Fall Into a Healthy Routine

With the season changing, it’s a good time to get outdoors for a healthy brisk walk or bike ride.  You can also bring healthy habits indoors and live more naturally at home.  Rancho La Puerta’s on-site herbalist, homeopathic therapist and all-around naturalist, Anita Boen offered these suggestions for bringing healthy habits found in nature into your home.

1. Grow herbs in your kitchen window sill.  With color temps outdoors, consider your kitchen window a good spot for growing herbs.  Small, three-inch pots of popular herbs such as thyme, parsley, chives and majoram grow easily within reach.  Plus, they add a flavorful zing to your dishes.

2. Strategically place peppermint around the house.   A small pot of peppermint freshens the air and provides a quick lift to an afternoon pot of tea.

3. Read up on the news from your local Master Gardner’s Association.  Essentially a volunteer group, this group will help you determined what grows best in your locale and what to expect for the upcoming season.

4. Open the windows on a breezy day and air out the curtains.  During summer’s hot months, homes keep the cool air in and the hot air out.  Late at night or in the early mornings, open the window and smell the fresh, crisp air of autumn.

5. Schedule a trip to the farmer’s market.  Establish a relationship with a local grower for the freshest produce and great place to swap ideas for cooking.  Organic is even better.

6. Try a new variety of fruit or vegetable.  Again, local growers can help identify a different variety and offer suggestions for cooking.  Take note of the ones you want to add to your regular diet.  More color, more nutrients.

7.   Infuse your home with good lavender.  A bottle of lavender essential oil is, well . . .  essential.  It is one of a few essential oils safe enough to use directly on your skin.  To make a home spritzer for your linens and pillows – add 20 drops of essential lavender oil and 1 teaspoon alcohol (rubbing is fine) to 8 oz. of purified water, shake the bottle and spray.

8. Soak your feet in a peppermint foot bath.  Take a handful of peppermint growing in your den and steep with 4 cups of hot water.  Cool to tepid.  Immerse tired feet and relax.

9. Clean out pots and store for next spring.   Remove all dirt, grime and fragments of roots; clean and store in a dry spot for ready use next spring.

10. Keep it simple.  In all things, in all ways.

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