We are in March, and we are a HUGE country! Whilst many of my readers are in the hotter parts of the country, many are already seeing the seasonal changes, especially in Tasmania, Melbourne and Adelaide. Believe it or not, NOW is the best time to prepare for Winter – right at the start of the seasonal change.
I love Autumn. There is a shift in Nature, and in us, as we start to look within a bit more. The carefree and active Summer time slips away, the days become shorter, the nights cooler, and our habits become more reclusive naturally. However, too much of a swing in this direction can cause depression in Winter, weight gain, comfort eating, and loneliness.
It is all about BALANCE. Now is the time to prepare for this.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Autumn is said to be associated with the LUNGS and the BOWELS. If you have any weakness in these organs, then extra care is needed to stay healthy in Autumn. If something surfaces, it is time to address it and assist your body to heal it.
The emotional energy of the lungs and bowels is LETTING GO. This is the season to let go of whatever you are holding onto so that you can give way for new experiences and growth. Do you have grief within you? Now is the time to work with someone to let it go. Suppressing this emotion is very strong, and leads to physical illness and depression over time if not processed. The good news is that once grief is fully expressed, you will be stronger both physically and mentally.
Keep your lungs healthy with deep breathing daily!
Foods to balance the body in Autumn are:
Garlic, sweet potato, ginger, onion, cabbage, pears, walnuts, black pepper, radish, rice, chili, cinnamon, cardamom, leek, miso, navy beans, almonds, asparagus, broccoli, cucumber, celery, mustard greens, apricot, banana, eggs, sourdough bread, sauerkraut, olives, pickles, vinegar, cheese, yogurt, lemon, grapefruit, apple, plum, grapes.
Self Care Practices
To stay balanced in Autumn, diet is not the only tool we have, self care methods are powerful as well. One of my personal favourite things to do is self massage with warm medicated herbal oil – a self treatment called abhyanga. It is divine!
These tips combine several ancient healing traditions:
• Stay out of the wind. If you must go in the wind, wear a scarf, hat and gloves to protect the skin.
• Do self massage with warmed oil every day. Ideally using a herbal body oil.
• Eat warm foods – not cold or raw foods. Use spices to increase the bioavailabilty of foods. See a simple recipe at the bottom of the article.
• Salty, oily and protein rich foods balance Vata, but be careful as too much will cause weight gain! Always use natural salt and cold pressed organic oils.
• Gentle, slow, rhythmic breathing when the emotions are unsettled.
• Drink balancing herbal teas – see recipe below. Licorice tea and Golden Milk is also appropriate.
One of the Lucy Rose Clinic’s favourite herbs is king for balancing the body is Withania. In Ayurvedic medicine it is called Ashwaganda. It is excellent for balancing hormones, balancing the stress chemical response, balancing the immune system, is anti-inflammatory and increases our youth hormones.
Incorporating some natural wisdom into your daily routine is a great way to bend with the seasonal changes, assist your healing journey, or to maintain your natural vitality!
Recipes for Balance!
• 1/4 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
• 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
• 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/4 teaspoon ajwan (carom) seeds
• 1 cup boiling water
1. Mix the ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and ajwan seeds together.
2. Boil the water and then add it to the herb and spice mixture.
3. Steep the tea, covered, for five minutes.
4. Strain and discard the herbs and spices and serve warm.
Balancing Vegetable dish
• 2 Tablespoons ghee or coconut oil
• ¼ – ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper – depending on taste preference • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground cumin
• ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder or ½ teaspoon grated turmeric root • ½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger root
• Vegetables of choice cut into bite size pieces – 6 cups Eg: carrot, cauliflower, sweet potato, broccoli, zucchini.
1. Heat oil of choice in a pan. Once hot, add all the spices and roast for a minute or two until they change colour and become aromatic. Roasting the spices in an oil activates medicinal properties that wouldn’t normally happen if added later in the cooking process.
2. Add in vegetables of choice and mix well. Add a little water if need and cover pan. Cook until vegetables are soft.
3. Serve with your choice of protein.
How to know more help is needed
If you have the following issues, then a treatment protocol is needed to get your healing potential moving toward better health so you stay strong through winter.
- Lung weakness
- Frequent loose bowels motions
- Any chronic disease that is presenting with symptoms
- Brain fog and changes in mental function
- Sleep irregularities
- Skin rashes, excessively dry skin, or eruptions
- Consistent aches or pains in the body
- Irregular menses
- Offensive body odour
Rather then wait until to you are sick, you can address these signs and symptoms now and regain your health and vitality!
Book your next appointment now.