A great way to get into the spring season is to do a detox. Winter comfort foods tend to be heavier and more work for the liver to digest. We often tend to eat more junk food in the colder weather as well. Our bodies and organs are pretty incredible at being able to deal with the unhealthy stuff we put in our bodies, but a little support for our bodies goes a long way. A detox can support the liver, kidneys, adrenals and lymphatic system so that our body can function in an optimally healthy way.
Here in Australia we are now in the midst of winter, especially in the south where Soularoma is located. Not only do we have the normal winter illnesses, colds and flus, winter aches & pains but this year we have COVID-19 as well. So it is extra important that we look after our health this year.
Essential oils are a great natural way to maintain your wellness in the winter months. There is a lot of research that has shown us how effective they are in doing this. There is a huge a range of oils to help us keep the respiratory system healthy (and many of them are Australian native oils which is great at keeping it all local!), but if you think about nature, the leaves on a tree are like its respiratory system, thus suggesting that essential oils distilled from leaves could be the most helpful for maintaining the health of our respiratory system. To name just a few which illustrate this analogy, there is eucalyptus, pine, peppermint gum, rosalina, kunzea, niaouli, black spruce, bay laurel, tea tree and silver fir, amongst others. All of these oils are very helpful for our respiratory system.
Today, June 5th, is World environment day. It was enacted in 1974 to make people more aware of the importance of environmental issues. Every year there is a different theme and this year's theme is biodiversity. "The emergence of COVID-19 has underscored the fact that, when we destroy biodiversity, we destroy the system that supports human life. By upsetting the delicate balance of nature, we have created ideal conditions for pathogens–including coronaviruses–to spread" (https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/about/biodiversity)
Have you ever watched the way most people wash their hands (or been horrified because they don't wash their hands)? Our hands are the parts of our bodies that are in contact with everything. We touch products, we touch food, we touch other people and we touch ourselves, especially our faces. Our hands are one of the most likely places for us to come into contact with germs. In this time of the public health crisis of COVID-19, it is time to reiterate the importance of washing hands and how to wash your hands properly.
Letting go of 2019 and setting intentions for 2020
Put on some relaxing music, get your favourite cup and fill it with whatever you like and sit down and do this simple reflection process for 2019. It is best done in the early days of the new year and then later you can move on to a more specific goal setting (if that is your thing).
Ask yourself these questions and write as much as you like.