Spring Clean Your Mind, Body and Soul This September
Why do we traditionally clean our homes at the beginning of September?
Some researchers have traced the origins of spring cleaning to Hebrew culture, while others have traced it back to the Iranian Nowruz, which is the Persian New Year. In the beginning of spring, Iranians continue to practice “khooneh tekouni”, a rough translation of “shaking the house”.
Regardless of the exact origin, many people see Spring as the ideal team to deep clean their homes and office spaces. This time of year, also compels people to see ‘spring cleaning’ as a metaphor for how they can simplify and invigorate their lives. September is the time to contemplate how you can give your mind, body and soul a deep clean.
Get rid of accumulated winter waste
While many of us have daily rituals to take care of the necessary work and life admin, as well as our families and loved ones, how often do you take a step back and consider a cleansing programme that can help you get rid of the accumulated winter waste in your body?
During winter, your body may have been subjected to antibiotics or other flu medication, and many of us take comfort in higher carbohydrate diets and processed foods. Even a healthy diet of fresh vegetables and grains can lead to a build-up of toxins within your body because of pesticides and herbicides that make their way into these foods.
Detoxing is more than cutting back on elements and items that aren’t doing your body or health any favours – it’s about making the right changes that will leave you looking and feeling great. Seeing as National Heritage Day falls on September 24, we thought it would be good to discuss a few proudly South African products and ideas that can leave you feeling invigorated:
The Rooibos bush is found on the slopes of the Cederberg Mountains and the tea itself is made from the fermented pine needle-like leaves on the bush. While South Africans have been enjoying this tea for many years, it has been sold commercially throughout the world since the 1900’s. Not only does Rooibos tea fight inflammation, but it is also a powerful antioxidant and it contains a staggering 50% more antioxidants than green tea! Research has also proved that Rooibos tea can improve the body’s leptin secretion, which is the hormone that tells you when you’ve had enough to eat.
Buchu has been a folk remedy or ‘boereraat’ in South Africa for centuries. This medicinal herb, which is found in the Cape Region, was used by the indigenous Khoisan who believed that it is a magical youth potion. Today, buchu has three main uses: anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and hypertension treatments.
It is advised that drinking Buchu water or tea first thing in the morning on an empty stomach is an excellent way to kick start an internal cleansing programme.
You can get organic rooibos and Buchu teas at health stores and pharmacies nationwide.
Spring Clean your Soul
Taking care of your body also means investing in the things that make you feel good and help you unwind.
Our treatment recommendation for the perfect way to say HELLO SPRING?
Detox body exfoliation and wrap, followed by a 90-minute Detox & Slimming Aromatherapy massage.
Whether you are interested in a massage, a facial, or a complete spa day, make time for your own wellness this spring by booking your experience at Amani Spas.