I hope this newsletter finds you well and taking good care during this holiday season. I am spending time at home and nourishing my need for rest, peace, and quiet. I am grateful for the food stored in the larder that I put away from the previous seasons, as I prepare delicious meals.
Nourishment is the cornerstone of health. Nourishment helps to prevent disease, it can help with a faster recovery when we do get sick, it can bring joy, less stress, better digestion, and overall well-being. My work as an herbalist is built around the question: What if Nourishment Works: what if….. My students often quote me, and one student even designed this as a bumper sticker and gifted it to me when she completed her internship.
It was very easy for me to follow this path. When I was growing up my parents taught me a love for whole and delicious food. We ate delicious rye bread, pickles from the barrel at a local Italian Deli, my grandmothers’ recipe of ham, cabbage, and potatoes, homemade waffles with real maple syrup and so much more. I often envied my friends whose families ate from boxes or fast-food restaurants, but little did I know, they were paving the path for my passion for food and health. Every evening we ate together as a family, nourishing our connections and our bodies. I rarely missed a meal; this was always an important part of my day. I am forever grateful.
And to this day, my favorite activity is to share nourishing meals with people that I care about. Today wild, whole, fermented, and local food are the cornerstone of the meals that I prepare. I know the joy that this brings to me, and I see what it brings to those that I teach to incorporate this type of food into their diets. Nourishment works on many levels, the vitamins, minerals, as well as other nutritive aspects of food, are naturally important, as are the relationships that are built gathering and securing delicious nutritive food.
Many of the programs I offer, focus on sharing the skills for others to source, identify and/or prepare food from the field to the plate. Not long ago I was interviewed by herbalist JiLing, on her podcast TeaTime. The focus of this interview is on my work nourishing the body as well as the community. As we go into a New Year, I thought some of you might enjoy this conversation. View it here:
Below you can learn about some of the programs I will be offering in the upcoming year, including a workshop titled What if Nourishment Works?, as part of the Midwest Women’s Herbal In Our Own Hands: Women’s Wellness Series. See below for more information about this program and a code for you to receive a discount to join this workshop or the entire series.
As the pandemic continues to impact all of us, it is more important than ever that we nourish ourselves, our community, and the earth. I am offering quite a few programs virtually. I hope that some of you will join me.