Therapies

Weeds and Wine

Meandering around the farmers markets is good for the soul, today I picked up a haul of Dandelion.

Dandelion tea is known to be great for the liver and if you add a dandelion leaf to your red wine an hour before you drink it, the toxic effects on the liver are reduced….cheers to that!

Dandelion is one of the most iconic weeds. Think of the happy yellow flowers, making a wish as you blow the Dandelion fluff and seeds. Dandelion is high in iron, calcium, vitamins A, B6, E and K, thiamin, antioxidants and beta-and alpha-carotene. Other weeds like thistle and stinging nettle are packed with vitamin C and calcium and are great for the skin.

Green leafy veggies have the highest nutrient per calorie ration of any food and weeds naturally growing in our ecosystem are 2-3 times more nutrient dense than anything we can grow. This is because weeds are survivors; think of the weeds struggling to grow up between cracks in the urban jungle. This builds up resilience in the weed and increases the nutritional value of the plant. As opposed to a cultivated crop in a field that is protected from bugs where they don’t need to struggle to grow. I also think it makes them taste better.

From an Ayurvedic perspective Dandelion is regarded as sweet, pungent and cooling energetics. It is useful to detox pitta conditions hence the reason it works on the heat in the liver.

I would really recommend opening up your repertoire of plants in your diet and explore the different tastes of weeds!

Ref: ‘The Weed Forage’s Handbook by’ Adam Grubb & Annie Raser-Rowland

Dandy Pesto

1 cup of fresh dandelion greens

½ cup of raw cashews (pre-soak for a 4 hours)

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What is Self-Care?

Do you practice Self Care?

The wellness savvy crew are familiar with the buzz around self-care. It’s often associated with being selfish or confused with self-maintenance such as having your hair cut or going to the dentist.

Self-care is the way we nourish ourselves on a deeper level. It’s the oxygen mask principle if we take care of ourselves first we are able to care for others.

If we are interested in being the best version of ourselves, in being of service, supporting others and being able to give back, self-care is non-negotiable.
Self Care for Busy People
‘Self-care for Busy People’ is a 6 week course, it starts March 3. This course is an opportunity to learn how to truly nourish yourself. Release anxiety, stress and overwhelm as we explore yogic habits to relax the nervous system. Strengthen your capacity to plug into the present moment with mindful yoga and meditation. An invitation to listen to your body….
Take charge of your health.
Learn how Self-Care can help you become physically strong, mentally clear, & emotionally stable.

This course is for you if:

You want to reduce fatigue and increase energy
You want to manage stress and anxiety with ease
You want to feel better in your body
You want to achieve an optimal body weight
You want to cultivate healthy, simple daily routines
You need to strengthen your digestion
You want to establish a regular exercise and meditation practice

Join my 6-week Self Care course and start living a more vibrant and inspired life.

The pillars of the course:

Daily routine and daily habits
Sleep
Movement and Breath
Meditation
Ayurvedic Self care
Managing Stress

What does this course include?

6 x mindful yoga sessions
6 x group coaching sessions
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May 2016 – Yoga and Wellness Retreat

I’m very excited to be offering my first Yoga and Wellness Retreat in collaboration with Camilla from the unique and beautiful Paperbark Camp. It will be a very nurturing, relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Please get in contact if you are interested in future retreats as this one booked out fast!

Justine

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Ayurvedic Gastro Remedy

3 people have told me this week they have gastro so I thought I’d share this remedy.

I’m always grateful for this recipe because it worked so well for me. Years ago when my kids were in preschool one of them picked up a vomiting bug, she came home and vomited everywhere. I caught it, my husband caught it, my son caught it, we all had it, we were all throwing up and it was disgusting. My mum wouldn’t come near us. I was trying to wash and clean up as more mess was made.

In my weak and nauseated state I dug through my notes and found this old recipe – within 4 hours of eating it I was better. It was incredible; my husband, who had declined to eat it at first, saw my recovery and was then begging for some. He ate it and had the same results.

I know it sounds counterintuitive to include ghee or butter, but for some reason it works, maybe because ghee is a ‘transporter’ for the herbs. I really hope it helps you and if it does, please let me know!

Justine

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Ayurvedic Remedy for Gastro
Ingredients
2 apples
teaspoon ghee (or butter)
pinch nutmeg
pinch cardamon

Peel and cook 2 apples until soft, add ghee/butter,
nutmeg and cardamon.

Eat this when hungry after gastro – up to 3 times per day.
If you don’t have the energy to cook this
then simply grate some apple and eat it.
I hope you feel better soon!

Bedtime Ritual: Foot Massage

If you’ve had a stressful day, a warm sesame oil foot massage is a wonderful way to help you relax and sleep well. Watch my short video (2min) to find out what to do…

When we are stressed our energy is contained in the upper body, tight shoulders anyone…. massaging your feet will help to ground this energy.

Use sesame oil to pacify Vata (wind and ether elements). Seasame oil is rich in vitamins (A,B and E) as well as the minerals iron, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, silicic acid and calcium. Sesame oil is also rich in antioxidants, linoleic acid and alpha-linoleic acid; its lecithin content is beneficial to the nervous system.

Sesame oil is warming so great to use in cold weather.

Have a beautiful sleep twinkle toes!

Justine

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Ref: Ayurvedic Massage by Harish Johari

How to use a Neti Pot

Benefits

The Neti Pot is a Yogic Tool that has been used for thousands of years to help alleviate sinus and allergy problems. It can also help with colds and infections. If you have a cold use the Neti Pot a couple of times a day to help flush out any infection. This practice also has a soothing effect on the mind and is often used before meditation.

Directions

Fill your neti pot according to the instructions that came with it. (Use approximately one teaspoon of good quality sea salt per half litre of water.) If you experience any burning or stinging sensation there maybe too much salt in the mixture.
Ensure the water is warm or room temperature and is either distilled, sterile or previously boiled.
Tilt your head over a sink at approximately 45-degree angle.
Place the spout in your top nostril and pour the water in – breath through your mouth.
Dry the nostril by blowing the nose or exhaling out the nostril.
If the water runs into the mouth or throat, adjust the position of the head.
Repeat on second side.

 

Give it a try and let me know how you go!

justine

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Do you oil pull?

Oil pulling is the simple act of swishing oil around the mouth. Along with brightening and whitening your teeth naturally, this practice brings benefits to the whole body including the immune system.

This ancient therapy has been around for thousands of years and has its roots in Ayurveda. I’ve been hooked on oil pulling for the last few years because I’ve noticed the benefits to my teeth and gums. My teeth look whiter and brighter, my gums no longer bleed when I eat spicy food or brush my teeth, and I notice the boost it gives my immune system.

Oil pulling is so effective at removing bad bacteria from our mouth because the coating on bacteria is attracted to the fat in the oil. When we oil pull we are literally removing or ‘pulling’ the disease causing bacteria from between the teeth, around the gums, from the roof of the mouth and under the tongue. By cleansing the mouth this way we are preventing oral bacteria seeping into the bloodstream and causing inflammation in the body.

Our bodies are constantly accumulating toxins. We live in a society that is becoming more and more polluted, through the air we breathe, chemicals in our foods, environmental pollutants and even in cosmetics. Oil pulling is a simple, natural and effective practice that reduces the toxic load on our bodies and doesn’t harm the environment.

To achieve the benefits of oil pulling you need to practice regularly, once a day is ideal. The recommended time to swish the oil around the mouth is 15-20min. The best time of day is in the morning, 15-20min may sound like a long time but you can use this time to take your shower or prepare for your day.

Traditionally sesame oil (a warming oil) is used but you can also use coconut oil (a cooling oil). Personally I prefer coconut oil because I like the taste. […]

How to do a Self Abhyanga (Self Massage)

As the weather cools down enjoy this Ayurvedic Ritual to help you stay warm and supple.

Massage is the oldest healing modality on the planet. In the ancient science of Ayurveda there is a practice of self-massage that helps to ground and nourish us. It is ‘Self Abhyanga’  or ‘Self Warm Oil Massage’ (massaging the body with large amounts of warm oil).

I really encourage you to try this as not only will it keep you feeling warm and looking young, it is also a delicious, calming and relaxing experience. It is a simple self-care exercise that you can introduce into your weekly or even daily routine.

There are numerous benefits to Self Abhyanga including the following:

Soothes Vata Dosha
Helps build resilience to stress
Increases energy and removes fatigue
Helps to eliminate toxins by stimulating strengthening lymphatic flow
Strengthens and tones skin and body
Grounding and nourishing
Helps with insomnia

Here’s how to do Self Abhyanga:

This massage is best done before your shower, either in the morning or before going to bed.

Select your oil – As a general rule of thumb go with Coconut oil in Summer and once the weather becomes cooler and coconut oil begins to solidify switch to Sesame (Melrose Organic is a good one) or Sunflower oil. For an extra dimension to the experience, you may like to add an essential oil of your choice to your massage oil.
Warm the room you are in and warm the bottle of oil in a bowl of hot water.
Stand on a towel that you don’t mind getting oily.
If you prefer the oil warm, sit the bottle in a bowl of hot water. Pour a small amount of oil into the palm of you hands and begin with a head massage, slowly massage oil […]