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In the Moment - - Wellbeing -

TRY THESE FIVE SIM­PLE WAYS TO FEEL HEALTH­IER

AND EN­JOY THE SEA­SON

1 DIF­FUSE ES­SEN­TIAL OILS

Dif­fuse some es­sen­tial oils in your home: rav­intsara is a mar­vel­lous an­tivi­ral one that boosts the im­mune sys­tem and clears the res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem (eu­ca­lyp­tus or pine are also very ef cient for this too).

2 BE A BATHING BEAUTY

Have a long, hot soak with Ep­som salts and a few drops of sweet smelling es­sen­tial oils such as jas­mine or rose. Just add can­dles and a good book.

3 TREAT YOUR­SELF TO A MAS­SAGE

Book your­self in for a mas­sage. As well as be­ing calm­ing and in­dulging, mas­sages im­prove the cir­cu­la­tion of uids within the body (blood and lymph), help­ing to get rid of tox­ins and thereby im­prov­ing your im­mune sys­tem.

4 TRY A ONE-DAY MONO-DIET

A one-day mono-diet can sup­port your di­ges­tive sys­tem by giv­ing it a break and elim­i­nat­ing tox­ins. The prin­ci­ple is very sim­ple: you only con­sume one type of food for a day. You can choose be­tween grapes, ap­ples, car­rots, rice or ba­nanas. (Don’t be tempted to try this for longer with­out tak­ing ad­vice and from a pro­fes­sional nu­tri­tion­ist or di­eti­cian.)

5 MAKE YOUR OWN TON­ICS

In­dulge in a lit­tle white witch­ery, it is Hal­loween af­ter all! Take out your teapot and cre­ate your own health-boost­ing in­fu­sions to har­ness the heal­ing pow­ers of plants. Here are a few ideas... just add boil­ing wa­ter:

Im­mune sys­tem booster In­fuse 3cm of fresh, grated gin­ger with the juice and zest of a lemon, a pinch of Cayenne pep­per and honey to taste.

Sweet dreams In­fuse dried laven­der, dried rose petals and ei­ther hawthorn berries or dried or fresh hawthorn leaves.

Happy tummy In­fuse fresh mint leaves, lemon balm leaves and car­damom.

Healthy lungs In­fuse thyme, eu­ca­lyp­tus leaves and plan­tain leaves.

In­fuse each tonic for 5-10 min­utes. You can use any of these herbs on their own or get cre­ative and ex­per­i­ment with your own blends. If you nd any of the in­fu­sions a lit­tle bit­ter for your taste, just add a spoon­ful of honey.

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