As many of you will know, I love drawing inspiration from music in these newsletters. This Autumn edition is no exception and is brought to you by Earth Wind & Fire’s ultimate boogie track; (Dancing in) September. I feel this is quite a high energy month (unlike January; bleurgh) and personally it’s been a busy few weeks with heka featuring in a central London pop up, sending my youngest off to school and living in the dusty end of a house renovation. The days are still kind of sunny and I sense that people are buzzing with a sort of post lockdown energy. So as the evenings draw in, join me in getting in the d-i-s-c-o mood (even if it's just in your kitchen) → “Ba-dee-ya, say, do you remember?"
Healthy Body ←→ Healthy Mind
Now that we're spending more time socialising inside, commuting to an office and/or sharing school germs with children, it's time to focus on our immune systems. To give yourself the best chance of being fighting fit, aim for a holistic approach; quality sleep and a colourful diet, minimise stress and listen to your body.
I had the start of a cold recently and was determined not to be taken down. So I tackled it from all angles: juices (a.m), teaspoons of honey & turmeric (p.m), a few steam inhalations, salt baths and early nights and I managed to keep it under control.
These are just a few suggestions but whatever you do, stock up now with your ammunition kit!
My 3 autumn essential oils are;
Lavender – often referred to as the mother of essential oils, it's an amazing all round 1st aid for skin, mind and body including the respiratory system. Incredibly there are 450 types but usually we use English Lavender or ‘angustifolia’
Eucalyptus – the 2 main types are ‘radiata’ (more anti viral so great for colds and flu) and ‘globulus’ (stronger, more anti microbial & anti bacterial; good for slowing the spread of an infection). Either of these would be ideal in a diffuser or a steam inhalation. Instructions here.
Rosemary - a stimulating, high energy oil for clearing heads and boosting memory. One to help you stay focussed at work and stop dreaming of that Greek beach (that you did or didn't get to this year). It’s included in my punchy Clear Pastures pulse point oil. Shop it here.
Our family, grandparents included, are very into The Green Roasting Tin recipe book by Rukmini Iyer. Full of easy, nourishing dishes that taste the biz like this miso aubergine with chilli and ginger. The kids don’t eat much from it yet it but I’m working on it ;)
Having just finished the West Cork podcast - forensic journalism at it’s best but an investment at 14 episodes: OOF! - I’m now turning to more bite sized morsels. As The Season Turns is a delightful monthly compendium by Lia Leendertz, capturing the energy of each month so well. I really love the range she covers nature, folklore and …cheese for this month! The podcast is produced by the English perfume brand Ffern which I hadn’t heard of but am now intrigued by; they release limited edition batches by season. Listen here.
I’m reopening my aromatherapy consultation service and, as a valued member of the heka community, I’m offering you the chance to win a free 121 video session for 2 lucky subscribers before I open my books. Enter here disco friends! Keep your eyes peeled for more subscriber offers as we get closer to you-know-what time (under 100 days to go, apparently). COMPETITION NOW CLOSED.
And I'll sign off with the lyrics from another great disco/funk classic…
“Here's a chance to dance / Our way out of our constrictions / Do you promise to funk? / The whole funk, nothin' but the funk”
(Funkadelic One nation under a groove)
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Naomi, founder of heka aromatherapy, shares her thoughts on wellbeing and what's bringing her joy at the moment.