Welcome to Winter! Brrrrrrrr….things are getting chilly! Can you feel that cold? Winter is definitely here, and with it the most Yin season of the year. Winter is the most YIN of all the seasons - Yin being earthy, dark, cold and inactive. In keeping with living with the seasons we should try to reflect the energetic nature of Winter and reflect the Yin in our lives. This is done by allowing ourselves some time to slow down, rest, prepare projects, brainstorm ideas to be launched in the warmer months. Eat more cooked and warm foods and make sure you add an extra layer of clothing to protect yourself from the cooler weather.
In Chinese Medicine we think of the body as a small version of the universe around us. As the seasons change, so should we. Humans should be adaptable; to flow with the seasons is to live in harmony. By doing this, we should avoid illness.
What happens to our Qi in Winter?
During this time our Qi should start to SLOW DOWN and move DOWNWARDS. Winter is the WATER ti...
Have you ever woken up with a stiff, sore neck? Or twisted your knee playing netball? Or had a tumble off your bike? Or done all of the above? Do you just generally have a few ongoing aches and pains? I hear ya. Having an active lifestyle can mean having an injury now and again which is definitely a downer. But that’s no reason to stop! You just need to have a few tools up your sleeve to help when injury rears its ugly head.
Did you know that Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have a long history of helping injuries (both chronic and acute)? In fact, the World Health Organisation have stated that Acupuncture has been proven effective in the treatment of many musculoskeletal injuries. These include:
Isn’t making skin care at home lovely? Not only is it cheap, but you know exactly what you’re putting on your body. And you can even divide up batches of skin care and flavour them with different herbs or essential oils. I’m rather partial to a face mask and a body scrub and this happens to be my most favourite body scrub recipe.
Autumn is the time of the Lung and the Large Intestine organs, both of which are organs of elimination and detox. The Lung in particular helps to eliminate the body’s waste products through the skin. This means that by giving yourself a good scrub in Autumn you’re giving your Lung a helping hand to detox your insides!
1c used coffee grounds - if you make your coffee at home just pour the grounds out of the machine and into a jar. Store jar in the fridge until ready to use (if you live in my house then this really doesn’t take long) or you can grab some from a friend.
1/2c sugar - caster sugar for face, white or raw sugar for body (I...