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How to have a slow Christmas

PUBLISHED: 06:00 15 December 2016

A Calming Cup

A Calming Cup

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Radio 2 health expert, Imperfectly Natural author and Herts mum Janey Lee Grace chooses her favourite treatments, therapies and food in the country

Shiu me diffuserShiu me diffuser

If everyone around you is manic and flustered in the run-up to Christmas, my top tip is to chill out. I know, easier said than done! But do try and take a few moments out in the busy festive schedule and focus on YOU.

One thing you can do for yourself is to prepare your home for a natural Christmas. Aroma is an important part of this. As an alternative to candles, opt for the gorgeous Shui Me Relax natural reed diffuser. It’s a soothing blend of lavender, ylang ylang and petitgrain essential oils. The lovely eco-scented candles from Conscious skincare make great gifts too.

Once everything smells wonderful, take time out with a decent cuppa. I recommend the blends from Herts-based Tealicious. For a health conscious gift that really hits the spot, try the Calming Cup gift set from digestive expert Justfortummies. It’s a china mug and 20 tea pyramids of Tummy Tea, a calming blend of herbs and spices – perfect for easing any ‘festive’ stress.

Don’t forget the best presents happen when you have put some thought into who is receiving them. What would they really love? Sometimes just offering your time is the perfect gift, or a foodie present made with love. Despite the commerciality of Christmas, there is a natural alternative to everything and it’s fairly easy to tick the eco box without trying too hard.

As you actually DO have to get some food in though – order the best grass-fed meat from Food and Drink Pride of Hertfordshire awards finalist Bridget B’s in the village of Watton-at-Stone, halfway between Hertford and Stevenage.

Then treat yourself and your loved ones to a meal at the Tilbury in nearby Datchworth. Tell them I sent you!

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