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Thought for the day


Thought for the day

We get so obsessed by the clouds that we forget the sky is still blue.

Blow away your angst

Need to let off steam?

Try this yoga breathing technique called sithali to calm the mind (in yogic thinking, it works by releasing excess heat from the body).

Sit comfortably and curl your tongue. If you can’t curl your tongue just extend it slightly through your lips and ‘sip’ in the air across its upper surface.

Inhale slowly through your curled tongue and exhale slowly through your nose.

Repeat 10 times.


This breathing technique is also useful in hot weather or during a fast as it cools the body and relieves hunger and thirst (in yogic thinking).

Spring to summer infusion recipes

Hoping that the temperatures will start to rise some time soon here in Bordeaux, I’m looking ahead to warmer weather and the prospect of some hydrating botanical waters – fruit and herbs added to purified (or just filtered or spring) water.

Here are some recipes you can try at home.

For all the recipes, fill a jug with water then pack it with fruit and herbs and place in the fridge overnight to infuse.

To improve digestion Add raspberries, fennel leaves, mint sprigs, pineapple and lime.

For fat-burning Use green tea bags, sliced lemons, grapefruit segments and sprigs of fresh mint.

To deeply hydrate skin Fill the jug with chunks of cucumber, fresh strawberries, sliced kiwi and mint sprigs

For a detox Fill with zesty lemons, limes and blueberries.


The power of scent

Aromatherapy is well-known for helping relax a stressed mind or ease anxiety but which scents are best for which problem?

Here’s a mini-guide to useful essential oils.

Difficulty sleeping?

Lavender is the best known remedy for this but camomile also calms nerves and stress, so putting them together is a great combo.

Feeling anxious?

Try geranium which balances the emotions, calms and uplifts (works for over-excited kids too!).

Out of sorts?

Can’t quite put your finger on it but you’re having an ‘off’ day. Try combining these rather festive (as in Christmas) scents – but at any time of the year: cinnamon, clove, orange and vanilla.

cinnamon helps lift depression and exhaustion

clove reduces and soothes tension

vanilla de-stresses and relieves anxiety

orange calms nerves and lifts the blues


Citrus notes are great for lifting emotions and tiredness. Any of the citrus family is good for this, but try grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot or orange.


You need some delicate flowers. Try jasmine which lifts tension, anxiety and negative feelings.

Link with lavender for balance and sandalwood to lift depression and restore vitality.

Jasmine also activates alertness, so if you’re feeling a bit foggy…!

Not in the mood?

Ylang ylang is top for aphrodisiac aromas – it can release inhibitions and ease stress and tension. Another sensual oil is patchouli which lifts exhaustion so combine the two for extra impact.

Ylang ylang is aloso very calming so good if your very tense or tetchy.

Source: Prima magazine January 2017

Thought for the Day

There is beauty everywhere, and also kindness.

The trick is to start looking out for it.










Thought for the Day