Can you believe we’re entering the ninth month of the year? Where has the time gone?
I hope you’ve all had a lovely and restorative summer but now, as the stores all remind us with their “back to school” displays, it’s time to get back to business.
The city is beginning to awaken again after a slowdown of tempo. And so we, too, must focus on the next step for our bodies and minds.
Prepare for the season of coughs and colds. Invariably, autumn will bring with it flu-like symptoms for some. Minimise your chances of getting it by taking echinacea daily from now until February. Alternatively I find propolis tincture a fantastic alternative. Remember, if you’ve needed to take antibiotics for any reason, take probiotics afterwards to build back up your gut flora and immunity.
Enjoy the last of the tomatoes while you still have a chance, and all those lovely cherries and strawberries. Slowly edge away from the salads and look towards more heartwarming foods. It may seem too light for stews and casseroles yet, so adjust your body with stir fries. Udon with shiitake mushrooms and sugar snaps (with pork or chicken if you like) is a great mid week meal.
Stock up on herbs in your kitchen: hibiscus flower infusion is a great digestive. I like to drink it just for its tartness. Lemon balm helps to calm the mind and is a perfect evening tea. You can’t go wrong with Pu-er tea, a black tea that has the warming-neutral properties of red tea. Just remember it still has caffeine. Sage and elderflower are great stand-by herbs to have close at hand for when you get that niggly cough.
I like to reflect in September – on what’s passed and what will come in the months ahead. I find it much more productive than the typical January resolutions. Start a hobby or project, or more mundanely, go for your dental and eye check ups. Take a moment to just breathe in silence (for ten minutes, for an hour or for a weekend) and then be ready to go with purpose.
Have a great September!
Image: Flickr/ vince42
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