What to do with Lavender from your garden
The lavender bush in my garden produced quiet a lot of flowers this summer. The bees loved it!! There must be about a hundred of them - It was buzzing every day. Now that the bees exhausted all its nectar, I cut them up, put them in a bundle and hung them up in the kitchen beam. If you do not the beam just hang it anywhere in the kitchen. It looked nice and the aroma from fresh lavender is a delight! I’m like having aromatherapy every time I’m in the kitchen. Also, when I open my front door, I’m greeted with a lovely aroma of lavender.
As many of you are aware that lavender oil has many beneficial effects. It can be use for mild burnt skin, calming, inducing sleep, bug repellent and many others. I use it for my Petals Signature Facial and aromatherapy body massage for its relaxing effect.
How to make your own Scrumptious Raw Chocolate Snack
1 cup cashew nuts (soaked in water overnight)
5 dates (pitted)
3 tsp unroasted raw cacao powder
1 tsp cinnamon
Mix all ingredients in a blender. Press pulse button for 1 - 2 minutes. Place the mixture in a small bowl. Using a teaspoon, scoop and stick together using your finger to form a ball then roll with your palm. The above ingredients will make approximately 20 chocolate balls depending how small you made it. Dust the chocolate balls with cacao powder and place in a container. If you want to take it to another level, use all organic ingredients. Generally, the above ingredients will last me 3 days.
These scrumptious raw chocolate balls are high energy food snack that I eat in between clients when doing body massage. For me, it’s a better alternative than commercially made chocolate for instant pick me up after a physically exhausting work and no time to eat properly.
From a nutritional point of view, cashew nuts provide protein, fat and carbohydrates as well as high in potassium & phosphorous. The raw cacao powder is also high in potassium, phosphorus and magnesium. It contains theobromine which is a mildly stimulant, mildly diuretic and relaxes the smooth muscles of the bronchi in the lungs. Because of its ability to dilate blood vessels, theobromine also has been used to treat high blood pressure. Dates are high in natural sugar so I added cinnamon because some studies showed it may have beneficial effect on blood sugar control. It also smelt amazing!
The above recipe is based on my own taste buds. You can modify it according to your liking and experiment with other ingredients. As with everything else, these high energy chocolate are for treats and not to be eaten daily if you are watching your waistline.
Body Massage in Bath and Bradford on Avon
After a body massage treatment, I always asked people to drink plenty of water because their circulation has improved so as their lymphatic system. However, not all like drinking water as they find it bland or boring although they know it is good for them.
So, here's one idea to encourage anyone to drink more water. Put together in a jug of water two slices of lemon, cucumber or celery, peppermint leaves and fresh lavender (see photo).
You can put anything really like fruit, other vegetables, herbs, spices - be as creative as your imagination will let you. I normally use what's available from my garden hence the lavender and peppermint. It is an alkalising drink because of the cucumber and celery. Lemon makes it refreshing while the peppermint and lavender gives it a pleasing aroma. It makes the water more palatable and looks pretty too:-) Lovely, cheers!
Body massage in Bath & Bradford on Avon
It's been a physically challenging days last weekend. My friend asked me to come with her to a course on dry stone walling at Dyrham Park, Bath. Over 2 days we worked alongside National Trust staff and volunteers to help and learn the traditional skill of dry stone walling.
We worked on the section of the wall on the right side of the toilet in the car park. Next time you visit Dyrham Park, see if you can spot the difference between the professional and the apprentice see photos below:-)
It was physically tiring yet visually satisfying. We badly needed a body massage at the end of the day!
Ayurvedic Yoga Massage in Bath and Bradford on Avon
It has been a long time since you last heard from me about client A and her Ayurvedic Yoga Massage sessions with me to address her back pain due to scoliosis. To cut the story short client A had 9 sessions in total having 15.07.14 as the last before her wedding in August 2014.
Client A reported that it took 4 sessions before she was pain free completely. Although Client A was pain free after four sessions, we continued the treatment to make sure she was free of pain on her wedding day.
I saw Client A on the 17th June 2015 for lunch and she happily reported that she was pain free on her wedding day. In fact she was still pain free up until the 16th June 2015. It seem that the effect of the Ayurvedic Yoga Massage on her lasted just under a year considering she had a stressful time after the wedding because of her post graducate studies.
In conclusion, Client A felt that the Ayurvedic Yoga Massage is effective in managing her back pain due to scoliosis.
Way back in March 2014, I was asked to help out a video company to film me doing body massage. This film is to be used as a promotional clip that tells about Bath to pitch for business partners. They want to regenerate where the old Esso garage was near the city centre in the Lower Bristol Road.
As you are probably aware, well being is a big part of the city of Bath way back in the Roman times where it was known as Aquae Sulis AD 60's. It became a popular spa town in the Georgian era and it continued to be such up to this present time.
I only play a small part but nonetheless, I was deligted to be asked and you can see the clip on this link http://vimeo.com/88585629. Just make sure you don't blink just in case you miss me...Enjoy!!!