Here’s Why We Should Be Celebrating Indigenous People’s Day, Rather Than Columbus Day

Here’s Why We Should Be Celebrating Indigenous People’s Day, Rather Than Columbus Day

This coming Monday, October 12 is Columbus Day - a national holiday that marks the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas back in 1492. But for many of us, it’s also a very painful day, as it brings up the violent history of colonial oppression at the hands of European explorers. Those wounds can still run deep, even today.
October 12, 2020 — Thomas Konik
To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Here Are Four Major Ways In Which Latinos Have Influenced American Culture

To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Here Are Four Major Ways In Which Latinos Have Influenced American Culture

September 15 kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration of the impact that Hispanic and Latino culture has had on virtually every facet of American life. With leaders in the government (there are currently 41 Latinos in the U.S. Congress!), and across business, science, sports and arts industries, Hispanics play an integral role in shaping the American experience. This is due, in part, to the community’s rapid population growth. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Hispanic and Latino population is the most significant minority group within the country - comprising around 60 million people!


 

September 24, 2020 — Luna Sundara
Is Palo Santo Endangered?

Is Palo Santo Endangered?

At Luna, we have a soft spot in our hearts for Palo Santo, the aromatic wood that’s been used for centuries in traditional and indigenous healing practices. Drawing inspiration from the role that Palo Santo played in her childhood, co-founder Sandra Manay has expanded Luna’s Palo Santo offerings to include everything from incense sticks and jewelry to essential oils. And as she’s grown from smudging Palo Santo sticks in Peru to sharing her love for this magical wood through products on our site, so too has this “Holy Wood” exploded commercially, igniting concerns about the Palo Santo tree’s conservation status.

August 19, 2020 — Luna Sundara
Here’s How Something as Simple as a Mirror Will Instantly Transform Any Home Space

Here’s How Something as Simple as a Mirror Will Instantly Transform Any Home Space

Thus far in 2020, we’ve likely all spent a bit more time at home than initially anticipated. And no matter where you’re sheltering in place, we wanted to provide a bit of inspiration to help make your home a nicer place in which to find refuge.

The best part? No trips to the store necessary. Our Peruvian mirrors are available to purchase with just a single click. With its whimsical sunburst design and sleek bronze finish, it pairs well with a variety of color palettes, and adds a chic look and feel to any home decor layout. Like all Luna products, we’ve collaborated closely with local artisans to lovingly create a one-of-a-kind piece that will imbue your home with a little piece of Peruvian culture.

June 12, 2020 — Luna Sundara
Luna Teams Up With Nonprofit Amazon Watch To Help Support Indigenous Populations

Luna Teams Up With Nonprofit Amazon Watch To Help Support Indigenous Populations

While COVID-19 continues to affect millions worldwide, indigenous populations living among the Amazon have been hit especially hard. Isolated from larger cities and medical care, these communities are suffering and dying at alarming rates. In fact, as of May 27th, there were 133,971 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 7,000 deaths reported across the Amazon region. This vast treasure of natural land encompasses much of South America, including Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. In Brazil alone, Amazon Watch recorded 1,471 cases of COVID-19 among indigenous populations and 149 deaths. 
June 01, 2020 — Luna Sundara
Get to know our newest incense: Myrrh

Get to know our newest incense: Myrrh

With many of us working remotely during the coronavirus outbreak, it can be hard to maintain a sense of normalcy and calm. And spending more time at home and away from other people means that we may not have access to our usual outlets of relieving stress - like going to the gym or spending time with friends and family.


At Luna, we believe it’s important to practice healthy ways to de-stress from home. That’s why, in this spirit of self-care, we’re excited to share that we now carry a selection of premium myrrh hand rolled incense sticks, made from 100% wild Peruvian myrrh.

May 12, 2020 — Luna Sundara
Get to know our newest incense: Peruvian Copal

Get to know our newest incense: Peruvian Copal

As many of us hunker down at home, it can be difficult to cope with this “new normal” - but the good news is that we can reframe this time as a fresh opportunity! Whether you’re planning to channel your energy into a new hobby, a creative venture, or maybe even deep cleaning your house, there are plenty of things we can do to keep ourselves staying healthy, happy and sane.


 

April 21, 2020 — Luna Sundara
Get to Know our newest oil: Molle

Get to Know our newest oil: Molle

There’s a reason that the phrase “spring cleaning” holds so much symbolic power. It’s because spring is traditionally the season of new beginnings and fresh life.

And as we spring clean emotionally - perhaps evaluating what we want to throw out and what we want to start anew in our own lives - we’re excited to announce Luna’s newest arrival: Molle essential oil!

March 31, 2020 — Luna Sundara
chulucanas peru, luna sundara

In keeping with the giving spirit of the season, we wanted to share something near and dear to our hearts.

Tom and I recently hosted a Christmas celebration for the children living in Chulucanas, Peru. Thank you to our friends for all of your support. Supporting small businesses does make a difference .
December 23, 2019 — Luna Sundara
Get to Know Dragon’s Blood, or “Sangre de Grado”

Get to Know Dragon’s Blood, or “Sangre de Grado”

Hear the words “dragon” or “dragon’s blood” in any context, and your mind might automatically jump to Game of Thrones - but fret not about revenging armies or fireballs. We’re here to tell you about a much less sinister version of dragon’s blood. In fact, this dragon’s blood might even help to heal some wounds.

September 11, 2019 — Luna Sundara