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As part of our Wellness Wednesday series in Soho, Jessa Blades has taken up a short residency with us to discuss all things natural beauty — what it means, where to find it, and how to, slowly but surely, work it into our daily routines. We attended the first of her 2-part workshop this week — not only was it informative, but fun! The demos and DIY take-home bath salts made for a nice touch, too. For those who were lucky enough to attend, as well as those who aren’t visiting NYC, read on to meet the woman who is well on her way to changing the beauty world for the better.
Natural beauty expert, makeup artist, and herbalist… Is there one you feel more drawn to than the other?
I really feel like, depending on the day and depending on either the workshop or the group of women I’m working with, I lead with one or the other. I’m always talking about the healing power of plants, empowerment, taking your health care back into your hands, having more fun with healing, beauty, nature, and just being the best version of ourselves. But, depending on who I’m working with and who I’m talking to, the medium sort of varies. You can meet someone who has no knowledge of natural beauty but loves to garden, so then maybe I would choose to lead with herbalism.
What is one piece of advice you would give someone just starting his/her journey toward a cleaner inner-beauty lifestyle?
Focus on the gut. That means small amounts of fermented foods integrated into your diet every day. Spoonful amounts of kimchi, or sauerkraut… and make sure you have a really good probiotic and are adding more sleep and more plants into your everyday diet. But ultimately, the gut is really the root of all that can help.
Beauty and wellness seems to be on everyone’s minds these days. Are there current trends in the beauty/wellness world that you are loving?
I love that the term self-care is being used and thrown around. I think it still needs a bit more definition, like what does that actually look like? And what does that actually mean? But I think that’s something I can really help with through my teaching. Also, natural beauty topical products — they are just a lot more accessible than they were 9 years ago.
A trend we should stay away from?
Detox. You are not toxic. Your body is perfect. Your body wants to be in balance. When we study and look at Ayurveda as a 5000-year-old lifestyle, it reminds us that everything is medicine. So for me, coffee might be okay, but for you, coffee might be “toxic” and so you should avoid it depending on the balance in your body right now. However, it’s too simplistic to say that something is good and something is bad and this detox idea has a negative connotation and does not come from a place of empowerment. Read the rest of the article here.