A change in the seasons

For many Halloween and  the pagan festival of Samhuinn  marks the transition from summer to winter; a challenging time for health, energy and our emotions.

As the weather changes, light fades and the leaves fall many of us become susceptible to a variety of illness and conditions, both physical and psychological. Of course, when it comes to the maintenance of good health, we all know about the power of an anti-oxidant rich diet and exercise. However, at the point where health and beauty merge, there are ancient practises out there which we can turn to which can help us through the challenges of the season.

One such ancient practise is the Ayurvedic art of dry brushing. Dry brushing has been used for thousands of years to promote good health and well being. It's a  great way to exfoliate, detoxify and regenerate as the brushing enhances circulation,  improves blood flow and stimulates the  lymphatic and digestive system. At this time of year when most women feel more sluggish dry brushing is one  way to care for yourself, empower and even lift the spirit.

Dry brushing is simple, quick and effective when practised regularly. To start no expensive equipment, oils or training is required. So, if you're thinking about introducing it into your daily routine it should be possible to easily slot this practise  into a busy lifestyle - and all  in the comfort of your own home. If you're new to the concept give it a try. I must admit I like the idea. At the moment I only get round to brushing every now and now and then. However, this autumn is going to be different.

At this time of year most women could do with a boost. From what I can see this ancient practise is good for both health and beauty and is a gentle, natural way for older women especially to combat the ageing effects on skin and general health.



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