You might remember last week we announced our Sleep Tea collaboration with the wonderful Louise at Wild Love. We wanted delve a little deeper with Louise to find out more about how Wild Love began, and she's even gifted us some tips self care for the holiday season (because heaven knows we need it already!).
What led you to start Wild Love?
I made a jar of Kawakawa healing balm in a medicine making class at Naturopathic College and gave it to a friend who had struggled with eczema for years. A couple of weeks later she called me asking to make some more as it had really helped her and another friend who she'd passed it on to also. So I did and the word continued to spread. I started to sell it through a friends shop who suggested I use my herb knowledge to make some teas also. So I did. I thought it would be a nice way for people to experience some of the herbs I have grown to love. It all happened pretty organically I guess.
Besides being the ultimate tea and healing balm creator, you are also a skilled Naturopath, how does influence the products you create?
I'm still making my balm because it helps so many people, and that's why I do what I do. Also I am honoured to teach people about Rongoa Maori (traditional Maori medicine) which is where the use of Kawakawa comes from. I hope that through using my balm people learn the importance of looking after our native plants, because they can give us so much, we must respect and cherish them. The teas are fun for me because I get to introduce people to herbal medicine! I chose the blends using some of my favourite herbs that are a bit out of the ordinary. For example Damiana is such a beautiful herb but many people in New Zealand and Australia have never heard of it. Love Tea allows them to experience and learn about it.
Whats your fave Wild Love product and why?
It has to be the balm. It was the first product I made almost 7 years ago and since then I have had so many messages from people all over the world telling me how much they love it! It puts a huge smile on my face every time!
What are your top 5 tips for self care during the hectic holiday season?
1.It's ok to turn down an invitation if it's all getting too much! Your adrenal glands will thank you for a night off here and there.
2. Have a late afternoon protein packed green smoothie before heading out to an event. You'll take it easy on the party snacks and because you got an extra serve of greens in it won't be so bad if your dinner is less than perfect.
3.Take a good quality Milk Thistle supplement to help your liver cope with the extra burden during these hectic weeks.
4. Take it easy on the coffee. It can be a great little helper at times but if you're constantly overindulging it's going to stop being your friend and start doing you harm. Listen to your body. Do you really want another flat white? Or do you just need a glass of water? Everybody handles coffee differently, but in general I ask people to keep it to one a day.
5. Greens powders are your friend! Packed full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and alkalising goodness they are a super easy way to add some good nutrition into your day.
You have a really balanced approach to wholesome living which is refreshing after being bombarded with 'clean living' guilt across social media these days. Whats THE best advice you could give to someone wanting to make a few healthy changes in their daily routine?
Yea I'm not really into fads. They're generally not sustainable and mostly not very good for you. You may have heard it a million times but it really does come down to balance!
Unless you are treating a specific illness and need to be strict about what you're eating then I believe if the majority of the food you eat is made up of whole, real, and natural foods you're going to be ok.
My number one super easy small change with a big impact is to start the day with two big glasses of water before you do anything else. I'd say most people are walking around pretty dehydrated these days and if you start the day replenishing yourself you'll be a step ahead when you reach for your coffee rather than getting even more behind. Add half a lemon or a dash of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar to the first glass and you'll be doing even better.
Don't eat the same thing day in and day out, variety is the key to getting a full range of vitamins and minerals.
Get to bed before 10, and try get to sleep not long after. Your body fires up again around 10 so you need to be in bed winding down before then if you want a good nights rest.
Regularly spend time in nature, and enjoy yourself! We're only here once.