Winter has descended on Melbourne practically without warning. From beautiful and sunny 25 degree days we have transported beyond the wall into freezing temperatures of 11 degrees (anyone from Europe, Canada or the Northern Hemisphere shan’t comment).

It’s easy to fall into old and comfortable patterns during the winter months. We don’t want to go outside, we want to eat ‘comfort’ food, we want to stay home and rug up. And if you’re going to do that, at least have a pot of our tea brewing 😉

While the Raw Essentials team take on another seasonal cleanse with the June Teatox they’re also sourcing the best teatox activities for winter.

One of the best things to do with friends is to spend a day at the Peninsula Hot Springs. While the Springs has become a bit of a hot spot over the last few years with tourists and locals alike, it’s best to book ahead, even on a weekday.

The array of steamrooms, saunas and hot baths in peaceful scenery are to die for.

Change into your plush bathrobe, bring your tea in a flask or thermos and get bathing.

Our absolutely favourite is the Turkish Steam Bath, also known as Hamam. The Turkish bath or Hamam, an Arabic word meaning ‘spreader of warmth’, is a symbol of the East and the very long and rich culture of bathing of the Romans, Ottomans, Persians and Arabs. In Turkey and particularly Istanbul, with feet in both the West (Europe) and the East, is a symbol of crossing over a cultural divide.

The best way to start, and finish the visit in the springs is by walking in the reflexology pool – little rocks of varying sizes will do wonders for your feet.

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