06 Jan May Salem
May Salem is a proud mama of 5 , a creative, entrepreneur, and forever student. She was born on Panay, Philippines. May’s early childhood was spent mostly out doors playing in nature, climbing trees, picking fruits, swimming in rivers, and making toys with leaves and sticks. Her family moved to Northern California when she was seven years old in search of “better” opportunities.
May started reconnecting with Nature when she became a vegetarian in college. She started appreciating the healing powers of plants and herbs and how connecting to mama earth is vital. May is also influenced by the healers in her family. Her Lolo (grandpa) was a Hilot (healer) and midwife in their village in the Philippines and continued his Hilot practice in the states.
May aspires to one day become a birth worker and continue the midwifery traditions from her family’s lineage. May also loves to express herself through yoga and dance. She is a certified yoga instructor and incorporates these expressions in her healing process and work.
May is the designer/ creative director and co-owner of NATIVE SOL. She host workshops, special events, and gatherings at her brick and mortar shop in Long Beach, CA. May loves to create various pieces every day with different mediums from jewelry making , sewing clothing, weaving fibers and home decor, to writing contents for her personal work and shop. May is grateful to be able support her family from her creations and thankful for the flexibility it has given her to allow quality time with her 5 children. You can find more of May’s creative work on IG at @nativesol or @mamasoltribe (personal ).