What are your daily morning rituals?
My alarm is always set for 7am, but I tend to wake up naturally about 6:30am most days. I head straight for the kitchen to boil the kettle and make a pot of whatever herbal tea I feel my body craves upon waking. Recently it’s been Moon Goddess, a blend of nettle, raspberry leaf, shatavari, rose petals, peppermint and vitex for hormone support and overall an extra nutrient boost. End of summer always makes me feel a little bit depleted, so I’m trying to load up on nutrients wherever I can, preparing for the colder season ahead. If I remember, I plan ahead and steep the tea the night before so that it gets to infuse overnight, getting the most nutrients from the herbs.
End of summer always makes me feel a little bit depleted, so I’m trying to load up on nutrients wherever I can, preparing for the colder season ahead. If I remember, I plan ahead and steep the tea the night before so that it gets to infuse overnight, getting the most nutrients from the herbs. If so, I just top the pot up with freshly boiled water so that it’s still nice and hot to drink. While the tea steeps I scrape my tongue with a copper tongue scraper, brush my teeth and wash my face with cold water. After that I head to the sunroom where I sit on the floor in silence, slowly sipping my tea and doing some form of breathwork for about 5-20 minutes. I usually end with a few juicy, intuitive stretches to open up the body - whatever it’s asking for, before I start my day.
How do you stay mindful throughout the day? Do you have any advice for cultivating a daily mindfulness practice?
Starting with a solid morning practice makes a huge difference throughout the rest of my day, but equally important to remember to take mindful breaks throughout the day. I try to take mini breaks, focusing on my breath, practicing at least 5-10 breaths of deep belly breathing to calm myself down. This is especially important when I feel anxious or have a particularly stressful day.
Mindfully consuming a beverage also allows me to take a pause, reflect and just sit with myself. Breaking up the day, even just for five minutes, sipping on something that is nourishing for my body, allows me to stay grounded and centred. I’m all about the mindful pauses.
What does plants as medicine mean to you? How have they offered support or helped you find balance?
Ever since I can remember I have always felt most at home surrounded by nature. I’m an introvert and take on a lot of energy from things around me. I get very easily overwhelmed at times, being around a lot of people or in busy areas. Plants offer unconditional support. Whether it is taking a walk through nature or sipping on a healing herbal blend, plants always offer me grounding, soothing the nervous system and allowing me to cultivate my own calm.
What is your favourite (adaptogenic) herb and how do you use it?
I can’t really say I have a favourite - depending on what I’m going through at the moment my body will ask for something differently. I tend to always come back to a few trusted ones that really work for me though. Shatavari to enhance my feminine, yin side and balance my hormones. Reishi & Chaga mushroom for their immune enhancing, calming and grounding abilities. Reishi is also one of the milder tasting medicinal mushrooms, so I find that it blends incredibly well with most things. Tulsi and Rosemary when I need to detox or reset my system. Licorice Root because it’s so incredibly tasty (and soothing for the belly!). Lately I’ve been drinking a lot of licorice and rose petal tea to cool down and open up the heart centre.
End of summer can manifest a lot of internal fire and heat within the body. I’m making a conscious effort trying to bring in more softness and kindness and I find that this blend is the perfect cooling and calming end of summer drink.
Apart from looking great and stylish for your interiors, can you tell me any other benefits indoor plants can provide?
Surrounding myself with greenery brings me instant calm. I get so much joy looking after them, talking to them and watching them grow. They are all part of the (very large!) family. Also, couldn’t be more grateful for the fresh air they selflessly give.
Favourite house plant?
As a child I had a million Spider Plants in my bedroom and wildy propagated them as my full time hobby. I think I went a little overboard and ended up really disliking them in my adult life. My in-laws gave me a few plantlets a few years back and seeing them thrive and make lots of babies was so rewarding that I’m once again obsessed with them. Plus they are amazing air purifiers! A fiddle leaf fig was the first plant my husband and I ever bought together, so they definitely have a soft spot in my heart. Also, Monstera deliciosa because they are just gorgeous and so easy to grow.
Best health/wellness secret?
Integrate plants into your life wherever possible, inside and out. Drink them, eat them, surround yourself with them - at home and by spending time in nature.
What lights you up? Or what are you currently grateful for?
Living in one of the most beautiful places on earth, with instant access to nature and the ocean at my doorstep (whilst being incredibly sheltered from a global pandemic.) Being able to explore and do what I love on a daily basis. Having easy access to the highest quality, regeneratively grown, organic produce, and the time to nourish myself and the people around me.
What are your daily evening rituals?
I love getting into bed early with a cup of herbal tea. Usually our Deep Zen blend. I read a few chapters of whatever book I’m reading at the moment (currently re-reading Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes for the second time). I try to avoid screens and looking at my phone after about 9pm to give me enough time to wind down. I like to put some lavender oil on my temples and behind my neck and put my legs up the wall for 10-15 minutes, practicing some more deep belly breathing right before I fall asleep.