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'Tis the season to indulge in food, wine and friendships.

'Tis also the season that you may ignore the inner echoes of your body telling you to slow down. The holidays are a time when you need a serious reboot of your system, but with all the excessive eating, lack of sleep and stress, there's a high probability that your body will go bonkers.

DK Books' Complete Wellness is filled with lifestyle strategies incorporating more than 800 easy and natural remedies. Did I mention, natural?

Whether you are suffering from gastritis (undoubtedly from Aunt Anonymous' excessive use of hot peppers), or puffy eyes and dark circles from all the stress and lack of sleep...there's a remedy for that. Did you know that the latter can be related to poor circulation? Both conditions can be caused by too many late nights (and you know that's unavoidable during the holidays).

Various remedies you may try include herbs such such cleavers, schisandra, witch hazel or nettle. Dark circles and puffiness can also be a sign of dehydration, so oils that moisturize can be beneficial. 
Examples of essential oils that can help are, rose, sandalwood and German chamomile. A word of caution: never apply concentrated essential oils directly to the eye or eye area. 

What's useful about Complete Wellness, is that it just doesn't give you a list of essential oils or herbs to use. It's provides actual remedies. For example, here's something for dark circles and puffiness:
Add 2 drops of either rose or sandalwood essential oils to a bowl of hot water, lean over, covering your head with a towel to trap the steam, and inhale until the steam cools. 

You can't just take care of the problem after it happens, you have to be proactive and try and prevent it before it happens. So, in the book, there are some lifestyle recommendations. One, that needs no mentioning, but definitely needs constant reminding, is the need for sufficient sleep.  Going back to what we were discussing earlier, fatigue is the most common cause of dark circles under the eyes. Elevating your eyes while sleeping can help. Seems like pillows can prevent fluid pooling in the lower eyelids. 

I could go on and on about puffy eyes, but I would most likely grow old and tired preaching about how to harness all the restorative powers of herbs, essential oils and natural foods, you need to achieve whole-body health and harmony. Complete Wellness by DK Books is one of the most comprehensive accessible encyclopedias I've come across. My aim would be to train myself in the long run to turn to this book as the foremost reliable resource when my body signals the first sign of distress. 

The body has an incredible mechanism built into it, to warn us of the triggers of danger. It's important to listen to those warning signs, and to take action immediately. The natural remedies and a lifestyle change, will help rejuvenate your body and mind, well into the new year. 

Stay well. Stay healthy. 

Blog Post by Shilpa Raikar, who believes in the power of storytelling to connect readers, and strives for diversity and inclusivity. Complete Wellness is published by DK Publishing. Copy provided by DK Canada.

Review by @SukasaReads (a division of @SukasaStyle)