The Natural Lifestyle | Our Dearest Home Remedies and Rituals
For hard-workers and busy families, opting for the natural lifestyle can be a tricky task to maintain. But after years and years of trying to balance work and home life (an art the JJ Sisters are still perfecting), we have found clean living to be all-the-more important.
Over the years, our family has been blessed with wisdom: knowledge that is timeless, invaluable and has brought deeper meaning to every day. Gratefully, one such gift has been that of home remedying: age-old and authentic rituals that have brought us closer to our own style of natural, organic living.
With sincerest love for our readers, we invite you to try any of the following, understanding that these are musings of Roshy and Ruby and our family based on personal experience, and individual responses can vary greatly. We also welcome you to share with us any of your special home remedies or rituals in the comment section below! (We love to learn!)
The benefits of a little quiet time are endless. No need for a yoga mat or special gym gear, just 10 minutes of silence in your own, quiet space before you start the day. This will not only help you find your centre, but will calm and prepare your body and mindset for the day ahead.
Ah, the home: the haven, the safe place to which we flock at the end of each day. Whether it’s been a long day and you’re ready to relax, or you’ve stormed in the door with bags of shopping and are now being called to cook dinner, exercise, or do other homely activities – there is a scent to suit everyone, to make it a little easier to finish the day.
We opt for soy or beeswax candles infused with pure essential oils, resulting in a simple and clean burn. A lavender-infused lounge room is ideal for after a rough day when you need to reduce mental stress, while the naturally rich, floral scent of Ylang Ylang is perfect for anyone getting through an evening to-do list. It’s uplifting, energising and is known to enhance mood. So find the scent that’s right for you!
(Tip: Ruby gets her candles from Buckley and Phillips: https://www.buckleyandphillips.com.au/ who are 100% Australian Owned and Founded)
GINGER AND LEMONGRASS TEA (Ruby’s brew)
With just a thumbnail of fresh ginger and a half a thumbnail of the lemongrass stalk (both sliced finely), simply bring the two ingredients to the boil and let the flavours extract and infuse.
This brew is a treasure chest of benefits: it calms the nerves, promotes energy and general well-being, soothes digestion and may ward off any nasty bugs that may be lurking. If you’re a sweet tooth, flavour the brew with a bit of honey. Ruby swears by this remedy, especially after a busy work day or for a bit of down time.
MASSAGE THE TOES
These remedies have been tweaked over the years by lots of input from our beloved mothers. Our Ayurvedic-loving grandmother insisted on massaging the space between our toes and the balls of our feet with a light oil, to increase blood flow to the heart and brain.
Self-massaging the feet can not only stimulate blood circulation, but it can relieve pain and relax your leg muscles. With some sweet almond oil and a few drops of peppermint, this ritual can be incredibly healing. If oil doesn’t work for you, try a quality chemist-bought heel balm.
HAIR MASK – BLACK SEED OIL*
Black seed oil provides a great hair mask, soothing scalp conditions, flakiness and sensitivity when completed as part of a regular regime. This remedy also helps to maintain scalp health, stimulates hair regrowth, conditions the hair, prevents general damage AND prevents greying. (Perfect for all of us who wince when spotting those greys!)
Roshy suggests completing this once every 2-4 weeks. Simply leave the oil in for as long as you can before washing it out thoroughly with your normal routine. All it takes is a trip to the local health store – a little bit of effort goes a long way.
The generations of our family have sworn by this. Ashwaganda is one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing, and has been used since ancient times for its restorative and rejuvenating benefits.
When immunity is down in our family, a tablespoon of this paste does wonders. It’s also known to reduce blood sugar and cortisol levels. We hope its healing properties find a place in your family as it has ours.
BEFORE BED BREW
Ah, our little trick for a divine night’s sleep! Before heading to bed, try this brew of almond milk (or soy milk mixed with almond meal), farmer’s market raw honey and a generous pinch of turmeric, frothed up lightly on the stove.
As it settles and soothes the insides, this remedy is sure to bring you a heavenly dose of nightly rest.
All you need for this one is a pen and some paper. At the end of each night, it’s a great idea to jot down just a few things you were thankful for that day. Perhaps it was sunny, or somebody shared some good advice with you, or maybe you had coffee with an old friend, or a wonderful dinner with your family!
From a grand act of kindness to a quality cup of tea, there is always something to be thankful for. And we find that by writing down even the smallest notes of gratitude, you can train your mind to see the good in every day. After a while, you’ll have yourself a big book of gratitude – it’ll be the best diary you ever kept.
Natural living can be a simple, pure experience. All it takes is a little bit of effort, a trip to the local health food store and a dash of determination. So let’s fill up our trolleys with clean ingredients, top up our lemongrass teas (or red wines) and cheers to a better lifestyle – one cup at a time.
Don’t forget to share your home remedies with us below!
*These remedies have worked for us in our family, but please check before using any of the above to ensure it is appropriate for your health needs and circumstances. Individual responses vary.