Herbal Cold Remedy

This is made like a home-made herbal tea (most of the spices are things you may already have in your cupboards at home) but it works and is, in my experience, more effective than
western medicine which over time can wreak havoc with our bodies. I’ve made a promise to myself to try to avoid things like parecetemol and ibroprofen and go for more natural solutions or simply endure the pain.

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After suffering with a cold on and off for a good 3 weeks I was introduced to this traditional Ayervedic recipe. I recommend drinking this and sleeping until you feel 100%.

Here is what you need:

1 large saucepan of boiled water

2 teaspoons of turmeric

Turmeric is an anti-inflamotary and antioxidant and is said to be beneficial for every part of the human body.

1 large knob of fresh ginger

Ginger is great for digestion and treating things like nausea and lowering blood sugar. It’s also an excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant .

2 teaspoons Cumin

Cumin is high in iron, aids digestions and prevents premature ageing. It is also said to relieve stress, anxiety and is an effective remedy for insomnia.

3 teaspoons cinnamon

Cinnamon lowers blood sugar, protects against cancer and is a powerful anti-fungal and ant-bacterial.

10 black peppercorns

Black pepper is a rich source of manganese, iron, potassium, vitamin-C, vitamin K, and dietary fibre as well as being an excellent digestive aid.

4 cloves or 2 teaspoons of ground cloves

Cloves are known to have antioxidant, antiseptic, local anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, rubefacient (warming and soothing), carminative and anti-flatulent properties.

Pinch of pink salt

Bring to the boil and let it simmer for 15- 20 minutes

Strain into a cup and drink. Then sleep. Repeat.

How to Sleep tight and LOVE mornings

For me getting up early can be invigorating…. OR it can be a nightmare. It all depends on how well you prepare. Being in a hurry is not going to get your day off to a good start; you want to float about your morning, taking part in little joyful rituals as you go, giving you energy and inspiration for the day.

Firstly you need to have an evening ritual. This means adopting the same actions most nights, so whether that be bathing, cleaning your room, reading a book or doing some yoga stretches, for example – do something you enjoy and that relaxes you before getting into bed.

Your bedroom: Make it comfortable, un-clutter it; cluttered rooms affect our subconscious minds and will make deep rest impossible, so clean up and clear out. Make sure your bed is comfortable and clean, spray some room spray, add some pretty cushions, flowers… Make it your haven of peace and calm – whatever that is for you. Invest in your surroundings; they are part of your life and affect your health.

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Your room doesn’t need to look like this, but it might just inspire you to make some changes!

Ban phones and computers and TVs at least an hour before bed if not more! And certainly never check emails, Facebook things like that (they are the worst kind of stimulant) – you have a ritual to attend to!

Try writing things down: If you have trouble with a wandering mind, why not try writing in a notebook every night before bed.  Then you know you won’t forget, as it’s all written down and you can relax!

Did you know our soil is now deficient in magnesium which means our food is also. Some symptoms of low levels of magnesium are: Sleeplessness, anxiety, twitching muscles, dizziness, fatigue, poor memory, calcium deficiency…. to name a few!Since using a magnesium spray I have had deeper sleeps, calmer dreams and rested much better.  This is the one I’ve been using and I highly rate it!

http://www.betteryou.com/magnesium-oil-original-spray

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Now, once you are in the habit of getting a great nights sleep we can start to focus upon a great morning, great mornings lead to productive days… And who doesn’t want that?

Waking up: Just like going to bed, get into the routine of waking up at the same time everyday. To begin with set an alarm, you will soon find that you will wake up at this time naturally. You can also set your subconscious alarm telling yourself three times ‘Wake up at 6am’ – you’ll wake up at 6am 🙂

Upon waking, do your rituals. Keep them the same as much as you can or have two different routines which you can choose from depending on the day and what you need to do that day. For example a week day ritual and one for the weekend.

Tip: begin with a litre of water, preferably with a lemon squeezed into it, hydration affects the whole body and the way it functions – make sure you get a sufficient start.

Practising deep breathing or yoga first thing can really turn around your day for the better  – but you must make time for it and be strict with your routine! You’ll feel a sense of achievement from it.

Most importantly, be organised, know your goals for the day and know what you need to do in order to achieve them. And…. don’t expect your rituals to go completely to plan everyday, because they won’t but on the days they do, you’ll have great days!

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Have great mornings! X