Karen L. Culpepper is a Chinese and DCAUS (Descendants of Captured Africans in the US) woman living in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. She is a healer, a licensed massage therapist and a clinical herbalist. Her clinical practice is Embracing Rhythm, where she focuses on being a container and safe space for folks to do their healing work around higher care, vitality and trauma. Karen has a Master’s of Science in Herbal Medicine from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly, Tai Sophia Institute) and has been creating custom blended herbal recommendations for clients since 2009, when she was practicing in the student clinic. Last Fall, Karen launched an apothecary, Sacred Legacy Herbal Apothecary, that supplies ethically sourced herbs and sources her herbal product line, Rhythmic Botanicals.
Karen was also a member of the Oxalis Collective (now defunct), a group of three healers of color with roots in the South based in the Washington DC Metropolitan. The collective created healing spaces for activist and movement spaces both locally and nationally. In these spaces, she had the opportunity to support folks through individual consultations, heart centered facilitation and the design of herbal healing stations. From herbal healing sprays that create an environment of tranquility or protection, to herb infused honeys and glycerites to add a little sweetness into beverages and bodies to herbal tinctures that provide a moment of respite for self-care. Every aspect of the healing station was infused with the healing wisdom of herbal medicine. She is excited to create space for and develop herbal products that support sex workers and all of their bodies (mental, emotional, spiritual and physical) through the Sacred Whore Line.