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The Telegraph: The Fit List: Jasmine Hemsley on the health essentials she can't live without

The Telegraph: The Fit List: Jasmine Hemsley on the health essentials she can't live without

The Telegraph: The Fit List: Jasmine Hemsley on the health essentials she can't live without


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The Fit List: Jasmine Hemsley on the health essentials she can't live without

Jasmine Hemsley

Yoga bolsters, hot water flasks and a cast iron slow cooker: Jasmine Hemsley's top tips for healthy living CREDIT: NICK HOPPER

Madeleine Howell   22 AUGUST 2018 • 10:57AM

Wellness and nutrition entrepreneur Jasmine Hemsley rose to fame as one half of Hemsley + Hemsley, the lifestyle company she founded with her sister, Melissa.

Now, both Jasmine and Melissa are devoting their time to their own projects; "Melissa is more of a foodie and I’m more into wellness," says Jasmine, a devotee of ayurveda – the ancient Indian system of medicine which combines ayur (life) with veda (science or knowledge). "Ayurveda is about that delicate balance of mind, body and spirit, " she explains. "Nutrition is important, but mental health is also a top concern.

"It’s about working with the natural rhythm of your body; improving sleep patterns and making home-cooked dinners. It helps you to hang on in there through the ride that bit easier."

"It’s also about being in sync with the seasons. This morning I went to a yoga class at 6:30am, because I went to bed early, and woke up full of beans to bright sunshine. In winter I need more sleep, and I’d be less inclined to do that." She recommends making a start by limiting your exposure to the blue light from phones and tablets before bed, and carrying an eye mask around with you if travelling. 

Here, she shares the wellness hacks she can't live without. 

1. Cast iron slow cooker with electric heater base

Netherton Foundry slow cooker, £175,

Netherton Foundry slow cooker

Netherton Foundry slow cooker.. This slow cooker can be plugged in or popped in the oven - or even used on the barbecue

"Slow cooking is the best way to pre-digest your food; it’s easy, safe, and hard to go wrong. It's also economical and it’s lovely to put food in the night before and then wake up to your breakfast. I make stock in it all the time, which is one of the most nutritious and cost effective ways to create flavour as an omnivore, using bones of organic, grass-fed pasture-reared animals, with loads of vegetables.

"I’ve got a Netherton Foundry one, a cool cast iron pot made in Shropshire. You can stick in the oven or even on the barbecue; it’s a last-you-for-life pot, and you can plug it in with the base attachment overnight."

2. Tongue scraper

Copper 'tongue tingler', £10,

Tongue tingler

Tongue tingler: Jasmine Hemsley recommends 'tongue scraping' each morning CREDIT: NICK HOPPER

"When I wake up, tongue scraping is one of the first things I do for a healthier mouth and a happy gut. It’s an Indian tradition that’s thousands of years old; you just scrape a metal scoop over the tongue lightly to cleanse the tongue of that furry residue which the body produces in the night.

"It’s there for life, unlike a toothbrush that you have to replace every month. It’s so easy, but it makes a real difference. I like mine to be copper, which is naturally antibacterial."

3. Bolster

Yogamatters buckwheat bolster, £36.00,


Bolster: A bolster is a useful yoga prop as well as an alternative chair to improve posture

"I love having a bolster. You can do fabulous back stretches on a bolster, you just lay back on it and feel your whole back curve. We tend to lean forward naturally, so when I need to work for a long period of time, I like to sit on a bolster on a low level table – it’s so much kinder to your back.

I try to follow The Pomoro Technique, which teaches you to work in 25 minute intervals. Every 25 minutes I get up and do a squat to realign my body. It’s something that Tony Riddle, The Natural Life-Stylist, has helped me to instil, to stop me from resting on my laurels. If I can’t get a bolster, I’ll just get a cushion."

4. Hot water flask

S'well 'Santorini' 500ml drinking bottle, £35, John Lewis

Swell water bottle

S'well water bottle: Jasmine Hemsley avoids cold drinks in favour of hot beverages

"Hot water is another tip; I always have a Thermos or a hot water insulated flask with me. Hot water heats up your insides – in ayurveda, that's called your 'agne', your digestive fire – and it’s flushing and hydrating.

"I don’t drink iced drinks unless I’m really toasty. In Asia they sip hot teas with their food, not iced water; it’s so much better for digestion. Don’t underestimate it."

5. Spice tin

Zinel spice box, £11.99, Amazon

Spice tin

Spice tin: A compact spice tin is useful for incorporating spice into cooking easily

""Herbs and spices are nature’s medicine cabinet. A herbal tea is a small dose; not enough to be a remedy, but a bit of what you need. My spice tin or 'masala dabba', which is typical of those in India or Sri Lanka, holds seven essential spices, which means it's easy, quick and convenient to make things like golden milk, or my chestnut pancakes with a chai plum compote of stewed plums and maple syrup with black pepper, cinnamon and cardamom. 

"The seven I keep are cinnamon, cardomom, ginger for when I’m too lazy to cut fresh ginger, coriander, fennel seeds, turmeric and cumin, which I use a lot in my cooking. I keep my black pepper separately in a grinder."

6. Sesame oil for oil pulling

£4.85 for 300ml,, or £12.95 for 500ml,

Sesame oil

Sesame oil: Jasmine uses a technique called 'oil pulling' as part of her oral hygiene routine

"You just need sesame oil for oil pulling, but can also use coconut oil. You swill and swish it around your mouth for up to twenty minutes, and push and pull it through the teeth to break down and draw out the impurities in your mouth that you don’t need.  I do it while I'm in the shower, two or three times a week.

"You get such a fresh, clean feeling afterwards. It really uses your facial muscles, and you do have to get used to it - but it’s like having a mini-spa every morning."

7. Sound baths

"Sound baths are my yin side, the female energy; I’m in the wellness industry, but I’m always running around using very yang, masculine energy all the time. Hitting deadlines, teaching, consulting, making decisions – it takes up most of my day and our society demands it from us. It’s good to have 50/50.

"It’s incredibly powerful how sound baths can slow you down and rest the nervous system."

Jasmine Hemlsey is the co-founder of Sound Sebastien, a pop-up sound workshop. East by West by Jasmine Hemsley is published by Bluebird (£25). To order your copy for £19.99 plus p&p call 0844 871 1514 or visit


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