The Botanicas of Los Angeles

Botanica Jukila in East Los Angeles.

In downtown Los Angeles you’ll find an innocuous corner store called Farmacia Y Botanica Million Dollar. Here you can buy aspirin, soap, rubbing alcohol and Pepto-Bismol. Just beyond the toothpaste and mouthwash, you’ll notice a plethora of colorful plastic bottles in a section labeled Aguas Espirituales (“spirit water”). For a mere $5.50 per bottle, you can purchase a dose of spiritual power to help you cope with life’s difficulties. For…

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Loren Kantor

Loren Kantor

Loren is a writer and woodcut artist based in Los Angeles. He teaches printmaking and creative writing to kids and adults.