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May the force be with you!

mars-retrograde-2016While the weather still feels like the longest summer, there are some important planetary events happening. You may have heard the term ‘Mercury retrograde’ when the planet of messages, decision making and communication seems to be going backwards. This means that you need to triple check everything to make sure you’ve been understood, but also try to accept when things don’t go according to plan. This stellar event occurs three times a year and lasts about 3 weeks –and the current one finishes this Sunday- whew! Better to leave a few days after until signing important documents and other wise making important.

Another one to watch out for is Mars retrograde. This only happens every two years, but lasts for two months. Mars is a symbol of activity, physical energy/force and war. It also rules metallic objects, so, during this time be careful driving, and if possible avoid having surgery until this period is over –June 29. Don’t begin a law suit or divorce – these are like battles, that won’t be easily won at the moment!

When it is retrograde, it signifies that things don’t move as fast as you wish, projects do not run smoothly – another good reason to let go, connect with the season of autumn. It is like a hinge between the much more outwardly active time of summer and the inner still time of winter coming up. A time to review your goals.

Personally I don’t think we should depend on the Roman calendar, rather go with the natural movement of the Earth, so that the date of the winter solstice – June 22 – is when winter really begins!

This is a good time to air clothes and bedding before putting them away, or before using winter versions, especially if you suffer from allergies. As it is still Lung time according to TCM, it’s vital to strengthen your immune system. Clare still has a great special for this, running at the moment. Give her a call to find out how she can help you.

7 Things to do NOW if you want to have a baby some time!

pregnant-woman-seated1. Get your menstrual cycle regulated by having acupuncture and Chinese herbs. These are tailored to your particular pattern and to the three distinct phases within each month. TCM relaxes the body, helps increase your libido and can improve egg quality.

2. Yoga – tones your organs, increases blood to your internal organs, inverted poses stimulate the pituitary gland in the head, which regulates all the hormones (as well as aligning the spine, strengthening and lengthening muscles, opening the joints)

3. Improve your gut health – take probiotics- regulate your bowels so you don’t lose vital electrolytes through excessive diarrhoea, or strain your pelvic muscles through constipation…

4. Change your diet- more vegies, fermented foods and organic produce; less wheat and processed food. Get to your optimal weight.

5. Meditation – calms the adrenals and mind. Stress can affect your blood sugar and insulin levels, or lead to depression, anxiety and obesity in your child.

6. Cut down on tuna because of the high mercury content. This adversely affects the neurological and hormonal systems. Try mackerel, sardines, and salmon.

7. Take your vitamins – folic acid, a B vitamin. It protects against miscarriage, preterm birth, high blood pressure, preeclampsia in pregnancy. Also Vitamin D, as in fish oil and the antioxidants in vitamin E – also good for your hormones.


Cauliflower-cheese-recipeAs the colour associated with autumn is white, and this vegetable is in season now, try this recipe for Cauliflower Cheese – you can substitute with soy or other nut milks if preferred.


  • 450gm cauliflower
  • 100gm gruyere cheese
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 300ml organic milk
  • 100ml cream
  • 30gm flour – unbleached white
  • 30gm butter
  • Salt, pepper to season
  • Half teaspoon of grated nutmeg
  • 50 gm parmesan cheese

Break cauliflower into florets, cover with water, salted, bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes, until it is slightly tender. Drain, rinse with cold water and drain again.

Make a roux by warming butter, slowly adding flour, stirring on low heat for 2 minutes, gradually add milk. Keep stirring until mixture begins to thicken.

Remove from heat. Add salt and pepper. When a bit cooler, stir in cream, add half of the nutmeg.

Combine egg yolks and cheese. Then fold in roux mixture. Put small amount in base of baking dish (20cmx 20cm). Arrange florets on this, pour the rest of the mixture over the cauliflower, until evenly covered. Sprinkle parmesan, pepper and nutmeg on top.

Bake at 180 degrees, in middle of oven, for 30 minutes, until golden brown on top.

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