Springing into Spring 2018
The season of Spring brings new growth. Buds on trees and flowers begin and start opening. These wonders bring allergic reactions to the human body. Runny nose and itchy eyes are most common during this time of year.
Simple ways to slow the allergic response and runny drippy nose is with ear seeds that stay on for about a week or more sometimes. I also find homeopathic histaminamine to be helpful in slowing the allergic reaction down. It is a non drowsey supplement.
Spring is the time of the liver in Chinese Medicine. This is the time of nourishing the liver with sour such as lemons. Lemons are ripe in spring off of the tree. In Phoenix, AZ there are lots of lemons trees full of fruit. Liver also benefits from dark green leafy veggies, shrimp, vinegar and foods that are fermented.
From East to West and North to South Spring is a welcomed time ENJOY!
This is from Ron Teagarden of DRAGON HERBS:
The Lunar New Year, also called “Chinese New Year,” is this Friday (Feb 16) and the entire “Spring Festival” lasts for two weeks. It is Chinese New Year 4709 (or 4712 or 4652, depending on who’s counting), based on the start of the reign of the legendary Yellow Emperor in the 3rd millennium BCE (the Yellow Emperor was a founder of Chinese civilization and the founder of the Chinese health system as well). The Lunar New Year is celebrated by billions of people in Asia and around the world.
The “most important” aspect of the Chinese lunar calendar to most Asians and Westerners alike is the “animal” associated with the year. There are twelve zodiac animals in the cyclical Chinese calendar, and this time it is the Year of the Dog. If you were born in any of the years 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994 or 2006, then you are closely associated with the purported traits of the Dog.
To be a bit more specific, there are also “Five Elemental Energies” that impact the years in a 60-year-cycle (12 X 5 = 60). The Dog Year of 2018 is dominated by the Earth element in its Yang form. As a result of several factors, this will be an eventful year, marked by security issues and probably some upheaval in society, around the world and locally. As a counterbalance for this somewhat radical energy, “people of character and virtue” will openly and clearly express universal values of solidarity, friendship and open dialogue–characteristics associated with the Year of the Dog, or let’s say the Dog.
It is most important for everyone to be patient and to keep your eyes and ears open to the underlying truth in matters great and small. In other words, be alert and be careful. Some people this year will experience setbacks that can mostly be reversed next year through perseverance, patience and meditation. But through solidarity and sharing, the righteousness of the Earth Dog will be converted into both material and spiritual wealth.
In other words, in this Year of the Earth Dog, be conscious, be good, be generous and persevere – and you will soon be rewarded in multiple ways. Try not to be wasteful this year and your abundance will grow.
Winter season is here.
Chinese Medicine has been understanding seasons for centuries.
Winter brings colder weather. In the cycle of 5 Elements winter is in the element of water. Water is representative of kidney energy and the urinary bladder energy. The qi in the body is deeper and the flow runs a bit slower compared to summer time when the qi is fast and superficial.
Winter is a time to go slower and not push the body to work so hard. Bears hibernate to rest for spring to reawaken and hunt to eat. Foods to nourish the body in winter are the warming foods with spice like cinnamon, cardamon, and clove.These warm the body and the kidney energy. If the chill of winter effects you, a simple tea with cinnamon will warm your core. My favorite tea is made from Good Earth they have caffeinated and non-caffeinated Sweet and Spicy. I find it is sweet enough without need for sugar or honey. It is great for the beginnings of getting a cold.
Nourishing the kidney is done with food that is black like black sesame seeds, chia seeds, black beans, kelp and eating kidney organ meet.
Staying warm can be done by keeping a beanie hat on your head and socks on the feet. Covered head and toes help retain heat inside the body, even when sleeping at night if you are chilled.
With the days gradually getting longer spring will soon be here.
Stay warm and happy!
Welcome to FALL 2017!
The seasons bring change universally for all. Fall has the effect on the body related to the lungs. With most plants withering away preparing for colder weather, they release their leaves and that can cause allergic-type reactions like sneezing, runny nose, watery itchy eyes. In Arizona, it seems to do both fall and spring-like changes.
Here we have more plants grateful for the cooler weather and they begin to have some growth and are able to hold moisture. In relation to our body’s response to fall, coughing can occur and those who have lung issues like asthma or emphysema can notice an increase in breathing changes.
Almonds are great food for the lungs. Basically, all white fall foods like pears, apples, and turnips benefit the lung energies. Making a soup/tea of pears, apples, almonds is a lovely drink. Cinnamon and honey or brown sugar is another easy addition to spice up fall nourishing tea. I like to put these cut up into a crock pot and simmer overnight for starting the morning.
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