Naturally You with Jane Logie
Mother’s Day is a day to be indulged, pampered, waited on and attended to, as a show of appreciation for all your hard work and time spent caring, teaching and nurturing your children.
If there are no children about to pamper you on Mother’s Day, just make sure you indulge and pamper yourself any which way you so desire. In other words, just put your feet up and take care of yourself if there is going to be no-one else around to pamper you.
Take more than 10 minutes and enjoy 10 wonderful ways to pamper YOU:
1. Indulge in a long hot soak in a bath filled with essential oils, such as 4-8 drops of pure lavender essential oil, or any other essential oils to your liking. Light some candles or try and read a book without dropping it! A lovely relaxing way to start or end your day.
2. Purchase a magazine or a book and find a quiet spot where you won’t be interrupted. Sink into the depth of the words, and indulge in a bit of peace and tranquility, as reading is a wonderful way to calm the mind.
3. Listen to some calming/soothing music for up to an hour. Take note of your breathing rate afterwards and how relaxed you may feel as a consequence. Studies have shown that listening to music can reduce a busy mind by 85 per cent.
4. Take a walk in nature or by the seaside. Native bush, wide open spaces, lakes, streams and the crashing waves by the sea, can have a profoundly cathartic experience for you mentally and emotionally. This occurs through the smells affecting your limbic system which controls your emotions through scents – invigorating and/or calming.
5. Indulge in something creative. Perhaps it’s spending some time pottering around in your garden and trimming away the summer growth, or sewing, painting or writing poetry as a form of self-expression, or creating something magnificent in the kitchen.
6. Indulge in your favourite sport – riding your bike out in nature with a group of friends, taking a walk around the block, or chucking in a few laps at your local pool. Any sport you generally love to do, but often struggle to find the time to schedule it in.
7. Go out for brunch/lunch or coffee/tea and cake. Sometimes going out to lunch on Mother’s Day, or a high tea, can be the most lovely way to indulge, especially if you are able to do it with your family. There are sometimes so few occasions to get together and converse with one another.
8. Rent a DVD or go to the movies. If it’s a rainy day and not much point in venturing outdoors, going to the pictures can be a nice excuse to go out. Or you may prefer to stay cosy at home with a DVD.
9. Indulge in the sun with a glass of your favourite wine and soak up the sun’s zingy rays. They help you to feel fabulous due to the shift in biochemistry in your body and brain, as a result of its absorption through your eyes and on your skin. Soak it up!
10. Have an afternoon siesta! After a little indulgence in the lunchtime bubbly, perhaps an afternoon snooze would be on the cards as an indulgence to enjoy the afternoon. Or this may be a more suitable way to enjoy some quiet time and catch up after having a few sleep-less nights.
These are just some suggestions in ways you may like to choose to spend your Mother’s Day, leaving you feeling recharged, refreshed, re-energised and, hopefully, reconnected with your nearest and dearest and, most importantly, you.
With the compliments of Jane Logie, a medicinal herbalist, clinical nutritionist and chef from Methven
- Rasperry and almond friands
Indulge yourself this Mother’s Day with a freshly baked batch of raspberry friands, accompanied with your favourite hot beverage, served with whipped cream or a serve of yoghurt on the side. Indulge in these sweet, berry-delicious and chewy treats.
1C frozen or fresh raspberries (approx. 60)
1/2 C rice flour
1 1/2 C icing sugar
1C almond meal (whole almonds ground)
1 1/2 t vanilla bean essence or vanilla essence
6 small eggs
– Set the oven to 180°C and the rack needs to be in the centre of oven.
– Measure 1 rounded cup of raspberries and set aside.
– Melt the butter, then add the vanilla essence and set aside.
– Sift the rice flour and icing sugar together into a large glass bowl.
– Stir in the ground almond meal.
– Separate the egg whites from the yolks, set yolks aside in the fridge, whisk the egg whites until fluffy and increased by half in volume.
– Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, then add approximately one egg white at a time stirring constantly as you go with either a metal whisk or spoon, and mix altogether until completely combined.
– Now add in the melted butter and vanilla essence and mix together well.
– Grease friand tin moulds or muffin tin moulds with oil from a spray can or lightly soak a paper towel in a small portion of rice bran oil and gently wipe thoroughly around moulds.
– Fill each muffin tin until they are 3/4 full and place 5 individual raspberries on top of each one, pressing into mix.
– Bake for 25 minutes in the middle of the oven, or when a muffin springs back when touched.
– Let stand for up to 5 minutes before taking out and placing on a rack to cool.
Makes 10- 12.
Recipe and photo by Jane Logie