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02 September 2015

Radical Self-Care

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Nourishing Foods, Self Love

2015.4 c basket woods Life is very full these days -- preparing for the Southeast Women's Herbal Conference, harvesting, parenting my son -- just to name a few. Like most women, I wear many hats. To sustain the energy levels that my life requires, without the use of caffeine or other stimulants, I have learned that I need to practice radical self-care.

Radical self-care includes proper nourishment for the body -- good water; local, organic produce; fermented foods (like yogurt and kimchi); and healthy fats (like organic butter and coconut oil). Another important daily practice is herbal infusions -- strong, medicinal teas brewed with herbs such as nettles and oatstraw that help nourish the body with needed minerals and vitamins.

Radical self-care means loving ourselves at our roots -- body and soul. I've found activities that both relax and enliven me, and weave them into my weekly flow as much as possible -- yoga, naps, baths, hiking, dancing, journaling, time with close friends, body work, and connecting with nature.

butter and foodOne of the most radical parts of radical self-care requires us to take the initiative to structure our lives to correspond more closely with the rhythms of nature -- the rhythm of the day, the week, the month and the year. Women have more energy when we get up with the sun (instead of an alarm clock), take a moonday around the onset of moontime, and slow down during the winter months. It may seem impossible to create a life like this, yet we can all take small steps that move us in that direction -- toward a level of self-care that can feed the energy for our life.

When I engage in radical self-care, my energy levels are high. I sleep well and I wake eager to work, contribute to the world and be in service to the goddess. May we all be so well nourished.

About the Author

Corinna Wood

Corinna Wood

SEWWnewsletterSidebarAdCorinna Wood is founder and director of Southeast Wise Women and co-founder of Red Moon Herbs. With extensive training and experience in herbal medicine and spiritual psychology for women, Corinna has been practicing, teaching, and carrying on the Wise Woman Tradition for over 25 years.

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