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Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Blue Lagoon Spa in Iceland

Fall is a perfect time for a weekend getaway. A few days in a different environment gives energy to get ready for winter. It is not necessary to travel far away to be rejuvenated, but there is a place I would love to visit. It’s a geothermal spa in Iceland called Blue Lagoon. My colleague Eva visited this place this year and she told me what a special place it was.

She and her husband stayed there one weekend bathing and relaxing.  They enjoyed fresh drinks in the natural shaped outdoor pool and admired the beauty of stony lava fields. I asked her about saunas, but she said they didn’t even look for them because the water was so hot.

The warm waters are rich in minerals and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is said to help people suffering from skin problems. Eva told me that the spa has many kind of energizing treatments, but massage is the thing to try. It takes place in water!

Blue Lagoon Spa

– Laura

Photo: Eva’s hubby

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Slowing down

Wool socks
I have always liked the serene fall time, when days get shorter and darker and nature gets ready for the coming winter. I enjoy long morning walks in crispy air and I can’t stop admiring colourful foliage. In the evenings I love to stay at home and slow down. It’s perfect time for relaxing, taking warm baths, going to sauna, sitting by the fireplace, reading a good book and doing some handcrafts.

In the above picture I wear the wool socks made by my dear friend. The gift warms me inside and outside. It’s a great holiday gift idea and I’m planning to knit a pair myself.

Here I found good and simple instructions: How to knit wool socks

Authors and photos: Laura & Kati

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Japanese hot springs nurse body and soul

Japanese hot spring Ginzan Onsen

We Finns really love sauna. There are 5.5 million people in Finland and approximately 2,5 million saunas. That means there is a sauna in almost every home. But we are not the only ones who have a strong bathing culture.

I recently learned that for Japanese people bathing is as an essential part of their everyday life as a sauna is for Finns. Bathing is an excellent source of health, but also an important source of relief especially during the hard times. According a newspaper article a temporary public bath was quickly set up near a shelter for those left homeless by the tsunami.

Bathing has a long history in Japan and one of the most traditional baths are onsens, natural hot springs. There are many types of onsens, distinguished by the minerals dissolved in the water. Different minerals provide different kinds of health benefits, but common for all of them is a relaxing effect for body and mind.

Natural hot springs are numerous and still highly popular across Japan. Every region in the country has its own hot springs and spa resorts.

My  friend Mia Watabe, originally from Japan, tells me that the Japanese love to go to onsen hot springs on their vacation.
– We stay at a traditional Japanese resort called a ryokan, we dress in a yukata and enjoy the onsen. We usually go there with friends, and family or with coworkers.  It can be expensive so people generally don’t go more than once or twice a year.  Hakone is a popular place if you want to try an onsen in Japan.

And If we Finns are used to cultivating our bath culture at home, so do the Japanese people.
–  Most of the people take a bath at home every night.  The bathrooms are designed in a way that you are able to take a shower first and then take a hot steaming bath.  That way the bath is kept clean for the next family member, Mia says.

There are also some food traditions associated with the bathing culture.
–  As you know, the Japanese love to drink green tea and  normally they eat elaborately prepared Japanese cuisine called kaiseki ryori when they stay at a ryokan.

And because we both live far away from our motherland, I had to ask Mia if she misses the tradition of onsen.
– Yes, I really miss Japanese onsens. It’s an experience that I can only have in Japan.

Kaiseki-ryori, a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner

Kaiseki-ryori, a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner, consists of a sequence of dishes, each often small and artfully arranged.

Author: Laura

Photos: © Benoist Sébire

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A Drink that makes you healthy and beautiful

Easter Wheatgrass DrinkEvery spring I love to see nature wake up and turn green again. Even before nature starts blooming I start to grow wheatgrass for Easter. Wheatgrass is a plant that is used as an Easter decoration. It is easy to plant and grows fast. My children are excited to see wheatgrass grow.

It was only recently that I found out that wheatgrass isn’t only used as a decoration but you can also make nutritious juice out of it. You can almost call wheatgrass juice ‘a miracle drink’ because it has so many health benefits. For example, wheatgrass improves digestion, cleanses skin and rejuvenates your whole body.

Here is a fresh and easy recipe for you to try. 

Rejuvenating Applegrass Easter Drink

  • 3 medium sized apples            
  •  3-inch round wheatgrass
  •  water as needed

Chop the apples and juice together with wheatgrass in a juicer. Dilute with water as needed.
 
I would love to hear about your healthy drink experiences. Happy Easter time. 

Author: Kati 

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