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April 28, 2009

Time for a break

You may have noticed I haven't been around for a couple of weeks. I've decided to make it official, I'm taking a break from blogging.

I am working full time and studying Ayurvedic post natal care for mothers and finding it all a bit hard to manage. So in the interests of my own health and sanity I'll be taking a month or two off blogging.

Stay tuned, I will be back. In the meantime I will continue to reply to your comments and questions.

April 11, 2009

Rose jam

It's coming to the end of the hot season here in Freo so it's really the wrong end of the year for me to be posting this. But I found this wonderful recipe a long time ago and have only just gotten around to it.

Rose jam is a classical remedy for high Pitta. I remember seeing pilgrims buying it in large volumes in Pushka, Rhajastan, before I really knew what rose was all about. Now I understand why this cooling jam sells so well in the middle of the desert.

Rose works especially on sadhaka pitta, the sub-dosha located in the nervous system which governs the heart and brain. People who are hot-headed, ungrateful or irritable benefit from the calming, romantic influence of rose. Rose works well for hot skin conditions, you can sprit your face with rose water in summer, this helps for pimples, heat rash and sun burn.

Make rose jam with organic rose petals to avoid any nasties and take it before bed with hot milk to promote sleep on hot nights. Thanks to Amma's special for the recipe below!

April 06, 2009

Paid parental leave

There is some talk in Australia of introducing paid parental leave in the next budget and it's about time. Australia is one of only five countries in the world that don't offer any paid maternity leave (the others are the US, Papua New Guinea, Liberia and Swaziland). The United Nations recommends 16 weeks paid at 100% for women, and 4 weeks paid at 100% for men.

There are many social, health and economic benfits to paid parental leave. Primarily bonding, breastfeeding and women in the workforce.

Getup's current campaign for paid parental leave points out that "research shows the continuous interaction between babies and parents in the baby’s first twelve months of life shapes the brain wiring – affecting how a child regulates their emotions, communicates, solves problems, thinks logically and reacts to the world." Australian women are breastfeeding their children for less than the World Health Organisation recommendation of 6 months.

Sign Getup's petition for paid parental leave here.