In this comprehensive class, food entrepreneur, wellness consultant, birth and postpartum doula, Laena McCarthy, will discuss healing traditions and practices to boost the body’s natural resilience while protecting from stress and damage, with a focus on skincare. The class will begin with an overview of what healthy self-care rituals look like, why taking care of your body is important, and how to heal and take care of your skin, body, and cycles using simple herbs and oils.
Then we will make our own herb infused oils together! These oils are great for cleansing, healing age, acne, or sensitivity, and moisturizing. This is a hands-on class, where Laena will share recipes and techniques, and everyone will make their own oil to take home. The last 15 minutes of class, Laenawill teach you the Ayerveda self-massage technique, Abyanga; a great self-care ritual incorporating your handmade oil.
Participants will learn about resources for herbs, oils and ingredients, and will take home a guide Laena’s created with DIY skincare and the self-massage exercise covered in the class, as well as a greater understanding of how to enhance your daily self care rituals, empowering you to take your physical, emotional, and reproductive health into your own hands.
ABOUT LAENA MCCARTHY
Laena is Founder and CEO of Anarchy in a Jar, a condiment company based in Brooklyn. She’s also an herbalist, wellness maven, and doula, with a private practice focusing on women’s reproductive health.
Laena grew up with a rural preservation and homesteading ethos in New York’s Hudson Valley, and after a career in science and academia decided to make her passion for natural food and preservation into a business. Founded in 2009, Anarchy in a Jar makes all natural condiments, cooked by hand with primarily local produce. She launched Anarchy in a Jar’s minimalist wellness and skincare line, Edible Beauté, in 2016. You can find all her products online at anarchyinajar.com, and at many grocery stores and cheese shops throughout the US.
Anarchy in a Jar has been featured in The New York Times, The New York Times T Style Magazine, The Martha Stewart Show, New York Magazine, Bust, Elle Japan, Tasting Table, Food & Wine, and Saveur. Laena’s cookbook, Jam On: The Craft of Canning Fruit, was published with Penguin in 2012.