This week’s photo challenge from Frank (Dutch Goes The Photo) is SIGNS
Cake or no cake – that is the question !!
What’s the answer? ha ha !!
Tomorrow (autumn equinox) takes us officially into autumn.
It can be a beautiful time of year as we observe nature’s garments transform from lush greens to golds and reds, especially if the sun comes out to play, but cold winds and damp weather can play havoc with our health, so it’s worth taking a little extra care. As always, it is wise to take our cues from Mother Nature.
Slow down a little
As autumn unfolds, we need to get in tune with nature by gradually slowing down and adapting our diaries to suit the shorter days and colder weather. Trying to maintain a 24/7 lifestyle during the colder and darker months puts extra stress on our cells and can undermine our health.
Eat warmer foods
Autumn and winter are the seasons to warm the body from the inside with nourishing stews and soups, dishes which have been simmering for an hour or so, thus building up heat which can be transferred to our own bodies on eating.
A modicum of raw foods can still be tolerated alongside cooked foods, but eating too many can put out our “digestive fire”, which can lead to us feeling sluggish, cold and muggy headed, not to mention full of catarrh!
Enjoy a warming cuppa
Favourite herbal teas such as mint, camomile and fruit can actually be quite cooling to our bodies and are best suited for summer. Good options for colder weather are those that include ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and other warming spices. Making your own is easy. Grate a small chunk of fresh ginger into water, bring to the boil and simmer for about 10 minutes, perhaps with some lemon juice/rind or a cinnamon stick & cloves.
Sore throats are often a problem at this time of year. Teas containing liquorice and slippery elm, which help to coat the mucus membranes of the throat, can be very comforting.
A cup of warm water with freshly squeezed lemon takes a lot of beating too!
Enjoy more sleeeeeeeeeeeeep
Getting more early nights in during this time can reap dividends. We are part of nature and as such should be sleeping, or at least resting, during hours of darkness. During sleep, our body cleanses and does a fair bit of repair work. Our detox system can be a little sluggish during colder weather so it needs every bit of help it can get. Notching up a few more zzzzzs each night can help the body concentrate its efforts on cleansing rather than keeping up with our hectic life! It is when toxins build up that we start feeling unwell and literally manifest colds and flu as the body brings in the bigger guns to clean up.
Catch some daylight
We are all creatures of light and now that nights are drawing in, moods can start to fall too. Especially for those who leave for work in the morning darkness and return in the dark too, having probably seen very little natural light in between, it is essential to optimise light exposure at lunchtimes and weekends. Light activates hundreds of enzymes, essential for the optimal functioning of the body.
As tempting as it is to stay indoors on cold and damp days, it’s worth getting out for a brisk walk each day to keep the circulation going and stimulate your lymph system, which plays a big part in your immunity.
Wrap up warmly
It sounds obvious, but fashion sometimes dictates that we don’t follow common sense!!! Hats and scarves are good at keeping out cold which could lead to head colds, chills and chesty complaints. Feet appreciate toasty socks, and wearing a scarf around the kidney area is beneficial too. These are all areas which are neglected when we bravely strive to keep in summer-mode for as long as possible!
Boost your immune system
With sunshine at a premium, levels of Vitamin D3 can slump, so it’s worth taking this as a supplement. I would also recommend a good Vitamin C and probiotic to help give your immune system a helping hand. Remember though that supplements are just that. They are meant to supplement an already healthy diet, so if you are eating poorly, no amount of supplementation can save the day!
I find that lighting candles in the evening brings some much needed light and warmth, especially when the dark creeps in after a cold, wet day. I also line up a few treats for the cold nights ahead: a few DVDs, favourite books, and perhaps some new recipes to experiment with in the kitchen. Choose things to nourish your mind and body, and thus help to elevate your mood.
In summary, try to reduce your stress and pre-empt many of the problems that you could face this season. Boost your nutrient intake, notch up those zzzzzzs, and keep warm, but also get outside for some much needed light and exercise.
This week’s photo challenge from Frank (Dutch Goes The Photo) is STONES
I’ve chosen some photos of gravestones for my entry.
As a Family Historian, I have a fascination for graveyards and cemeteries. A gravestone is often the clue one needs to move forwards (although actually backwards in time!!) in the quest of following a particular family line. I’ve spent many a happy hour pottering around graves, hunting for an elusive stone, and at the same time getting side tracked by unrelated memorials. The three photos are not of my family. (Most of my “hunting” was done pre-digital.) I can only wonder at the lost stories hidden within those graves!!
This week’s photo challenge from Frank (Dutch Goes The Photo) is DARK https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2017/09/12/tuesday-photo-challenge-dark/
Not one of my best shots, but I have limited time this week to come up with an entry. This one is of the Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland, made famous by “Game of Thrones”. Sadly, GOT makes it popular with followers, so it is nigh on impossible to get a shot without people or cars in !! When we were there, there was also a frustrated farmer driving a large tractor quite fast up the lane, no doubt making his point!!
Dark Hedges is an avenue of about 150 ancient Beech trees, which are now twisted and intertwined to make what seems like a mystical tunnel. James Stuart built Gracehill House, the family home ca 1775, and the avenue would have been planted around this time by the family as an entrance to their Georgian Estate.
This week’s photo challenge from Frank (Dutch Goes The Photo) is WATER
Water is one of my favourite topics, and I thought I’d take this opportunity to remind you of some good reasons to drink it 🙂
Sadly the chaps in the photos seem to be doing quite the opposite!! Obviously too much chlorine in their water !!! 🙂
10 good reasons to drink WATER
🙂 Your cells are made up of 70 – 80% water, so it makes them happier.
🙂 Happy healthy cells = Happy healthy YOU.
🙂 Clearer thinking, 🙂 better focus, 🙂 better memory
🙂 Smoother, more comfortable digestion
🙂 More fluid movements (and no we aren’t talking digestion again) – this time it’s healthy joints!!
🙂 Clearer, healthier, more handsome / beautiful skin
🙂 Happier waterworks and kidneys
🙂 Better circulation, so that oxygen and nutrients reach those faraway bits like your fingertips and tootsies, not to mention all the cells in between, making them happy (See above!)!
🙂 Healthier lungs and breathing
🙂 A more fluid lymph system which means a stronger immune system to help avoid those pesky colds etc
🙂 More energy – YAY!!
So go on ………. You know you want to …………… have a glass or two of water
acne, breast tenderness, eczema, EFA, EPO, Essential Fatty Acid, Evening Primrose Oil, Gamma Linoleic Acid, GLA, healthy skin, Inflammation, nails, PMS, Premenstrual syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, skin health, women's health
A few weeks back, I was looking out of our kitchen window onto the back garden. It was after 8pm but not yet dark, and I noticed our Evening Primrose sporting a solitary flower. I went out to investigate. Having looked positively tatty and on its last legs during the day, this delicate of flowers now appeared vibrant and rejuvenated. It was at this point that the penny dropped. It was named EVENING primrose for a very good reason. I did a little reading on the internet and found out that this beautiful yellow flower does in fact bloom in the evening in the cooler hours, but then fades during the following day. There are plenty of buds on the plant, so there is usually at least one flower out to greet each new morning, although at that stage, it has only a short time left to grace us with its presence.
Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) has for many years now been used for its health benefits. I thought I would just highlight a few of them here.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) are so named because it is essential that we include them in our diet, as our body is not able to produce them itself (a bit of a design flaw in my humble opinion, but hey it keeps nutritionists busy!).
There are two “families” of EFAs, known as Omega 3 and Omega 6, each with their own benefits. GLA (Gamma Linoleic Acid) which belongs to the Omega 6 family, provides many health benefits. EPO is one of the best sources of it.
Here are just a few areas which are helped by using EPO
• Promotes healthy skin. Used for e.g. eczema and acne, but also excellent for skin in general (my mother swore by this for decades and had incredible skin well into her late 80s!)
• Good for treating inflammation
• Arthritic conditions – helps to ease joint pain and swelling of Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) – can ease many of the symptoms of PMS, particularly useful if breast tenderness is an issue.
• Can also ease Menstrual cramping, and helps with fibrocystic breasts.
• Nails and Hair – helps to nourish the nails, scalp and hair. If you are prone to broken nails, it could be worth looking at EPO.
• Promotes the uptake of calcium, so useful for bones
As you can see from the above, it plays a useful part in women’s health
I take my EPO alongside an Omega 3 supplement (usually Linseed oil). As with so many nutrients, they act synergistically, and EPO and Omega 3 provide a powerful anti-inflammation combo.
Wishing you and your cells vibrant good health 😊😊
Judith, Herb and Ginger xx
blood flow, brain fog, circulation problems, commuting, congestion, constipation, DIgestion, digestive problems, driving, emotional problems, Exercise, Fatigue, joint pain, mental fatigue, sedentary lifestyle, sluggish bowels, travel, walking
Last week I was caught in “congestion” on the M6. My usual journey to Manchester took two extra stressful hours, leaving me beyond tired that evening as well as incredibly stiff the next morning.
Strangely that day there was a piece of news which reported that approx. four out of every ten people in the 40- to 60-year-old range do not manage even a brisk 10-minute walk each month!!!!!! (See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41030630)
Our outer environment often reflects that of our inner world. If we are sitting in “congested” traffic, what does it say for our inner environment, where our cells live?
We were designed to move. Sitting scrunched up behind a wheel for extended periods on the M6, M25 or another crazy road, couldn’t get much more unnatural.
Health is all about FLUIDITY and FLOW in ……….
After a day on the road (or at the office, or parked in front of the PC / TV), what we find instead is …..
In essence – inner CONGESTION and lack of flow.
There is an old Chinese proverb: “You die from the feet up”.
If you commute daily or sit on your bottom far too much, be sure to factor in a good walk and some stretching to help to rebalance and restore your healthy flow at all levels.
Wishing you and your cells vibrant good health 😊
Judith, Herb and Ginger x
See my previous post – Some commonsense reasons to exercise EVERY day.
Meet Pedro – he likes to go walkies but he isn’t a dog. http://wp.me/p59ouA-gY
This week’s photo challenge from Frank (Dutch Goes The Photo) is BLUE
I’ve opted for photos of one of my favourite flowers – BORAGE. A while back, when I was studying Bach Flower Essences, we had to make our own essence and I chose Borage – hence the floating flowers in the bowl.