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The herbalist

Rachel Landon

Natural health practitioner Rachel Landon first connected with nature when her mum used the herbs and wild plants in their garden to make simple remedies. A nettle sting was soothed with a dock leaf; a bruise was healed with distilled witch hazel.

Years later, as a model in Paris, New York and London, she returned to her love of herbs, coupling it with a healthy lifestyle practicing yoga, juicing and lots of reading about remedies in order to feel empowered and stable in the frenetic world of fashion. Now as a mother of four, she firmly believes they’re still the way to reduce stress.

The author of Superherbs (Piatkus), for Ikigai, Rachel will show us how to balance
hormones, keep our cardiovascular systems strong, and support positive lifestyle choices to sustain optimum health.

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What gets you up in the morning?
My two youngest, often anywhere between 4.30 and 7a.m – a rude awakening with instant demands!
If you had to describe what you do in a sentence…
Inspiring people to actively be involved in their own wellness.

“Inspire people.”

What makes you an expert in your field?
A whole hearted love for what I do, and the desire to keep learning. When working with a client I consider every aspect of their lives and their health, encouraging them to be a more conscious and knowledgeable participant in their own mental, physical and emotional self.
When and how did you receive your calling?
I’m sure it was my first visits to my GP with my mum in the 70’s for the usual childhood illnesses. I remember feeling with my whole being that there was more to healing than this.
What is the most misunderstood thing about your profession?
Probably the fear of using herbs to heal and support.
If there was one thing you could pass on to everyone, what would it be?
Self-care. To really believe in your own value. In today’s society I feel we are all really stretched in every aspect of our lives and although there’s more information than ever on how to care for ourselves I still see so many people who find this difficult. This also is a personal one for me, but with four children from 2 years to 17, and in my late 40’s and working as a naturopath, I find it’s often very easy to just keep ploughing ahead. It’s sometimes difficult to find the time for self-care but it’s so important to check in every day and assess.

“With this knowledge alone there are the seeds for change and support.”

What one thing should we stop doing now?
Being stressed. Prolonged stress has a debilitating effect on our whole body, our immune system,  digestive health, endocrine and nervous system. I know it’s easier said than done, but with this knowledge alone there are the seeds for change and support.
What one thing should we start doing more of now?
Using medicinal herbs in our daily lives.
What is your “ikigai”?
I grew up with older parents and have always carried the feeling that life is so precious and short. My ikigai and what I try and teach my kids is to try to have compassion and understanding and less judgment and anger. To be around nature everyday even if just a walk in the park. Being aware and taking care of our environment and community. Enjoying and experiencing travelling, learning, feeling fear and knowing you will only grow from it. Working everyday towards healthful ageing with mental and physical clarity. Most of all to love and be loved.

To learn more about Rachel Landon, visit: rachellandon.com

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