What image comes to mind when you think of a Wise Woman?

An old, wrinkled lady bent over the stove, stirring the contents of a cauldron?

A woman with long, flowing hair wearing a headpiece made of fresh flowers, dancing in a meadow?

Some other variation of either hippie or witch?

Let’s put away the stereotypes.

I’ve encountered many wise women over the years. From my Mexican grandmother to the Bible study leader to the Bohemian healer.

If I’ve learned anything it’s the call to be the wise woman is strong is so many of today’s women, regardless of how they look or what they believe. And many of them are hesitant to step into that role because they don’t see themselves as the “typical” wise woman.

Even me. I felt a strong call to speak to today’s wise woman several years ago and was counciled by a coach to avoid using that verbiage. “That’s a great idea, but using those words might make people think you’re a witch so maybe try calling it something else.”

So I hid for years, ignored that calling. But that was the wrong move. If anything, it perpetuated the belief that being a wise woman is somehow a bad thing.

You don’t have to be a witch to be a wise woman (though you might be called one – you get used to it). And if you are, I’m not judging. This world needs more wise women. Of all kinds. The fact that the term wise woman makes people think of witches, tells me that people need to see more examples of what a wise woman really is.

Here are the characteristics of the wise woman that I’ve witnessed over the years:

  • She’s a nurturer. Period. Relationships are at the heart of all she does.
  • She favors natural remedies and will often turn to plants for medicine.
  • She loves food and uses it to nourish, heal and connect with others.
  • She adores hospitality and hers is a home that people love to visit.
  • She values simplicity. In how she spends her money, in her possessions, in how she spends her time.
  • She’s fond of kitchen witchery. Healing happens in the kitchen and you can often find her there mixing up something soothing.
  • She takes care of herself because she understands that one cannot serve from an empty vessel.

Does that sound familiar?

If you’re still reading, chances are you’ve felt that tug. When you hear the term, “Wise Woman,” something lights up inside. You want that to be you.

That is you.


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Hi, I’m Nina

Long before I ever began using herbs and essential oils and food to keep my family healthy, I wanted to be a healer.

As a little girl I was constantly reading (nursing textbooks at the time – yes, I was a bit of a nerd) and helping my friends. By middle school, my friends called me “Nurse Nina” and they would come to me for help with simple things – an ointment, a cold compress, a massage.

At the time, I thought that becoming a doctor or a nurse was the only way I could help nurture and heal people, so that’s what I set out to become.

But when I discovered the benefits and effectiveness of natural medicine, I knew I had found my place.

You see, I come from a long line of natural healers.

My Grandma was even the midwife in my dad’s little Mexican village and knew how to use plants and food to nurture her family. It’s in my blood.

I once thought I had to be certified or go to school for a really long time to be a healer. Turns out, I just needed to learn and experiment and share what I found. Before long, it was like I was back in school, with friends asking me questions:

“What essential oils would you use for …”

“How do I make …”

More and more, friends came to me for advice. Not as a substitute for a doctor, but because they were looking for wisdom that they can use and share themselves.

They want to be empowered to prevent illness and treat simple problems as they arise and work with their doctors when they need a diagnosis or stronger medicine.

They long for the skills and know-how that so many generations of women before them needed to take care of their families.

Because I’ve spent the last several years learning and sharing, they know they can ask for some input from another mama who just wants the best for her family. And friends, I love it because I’ve secretly always wanted to be the village wise woman.

That woman who nurtures and heals her family and teaches other women how to do the same. The woman who encourages others to learn and experiment but is always available as a resource.

The woman who whips up a remedy or pours a cup of tea or lends a listening ear to the friend in need.

This world needs more wise women. More nurturers and healers spreading their love to their families and communities. All that love and wisdom, just spreading and spreading.

And so, that is my mission. To call forth the family healers. To be an empowering resource. To listen and love. To create a community of wise women.

Thank you for joining me.

As I read your words, I felt like I was listening to a friend…one that thinks like I do, and understands my life. I have always been a “simplify” kind of girl, but feel so overwhelmed at times. I love your approach to simplify life and taking the hard things back to the basics.

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One last thing …

I’m so grateful that you’ve stopped by and I’d love to know how I can serve you better. If you’d like, would you please let me know what questions you have when it comes to your wise woman journey?