This also seems to be an ideal time of year to allow ideas and dreams to gestate. Ofcourse we need to create space and time in order to do this, something becoming more and more clear to me. As technology advances we all seem to be speeding up, thus it must be evermore vital to find ways to slow the pace. Enjoy still and simple moments. Celebrate the breathe. Pay attention to all of our senses. Winter is a time for deep listening and deep rest. How do you create rest in your daily lives? What can you do this week to give yourself an extra dose of restoration?
As a tool for self-enquiry, listening and tuning into the senses I have been busy creating aromatherapy products under my Artemis Rose Aromas name. I have created an Elemental Perfume range; four solid perfumes each representing an element: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. I suggest a meditation before applying the perfume, tuning in with your body and asking yourself which element will most serve you in this moment... More info can be found on my facebook page, or send me a message if you'd like to order a set:
I'm wishing you all a beautiful winter. Here is a warming winter tea recipe to help you look after your body and soul over these months.
Spicy Warming Chai Tea tosoothe and restore~
- 8 cardamon pods
- 3 cloves
- 6 black peppercorns
- 2 pinches of numeg
- 3 long cinnamon sticks
- 1.5 -inch piece fresh ginger, sliced
- 2 cups milk- if dairy then use whole milk as it is better for you. Vegan options are great- coconut and oat milk are my favourite.
- 4 bags black tea (such as Darjeeling) or red bush for caffine free
- 8 teaspoons coconut sugar/honey/other, or more, to taste
- Sprinkle of vanilla powder.
Place cardamom, cloves, nutmeg and peppercorns in a resealable plastic bag and crush with a heavy skillet.
Place crushed spices in a medium saucepan with cinnamon sticks, ginger and 2 cups of water; bring to a boil. L Remove from heat, add the tea bags, cover, and let steep for 10 minutes.
Add milk and warm to drinking temperature. Don't boil the milk.
Strain into cups. To each cup, add 2 teaspoons sugar or more, to taste, and a sprinkle of vanilla powder and nutmeg. Enjoy!
"And don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It’s quiet, but the roots are down there riotous". ~Rumi