Thursday, 5 March 2015

Preparing for Spring: Body brushing & Tea

Hello, spring (:
Hello, spring (:
This months edition of OM Yoga magazine really caught my attention. There was an article on how yoga can  make you feel at home whilst travelling which I can fully relate to. No matter where you are, you can (usually) do your yoga workout. But my favourite article this month by Dr Vijay Murthy discusses the benefits of dry body brushing, something I have talked about in my DIY Spa Day post and there's even a tea recipe!!

Yoga anywhere. New York, OM Yoga Magazine
Yoga anywhere. New York, OM Yoga Magazine
Body brushing has so many surprising benefits. From exfoliating your skin, detoxing you system, boosting your lymphatic system and evening out your skin tone. Perfect for renewing for a fresh season plus its cheap and easy.
This article also contains a recipe for a revitalizing, detoxifying beauty tea. All you need is:
  • Fresh lemon 
  • Ginger root
  • Fresh or dried tumeric root (from Indian or health food shops)
  • Optional stevia and honey
Add the turmeric to 1 litre of freshly boiled (but not boiling) water. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add 2 to 3 inches of ginger root and simmer for another 7 minutes. Add stevia or other sweetener if desired. Strain into a jug. Add 2 freshly squeezed lemons and the optional honey to sweeten, then enjoy throughout the day.

Turmeric is well known for its skin brightening properties as well as countless others and ginger is anti-inflammatory. This sounds like a great health boosting drink. However I really, really cannot stand ginger so I think I would replace this with fresh cinnamon which is also anti-inflammatory, a natural stimulant and can help lower blood sugar levels. Plus its delicious.

I think this tea combined with dry body brushing as well as regular exercise and being mindful of what you eat is perfect for preparing for spring.

How will you be preparing for spring? What spices do you like?

Helen x


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4 comments:

  1. I love the sound of the detoxifying tea and have never tried dry body brushing before but would love to xx

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    1. It's so good especially on a cold morning as it really boosts your circulation. My skin tone was so even and so soft too.
      I use a natural bristle brush but in this article it discussed fancy silk gloves.

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  2. Hey Helen!

    Had to stop by, thank you for posting such lovely comments on my posts <3 I love detox anything and I use turmeric in a homemade face mask, works wonders! Love it when spices are multi-functional lol xx

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    1. Multifunctional and delicious! I'll defo have to try a turmeric mask. I made a persimmon and lemon mask a few days ago and it was lovely.

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