Bank holiday Monday in London was a wet and cold affair. I woke up and my joints ached a little and I had a flash thought forwards two months – the cold, the damp and the coughs and colds.
So – I decided that while I still feel perky, I will stock my shelf with some therapeutic oils. I consulted my Ayurvedic Massage book and had the ingredients ready to go – so I cooked up a rather pungent – nay – very smelly mustard, garlic and asafoetida oil. The whole process including clean up was half an hour. I gave this a try on Monday evening and went to bed smelling like a giant greasy onion bhaji! It made me hungry as I lay down, so I tried to drift off and ignore my grumbling tummy and concentrated on the effects of the oil. It is very warming as you would expect, but not itchy or irritating, I can imagine it will feel very relaxing if one has a tight chest or heavy mucous that won’t shift.
The good news is that I awoke to not whiff of spice, which is amazing as I had marinated for 7 hours. (and given that I am usually sweaty to say the least, I technically slow cooked myself in the stuff)