As the year marches on, relief is well and truly here from the Queensland heat and humidity. Autumn saw us begin to move inward. Now that the winter chill is here it is time to fully embrace this movement. Even though winter in Noosa still gets its fair share of glorious days it’s so important to honour the season and move alongside its energy.
Our food requirements in winter differ tremendously to that of the warmer months. It’s time to leave behind the cooling, raw foods and move towards warmer, slow cooked meals whenever possible. Winter represents the most Yin aspect in Chinese Medicine. It’s a dark, slow, contracting or inward energy pattern. When thinking of the best foods to eat for the season, look to what grows naturally at this time of year. Root vegetables, winter greens, carrots, mushrooms and cabbage are all great choices. Hearty soups, wholegrains and roasted nuts are great during the cooler months and offer nourishment whilst tonifying the kidneys. In traditional chinese medicine, winter is associated with our kidneys which hold our most basic and fundamental energy. Black beans, adzuki beans, black sesame seeds and bone broth also provide much needed support for our kidneys throughout winter.
It’s also worth reminding yourself that there is great benefit to really taking your time when eating. Try not to eat on the run. Make the time to sit down for a meal and enjoy it. Allow yourself a moment and give gratitude. Be thankful for the nourishment, regardless of how humble or elaborate your meal may be.
Most of us enjoy a hot drink on a cold day. During the cooler months it’s a great way to warm up from the inside out. Often you may find yourself reaching for your regular coffee or a tea. If you’re after something a little different, it’s very easy to make a pot of something delicious! Although spices like tumeric and cinnamon have been around forever, they have become hot property in recent years for their many health benefits.
The following tea is packed with inflammation fighting spices, will help improve your digestion and boost your immune system. It’s packed with antioxidant properties.
CHAI TEA SPICE MIX
Ideally one would use the whole spices and grind them with a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle. However, you still get all the benefits using pre-ground spices.
- 2 tsp whole black peppercorns (1/2 tbsp ground)
- 2 cinnamon sticks (2 tbsp ground)
- 2 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground tumeric
- 6 cardamom pods (1 tbsp ground)
- 10 whole cloves (1 tbsp ground)
- 1 whole nutmeg (1/2 tbsp ground)
- Grind the spices then sift with a fine-mesh sifter and return any large pieces of spice to the grinder to powder them further (Skip this step if you are using pre-ground spices).
- Combine the ground spices in a jar and mix well.
How to make chai tea
- 1/2 teaspoon of chai masala mixture, above
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup milk of choice (coconut milk is especially nice)
- 2 teaspoons black tea, such as Ceylon or Assam
- Sweetener of choice to taste (we love raw honey)
- Bring the water, milk, spice mixture, and tea to a slow simmer. Cover and remove from the heat. Allow to steep for 5 minutes.
- Strain carefully into a cup and sweeten to taste
Massage Therapy is beneficial year round to us all, but during winter it gives us an extra special boost.
Did you know that massage therapy is proven to boost your immunity? It does this by increasing lymph flow. Lymph is packed full of white blood cells that fight off infection and keep your body healthy. Increasing lymph flow means more areas of your body receive these cells in faster time.
Massage improves skin hydration. This is much needed when we are camped out in heated rooms day in and out. It increases our circulation, pumping blood all over our bodies. This helps keep muscles, joints, organs and extremities warm and healthy.
Massage encourages positive changes in the endocrine system where hormones are created. These changes decrease cortisol levels (stress related hormone) & increase oxytocin levels (happy hormone) leading to the release of serotonin and endorphins, relieving stress and enhancing your mood. Bye, bye winter blues!
We have massage therapists on hand every day at Kansha, including Saturday and Sunday all day so no need to wait. Book your appointment with us now!
Just a little reminder to our eligible clients of our Senior Longevity Voucher! These have been so popular. One of these vouchers allows you access to a combination of any 3 treatments that we offer here at Kansha, over a 12 month period. You can use your voucher as quickly or slowly as you please inside this time frame. Contact us for full terms and conditions but needless to say they are fabulous value for money and a great way to keep on top on your health.