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WHAT IS AYURVEDA HEALING AND HOW CAN IT HELP WITH HEALING?…

Ayurveda is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life.” Ayurvedic knowledge originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is often called the “Mother of All Healing.” It stems from the ancient Vedic culture and was taught for many thousands of years in an oral tradition from accomplished masters to their disciples. Some of this knowledge was set to print a few thousand years ago, but much of it is inaccessible. The principles of many of the natural healing systems now familiar in the West have their roots in Ayurveda, including Homeopathy and Polarity Therapy.

Ayurveda focuses on the power of the mind to heal the body using herbal treatment, diet and yogic breathing. Practitioners focus on understanding the unique physiological processes, the environmental inputs, and the genetic predisposition that influence every person’s experience of health and disease. Ayurveda identifies three basic types of energy or functional principles that are present in everyone and everything. Since there are no single words in English that convey these concepts, we use the original Sanskrit words vata, pitta and kapha. These principles can be related to the basic biology of the body.

The College of Ayurveda (UK) is accredited by the British Complementary Medicine Association and mixes home-schooling as well as classroom education and one-to-one tutor guidance to help students learn around their lifestyle. It teaches everything from achieving the best nutritional balance to the optimal physical, meatal and emotional balances through the depth of the body and aura.

Ayurveda understands that we feel differently from season to season, and that our bodies and minds react one way to summer’s heat and brightness, and react another way to winter’s cold weather. We are also more prone to illnesses or discomforts at different times of the year and we crave different foods also at different times of the year. Not living in tune with the seasons can unbalance us. Chinese medicine, acupuncture, breath work and aromatherapy are a complement to the holistic science of Ayurveda.

It says you should always choose seasonal nutrition for the right balance and improve your wellbeing with essential oils and finally to breathe right.

Practicing mindful breathing will make you feel relaxed and energized and is one of the most common and important techniques for being able to meditate. A brilliant book on the subject is ‘Ayurveda for Modern Life‘, by Emine Rushton.

Health expert and sceptic Eminé Kali Rushton was converted to an Ayurvedic approach during pregnancy, when she discovered how eating and living according to the ancient Indian principles of Ayurveda rebalances the body for the better. Ayurveda teaches that we each have a dosha a basic body type that defines our personality and physical wellbeing, from the foods we crave to those that spark allergies and increase weight gain. This book is the first to decode this 5,000-year-old science of wellbeing specifically for busy, modern lives. It shows just how simple and practical a body-balancing seasonal lifestyle can be, helping you beat stress, lose weight and feel energised and positive every day.

After determining your dosha type, it teaches how to eat for your own dosha, to promote speedy and sustainable weight loss and make your body feel light, vital, energized and beautiful again. There is a simple 3-day diet plan and 30 seasonal recipes using supermarket ingredients. Includes expert advice from leading nutritionist Eve Kalinik, seasonality expert Annee de Mamiel and the founder of The Organic Pharmacy, Margo Marrone.

Health expert Claire Paphitis who is a qualified ayurvedic consultant wrote in Natural Health Magazine that comfort and warmth is the name of the ayurvedic game this autumn so you need to prep your bodies for the cooler months ahead.

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IT’S SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT 5 WAYS TO USE LAVENDER TO HELP YOU SLEEP…

A study in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people who wore a lavender patch with 55ul or microliters of lavender essential oil reported better sleep compare to those who did not have the patch. The sleep patches from Bodytox, £23 for 14 patches.

  • Absorbs the body’s excrements
  • More restful night’s sleep
  • Promote health and well being
  • Aromatherapy with lavender may improve sleep quality
  • Also promote relaxation and lift mood

Another new way to help you sleep is the Tisserand Lavender Warming Body Wrap.

Feel soothed & relaxed with the Tisserand Lavender scented body wrap made with Flaxseed, fragranced with 100% natural pure Lavender Essential Oil.

Developed to warm tired muscles, relax the mind and ease tension. For extra comfort, this body wrap is comprised of three evenly weighted sections to easily mould to the body.

Simply heat your body wrap in the microwave to release the soothing aroma of Lavender and soothe the body and mind before you go to bed. Finish with a spray of Lavender on your pillow and enjoy a peaceful nights sleep. At £13.10 it would also make a great Christmas gift.

In aromatherapy, the lavender essential oil is highly regarded for its soothing and balancing effects. When used at bedtime, lavender helps to calm the mind and promote sleep.

It’s also used to soothe aches and pains and skin problems and as an insect repellent.

It lends a delicate flavour to casseroles, scones, roast lamb, and even ice-cream. It is a tonic to the cardiovascular and digestive system, it can lower blood pressure and can help to thin the blood due to the presence of coumarins.

Looking through the Internet brought me some brilliant websites which has some good products to help you sleep including slumber gel, which you apply to your temples and pulse points for only £7.95

Clear your head and be present in the moment with their mindful pulse point roller balls made with 100% natural pure essential oils. BREATHE DEEP blend of Orange, Petitgrain & Coriander gives your mind a break when it’s time to stop. MIND CLEAR blend of Peppermint, Lavender & Lemon allows you to declutter your mind & find clarity. REAL CALM blend of Lavender, Bergamot & Patchouli helps you to take time out & feel serene. Available from Amazon and other retailers – I keep mine in the drawer by my bed for if I am having a difficult night. £13

Take a warm bath with Lavender oils. Sprinkle a few drops of the essential oil of your choice in a candle diffuser, or dilute two drops in 1 tsp. of avocado or almond oil, then rub it onto the back of your hand.

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NATIONAL STRESS AWARENESS DAY WEDNESDAY 6th NOVEMBER…

The first Wednesday in November each year is National Stress Awareness Day

A flagship annual event. This event is great as a means of raising awareness of the organisation, achieving publicity for stress, and promoting the importance of wellbeing for individuals and organisations. It is also a day to make sure those who are stressed know to seek advice and the right help.

We all know what it’s like to feel stressed – being under pressure is a normal part of life. But becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse.

National Stress Awareness Day is a great chance to take a moment to think about our wellbeing and find advice or support on managing stress.

Sharing how you’re feeling with friends and colleagues can make a huge difference. By sharing you could get some great advice and tips or find you can support other colleagues who need help.

The National Stress Awareness Day website has lots to help people with stress. From ways to overcome your fears and phobias with spiritual help, how health issues can contribute to stress, how hypnotherapy can help with depression and hypnosis for anxiety and much more.

Many people with commitment phobia have problems with committing to relationships. Quite often, the people who view their website, and who go on to contact them, are not the commitment phobic person themselves, but their frustrated partners.

It’s important to know when you’re stressed so you can step in before it affects your mental health. Common signs of stress could include: difficulty concentrating, interrupted sleep, breathlessness, irritability, or low energy.  

Mind are asking employers to start the conversation about stress in their workplace. By creating a Stress Awareness Space, staff can share their thoughts and feelings when they’re feeling stressed.

Anything you can do to raise awareness of stress especially during this pandemic could help just one person overcome it.  A fundraising coffee morning is one example of a great way to break the ice.