Come spring and summer, when fresh herbs abound, I get really into crafting my own infusions. Surely this can be achieved year round by sourcing quality dried herbs, but when fresh is available, I feel the life force of the living herb translates to a more nutritious infusion. I've been picking up bundles of lemon balm, stinging nettle, and garden mint each week to infuse into mineral-rich teas, and thought I'd share my simple process with some background on my herbs of choice.
But before I do that, I have a bit of an announcement.
The Solful Health Journal has been a love project of mine, many years in the making, and is truly one of the most enjoyable parts of my work. But as many of you know, the Journal is just one of three moving parts that make up Solful Health - the others being my work as a yoga teacher + my private practice as a nutritionist. Though passionate about each of these areas of my work, most days I felt spread extremely thin, ungrounded from having to constantly switch hats, and very much like a "jack of all trades and master of none". A typical day involved rushing from teaching yoga to meeting with clients, back to the yoga studio and then home to test recipes, prepare for the next day's client meetings, manage whatever commissioned writing/event projects I had going on, and hopefully fitting in a Journal post somewhere in between. Whew.
My health, which I fought so hard to rebuild from the ground up, was suffering as a result (because duh I was acting like a boundary-less maniac), as were my personal relationships to others and to myself. At the beginning of this new year, I felt strongly that I needed to make a shift in my career, though I was entirely idealess on what this would actually look like. Because I know we are all constantly trying to "figure it all out", whatever that means, I felt called to share my process with all of you, having come out the other side.
Knowing something had to change, yet still feeling deeply resistant to letting go of any piece of Solful Health, I turned it over to the Universe (as I always do with any big decisions) and committed myself to a daily Kundalini meditation practice designed for greater clarity + expand self-worth (as suggested by my teacher, Desiree of Benshen). I also started paying really close attention to how I felt while engaging with each of these aspects of my work. How we feel is a direct indication of whether or not we are on the right path. When we are doing work we love + feel called to do, it has an energy-expanding effect. Feeling drained is often an indication that we're a bit misaligned.
What I found shortly after committing to this new awareness, was that I don't love being a nutritionist. Yikes. I was truthfully surprised by this revelation, as my nutrition practice has always been my main point of focus. It's also always been my main stream of income. But since making the decision to let this part of my business go, it has become so clear how much this commitment to something I didn't actually want to be doing (but felt I "should" be doing) was weighing me down and holding me back from true success and happiness.
I've chosen to lovingly let go of my nutritional coaching practice in order to focus my energy more fully on what fuels me: leading truly exceptional yoga classes + experiences and expanding myself as a writer and recipe-developer. Though I'm no longer working in the field directly, my nutrition background will serve to inform each of the recipes + lifestyle pieces found here on the Journal.
To my readers, I am so thrilled to share this next chapter in my journey with all of you, and cannot wait to reveal what I have in store for this space. And to my yoga students (past, present, and future), expect some incredible events - both locally and globally - as I expand my offerings in this realm. The Solful Health site has been reworked to reflect these changes and new offerings, and will continue to be updated with more events + happenings. It has been an absolute joy + privilege getting to know so many of you, and your support means everything. Thank you for allowing my dreams to become a reality.
SPRING HERB TEA INFUSION
LEMON BALM | Deeply calming and nervous-system soothing, promotes restful sleep, preserves + protects brain cells, improves memory, supports the liver, and supplies the body + brain with a potent medley of antioxidants.
STINGING NETTLE | Relieves allergies, improves kidney function, nourishes hair and skin, reduces pain, and contains antibacterial + anti-inflammatory properties.
GARDEN MINT | Stimulates + improves digestion, relieves naseau + headaches, clears congestion, elevates mood + energy, improves cognitive function, promotes oral health, and relieves allergies.
TO MAKE: Bring a pot of filtered spring water to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat, add in a handful or two of your fresh herbs, and cover. Allow to sit for 20-30 minutes. Be sure to keep covered, as the oils (the most medicinal part of the plant) will escape if left uncovered. You can choose to strain the leaves before enjoying. Keep stored in your refrigerator for up to a week.