Self Care for Women: Mindful Cycles, Healthy Bodies, Clean Beauty
Taught by Laena McCarthy
Laena is Founder and CEO of Anarchy in a Jar, a jam and mustard company based in Brooklyn. She's an Entrepreneur, Educator, Wellness Maven, Birth Coach, Ideation Consultant, and Side Hustle Coach. Living and working the ethos of resilience and food as medicine, she helps empower people through work, life, childbirth, and transformation. In her private practice, she coaches women who crave financial freedom and an integrated work/life/cycle balance.
Laena launched her startup, Anarchy in a Jar, in 2009. It 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 Random House in 2012. A student of her own hustle advice, she launched her newest venture, a self-care line, in 2016, using edible organic herbs and oils to feel good and nourish the skin.
Laena graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, received an MS in Information Science from Pratt Institute, has trained as a birth coach, food scientist, and herbalist, and was awarded the United States Antarctica Service Medal by the Department of Defense for her work with the National Science Foundation.
When she’s not making it rain with mustard, wellness rituals, and startup nitty-gritty, you can find her dreaming about her next adventure, while practicing self-care, and chasing after her toddler.
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.