A friend has invited me to join her on a 21 day meditation challenge starting today. Each day you listen to a 10 guided meditation, you’re given a mantra to guide you through the day and you’re given a task. Today’s task was to write down 50 people who’ve made a positive difference to your life. My first thought was 50? Why such a ridiculously huge number? But then when I started, I realised so many people have had an effect and have shaped me. My list had family, friends, old bosses and teachers, clients, public figures amongst others. It makes me appreciate some of the random connections that have happened along the way and shaped me as a person. One of the most surprising was realising that my interest in health and wellbeing stemmed from my maternal grandmother picking chamomile flowers and giving it to me as a tea when I was feeling unwell as a 5 year old. The sentiment transcended the unpleasant taste at the time! Give the 50 people list a try and let me know what you think. I was pleasantly surprised.
Another wonderful workshop on the gut with lovely people who came far and wide to join us - some even crossed the river to come south and one lady came all the way from Oxford. We’re privileged to meet and converse with like-minded people and share stories from around the world about lifestyle wellness, nutrition and nature-inspired health. We started with a walk in the local park, taking in the crisp air and foraging before moving indoors to make gut health boosting fermented vegetables, kefir, prebiotic blueberry smoothie and healing herbal teas. We packed a lot in but it’s hard to curtail the session when we’re all having fun and are hungry to learn. Thank you everyone! #botanicalpharmacist
SOLD OUT! Our Gut workshop tomorrow is full to capacity. We’re sorry to disappoint those who tried to book. DM me and we’ll let you know of the next Gut workshop OR check out Eventbrite for our up and coming classes and reserve your place in plenty of time. Natural Home Products 7th March and Baby and Mum 4th April.
Healing herbs. We’re all set for a bit of tea blending at this Saturday’s workshop. Does anyone recognise these two stars of the show? There’s a clue there. #botanicalpharmacist
Remember to water your gut flora. Hydration is so important for keeping the mucosal lining of the gut healthy, for keeping us regular and helping our gut microbiome flourish. Drinking water also helps keep our appetite in check and stops us over eating. We should be aiming for 2 litres a day and taking simple steps like having a water bottle at our desk or in our bag to help reinforce the habit. This Victorian Wade Gluggle Jug which I bought for my husband as a Christmas present has been a real hit at home. It sits on the table and is a bit of novelty piece - it looks strange but the real thrill is that when you pour it out it makes a deep glugging sound, a bit like a fish. So now we all fight over who pours out the water AND we’re all drinking more water. Just the result I wanted. Anyone coming to our Gut workshop this Saturday will get a free go at pouring! #botanicalpharmacist
A smoothie hides a multitude of gut boosting plant-based foods. We should be aiming for 30 different types of food a week to help feed the friendly bacteria and build a diverse gut flora. Believe it or not this has 8 - banana, blueberries, apples, linseed, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, goji berries and kale. Oh and a splash of kefir for good measure! What do you have in your smoothie? Is there a special hidden ingredient that you add to yours? #botanicalpharmacist
Digestive teas. The gut is the driving engine of the body. We need to keep it nourished and hydrated and when things upset it we need to fix it or else it can literally play on our mind. Digestive teas are one way to relieve discomfort and it’s about finding the right one (or combination) to bring that relief. Fennel, mint, cardamom, ginger, chamomile, activated charcoal are all natural remedies you can reach for. The trick is knowing which is good for which symptom. Here’s to get you started -ginger for nausea, peppermint for spasm, fennel for bloating, cardamom for heartburn. But there are so many more... All will be revealed at our next workshop. #botanicalpharmacist
Is your gut feeling the after effects of the festive feasting? Unless you’re super disciplined then the extra sugar, salt and alcohol we consumed will have affected our gut biome and the balance of friendly bacteria that keep us healthy. So if you’re feeling down, sluggish and cold-ridden it’s likely that your gut biome is out of balance. The good news is easy to fix. Come to our Gut Masterclass on Jan 18th and you’ll learn about fermented foods, digestive teas and lifestyle hacks. Even better, you’ll be going home with your own gut-friendly sauerkraut, kefir, healing herbal teas AND a spring in your step to get you through the long month of January. To book go to link in bio. #botanicalpharmacist
Have you signed up to the online Setting Wellness Intentions session on Jan 8th 19.30 GMT? We’ll be on live giving you practical steps to get started, and the bonus is it’s free and you can join us from the comfort of your own home. The only thing you need to do is decide on the ONE intention you want to focus on. And if you’ve already started your intention (be it Dry January, Veganuary, Red January or another) you’ll learn how to keep it going till the end of the month. No more excuses, go to the link in my IG bio and sign up now. See you there!