Self Care for Women: Mindful Cycles, Healthy Bodies, Clean Beauty

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Taught by Laena McCarthy

Laena is Founder and CEO of Anarchy in a Jar, a jam and mustard company based in Brooklyn. She grew up making traditional jam with her family in New York’s Hudson Valley, and after a career in science and academia decided to make her passion for jamming into a business. Founded in 2009, Anarchy in a Jar makes all natural condiments, cooked by hand, all natural, and made primarily with produce from local and small farms. You can find the jams at many grocery stores and cheese shops throughout the US. 

Laena is also an herbalist, wellness maven, and birth coach, supporting women and helping empower their bodies through childbirth and life's vagaries. She launched her beauty line, Edible Beauté, in 2016, using edible organic herbs and oils to feel good and nourish the skin. 

Anarchy in a Jar has been featured in The New York Times, The New York Times T Style Magazine, The Martha Stewart Show, New York Magazine, Bust, Elle Japan, Tasting Table, Food & Wine, and Saveur. Laena's cookbook, Jam On: The Craft of Canning Fruit, was published with Penguin in 2012.

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In this comprehensive class, herbalist, food entrepreneur, birth and postpartum doula and mom Laena McCarthy, will discuss healing traditions and practices to boost the female body's natural resilience while protecting from stress and damage, from the inside and out. The class will begin with an overview of what healthy self-care rituals look like, why taking care of your body is important, and how to heal and take care of your skin, body and cycles using simple herbs and ingredients from your pantry.

We’ll cover how a plant-based diet can be used for both physical and emotional health, how to choose herbs for cooking, teas and tonics, and how to work with the body's own natural cycles and rhythm to restore balance. We will discuss finding the right blend for your body: from your early 20’s to menopause.

The last 30 minutes of class, we’ll learn a simple exercise set, Laena's "daily 15 mend me minutes" of self-massage, stretching and breathing that can work wonders for maintaining physical and mental health, and prevent damage from stress and exhaustion.

Participants will learn about resources for herbs, oils and ingredients, and will take home a guide Laena's created with DIY herbal care, recipes for a healthy plant-based diet, and mindfulness exercises covered in the class, as well as a greater understanding of how to enhance their daily self care rituals, empowering them to take their physical, emotional and reproductive health into their own hands.


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