Try these ideas to help you flourish and keep your health on an even keel as winter approaches…
Flower essences are easily available from health food stores. A few drops beneath the tongue is a great tonic for natural health. Here’s four of my recommendations:
- The best flower essence for change and transition is Walnut.
- Try Elm if you feel overwhelmed with too much to do and not enough time, which can lead to you feeling depressed.
- Mustard helps to relieve a gloomy mood.
As the nights draw in you may suffer with SAD syndrome. An infra red sauna can be a way to boost your immune system, help to detoxify the body and relieve muscle aches. I have tried this and found it really useful as a natural health tool.
Another option are SAD lightbulbs that emulate sunlight frequency. They are really effective in lifting the spirits during the long winter months.
It’s crucial to keep warm, boost the immune system and stay balanced and nurtured in the run up to, and during winter. Soups and casseroles are great. Use pulses and seasonal squashes. Our plates should look like a rainbow – gorgeous and inviting and natural. Plus, they will contain a large variety of vitamins and minerals to ward off colds.
Onions and garlic, and spices like fresh ginger and turmeric are anti-inflammatory and warming for natural health. Think of a yellow sunshine and orange sunset as you plan your shop.
Spices balance and warm, and are full of immune stimulating properties. Paprika and chilli peppers are heating but be mindful if you suffer with irritable bowel or a sensitive stomach, these foods can irritate the digestion. Also try berries. apples and citrus fruits as they’re full of vitamin C.
If you practice yoga you will be familiar with Sun Salutations. Done slowly, they can open up the body and allow the energy to begin to flow with ease. Done quickly, you soon begin to sweat and heat the body. I recommend you find a good yoga class in your area to complement your practice.
Burning essential oils
Create beautiful aromas with grapefruit or Litsea Cubeba. These sunshine scents lift the spirit, cleanse and purify. Other oils are antibacterial such as Eucalyptus, Black Pepper or Cardamon. Add a few drops into a bath or in a vaporiser to cleanse and create a lovely atmosphere.
There is a deep connection between our thoughts and our outlook. Louise Hay the pioneer of affirmations and positive thinking has many wonderful sayings you can incorporate into your daily routine. A favourite of mine is:
“In the infinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole, and complete.”
There are so many wonderful affirmations, check them out here.
When we are missing the sunshine, you can practice visualisations and meditations. The power of the mind through visualisation and stillness is remarkable. Practice makes perfect. Visualise what you are seeking, do it daily and see your life change and unfold into the life you want. To quote Wayne Dyer, American self-help author and motivational speaker:
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”
I always say to clients imagine you are a seed. What would you like to develop into?
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