Friday, August 30, 2013

this moment

{this moment} - a Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special moment. . - soulemama

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

the lemon

Over the years, and still today, I have suffered many tummy issues. From sore tummy, nausea, queasiness, congestion and bloating right through to indigestion pain. I've had it all!

But as I've discovered over the years, there are simple things just sitting in my pantry that can really help and sooth these pains. The good thing too is that these are all things perfect for both me and the kids. Here's a few for you to try......

Lemons are amazing when it comes to medicinal healing. They help fight infection, they are an antioxidant, they are known to lower blood pressure and they help to cleanse the liver and digestive system. A simple lemon water can provide relief for nausea or pain. Simply squeeze half or a whole (depending how tough you are!) into warm water. Don't add honey as it's the sour taste that is of benefit here. For a sore throat however do add some honey for it's antibacterial benefits.

You can add grated lemon zest and or the juice itself into sauces, baked goodies, marinades, oils etc to assist your body on a daily basis too.

Ginger is a wonder for the stomach and digestive systems. Try grating fresh ginger root (about 2-3 tablespoons, the more the better) and adding it to 1 1/2 cups of water in a pot and bring to a simmer. Add a teaspoon of honey (manuka is fantastic) and drink while warm. Makes about 1 cup, so you can share with a friend!

Herbs that can help with a sore tummy include: chamomile, peppermint, aniseed, dill, fennel and lemon balm. Make a strong infusion of any of these herbs and drink warm to help settle tummy troubles.

For me, avoiding food during a 'tummy episode' (lord knows I've had my share) is what works best. Fluids really are the way to go to help with all tummy troubles. It helps to rest the digestive system, especially when its suffering from pain, inflammation, congestion or just plain hideous uncomfortableness.

Please remember, whilst all these have worked for me and will no doubt help aid your tummy discomfort, it is a good idea to get any ongoing pains looked at by a professional doctor or naturopath.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Rarotongan sun

Just the other week we packed up the family, boarded a plane and headed off to find some sun!

Auckland's weather is still new to me. The constant rain, the un-dry washing, the soul sapping coldness that just never seems to end. 8 months in and you would think we would be getting a little used to it. But no. I understand now why so many Kiwis head to Queensland at this time of year!

So what else is there to do than seek out a tropical island and lay on it for a week!
Rarotonga - one of the beautiful islands that make up the Cook islands - is where we headed.

The sun shone, the children swam, the souls were rejuvenated, and the cocktails flowed. What more can you ask for?
Rarotonga is stunning. Its similar to Fiji but has a 'small town' feeling. Its not as touristy as Fiji so things happen a lot slower (I mean lunch can take 1hr to make it to the table) but if you just give in to it and relax, 'island time' can be a nice change.
It's a small island - takes only 40min to drive the whole way around - and their transport system consists of 2 buses. One that travels clockwise, the other anticlockwise! Its great. It feels a little like stepping back in time with its simplicity.
We loved it. Loved it. Loved it.
That's the thing about holidays though, as soon as you get back you need to start planning the next...................
Where's one place you've loved? Where's your next holiday destination?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

this moment

{this moment} - a Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special moment. . - soulemama

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