Consider signing up for one of the workshops listed above! Fight those winter blues with self-care.
Scarves, hats, and mittens are not the only defenses against the winter blues. Voices for Earth Justice is hosting a series of winter wellness workshops on the topic of supporting mental, physical, and emotional health with plant-based practices.
“There are different plants that support mental well-being like chamomile for calming nerves, as well as plants that treat physical ailments like ginger for stomach aches,” states VEJ garden leader L’Oreal Hawkes-Williams providing a few examples of herbs that boost health.
In this statement, Hawkes-Williams suggests resilient tea-brewing practices can be intensified by crafting concoctions from certain plants. Additionally, plants can be grown for the specific purpose of growing tea. If this is outside your comfort zone, there are amazing websites that provide ethically sourced, organically grown bulk herbs.
L’Oreal Hawkes-Williams, VEJ Garden Coordinator, states, “Not only does tea warm our bodies on chilly days, but drinking tea is a great way to utilize the medicinal properties of certain plants.”
The three one-time workshops that Voices for Earth Justice will host include tincture-making & tea-brewing, winter stew-making, and aromatherapy. We are focusing on activities that can be infused into daily life to enrichen and bolster health.
Each workshop will focus on one of these methods of brightening the winter months in a just and sustainable fashion. With background, instruction, and discussion, these workshops will provide not only educational resources, but also a space for community members to share their winter-resiliency methods.
“Learning about plants and how they naturally help us is fascinating and a great benefit to your body!” exclaims Hawkes-Williams.
It is possible to sign up for one, two, or three of the workshops by filling out the form via this link.