Jasmine’s Easy New Year’s Resolution: Tongue Tingling!

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Love me, love my Tongue Tingler If you’ve got my book East by West or you follow me in any capacity, you’ll know I never skip my tongue scraping first thing in the morning. If you’ve never heard of this ancient Ayurvedic practice, hear me out! It’s such a simple addition to your daily routine, and the benefits are more than worth getting used to it.Tongue Tingling, or tongue cleaning, consists of removing the not-so-gorgeous build-up that accumulates on the tongue overnight as soon as you wake up, using a U-shaped copper tool. This habit can help prevent halitosis, infections, colds, etc. and also enhance the flavour of your food, leaving you more satisfied after every meal. Copper is best to use because it has antibacterial properties and, looked after, it will serve you well for years and years to come — which is good, as once you start, you won’t want to go without it!I’ve been doing it for 10 years this February since learning about it as one my first Ayurvedic lifestyle tips and…

Christmas With Jasmine

12 days to go!!!! How does it go from “too early to think about Christmas” to “bloomin’ heck it’s just around the corner!” in a heartbeat?! Check out how I’ve prepped for this party season and the big day itself.

In the run-up to Christmas 2019 I’ve created a brand new recipe for the Christmas table: a colourful roasted sweet potato wreath decorated with rosemary and cranberries that makes an impressive centrepiece, tastes amazing and is so versatile — just pop your favourite festive filling in the middle! I’ve also gathered together the rest of my celebration recipes here if you need a little inspiration.

I’ll be serving the stuffed sweet potato wreath with pickled red cabbage, toasted hazelnuts and griddled apple for a delicious balance of tastes and extra crunch.

I’m also getting down with some bake-off therapy and gifting delicious little baked bites in ribboned jars to friends as an eco gift that I know will go down a treat! I’ve got two new festive recipes, one for all-things-spice carrot biscuits and one for chai spiced cranberry cookies — all vegan and gluten-free.

Botanical cocktails are the way to go during the party season and if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to overdoing the booze. I’ve just taste-tested a full range of alcohol-free and low alcohol alternatives, from gin alternatives to herbal ferments, to turn a teetotal drink into something totally worth drinking.

If you’re still on the hunt for a thoughtful present for your loved ones, I’ve put together a list of ethical and sustainable gift ideas, including beautiful objets d’art and homemade gifts. For something that gives back, I’d love if you would consider one of my charities – the Women for Women International programme Sponsor a Sister, which allows you to support a woman survivor of war through a year-long course to build up essential skills for a brighter future, in your name or on behalf of someone on your list. You can learn more about it here.

With all that preparation, things can get a bit overwhelming, so make sure you’re taking care of yourself, too. Have a browse through my party season tricks to get you through and have a truly merry Christmas!

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