Crisp autumn weather stirs something inside many of us. Perhaps it's a childhood memory or the love of a holiday tradition, but a hot bowl of a creamy soup or the aroma of a warm, rich scent can take us back to a special moment in time. These tastes and smells comfort and relax us.


One favorite fall recipe, that is a staple in many recipe books, is Butternut Squash Soup. It is quick, easy and delicious with the added bonus of being rich in vitamins A and C.


Butternut Squash Soup

  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1-liter chicken or vegetable stock
  • ¾ cup low fat sour cream
  • 1/3 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Chop butternut squash, and onions into cubes.
  2. Heat up large pot and add in olive oil. Add cubed onions and cook till soft and transparent.
  3. Add cubed squash. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add in chicken or vegetable stock and nutmeg; allow simmering for about 30 minutes or until squash has become soft.
  5. Using a blender or food processor, blend the soup until smooth.
  6. Stir in light sour cream; keep stirring until all is blended in.
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Beyond pleasant smells, many of the spices of the season have interesting properties that make them good for us. For example, the scent of the nutmeg used in our Butternut Squash Soup recipe can help promote relaxation and stress relief.

Perhaps using a nutmeg scented room spray on your pillows would help you unwind before turning in for the night.


Ginger helps to calm nausea and motion sickness, taken in a tea form it can help with digestion and upset stomach. This is great to keep in mind after big holiday dinners and parties when we might be eating a bit more than usual.

Pro Tip: It is great to relax, but sometimes we need a boost. Cinnamon is said to help boost brain function and sharpen your mind. Next time consider a cup of apple cinnamon tea before tackling that deadline. Photo Credits:, and