Today is the start of meteorological spring - snowdrops retreating back into the earth, daffs & bluebells making their way up, rising energy on its way. Just the same as every other year of course, but always a pleasure to behold.
Feeling post winter? Well it's approaching the time to do something about it. We're encouraged to "detox" the moment Christmas is over, but that's not the right time at all. Look around at the wildlife - fat squirrels & small birds like barrels! Winter is the time to eat nutritious food & store fat in order to get through challenging times. Comfort food actually has a purpose!
Once the worst is over though we instinctively take a good look round & prepare for that spring clean, body as well as home. Key factors include diet, where comfort carbs become less important, & exercise to increase metabolism. Getting more exposure to daylight by spending time outdoors helps replenish Vitamin D reserves which most of us lack by this time of year. Necessary for healthy bones & teeth as well as boosting the immune system.
Treatments to help? Massage for underused, sleepy muscles & lack of tone, MLD for fluid retention & overall congestion, essential oils for wellbeing support. Which oils to choose? Citruses are generally uplifting & mood boosting as well as cleansing, for example grapefruit (citrus paradisi). They can also improve circulation, bergamot (citrus bergamia) for example. N.B. Care with use in the sun. Try cypress (cupressus sempervirens) for fluid retention & fennel (foeniculum vulgare dulce) to regulate appetite & suppress a sweet tooth. The possibilities are endless.
Above all wait until the final cold snap is over & then get down to business. In the meantime comfort food? Good to know we're all excused!!
© Susan Mumford, 2017