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How to keep your sparkle through the winter!
The kidneys are our energy generators and they like to be warm. It’s amazing how quickly you can warm up and give yourself an energy boost by rubbing the area around your lower ribs and back. When I worked outside all day in the winter I used to wrap scarves around my mid drift which kept my kidneys happy ?. It may make you look a bit chunkier but it helps warm the blood and keep your energy levels up. A quick rub of the area can feel as good as a hot water bottle!
Keeping your head, neck, hands and feet cosy helps too. Hats are vital especially if you’re a bit thin on top 😉 Scarves also have the benefit of preventing drafts and acute sore necks. One of my massage teachers swore this was the reason so many people came for massage. The traditional Scottish hunch from protecting from the cold wind! Keeping yourself warm and cosy is definitely important to keep your health and well being tip top in winter. Another good reason to give hats, scarves, fluffy socks and snuggly mittens as gifts at Christmas!
I loved hearing how when it gets dangerously cold in the Highlands, the cattle get up and move together to keep warm. This makes perfect sense as it moves the muscles and blood and generates heat. Winter can make us feel like staying still, which is important for rest and reflection, though knowing when to move helps us survive the cold. Wrapping up warm and having a refreshing walk is one wonderful way to enjoy winter time.
When we truly laugh we trigger our happy hormones. This makes laughter a fantastic medicine. There are even laughter classes in areas of the world where people meet and laugh together every day. I absolutely love this idea and hope to have them in the yurt sometime!
Be your own light through the dark time. What makes you really laugh? Know this and check in with yourself…have I laughed enough today? If not invest in some time for laughter medicine and feel yourself get lighter!
Listen to your body
What is your body telling you? Is it giving you signs to make changes to your diet or lifestyle? Do you need time to rest and heal? Listening to your body over any obligations or thought of what others will think is key. This also reminds others to care for themselves and by practicing this you may be helping them too.
The immune system is like our health and well being army. Fighting for the cause! If our defences are low we are more prone to invaders. Keepingwarm, happy and giving the body what it needs is key to supporting our immune system and keeping it strong. I always recommend staying away from processed sugar completely, especially when the immune system is low. It is an unnatural substance for the body to deal with and causes the soldiers more work when they need to be taking care of the boundaries!
From time to time having the odd cold virus is perfectly natural and can be an excellent way to cleanse. We have four main channels for elimination. Ourdigestive system, urinary system, respiratory system and skin. When infection sets in we can move it out through these areas. As we know, water is an essential substance that our bodies rely on to function well. Drinking lots of water is vital as it prevents us from becoming dehydrated which is what we need to keep an eye on especially when during illness. Dehydration can be dangerous and is one of the major causes of serious illness. We use up a lot of water when we’re ill so it must be replaced to give our soldiers re-enforcements.
If you have a cold or minor illness you can help your immune system by resting, keeping warm and drinking lots of water.
A well known herbal remedy for dealing with invaders is a blend ofpeppermint, elderflower, chamomile and yarrow. It can also be calledburglar tea! This is a traditional combination to encourage sweating,urination and to move mucus which pushes the intruder out.
We should feel cleansed and revitalised after a cold. If you’ve had a cold for a few days and still feel rough, or if you have a high temperature it’s a good idea to see a health practitioner as there could be an underlying ninja burglar needing to be dealt with 😉
For burglar tea and other winter survivals to keep your soldiers on top form visit Haddington Herbals or your local herb shop.
Have a wonderful festive time!