seasonal change - here we go again!
Have you been feeling 'different' these last few weeks? It could be the seasonal change, it can show up in many different ways and shapes and sizes... I was incredibly exhausted and tired, I felt like I was going into hibernation. I ended up going to be with the kids each night at about 9pm... not normal for me as my husband and I are light night owls, but it felt GREAT! I think it's good to get a good long nights sleep, especially in the Fall/Wintertime, at least one - two nights a week. And the kids think it's so special when you go to sleep with them.
I also like to take the time and do family massage, so me and the kids take showers and give each other massages with Calendula oil, paying special attention to the feet, arm and leg meridians. You don't have to be a professional and it just feels good! The kids massage me and we all laugh about how different our bodies are! .. and in this neck of the woods we do a tick check... (every night!)
I also feel that this is a good time to drink Apple Tea, I know I keep harping on this but if you are like me you forget these things! Apple Tea is a good thing to get in the habit of doing as much as you can, and at this time of year when apples are in season it's PERFECT timing! In Ayurveda it's important to eat an apple a day now when they are in season, I try to remember this each year and so when the kids come home from school they always have an apple!
You can click here to see a previous blog about the apple tea, but it's very simple! I like to take three apples, cut them up into chunks (core and all) and a big pot of water and cook them for about 45 minutes to an hour. Drain off the tea and discard the apple. I put a few grains of salt in at the end for a good taste (just a few GRAINS make a difference not more!). This is a beautiful tea to drink before you go to bed and it can seriously help if you have a lot of stress, like most of us do in these times. Kids LOVE this tea and it's much better than too-sweet hot apple cider!
Remember to take care of yourself so that you can put your best food forward!