When I think of health, I often think about how that word alone made me feel as a child and young adult. What does it actually mean? To be in full health, or be healthy? I've found that health means solace with our being, and every essence of our nature.
For someone as myself who has struggled with her perception of weight and her outward vision of who she is, I feel like an expert when it comes to this whole "what is healthy" question- but trust me, I didn't have the answers to that question for years.
Over the years I've learned how to separate myself from what society labels as "healthy", and what I think that should actually mean for myself and others. When did health mean numbers? Jean size? Vigorous workouts? Tight skin? Lustrous hair? Eating avocados? Why isn't it mindfulness? All types of skin colors and body sizes? Self-care? Nourishment? Gentle movements? Eating whatever the hell you want all while being completely conscious of how your food landed on your plate?
We're all a little bit more than what society wants us to be. Intuition is everything, and as a woman, that's the strongest power I have and I want to tap into that more often than not. My spirituality is tied to everything, particularly with myself and the want to help others in finding ways to nourish themselves in more areas than one. And so to be perfectly honest with you, I owe so much of myself to the earthly wonders around me. I'm talking plants. Specifically, medicinal herbs.
Rituals are important. I have grown more and more intuitive as I’ve allowed myself to expand more into myself and my naturally ancestral ways. As a result, I have a stronger understanding of where I am being pulled at any given moment. It is also through the vulnerability in my decision to share my personal practices and perspective on the world, that I manage to make genuine connections with others and the plants that have given us everything we need from the beginning of time. I study the practice of ayurvedic herbalism and teach others how it's more than drinking tea, it's about connection and lifestyle practices to become a more heightened individual and how herbs can expel, support and promote different actions within ourselves. Herbalism is social justice.
So I'm your herbalist. Your friend who will most likely connect you with a particular plant because you may remind me of nettle. My prickly friend who needs to be handled with care and ease not only from others but yourself. When supplemented with love you soften and suddenly you'll feel nourished and passionate to bring comfort to those who have the honor to rustle in your leaves. The best of you already lives within, you just have to be more gentle with yourself.