Aromatherapy, Ayurveda, Massage, Nature, Yoga

Ayurvedic Self Massage

In the lead up to Christmas I see many people getting more and more stressed out.  There doesn’t seem to be enough time and there is a lot of rushing around – a definite increase in the Vata Dosha happening here!

Ayurvedic self massage, or Abhyanga, is a powerful part of your daily routine and is particularly helpful to ease the stresses and strains, helping you to feel more grounded and relaxed in the run up to the festive period.  It’s free and it in your hands!

The effects of abhyanga are similar to being saturated with love and can give a deep feeling of stability, warmth and comfort.  Take your time with your self-massage and use your hands with softness and kindness. Allow as much time as possible to do the whole body, this allows the oils to penetrate deep layers of tissue, relieving deeply held tensions.  You don’t have to do the scalp if this feel like too much work – doing the body alone is soooooo soothing.

Also massaging the feet thoroughly before bed is an excellent way to improve the quality of your sleep – pop some socks afterwards to avoid slipping and snuggle down.  This is an excellent way to ground your energy and get well needed rest. Continue reading “Ayurvedic Self Massage”

Ayurveda, Nature, Recipes

Ayurvedic remedies for the changing seasons…

The beginning of winter can be a hard time to manage for some, as the onset of the colder seasons can mean we are more vulnerable to illness.  How many of us have been “under the weather” recently?

Thankfully nature has a wonderful healing pharmacy at our disposal…

Enjoy some simple and natural Ayurvedic home remedies  to strengthen your immune system and beat the cold and flu bugs this winter!

Immune Boosting Tea

The spices aid digestion and help remove toxins.  Fresh ginger is excellent as it increases circulation, promotes sweating and digests mucus (eugh…) relieving congestion.  If you don’t like the flavours of cinnamon and cardamom, fresh lemon juice is great with ginger too!

Pop all the spices into a mug and add boiling water.  Let it stand for a minute then add honey  to taste.

  • Fresh ginger root- half an inch sliced thinly
  • Ground cinnamon 1 tsp
  • Ground cardamom – a pinch of.  You can use bruised cardamom  pods instead
  • Honey

SuperPower Chai

This flavorsome spice mixture helps to build heat in the body and boost the immune system.  Add all the spice together and keep in a jar ready for use.

Add 1 teaspoonful to a cup of hot milk (almond, cows, coconut) or boiling water twice a day.  Enjoy the warming and stimulating properties! Add extra sweetness as desired…

  • 1/2 tbs ground ginger
  • 1/2 tbs black pepper
  • 1/2 tbs ground cardomom
  • 1/2 tbs ground clove
  • 1/2 tbs turmeric
  • 1/2 tbs ground cinnamon
  • 3 tsp jaggery or any natural sugar

Night Time Almond Milk

This delicious drink soothes the nerves and is great for digestion as well as removing toxins from the deep tissues.  You can use cows milk if you prefer.  I also like using coconut milk.  And it doesn’t have to be night time!

Warm the milk and spice together in a pan.  Let it stand in the mug for a minute before adding your honey (other sweeteners available….) to taste

  • Almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp thinly sliced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamon – or use a brusied cardamon pod or 2
  • 1 pinch black pepper or pippali
  • 1 tsp honey  

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Aromatherapy, Ayurveda, Massage, Nature, Yoga

Are you feeling SAD? It’s that time of year again…

What is SAD and how does it affect us?

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a kind of season related depression that can occur as the days begin to get shorter and we don’t have as much natural sunlight.

This can lead to…

  • Oversleeping
  • Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates
  • Weight gain
  • Tiredness or low energy and low mood

So why is this happening?

Continue reading “Are you feeling SAD? It’s that time of year again…”

Ayurveda, Nature, Yoga

Mindfulness Snack!

Try this short Mindfulness practice that I call “Just Listening”

Practice this whenever you feel the need for some mental space,  5 minutes away from the desk, or to enjoy some peace and quiet away from the chattering “monkey mind”

It is simplicity itself and can be done anywhere.  This is me enjoying glorious winter sun today in our lovely Wooler Woodland Park.  I like to practice outside as the sounds of nature are so soothing and,  well…..  natural!

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Aromatherapy, Massage, Nature, Thai Yoga Massage

Why is Massage Therapy so effective?

Massage is an ancient therapy and comes in a variety shapes and forms,  from Aromatherapy to Thai Yoga Massage to Heavenly Head Massage plus many more…  It can help with a whole range of symptoms from stress and fatigue to aches and pains, arthritis and immune system disorders and much more.

We all know that massage feels great and is super relaxing, and now we have the evidence to back up these health enhancing claims.  Dr Michael Mosely and his team of experts have been on the case in an episode of  Trust Me I’m A Doctor to examine the latest scientific evidence. Continue reading “Why is Massage Therapy so effective?”