In the spring of 2019, I trekked to the West Village. In a basement that smelled of rose geranium and patchouli, the basement of CAP Beauty, I sat down with CAP Beauty founder and visionary Kerrilynn Pamer. We talked hawks and ancestry, and from those conversations the lovechild that is The Light Ray was born. Read on to get to know this cosmic being better...
Who are you and what do you do?
What is your earliest plant memory?
When I was young I spent a lot of time exploring on my own in the high desert of Oregon. This meant I took off by myself in the morning on my bike (food in my backpack), and came back when the sun was starting to set. I immediately made my way to the nature center where I volunteered with the birds and then I would head down to the river to play with the tadpoles and frogs. On the way were huge expanses of velvety plants that I loved. My grandfather told me that American Indian women used to use these leaves as a natural blush, so I would always stop to rub them on my cheeks. My Grandfather didn't share his lineage with us, so at the time I didn't know that he was fully Cherokee Indian. I felt a deep connection to these plants and this ritual; and when I see them now, I always think of him.
Is nature involved in your current work? If so, in what way?
My life’s calling is completely guided by nature. Without the plants, I would quite literally not have a business. The plants and people that make the offerings show me the way daily.
Do plants speak to you and how can you tell?
I wish I could say an emphatic yes here, and claim that I am having conversations with the plants always. It’s not literal for me in that way, but the connection is similar to how I feel around animals. We don’t technically share the same language, but the level of communication is other, and one that I cherish and respect deeply.
What’s your favorite plant?
This question stumped me when I first read it, I didn’t know how to answer or even where to begin. And then the plant revealed itself, and surprisingly it was crocus, a plant I hadn’t thought of for quite some time. Growing up in Oregon with the constant of rain, my Mom and I were always thrilled to see the first signs of color making its way into our yard. This little non-imposing flower reminds me of her a lot, and the memories are rich and complex. Also, to find out later in life that the crocus is the origin of saffron, a favorite flavor of mine, added another layer of admiration to this sweet little plant.
What’s your favorite natural therapy, whether that be plant medicine acupuncture or something else?
I drink a lot of herbs and cook a lot of vegetables and love to get plants in my body through the ritual of cooking. I’m at my best in the kitchen, and I have the plants to thank for that.
What’s your favorite Wooden Spoon Herbs remedy? How has it helped you to follow the plant path?
The Light Ray is magic. This collaboration came to life in the easiest and most organic way possible, and my gratitude for Lauren having the knowledge, skills and desire to create this together is immense. I love that it was initially intended for beautiful skin, but has become so much more than that. It is a testament to the beauty of the body, the plants and the harmony that happens when you respect both deeply.