Christmas time is a truly magical time 

Snow in London, Christmas, 2017

London is getting ready for Christmas, all the streets are decorated with beautiful shining Christmas lights.

Before the new year starts, it is a good time to reflect about the year that just past, to think about our achievements during the year and decide our goals for the next one.

Read more: Inspiration for the New Year

I am happy to share with you some of my
Christmas inspiration

London winter wonderland
London winter wonderland

Handmade gifts – Beeswax candles 

While I was celebrating Hanukkah, I felt inspired by the Hanukkah candles to make special Christmas gifts.

Handmade candles, in the shapes of the cookies for Christmas!

Handmade candles are beautiful personal gifts to give.

Check out my recipe for these beautiful beeswax candles  

Winter Nutrition 

Winter Nutrition is very different from the summer one.

While in the summer the meals are light and fast, in the winter it is recommended to consume more hot and long-cooked dishes. For example more soups and casserole dishes.

The chinse medicine recommends consuming a lot of root vegetables, like- sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, onions, garlic, horseradish, turmeric, Jerusalem artichokes, radishes, and ginger.

Because root vegetables grow underground, they absorb plenty of nutrients from the soil.

Combine hot energy spices like ginger root, cayenne pepper and rosemary to improve the blood circulation, this will help you to warm up from the inside and protect you from cold and flu.

How to boost your immune system during the winter time

Vitamin C helps to protect your immune system during the winter time.

Vitamin C protects the immune system, reduces the severity of allergic reactions and helps to fight off infections. I prefer to take a supplement that derived from an organic natural source (for example Amla berry or Acerola cherry), it will be better absorbed and you can take smaller amounts.

Echinacea is always very useful for the immune system.

This is a traditional herbal remedy that helps the body to fight the symptoms of colds and flu by supporting the immune system and helping to maintain the body resistance.

Honey and bee products can also support the immune system

For a sore throat make a syrop: mix 3 tsp of honey with  1 lemon and drink a few times during the day.

Honey has antioxidant and antibacterial properties that help to boost immunity.

Skincare routine

During the winter, it is very important to nourish the skin with a moisturizer because of the cold and dry wheater the skin reacts and tends to be drier.

When you choose a moisturizer,  always look at the ingredient list.

Look for a body butter that contains more nourishing oils like avocado oil, rosehip oil, macadamia and evening primrose oil.

That’s all for now

Until the next time,

Love, Paz

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