Stress, Chinese Medicine and the importance of observing our mind and body.

Stress. It is intertwined with the lives we lead and is unavoidable given the nature of the world we live and the lives we create. Some people experience stress daily, others less frequently. Whether you feel it daily or occasionally, there is value in being able to identify when you are feeling stressed; to be able to listen to and observe your body; to learn how stress affects you; and to have strategies that can help you manage and reduce the impact it has on your life.

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Warming Red Lentil and Vegetable Dahl

Winter has arrived! Given the long, hot and humid summers we experience, we are making the most of the cooler weather by enjoying sleep-ins, a different daily rhythm, and lots of warming and satisfying food.

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Home-made cleaning products … better for the environment and our health

What ingredients are used to make the cleaning products I buy? Are they safe for my family and the environment? How much money do I spend on cleaning products each grocery shop? Why do store-bought cleaning products smell so strong and does my brain associate and link that smell with me thinking things are ‘clean’?! Continue reading “Home-made cleaning products … better for the environment and our health”

My soap making journey and a simple way to make liquid soap at home …

 

Over the last year I have been slowly working my way through our home … thinking about the things that we consume and use on a daily basis, and working out what I can change to make our home more ‘natural’.

One of the first things I realised we use a lot of each day is soap! Continue reading “My soap making journey and a simple way to make liquid soap at home …”

Home-made Baked Beans and an easy mid-week meal …

I had planned to write about my adventures in making liquid soap this week. Alas, I am waiting upon the arrival of soap making supplies! So, while I wait, here’s a quick and easy mid-week meal featuring home-made baked beans …. Continue reading “Home-made Baked Beans and an easy mid-week meal …”

Living with nature and our Warrigal Greens experiment …

If having a ‘vegie patch’ isn’t your thing, there are many things you can do in your garden – big or small – to incorporate nature and home-grown food into your life.

My studies in Chinese Medicine reinforced to me the importance of living with the seasons and working with what nature provides. The role a season plays in our life is significant; the effects it has on our bodies; the foods we should eat more or less of; the flavours we crave; the imbalances it may cause and the resulting acupuncture treatment given. When we bought our house a few years ago we wanted to incorporate this philosophy into our garden. Continue reading “Living with nature and our Warrigal Greens experiment …”