The Heart of Self-Care

15140321521_58e88755fb_mHow good are you at self-care? I don't mean treating yourself to a massage now and then, I mean day- to day self-care, the kind that makes a radical difference in the quality of your life.

This kind of self-care requires a "caring" frame of mind toward oneself. It says "I'm important" "I matter" and it requires some measure of self-love.

Now self-love is a big topic that sends a lot of us running for cover, so today let's get our feet wet with self-care.

The first step in self-care is to choose it consciously. Not from guilt or because you "should" but from that place within that longs for a better life, for lasting health and vitality. Now create a simple, powerful statement in the present tense that expresses your choice. "I make caring, healthy choices and create vibrant health".  Write it down, this is the blueprint for what you are creating! Say it often with feeling.

Next, keep your connection to that part of you alive! Think often about what you are creating and (this is important!) "feel" it. Feel yourself moving through your day with ease, centered and content. See and feel yourself in your usual settings, especially the challenging ones in this new way. Allow the experience to become real in your body, mind and spirit. You are creating something new. You are awakening codes that already exist within your own essence. You are remembering who you really are.

A good way to anchor this is to create one healthy habit, something that you can easily implement. This new activity directly connects you to your choice and the longing that led you to it. Each time you engage in the activity, it's reinforced.

Below Michelle talks about using healing teas to provide comfort and warmth in the winter months. This may be a great way to start - replacing the caffeine or sugar with a warm cup of healing tea.

Whether tea is a good choice for you or not, pick just one " doable" thing you want to change and follow the process outlined. Here's to another great habit, before you do something, ask "is this a truly caring thing to do for myself"? Then choose self-care.

With loving care,

Maria J. Garcia  

 

The Miracle of Ginger

I grew up in Ireland where the tea is constantly flowing. What a good way to slow down and take a little time out. This time of year calls for warm teas, rich in herbal smells that warm and comfort us. With coffee shops everywhere it's  quick and easy to grab a quick pick me up. But be cautious, that cup could be filled with ingredients that are far from being good pick me ups. I would like to introduce you to a delightful tea with multiple benefits internally and externally - Ginger 

Ginger was used for its medicinal properties for centuries among many cultures. It has long history of use for relieving digestive problems, nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain. Modern studies  suggest that increasing consumption of ginger, decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality, while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and lower weight.

Ginger is known to relieve gastrointestinal irritation, stimulate saliva and bile production, suppress gastric contractions and assist in the movement of food and fluids through the G.I tract. Ginger tea promotes circulation helping to warm the body from within. It also contains anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant compounds beneficial to health and provides a variety of vitamins and nutrients. That's why in my home, I am never without ginger.

When buying fresh ginger look for a root with smooth taut skin (no wrinkles) and a spicy aroma. Ginger can be steeped in boiling water to make ginger tea, make sure your ginger is organic.

Medicinal Ginger Tea (also great for daily use)

Ginger tea

Directions for Ginger tea:

  1. Cut a 1 or 2 slices of ginger on a diagonal of 1 to 2 inches in length and cut into matchsticks
  2. If it is organic please leave the skin intact, if not remove the skin.
  3. Place 8 or more matchsticks in a cup or mug and pour boiling water over the ginger.
  4. Let steep for a few minutes, then add some lemon. If needed add a little honey.

Ginger tea is easy and great after a heavy rich meal to help digestion and a great way to relax in the evening.

Another great and easy way to use ginger is to grate it and squeeze the juice into your favorite tea, warm apple cider or apple juice, the benefits are huge. Enjoy!

 

Chai Ginger Tea

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Home made chai ginger tea with a base of Rooibus African red tea instead of black tea, is an amazing alternative loaded with at this site antioxidants and it is also caffeine free.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of pure water.
  • 1 cup of rice or almond milk.
  • 1 cinnamon stick.
  • 4 pieces of clove
  • 1/3 inch of fresh ginger root sliced.
  • 1/3 teaspoon of whole fennel seeds.
  • 1/3 teaspoon of nutmeg.
  • 1/4 teaspoon of coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons of Rooibus tea (found at whole foods store).
  • Honey or maple syrup to sweeten.

Directions:

  1. Simmer all spices in one cup of pure water for 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add Rooibus tea and milk and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool to a comfortable drinking temperature.
  5. Strain and sweeten with honey or maple syrup and serve.

Yummy!!! Michele Dirks