This month....

July 2020

July & one season in a day! Sun, wind, cloud, rain, warm, cold - a real mixed bag.

July may well continue to be a mixed bag with still no date for a return to work. Unprecedented & frustrating & increasing anxiety for anyone waiting patiently for a treatment.

Where does it hit you when you feel anxious & uncertain? Your gut. There is some interesting research concerning the gut microbiome & immunity, particularly apt in the current climate. It may not be the whole picture - nothing ever is - but the link will no doubt throw up some useful leads in time.

Many of us suffer from digestive issues when we're under stress so here's a quick fix: place one hand on top of the other & slowly rotate over the lower abdomen in a clockwise direction & see how soothing it feels. You can do it lying down or even sitting upright at your desk. Or lie on your back, knees up, feet flat on the floor. Place one hand over the other on your lower abdomen & simply breathe, pressing down ever so slightly as you exhale & allowing your hands to rise as you breathe in. Just concentrate on the breath & the powerhouse beneath your hands, your gut.

If only it were so easy with mosquitoes! July heralds the mosquito season & even here in London they've already been busy. That high pitched whining sound just as you're drifting off to sleep! Mosquitoes hate citronella (cymbopogon nardus) so a good idea is to diffuse it in the room. (Small children & pets may also dislike the smell so be very careful & perhaps try lemon eucalyptus (eucalyptus citriodora) instead). If you do get bitten, just dab a drop or two of neat lavender (lavandula angustifolia) or tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia) essential oil over the area which will help reduce itching & inflammation. Or alternatively you could eat lots of garlic which would benefit your microbiome at the same time

© Susan Mumford, 2020