...and now relax
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.