|Posted by earthygirl81 on March 21, 2018 at 10:40 PM|
We have all missed you and have been awaiting your promise of new seedlings and sprouts of growth. With the spring equinox yesterday, March 20th, I was surprised to see inches of snow piled up on my car and on the grass this morning. No worries, we are well on our way to greener days. Speaking of greener days, did you know that green is the color of the Wood Element as we start to see green come alive all around us during Spring.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM, we look to nature to guide our rhythms, diet, and lifestyle. As we are transiting from winter, the Water Element which is connected to our Kidneys, we step in the powerful energy of the Wood Element corresponding to the Liver and the Gallbladder Organs. This is the element that springs forth the energy for seedlings to burst through the ground after winters hibernation. The seeds were long planted like us during winter, as we went inside to nourish, recharge, and restore ourselves. I know I could feel myself ready to reconnect and come out this past week in a desire for spring energy in my life.
Transitioning from one season to another often causes imbalances for many of us. Especially moving into Spring which can flare up allergies for many people, the eyes are connected to the Liver Organ. Taking care of your body during this time and adjusting to the seasons rhythm can help.
First, let's talk briefly about how the Wood Element Energy feels and shows up for us. Wood energy needs to grow and move, our Liver and Gallbladder Organs are all about movement and the flow of our Qi in our bodies. Qi, in simple terms, is the vital life force, prana, and energy in each of us. The Liver makes sure this energy is moving smoothly in our bodies. When the Wood Element is in balance we are motivated and able to plan and move towards our goals. When out of balance or stagnated one can may feel stuck, depressed, angry, or frustrated.
Now, how do you bring balance to your life this Spring:
• Get Creative!!- Making art and music are wonderful outlets for healing and spring is the perfect time to do so. Wood energy loves movement (remember the Liver control the flow of Qi) so creating is a perfect healing tool. Try a painting or pottery class, learn to play an instrument, sing, or make Earth Art to help your Qi flow! Journaling is a great outlet and way to connect with yourself. Spice up your journal and create an Art Journal.
• Move Your Body- Exercise and movement are a great way to break through the ground of Winter Energy and Spring forward. Getting outside for a walk, hike, or to kayak so you can also connect you with nature. Yoga, dance, riding a bike, cleaning, tai chi, or joining a gym are also great ways to move your body. Movement will also help lower the increasing frustration levels with this Wood Energy.
• Eat Fresh- As its getting warmer outside we can start to add in fresh greens such as dandelion and chickweeds. Sour is the flavor of Wood so adding lemon to your morning water will help you detox your Liver. Olive oil & Vinegar dressing, pickles, fermented foods, and all greens are wonderful additions this Spring.
• Sleep- Get to bed by 11pm every night. The times of the Liver and Gallbladder Organs in TCM are 11pm-3am and is an important time to detox your body.
• Be Flexible- Just like the trees bend and sway with the wind, be flexible in your home and work lives. This can help lower stress and anxiety levels. Remember if a tree doesn't bend it breaks. Wood Element rules the muscles and ligaments of the body as many of us hold tense in our muscles, do yoga to increase flexibility. This flexibility is both mental and physical so practicing it on and off your mat is vital.
• Spiritual Practice- Try mediation, prayer, connecting with nature, or your personal religious practice. Even just 5-10 minutes a day of mediating and focusing on your breath can help you slow down, focus, and be more mindful.
• Herbal Support- Help the movement of Qi along with herbal & supplement support. You can find these herbs in tincture, tea, or capsule forms.
- Rose Petals- Warming, PMS and Depression.
- Albizzia- Neutral, anxiety, depression, and anger. We call this the happiness bark.
- St. Johns Wort- Depression with anger, sciatica/nerve pain, and irritability
- Peppermint- Cooling, Moves Qi, and helps with colds and flus.
- Chrysanthemums- Cooling, great for dry/ red/ irritated eyes, anger, and irritability.
- Lemon Balm- Cooling, colds/flus, depression, anxiety, colic, teething, irritable.
- Orange Peel - Warming, indigestion, gas, loose stool, nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite.
- Liver supportive/detoxing herbs- dandelion root, milk thistle, and burdock root.
- Magnesium powder is wonderful for insomnia, stress, and muscle aches.
Always consult with a Herbalist or Health Care Professional before starting any herbal medications or supplements.
Burst through the ground strong this Spring!