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Mindful Rituals

Issue 31

Mindful Rituals – Nurturing Wellness Through Herbal Habits

We hope the habits created for the new year bring us closer to the happier, healthier people we strive to be. There is a lot of pressure to “start the year off right,” no matter what your wellness goals are. You owe it to yourself and the people in your life to be the best possible version of yourself, right?

I can already feel the anxiety set in as I write this!

Despite the shame or stress we may encounter along our path to wellness, it is a journey we all take step by step, day by day, so be kind to yourself.

There are many ways to create habits with herbs that benefit your health and wellness. The herbs themselves can be important, based on your goals, but the practice of choosing to sit quietly with a cup of tea and meditate can be even more powerful.

Choosing to spend time with myself is one of the best habits I have found for reflection and reaching my full potential. It doesn’t cost anything to sit alone quietly, but if you are like me, it can be difficult to not have your hands and mind busy. If the only thing you do this year is create a mindful habit you enjoy, then pat yourself on the back for a job well done!

Keeping it simple is best. You can brew a cup of tea, go for a foraging walk, or use plants as part of your diet. When you find one that works well for you every day, you can start to set intentions by which herbs you use. Much like how Botanically Curious formulates items for clients, take stock of what you need in that moment.

Are you looking to be more calm? Using chamomile or warming ginger might do the trick. Perhaps you seek greater peace of mind? Passionflower capsules in the morning may work. Maybe you are not a morning person and need to wake up the body! We’ve got you covered with the Centering Morning Chai recipe.

Look back on previous articles or visit our Instagram page to get ideas on herbs that might work best. DM us on Instagram and let us know what your herbal habits are, we would love to hear from you!

Centering Morning Chai

Here is a recipe you can try! It is loaded with adaptogens to support the mind and body during this new year of adventures.

  • ½ tsp. chai spice blend or warming spices of your choice (like cinnamon)
  • ½ tsp. marshmallow root powder for that morning prebiotic to help your gut
  • ½ tsp. roasted chicory root to support cleansing throughout the body
  • 1 Tbsp. mushroom powder (I use a blend of Reishi, Cordyceps, Turkey Tail, Lion’s Mane and Chaga)
  • 1 Tbsp. tulsi herb (holy basil) for clarity from stress-related brain fog

Brew in a French Press or 10-inch saucepan on low heat with 1 ¼ cup of water for 15 minutes and enjoy!

Paula Kersch
Paula Kerschhttps://botanicallycurious.com/about-us
Paula Kersch, owner and head herbalist at Botanically Curious is dedicated to connecting with the local community through collaboration and community service. Attend a class taught by Paula or one of the many wonderful community partners who bring their expertise to the table!

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