Winter Newsletter June 2022

Winter Foods

Winter is the season when we can feel the most vulnerable, insecure, and lacking in motivation.

carrot picFoods that can make us feel supported, warm, and secure are buckwheat, oats, soba noodles, miso soup, adzuki beans, roots, greens, and salty condiments.

By adding the above foods to your diet, you’ll feel more self-confident and less stressed, retain your sense of humour, and have a greater sense of balance and stability.

Winter Cooking

With the seasonal change from autumn to winter, we tend towards longer cooking methods, that include stronger soups, sautéed vegetables, casseroles, and baked dishes.

A little more oil, seasoning, condiments like gomasio, and sea salt (only used in cooking) are appropriate as they warm the body.

Vegetables are cut into larger chunks for longer cooking, while buckwheat, along with fried rice and soba noodles are the grains most appropriate at this time.

Shiatsu Point Therapy for Anaemia

Shiatsu can be used to offer symptomatic relief from a number of ailments as well serving as a means for maintaining your general health and wellbeing.

Spleen Meridian Point 10 - SP 10Spleen Meridian Point 10 (SP 10) is located 4cm inside top corner of knee.
It can be used for symptomatic relief of anaemia.

Shiatsu Point Therapy Technique

Using either your thumb or middle finger, apply pressure until you feel the soreness in the point.

Taking deep breaths and maintaining the pressure breathe slowly in and out of the point until you feel the soreness and tension disappear.

Please note:

The above technique is for symptomatic relief only If symptoms persist please consult a qualified shiatsu therapist for a full treatment.

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Brocolli & Nori Pancakes

  • 1 cup wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour or ground buckwheat
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 nori sheets
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 3 cups broccoli
  • 1 cup bok choy
  • sesame oil

Slice carrot, dice onion and stir fry in sesame oil until golden brown.

Dry roast buckwheat flour, and mix in with wholemeal flour, arrowroot, and water in a large bowl. Add tamari, stir fried carrot and onion, and let sit for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, wash and cut broccoli and bok choy add to saucepan and steam until soft.

Shred nori sheets adding to pancake mix which becomes thick.

Coat fry pan with sesame oil and heat pan on medium flame. Spread 2 ladles pancake mix evenly into pan and let cook for a few minutes until brown on bottom. Turn over with spatula and cook other side. Stack on plate.

Serve with steamed broccoli and bok choy on top.

Serves 4.

Yoga Pose for Winter – Warrior Pose

 Warrior Pose

This pose builds up strength in the legs, straightens the spine and supports the back.

  • Legs apart, left foot at 90 degrees, right foot at 45 degrees.
  • Bend left leg at the knee keeping the knee in line with the heel. Try and keep the hips facing the bent knee, and weight on the straight leg.
  • Bring the hands into a prayer pose, and on the inhale raise the arms up above the head, with palms facing forward.
  • Remain in the pose for 3 breaths, then exhale and lower the arms.
  • Change legs and repeat on other side.


Bach Flower Remedy – Beech

Beech can be helpful for intolerance.

“For those who feel the need to see more good and beauty in all that surrounds them. And, although much appears to be wrong, to have the ability to see the good growing within. So as to be able to be more tolerant, lenient and understanding of the different way each individual and all things are working to their own final perfection.”  Dr. Bach

General dosage is 4-5 drops under the tongue at least 3 times a day or whenever feeling intolerant.

Kidney Meridian Meditation for Flowing Effortlessly

Aromatherapy Essential Oils – Basil

Basil can provide symptomatic relief from asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, chronic fatigue and more…


Symptomatic relief from

Blends well with
chronic fatigue
mouth ulcers
Lavender, Grapefruit
Bergamot, Rosemary,
Clary Sage, Jasmine

Essential Oils Application

Bath: Use 10-15 drops in a tub of water and soak in it for 15 minutes.

Massage: Blend between 1% and 3% of essential oil with a carrier oil of your choice such as jojoba, almond, peach, apricot, soyabean, sesame, or vegetable oils.

please note:

do not apply pure essential oils directly to skin (except for Lavender)
and never take any essential oils internally.

Inhalation: Place a few drops of essential oil in an oil burner or small bowl of boiling water to freshen the air and create a special atmosphere.

Compress: Add 5 drops of essential oil to 200 mls of warm water. Place cloth in the water then wring out and lay over affected area for a few minutes.