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Herbal Tea you can make from your garden herbs

Your garden as a Spa space – Herbal Tea you can make from your garden herbs Lemon flavours are especially refreshing and, in the garden, lemon comes from a number of plants. There is the easy-to-grow lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a perennial which will self-sow through your sunny borders. The shrubby lemon verbena (Aloysia citrodora) is more tender and needs the protection of a sunny wall and well-drained soil. For pots on the patio in summer, and the conservatory or windowsill in winter, there’s lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus) and the scented pelargonium ‘Mabel Grey’ with its pretty pink flowers and soft fragrant leaves.   Mint Minty flavours are also very refreshing but some mints produce rather a harsh taste. Look out for ‘Black Mitcham’ peppermint, unusually strongly scented, but subtle and with bronze-tinted leaves. There’s also the rust-resistant Moroccan mint (Mentha spicata var. crispa ‘Moroccan’) with its intense but refined, sweet and minty taste. Turkish delight-scented pelargonium ‘Attar of Roses’ is probably best mixed with other herbs while you can easily dry the flowers of chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) to provide the most fragrant home-grown tea in the winter months.   Time for a brew and how do you make it? At its most basic you pick the leaves, put them in a small teapot and add boiling water. Use about five fresh mint or lemon balm leaves or a sprig or two of herbs with smaller leaves. Lay them on kitchen paper and crush them gently to help release the flavour before putting them in the pot. Leave the tea to steep for about ten minutes – experience will reveal the balance of herb and water and time that suits your...

6 steps to creating your Spa at home experience

Spa at home is good for your relaxation and pampering by yourself or, with someone else in your household if you prefer. Our expert Spa Managers agree there are some key steps to take for success: Select the one thing you really want to achieve such as relaxation, soft and smooth skin, rehydrated hand and feet… Remember you can do this more than once – be kind to yourself and choose something easy to do the first time Find your Spa space at home and create a space where you can be comfortable and warm. Your bedroom or lounge (good for pampering facials and massage), your bathroom (good for body exfoliating in the shower) and your garden close to scented plants or under a tree – the choice is yours. Add blankets, cushions to cocoon yourself/selves, make sure you feel happy about your space. Prepare what products you need to treat yourself and anyone joining in with you. It can be useful to include someone to help each other apply oils or do a simple head massage To help see our mini lists by treatment after step 6 Add Music such as sounds from nature free from Spotify or apps Nature Sound. Some apps are paid for have 7 days free trials such as Calm. Add aroma– scented candles or diffusers. If you have scented plants such as jasmine or lavender you can use these to create your own homemade aroma. There are plenty of aroma- diffusers you can add oil and plug in for calming spa effects. Bring your drink – staying hydrated with water is important for...
2 Healthy Recipes

2 Healthy Recipes

Recipe From Angela – Immune Booster Drink Ingredients ( makes approx. 400ml to store in fridge or share) 2 fresh Lemons (remove rind) – great for Vitamin C 1 big thumb of ginger (keep peel on) – great for digestion and more 2 tsp ground turmeric – our anti-inflammatory ingredient 2 grinds of black pepper – helps the body absorb turmeric 2 fresh oranges (remove rind) – more Vitamin C! 120ml cold water Directions Add all ingredients to a good juicer (if using blender you will need to strain after). Just leave out ingredients you don’t have to hand – it just what we need to do right now! If you need to add a natural  sweetener such as honey ( maple syrup if vegan) Store in the refrigerator and drink daily.     Recipe From Giselle – Spring Muffin Frittatas – healthier than cakes and great for protein brunch Ingredients (makes about 12) 6 large eggs 150g hard cheese such as cheddar or Gouda 1 tsp dried Thyme or other dried herbs Salt & pepper, garlic if you like Olive Oil 2 medium leeks, or onions work just as well if you don’t have leeks 1 or 2 other vegetables you have such as: grated carrot, chopped red peppers or cooked sweet potatoes Method Heat oven to 180 C/gas 4 Grease 12 hole muffin tin, or use cupcake cases if prefer Wash and finely cut leeks (or substitute) Warm the olive oil in a pan and gently saute your leeks and other vegetables until cooked Whisk together eggs and add grated cheese and season – all in a...

Qi Spa at Home – 5 minute Facial

Your simple mini facial at home – steps by step & expert tips Step 1. Cleansing is the most important step. Cleansing properly means other products you use are more effective. Using 2 dampened cleansing pads or cotton wool, apply and massage in your cleanser, ideally morning and evening. Tip – make sure you always massage your skin in an upwards direction, never drag it downwards    Step 2. Tone your skin. Using your dampened cotton pads gently wipe the face. You can blot any excess moisture with a tissue. Tip – Toning closes the pores and helps re-balance the PH of the skin and helps prepare the skin for the next part of the facial   Step 3.  Exfoliate, once a week or twice a week if your skin needs that extra boost. Apply with dry hands onto dry skin. This step removes dead skin cells and promotes cellular renewal.  Tip –You can use exfoliators that have dual action – grains to buff away dead skin cells and enzymes to peel and ‘nibble away’ dead skin cells.    Step 4. Apply facial aromatherapy Skin oil or Serum for your skin type. This is an important facial step in our opinion as it both to boosts hydration and treats the skin. Use a tiny amount on 3 fingertips simply, ‘pitter pat’ onto your face. Your skin should not feel greasy. Tip – oils have similar molecular structure to the skin and have the ability to sink right into the skin. Oily skins also benefit as the facial oil ‘tricks the skin’ into feeling there is already oil on the...

Coronavirus- Closed just for now

Dear Friends of Qi Spa,   As COVID-19 effects all our lives, we wanted to thank all of you for your ongoing support during this challenging time. Although our doors may be temporarily closed, we send our warm wishes for you and your families’ wellbeing. On the practical front: you can email us for Qi Spa Northwood info@qi-spa.co.uk  and for  Cambridge cambridge@qi-spa.co.uk Our phone lines are available but please bear with us whilst we set up a messaging system remotely. Please note our direct line for Northwood is 01923 273777 and Cambridge is 01223 455400. Over the coming weeks we will also create helpful wellbeing and skin care advice to keep in touch whilst we all spend more time in our homes. ‘Qi’ is an ancient word meaning energy and life force and we wish this for all our NHS and essential workers today. We do look forward to welcoming you all back. Giselle and Suki Angela (Northwood) and Kate...