Prevention for the Common Cold

Prevention is always better than cure. These simple steps will help prevent the common cold and help keep you well over the winter months.

Include plenty of fermented foods

Include plenty of fermented foods and drink in your daily diet – the best quality is your own homemade kind – easy to make Fermented food and Kephir making kits will get you started. These help to keep your gut in good health and prevent chronic immune dysfunction. Research shows probiotics help boost the immune system and preventing cold and flu. Probiotic foods include fermented vegetables, kefir yoghurt, and kombucha tea.

Take Multivitamins

Taking Multivitamins has many health benefits. In the short term, they can increase energy, reduce stress, help fight infections. Long term they can benefit our immunity and health. Winter is the most vital time for multivitamins. We recommend Biocare Methyl Multi-Nutrient.

Get plenty of sleep

Getting plenty of sleep is important to avoid your body getting ill in winter. During sleep, our immune system regenerates and repairs the body. Natural hormones such as melatonin is released at night and help to encourage sleep and support immunity. Those that sleep less than 7 hours a night are 3 times more likely to get sick and catch a cold than those who slept more than 8 hours. Aim to be in bed and asleep by 10 pm at the latest. Don’t let yourself get run down. If you find it hard to sleep or have chronic insomnia get some acupuncture treatment and try bedtime ritual tea to help you sleep naturally.

Eat warm cooked foods

Eat warm cooked foods, avoid raw cold foods like Salads. Warming foods help warm the body, expel cold and increase circulation. Eat more winter vegetables and soups such as carrots, parsnips, pumpkin, and turnips. Use cooking methods such as roasting, mash or soups for a comforting winter meal. Have more ginseng, ginger, cinnamon and gou qi berries.

Increase Vitamin C

Increasing Vitamin C is great to help prevent colds and flu and increase our immune system. It reduces acidity in the body and is an anti-bacterial. Make sure you get enough vitamin C in your diet, you can do this with food and drink – try Life Rituals Organic Tea Blends such as Protection Ritual; Cleanse and Detox Ritual; or Unwind and Uplift Ritual Teas which are all packed full of high content organic Vit C ingredients. We also recommend taking a Vit C supplement.

If you are suffering from a cold or flu this winter or have extremely cold hands and feet, acupuncture and Chinese medicine are great to treat your winter cold. To find out more contact us for information.

Winter’s coming… So let’s get smarter about vitamin D

Winters’ coming… So let’s get smarter about vitamin D – before more and more people suffer unnecessarily.

Here are 4 steps to help you optimise your vitamin D levels in the winter:

1. Get your blood levels tested

Get your blood levels tested at least twice a year, using an accredited lab. End of summer or winter (yes, now!) are good times to run tests to see where you might be, at your highest or lowest levels. Whichever country you live in, put “vitamin D blood test” into your search engine and you’ll find an increasing array of services that measure your blood levels based on a blood spot that you produce yourself with a pinprick. Everything you need is supplied to your home and you’ll get your results a few days after you’ve sent your bloodspot to the lab by post. Blood testing is essential, however, also remember our body requires enough Magnesium (Mg). Without enough Magnesium your body (in the liver) will be challenged at utilising this life-enhancing pro-hormone. Ideally, get a test that does both, Jo George at Life Rituals can arrange this if you struggle to find the right one.

2. Take high dose vitamin D3 supplements

If your blood levels of 25(OH)D are below 100 nmol/L (40 ng/ml), take high dose vitamin D3 supplements (4000 IU [100 mcg] or more daily) to bring yourself back into range. Ideally, test again 3 months after starting supplementation. The rate at which you optimise will vary greatly in different people. If in doubt, seek the support of a suitably qualified and experienced practitioner like Jo at Life Rituals. You may need to increase your intake (via food or supplements) of additional nutrients and/or enzymes to enhance absorption. If you struggle to optimise your vitamin D levels, you may wish to have a genetic test to check for vitamin D polymorphisms.

3. Be less fearful of the sun

Let’s be less fearful of the sun and skin cancer risk – let’s simply avoid getting burned. Don’t slap that sunscreen on the kids before they’ve had a chance to be in the sun – but also don’t let them get burned. We need to get sun smart again – it’s what we’ve done for millennia. Remember that UVB strikes our skin and with the help of cholesterol is eventually absorbed (can take ca 48hrs) and processed in our liver. Showering it all off will not help it absorbed, so wash essential bodily parts but don’t use organic soap or gel and wash it all off your skin, simply rinse in cold water.

4. Oily fish and fortified foods can help – but not enough to remedy a severe deficiency

If you can consume oily fish, fish liver oil and fortified foods, these can help boost your levels, but typically, the levels are not high enough to remedy a severe deficiency. These fortified foods (e.g. dairy, wheat) may also contribute to other health problems.

If your immune system is constantly low then seek Jo’s professional advice and rebalance with nutrition, acupuncture, and herbs. Call the clinic 01572 868579 or email info@liferituals.co.uk for a consultation for an individualised health plan.

Saturday Tea Tasting; Bespoke Christmas Tea Sets & Unique Gifts – Throughout November & December

There are few finer ways to toast the season than with a cup of our popular teas. Start sipping your way to a Merry Christmas here. We’re delighted to share our tea obsession in a series of Tea Tastings on Saturdays throughout November & December in our Oakham shop. No booking necessary, just a healthy curiosity!

Join us between 10am -3pm us for a complimentary exploration of our caffeinated and non caffeinated teas with a health purpose. Enjoy and drink our teas for digestion, sleep, energy and cold protection. Organic, Additive & Naturally gluten-free, our wellness tea collection support health and well-being, inside and out.

Dates: Saturday 9th November / Saturday 23rd November / Saturday 30th November / Saturday 7th December / Saturday 14th December / Saturday 21st December
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Life Rituals, 24 Mill Street, Oakham, LE15 6EA

You can also make your own bespoke gift tea set tailored to the person’s tastes and health needs, which is wonderfully, thoughtful gift at Christmas, but also on any occasion. Very popular!

tea tasting event in rutland

Be prepared for delicious tastings served by our in-house tearistas – Helen and Liz and since no tea is an island, you’ll also discover a perfect homemade biscuit pairing served alongside. We also won’t be afraid to answer those necessary, hard-hitting questions like: how do you dunk a biscuit properly?!

You will take away with you a new wealth of tea knowledge, some brewing tips to complete your now-full suite of tea skills, and some gorgeous tea gift sets for friends and family. You will also have the chance to shop for unusual gifts at Life Rituals which encompasses an Acupuncture & Herb Clinic and Life Rituals Organic Teas together with an apothecary of tea accessories from Broste Copenhagen, unique botanical fragrances, books and original art.

So if you’re thirsty for some knowledge, and appreciate finding unusual beautiful gifts – or perhaps simply an expertly made cup of tea – we’d love to see you and share a moment out with you.

Drop-in anytime between 10am – 3pm 🙂

For more information please call 01572 868579 or email info@liferituals.co.uk

Complimentary Courtyard Organic Tea Tastings – July

We are having some fab Tea Tasting events at Life Rituals in our beautiful sunny courtyard on July 2nd / 9th / 16th & 23rd.
10am – 4pm. All welcome.

Come and Join us for an introduction to our herbalist blended range of 11 Organic tea blends, a slice of cake (gluten free too) and chill in the sunshine….with our compliments. Hot and Cold brew teas will be available.

tea tastings july

Life Rituals Teas has something for everyone – from caffeinated to non caffeinated to the sweet to the soothing, the spicy to zesty, the warming to the cooling. Our delicious Tea Blends have been created with specific health benefits in mind.

Drinking one of Life Rituals Organic Tea blends is a simple way to start to integrate herbs into your daily diet and routine. Let us help you make positive changes to your health, mood, skin, your sense of well-being and energy.

Whilst our ingredients for our unique tea blends come from all over the world, we are very proud to source organically certified herbs, flowers and roots and that’s why our teas are so therapeutically beneficially to body and soul.

 

Dates: Tuesday 2nd July / Tuesday 9th July / Tuesday 16th July / Tuesday 23rd July
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Life Rituals, 24 Mill Street, Oakham, LE15 6EA

For more information please call 01572 868579 or email info@liferituals.co.uk

Turmeric Chai Tea

Chai simply means “tea” in Hindi, and masala chai means “spiced tea”. Popular in India, where street vendors are kept busy serving thousands all day long, this 5,000+ year old drink originated as an Ayurvedic tonic.

Turmeric Chai Tea

Our Organic Turmeric Chai Tea has different ingredients to the classic Chai and its also Caffeine Free. Its a real winter warmer aromatic, spicy, smooth & uplifting with organic ingredients Cinnamon; Ginger root; Turmeric root; Liquorice root; Orange peel and Clove.

You cannot open Facebook or instagram without without seeing turmeric pop up somewhere…. you will see everything from turmeric smoothies to turmeric porridge, and one of the biggest caffeine free trends of the moment a turmeric latte !

As a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Herbalist I am very familiar with the traditional application of this spice. Turmeric is a member of the Curcuma botanical group, which is also a part of the ginger family. It is commonly used in India not only in cooking but as a source of dye and food colouring because of it’s beautiful bright yellow colour; Its also used during ceremonies – The Haldi (turmeric) ceremony is an old pre-wedding ritual. The bride and groom are slathered with turmeric paste and then bathed to “beautify” them before they get married.

get married with Turmeric Tea

 

TURMERIC IN TCM

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), turmeric or Jiang Huang is:

Very WARMING to the body; which helps to treat blood stasis, and promotes the flow of Qi. In TCM we believe that when Blood and Qi are stuck, there is pain. When obstruction is removed, pain is relieved.

Traditional use: Shoulder pain), rheumatic pain, chest and hypochondriac (rib area) and menstrual pain.

Turmeric is not for everyone as its quite heating and herbalists will moderate this effect by prescribing it in conjunction with other herbs, however there is scientific research which confirms that most notably the curcuminoids in turmeric has an anti inflammatory effect. Mostly these trials used standardised doses of extracted curcuminoids and NOT the whole powdered spice which is far better for someone who suffers with acid reflux for whom the powder would aggravate this condition. Also when you use the whole powder, you cannot guarantee how much of the curcuminoids are present when you use its much better to opt for a high strength turmeric extract that delivers standardised measured doses of curcuminoids. We use Biocare Curcumin at Life Rituals. https://www.liferituals.co.uk/shop/product/microcell-curcumin-plus/

When given in a therapeutic dosage (much much more than a cup of tea) in Chinese Medicine it is advised to avoid it during pregnancy, during heavy menstruation or if you have a heat or Yin deficiency heat body constitution. If you are suffering from an inflammatory condition and unsure whether curcumin is for you can consult Jo for some advice regarding acupuncture treatment and herbal medicine with Jo at Life Rituals.

 

A SIMPLE WAY TO GET TURMERIC INTO YOUR DAILY ROUTINE

At Life Rituals we like our own chai in the traditional manner, combining it with almond milk (or whole milk if you prefer) and no sugar as the cinnamon and liquorice are naturally sweet. Making chai takes a few more minutes than steeping a regular cup of tea, but your efforts will be rewarded.

We enjoy turmeric tea latte-style, with a creamy almond or soy milk base. If you don’t want it quite as rich, you can make and then add milk at the end, as you would with English tea or coffee. Turmeric tea is so easy to make.

 

HOW TO MAKE LIFE RITUALS ORGANIC TURMERIC CHAI with milk.

Makes 2 cups

  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add 4 teaspoons of Life Rituals Turmeric Chai Tea.
  3. Boil uncovered for an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Add 2 cups of whole milk (or milk substitute – we like almond), and bring to a boil again.
  5. Remove from heat immediately (before it boils over) and steep covered for 5 minutes.
  6. Strain and enjoy it hot, or chill it in the fridge for a yummy 😋 iced chai.

 

WHAT ABOUT IN THE SUMMER?

If you’re thinking you would like turmeric tea, but are getting into the warm weather summer groove, you can keep a jar of your turmeric tea in the refrigerator and have a glass over ice any time you feel like you could use a pick-me-up. It’s just as tasty! Other Life Ritual Organic teas that are great cold are Cleanse and Detox Ritual, Energising Ritual.

 

THE RITUAL OF MAKING TEA _ AND RELAX

Tea making is a small ritual which signal the body and mind that it is time to unwind and rest, and a warm cup in your hands makes you feel warm and cozy. We think its a perfect dessert or afternoon tea time treat.

feel warm and cozy with Turmeric

 

CAFFEINE FREE

The good news is that if your one of those people who are sensitive to caffeine then we have plenty of other delicious life rituals tea blends like Digestive Ritual; Cleanse and Detox Ritual, Bedtime Ritual, and Protection Ritual; that do not contain any caffeine.

Put the kettle on and relax …

The Alternative Nightcap

 

Whatever happened to tea? What was once the UK’s national drink has made way for its caffeinated counterpart; a 2017 survey by Monin showed that 61% of British people prefer coffee to tea, spending over £600/year on average on their caffeine fix. However, while coffee culture is certainly booming, there is a quiet revolution in the (boiling) waters. Shops blending their own unique loose teas blends like Life Rituals – Oakham and cafes like Fika – Oakham putting loose leaf teas on the menu are cropping up all over the UK, offering their expertise to those searching for an alternative to the flat white.

Tea is an age-old drink surrounded by rituals and legacy; Traditionally, loose leaf tea is prepared by pouring hot water over tea leaves and allowing them to infuse; different blends may take anywhere from one to five minutes to brew.

In our increasingly fast-paced lives the routine of preparing a loose leaf tea can help signal to our brain that it’s time to start slowing down in preparation for sleep. What’s more, a lot of herbal teas are naturally caffeine-free, and a great many more boast significant health benefits that can get to work on our bodies overnight.

Night-time Ritual Tea with three ladies in bed
left to right Fika – Jo; Life Rituals – Jo; Cavells – Carrie

 

Life Rituals is located in the town of Oakham and was founded by herbalist Jo. A champion of craftsmanship, provenance and exploration, Jo puts huge efforts into sourcing the finest tea leaves from across the globe, an endeavour which helps to support a number of independent organic herb, botanicals, and tea growers.

Organic Teas, Fragrances and tea accessories
Inside Life Rituals Organic Teas, Fragrances & tea accessories

 

Why Jo at Life Rituals recommends Bedtime Ritual tea:

This is by far our most popular herbal blend. Valerian, one of the central earthy flavor in this blend, and part from its sedative effect its also effective at ‘slowing the mind’ for those prone to anxiety and worry. Another main ingredient is Chamomile is the central flavour, and has been used as a natural sleep aid for centuries. The other key ingredients, Passionflower, Linden has been celebrated by many tea drinkers over the years for its ability to soothe stress and feelings of anxiety. Not forgetting Peppermint to sooth the digestion system and promote calm.

So what did Life Rituals neighbours Fika & Cavell think of this alternative nightcap, did it truly live up to its promised effects.

Inside Cavells Homewares drinking night-time ritual tea
Inside Cavells Homewares

 

“Getting enough sleep, and the right kind of sleep is a constant source of distraction for me as a business owner with two small children, so when Jo suggested I try the Bedtime Tea, I jumped at the chance. I am always looking for natural solutions and Jo’s tea ticked all the boxes. It’s taste is subtle and delicate and I have to confess that I did genuinely feel the benefit. I definitely found it easier drifting off to sleep and felt more relaxed. Will definitely be continuing with the tea!”

– Jo, Founder Fika, Oakham

 

 

“Really loving this tea. It’s taste is very pleasant and although I don’t have a problem with getting off to sleep, I do with waking early. Changing my tea habits, as I drink caffeinated before bed, was always something I planned on doing but never get round to. I actually got this this for my husband, after drinking for a couple of days my sleep has been far more restful. Think I need to continue with this. Thanks for the recommendation Jo, from both of us.”

– Carrie, Cavells, Oakham