HEALING FOODS & HERBS TO SUPPORT YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM
Plants sustain us physically, providing the oxygen we breathe and the food we eat. But these chlorophyll-rich life forms offer much more than that—they are also loving allies when it comes to our mental, emotional, and spiritual growth and wellbeing. The right foods and herbs can ease chronic challenges of the nervous system, soothing stress, lifting spirits, and relieving pain to bring heart, mind, body, and soul into a state of peace, tranquility, and equilibrium. One of the most potent and simple ways of healing with homemade herbal medicines is through meals. As Hippocrates said, “Let your food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Your kitchen, including your spice cabinet, can be an abundant source of effective medicine. In this workshop we will open our minds and intuition to the broader possibilities for creating healing recipes in your own kitchen, diving deep into the correlation between the physical medicine a plant offers and the spiritual/magical energy it imparts.
Mafalda Pinto Leiteis a holistic plant-based chef, herbalist, and organic skincare formulator. She has always been fascinated with the magical properties of ingredients—especially plants—and the infinite ways they can be prepared as food and medicine. Her love for food led her to NYC’s Natural Gourmet Institute, with internships and chef positions in San Francisco, Maui, London, and New York. She studied herbalism under Rosemary Gladstar and has a diploma in organic skincare formulation and advanced cosmetic science. She created the online platform MPL ’daily to share creative recipes and the fascinating power of ingredients, as well as beauty and lifestyle tips and product curation to inspire readers to live a more sustainable, authentic, plant-based life.