Cosy Chai Recipe

When the day is grey, cold, damp and blustery, we benefit from bringing in the opposite qualities, such as warth, stillness, cosiness, and even herbs and spices that are slightly drying. These aspects can all help to balance the Vata and Kapha doshas, which are more likely to become excessive during Winter. Towards the endContinue reading “Cosy Chai Recipe”

Nourishing Comfrey, Calendula & Shea Butter Balm

During colder months, especially when the air is drier and we’re more exposed to windy, changeable weather, our bodies and minds can accumulate a Vata imbalance. Vata is one of the Ayurvedic doshas made up of the air and ether (or ‘space’) elements, and is characterised by qualities of lightness, irregularity, dryness, coldness, brittleness, roughness,Continue reading “Nourishing Comfrey, Calendula & Shea Butter Balm”

Miracle Mask For Dry Winter Skin

This is such a simple yet effective DIY face mask, and can transform dry, irritated skin to smooth, moisturised loveliness in just 15 minutes! The ingredients in this recipe are all nourishing, rejuvenating, hydrating and gentle. You’ll have enough in this recipe to use a few times, or to share with someone who also needsContinue reading “Miracle Mask For Dry Winter Skin”

Holistic Health: 5 Ways To Keep Your Sinuses Healthy This Winter

During Winter, we tend to experience a few more coughs and colds than usual, partly due to the ‘dry’ air causing membranes in the nose and throat try dry up, thus exposing us to more bacteria than usual, but also partly because we tend to move from outdoor cold to more humid indoor warmth frequently.Continue reading “Holistic Health: 5 Ways To Keep Your Sinuses Healthy This Winter”

The Light ‘Diet’: A Deep Dive Into Harnessing The Power Of Light For Better Health & Wellbeing

Part 1: Mitochondria Whilst much of our ‘dietary’ focus is upon the foods we eat and how much exercise we do, what we might not think about is the amount of natural light we’re getting each day, and at which times we’re getting it.  What you eat and when you eat it can be ‘hacked’Continue reading “The Light ‘Diet’: A Deep Dive Into Harnessing The Power Of Light For Better Health & Wellbeing”

Ayurvedic Advice: Using Kapha Season To Build Strength and Immunity

A recent blog post I wrote for YogaMatters. Read on if you’re feeling the effects of Winter! After what seems like a very long January which may have been full of cleanses, detox juices, harsh gym schedules and a tone of self-imposed pressure, we can be left feeling drained before month #1 is even finished.Continue reading “Ayurvedic Advice: Using Kapha Season To Build Strength and Immunity”

Spiced Cauliflower & Tomato Bake

Comfort food at its healthiest and tastiest – this bake is reminiscent of a pasta bake or casserole, but made with fibre-rich cauliflower, full of antioxidants, and sulforaphane – which contains an important natural chemical that effects the expression of DNA. In the case of sulforaphane (and therefore cauliflower) the effect it has is aContinue reading “Spiced Cauliflower & Tomato Bake”

Easy Honey & Turmeric Winter Wellness Tonic

Ayurveda is abundant with tonics and teas to help balance and invigorate the body and mind. Living with an awareness of Ayurvedic principles can not only help when it comes to discerning beneficial foods, activities, herbs and anything from scents to colours to help you feel your best, but also opens the doors to aContinue reading “Easy Honey & Turmeric Winter Wellness Tonic”

Coffee, Cocoa & Hazelnut Muffins

Using small petit four cases (I suppose the ‘small’ is already implied in the word petit….), these muffins are enough to satisfy any chocolate or cake craving, without totally ruining the ‘I’m being good before Christmas’ diet…. With literally one teaspoon of mixture in each case, the ingredients are transformed into a light and chocolateyContinue reading “Coffee, Cocoa & Hazelnut Muffins”

Calming Chamomile Skin Balm (For dry skin, eczema & psoriasis)

During Autumn and early Winter, the air tends to be drier (despite the rainfall….), causing skin to also become dry and prone to irritation. Add to that the fact that many of us are spending lots of time inside with central heating, we’re exposed to dry air a lot at this time of year. ThisContinue reading “Calming Chamomile Skin Balm (For dry skin, eczema & psoriasis)”