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Meet Caleb Cornelius of Rune Kitchen in Echo Park + Atwater

Today we’d like to introduce you to Caleb Cornelius.

Caleb, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
From an early age, I’ve always had the same interests. I’ve always had a strong connection to plants and to cooking. I remember as a kid playing in my backyard in the garden pretending I was preparing “salads” and other dishes with all the plants I could find. So this is something that is ingrained in me. As I got older, I learned more about veganism and eating healthy. I was fascinated by all of the different ingredients and superfoods I had become exposed to. I started working at vegan restaurants and juice bars to expand my knowledge. I really dove into plant medicine in about 2016 when I was having health problems and found out I had a cancerous tumor on the inside of my ribcage. With surgery, the power of plant medicines, alkaline water, and other holistic therapies, I was able to heal my body and feel the best I have felt in my life! I started Rune as a way for me to teach others about the powers of plant medicines and how eating with intention nurtures the body and the soul. I formulated all of my products with intention and each ingredient has its purpose.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Starting Rune definitely had its ups and downs. At the very beginning, it was mostly intimidating because I was new to LA and didn’t have much of a support system here. I just had to take everything step by step and remind myself to practice patience.

Please tell us about Rune Kitchen.
Rune Kitchen is a wellness brand specializing in plant medicines. This includes herbal teas, adaptogens, and healing spice blends. I am proud of the quality of the organic ingredients used. I think something that sets me apart from others is the distinct and unique flavors of each product. I worked really hard to formulate my products and feel very proud of them.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I grew up in Ohio and spent a lot of time outside. Some of my favorite memories from my childhood are building tree forts and playing in the creek with clay deposits, me and my friends would make pinch pots. Collecting paw paw fruit (a native wild fruit in Ohio) in the woods is another warm memory I have.


  • Herbal Teas $8.00
  • Spice Blends $8.00
  • Adaptogen Powders $4.00-$50.00

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