By Marian Connor

Its 2016, festivities are over and we face January a little deflated.

Impecunious.

Over indulged.

Exhausted by lack of daylight.

Dodging the ‘office bug’.

We thought we might suggest some subtle but efficient ways to deter pathogens and raise your energy levels. We aren’t guaranteeing any help with fiscal matters but you may feel better until pay day.

Spice

You might be thinking it’s time to shelve those spices associated with Christmas, au contraire, now is the perfect time to incorporate more of those aromatic bundles of taste into your diet.

Here are a few favourites we used at our Winter Wonderful event at Google Campus London to create a rich warm fragrance in our take home ‘Christmas in a Box’.

Ginger

Fibrous rhizomes (underground stems) of Zingiber officinale, a perennial creeping plant.

Renowned for millennia, ginger is mentioned in ancient writings from China, India and the Middle East. Used extensively by the Romans.

Relieves nausea and digestive problems.

Anti viral, Anti bacterial, Anti fungal.

Cloves

The buds of Syzgium aromaticum, an evergreen tree in the myrtle family.

One of the first spices to be traded, evidence found in Indonesia dating back to 1721 BCE.

Treasured by the Romans, the pungent aroma was used by ancient cloth traders to keep their precious merchandise free from moths and other insects.

Anti viral, Anti bacterial, Anti fungal.

A sweet piquant spice for savoury and sweet foods & drinks.

Star Anise

Dark brown eight-pointed-star-shaped fruit of Illichum verum, a small evergreen tree in the magnolia family

Used as a spice and medicine for over 3000 years.

First blooms take 5 – 6 years to appear after which the

plant produces flowers and fruit for another 100 years.

1 of the 5 flavours in Chinese Five Spice Powder.

Anti viral, Anti bacterial, Anti fungal.

 Cinnamon

Cinnamon is the inner bark of Cinnamomum verum from evergreen trees in the laurel family.

Known for millennia, ancient Egyptians used it in cosmetics  and for embalming the dead.

Romans used it on funeral pyres to mask the odour.

Anti ‘everything’ – viral, bacterial, fungal, oxidant, spasmodic,

Used in cooking for sweet and savoury dishes, in coffee, alcohol and traditional medicines.

This article further explains The Health Benefits of Spices.

“Variety is the very spice of life that gives it all its flavour.”

 William Cowper

Crystals

We thought the start of a new year may be a good time to review the use of crystals, to add a little sparkle to those dull days and help raise your energy levels.

Sheree Wilson, our 8 in the Universe, Crystal Healing expert wanted to share some Winter Crystals.

Winter is a time to bring light, colour and warmth into your home. Things to look forward to and aim for in the New Year, will undoubtedly cross your mind, as will apprehension and worry of the unknown. Thus, for some, this time of year can be both stressful and depressing. Hopefully the gentle energy of semi precious stones will help to uplift you and subtly bring peace and balance into your life, support and prepare you for the year ahead.

We suggest the following crystals because they help calm the mind and body during times of stress. They encourage goodwill towards others and joy. They help us to endure cold winter days and long dark nights. All healing stones promote happiness and well-being.

Peridot – is a beautiful green calming stone that increases joy as well as physical and emotional well-being. It is a wonderful healing stone. Place on the heart and solar plexus chakras

Blue Chalcedony – is a nurturing stone, promoting friendship and goodwill. Place on throat chakra

Chrysanthemum Stone (flower stone) – this black and white stone is calming and helps increase the feelings of happiness and joy. It connects you to your inner-self, helping you to feel more centered. It is thought to be a lucky stone that brings love, abundance and courage to follow a new path. Place under your pillow, in your pocket or on any chakra.

Ametrine – is a combination of amethyst and citrine thus has the healing qualities of both. It helps to calm the mind and digestive system and is a wonderful stone for stress. Place on brow and solar plexus.

How to use crystals The crystals mentioned above have many benefits and can be used in a variety of ways, for example, placed around the home, grouped together, carried or worn.

“Energy is eternal delight.”

William Blake

This film explains more about the scientific and spiritual properties of crystals.

 

“Just as there is no loss of basic energy in the universe, so no thought or action is without its effects, present or ultimate, seen or unseen, felt or unfelt.”

 Norman Cousins

 

Next blog back to our fortnightly schedule on Wednesday 20th January.

 

Image Tile/Header – Patterns of Energy

Hyperlink – The Health Benefits of Spices by Janette Marshall in Saga Magazine

YouTube – Spirit Spice 13_1 Crystals by Spirit Science – duration 00:09:50

If we have whet your appetite for further discovery, keep in mind that we create interactive experiential workshops and events embracing 8 elements, exploring a myriad of ways to enhance your health and happiness.

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