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Sana Spices in Sayulita was founded in 2015 by Oksana Oliinyk. She is a merchant of the highest quality, hand-selected, hand-prepared spices and herbs. “Sana” is a combination of two languages. In Turkish it means “you” and in Spanish it means ”healthy”. This describes her goal.
In 2020 she opened a store/workshop in Sayulita. Here customers can step into a delightful, nostalgic and aromatic world, smell their way through jars of freshly-made spices, create handmade gifts, have a shot of locally-grown turmeric juice or a cup of relaxing tea. Chat to the spice connoisseurs about the next meal and get inspired with the new flavors.
With a healthy array of spices and spice mixes you have a foundation for nearly any dish that you want to prepare. Sana Spices carries unique varieties only available at her store! Indian Curry, Coffee Spice, Khmeli Suneli, Al Pastor, Chilaquiles Spice, Bengali Chicken Soup Spice, Four Peppers and Cardamom and many more are blended freshly every week. She also make fresh thai pastes with the ingredients straight from her spice garden! Every single recipe has a story behind and a personal experience. Sana Spices has a wide range of spices grown in Mexico such as: smoked chipotle and other chillies, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, epazote, vanilla, dill, sage, basil and many more. Her family helps her to grow saffron, cornflowers, calendula, caraway, paprika and other ingredients in Ukraine as well. As for 2020, about 40 ingredients are grown in Sayulita! Only a few: black pepper, nutmeg and cloves are imported from Zanzibar and Kerala.
Please contact me if you would like to create a handmade gift for your loved ones or create your own spice mix! In addition to my hand-blended spice mixes, I am happy to make a custom blend to adjust to your taste, for example without garlic or onion, or with extra chile. You can contact me by email, Whatsapp or via the contact form on this page.
Herbs and spices require different climates to grow and proper methods of dehydrating and keeping them fresh. In the humid places its best to keep the spices in the fridge or freezer if not used frequently. In dry climates spices stay fresh for 1-2 years.
Many store bought herb and spice blends can contain additives, anti-caking agents or MSG. Sana Spices is taking extra care to provide pure spices, herbs and blends of the best quality. For that reason, sizes of the packaging varies from extra small to large. Most of our spice blends does not contain any sugar or salt, but we do have sugar rims and salts with spices as well!
Born and raised in Ukraine. Graduated with an International Business MA degree in Poland/Turkey. During that time lived and worked summers in USA, where she felt in love with culinary arts. Traveled to 21 countries in four continents, before she first landed in Mexico. Since she remember, had a strong interest in herbs and traveling was one of the ways she gathered authentic knowledge from locals. Now she lives half of the year in Sayulita and the other half dedicates to spice voyages in order to have best quality pure herbs at her store. In 2017 she started her own little spice garden in Sayulita where she grows 40 ingredients with her partner. In 2020 she opened her store.