Stress Busting Scones

Everyday we turn on the TV or social media and are bombarded with more things to worry about. The horrors we are presented with, mount daily and with it our stress levels. Stress is still the biggest killer as it keeps us in a state of low-level inflammation, leading to many diseases. Yes we can change our diets, to live healthier lives but right now the combination of a little indulgence made in a very special way, could be just the recipe you need to re-set your nervous system and put your body in a state of buttery bliss – enjoy ❤

Follow this recipe all the way to the very end, and I guarantee your fears and your stress will melt away faster than the butter you spread on them.

Be sure to follow every step precisely for best results!

Time to prepare:

As long as you have available to indulge yourself in the entire experience- preferably a whole leisurely afternoon!

Although these can be whipped up in no time, that’s not the point of this recipe!

Create your workspace:

Take a little time to arrange the area you will be working in. Play some relaxing music, light a little incense, and make sure the room is warm and comfortable.

Prepare your utensils and ingredients, so that everything you need is at your fingertips.

Utensils needed:

• Large bowl
• Spatula or wooden spoon
• Baking tray (lightly buttered)

Ingredients needed:
  • 1 cup of white flour
  • 1 cup of wholewheat flour
  • 1heaped tsp brown sugar
  • 2tsps baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • ½ cup plain yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp water


Wash hands thoroughly in mild soap and warm water.

While you do this, imagine you are washing away your worries; allow the water to take them down into the drains and away from you, watch them disappear.

In your large bowl, add all the dry ingredients.

Chop your butter into small pieces and add them to the flour mix.

Notice how golden the little knobs of butter are against the flour. Imagine the taste of the buttery goodness that will become part of your creation!

Immerse your hands into the mix and pick up the buttery pieces in your fingers gently mixing and dispersing them within the flour mix.

Each tiny piece of butter feels cool in your fingers before it melts into the dry ingredients. Slowly the flour mixture is transformed into moist golden breadcrumbs. Stop for a moment and let them run through your fingers!

Now add in the yoghurt. You can do it slowly or all in one go, but use your fingers! Feel the cold yoghurt and imagine the creamy taste it will bring to your scones. Mix the creamy yoghurt into the buttery breadcrumbs and observe the way the mixture changes into a soft pliable dough. If it is a little dry still add up to  a tbsp. of water to moisten it, and work that in slowly. If it needs more add a little more, but listen to your hands – they will tell you if your consistency is right. It should be soft, and pliable, moist but not soggy.

Its not necessary to knead it for a long time, but a light kneading not only binds the ingredients better, but it gives you time to knead some love into your dough. Who are they for? Your family, your friends? or just for you? Think of those you are making these for and put a good intention through your hands for them to experience joy when they taste your creation.

Now separate them into 8 balls, and roll them between your palms, smoothing their surfaces, as you roll them. How do they feel as you do this?

Press them gently to flatten the balls into scone shapes and lay them onto a lightly buttered tray.

Bake for 20 mins at 180 degrees. Use this time to clear away your work area.

Be sure to keep inhaling deeply to draw in that heavenly smell of baking scones!

Remove from oven and leave to cool.


Make a pot of your favourite tea. Serve your scones with lots of butter and homemade jam.

And the most important part of this recipe, is to savour every mouthful. Don’t rush; enjoy each bite! What can you taste in your scones? The creaminess of the yoghurt; the melted golden butter or the love that you pressed in as you made them?

And how do you feel? My hope is that you feel calm, relaxed and that you have a feeling of beautiful bliss within you. ❤

STRESS : Can You Fight the Tiger (or at least run away!)

By Lorraine Ereira

26th Nov 2019

Unfortunately it’s a pretty big part of all our lives. In our western society we are exposed to an ever-increasing amount of stress, and its responsible for wreaking untold havoc on our bodies.

To a certain extent we need stress. Stress makes all the other body systems slow down so that the body can devote its energy to increasing the blood
supply, heart rate and hormone production, in order to deal with the stressor.

This kind of response is only meant to be short term – like fighting off a predator or fleeing from danger, and once the danger has passed the body should return to normal function. However we are exposed to long-term, low-level stress on a constant basis, from our need to pay the bills to providing a comfortable home for our family, or keeping up with pressures from our job. Even in our leisure time we are unable to switch off our stress responses as we are compelled to answer a message that simply can’t wait or to check on social media to see if anyone has commented on our latest post or even watching the news which fills us with concerns. We send messages to our central nervous system through our thought processes maintaining a low-level of constant stress.

Common stress responses include reducing the digestive function, affecting our ability to gain nutrients from our food, and disrupting gut flora; increasing blood sugar (to give you the energy to fight or flight) – making us crave low quality fast foods; increasing blood pressure; increasing heart rate; the adrenals calling for more cholesterol in the blood; a rise in adrenal hormones (cortisol, adrenaline), which slows down thyroid activity. (Our thyroid is responsible for weight management, controlling heart rate, supporting our immune function)

When we are exposed to prolonged stress we experience adrenal fatigue- this is when the brain sends the signals to the adrenals to produce the hormones needed to deal with stress but nothing happens because
they are so depleted. We experience prolonged lethargy; poor sleep patterns; feeling “wired”; reduced sex drive; lowered immune function.
When the adrenals become compromised due to prolonged stress the body continues to call for cortisol in its endeavours to deal with the stress but this means that the production of another hormone is effected. The body will “steal” progesterone to make additional cortisol, which causes a reduction in the hormone DHEA (the “mother” hormone), which is necessary to produce other sex hormones – testosterone, progesterone and estrogen– making our hormones very out of balance. This can lead to constant fatigue, depression, poor memory, systemic inflammation, lowered immunity, decreased libido and in women – hot flushes, night sweats, infertility and emotional instability. It can also reduce our bodies’ ability to prevent the development of hormone related cancers.

All our lives are more stressful now than ever, and its so difficult to avoid – but the good news is there are ways to avoid the effects that stress has on our physiology by managing the way our bodies deal with it. Through the right nutrition and practicing techniques that reduce adrenal hormone production such as yoga, meditation and deep breathing we
can protect our adrenals, and hopefully ensure that they will resume normal function- enough at least to kick in when we meet that tiger!