3. Three words that describe yourself: Herbalist, potter, gardener
  4. Where do you find inspiration? My garden and all the wild places around here (mountains, coast, islands and high desert). Cooking, reading herb books and folk art. Bike rides along the river esplanade, walks in Forest Park, drives out to Cistus nursery on Sauvie Island.
  5. What's your biggest struggle as an artist? Remembering simple is usually best.  Promoting my work. The business side of owning/running a business. Trusting that following my intuition is always the best route.
  6. How do you rise up against that struggle? Taking time to listen and observe the plant world (they love to communicate with us!) Practice self-care daily, drink herbal tea, cook for myself, ashtanga yoga. Nurture close friendships.
  7. Do you have a secret talent or super power? Scrappy and resourceful
  8. What do you think your animal spirit is? Elephant.