Self Healing Australia Newsletter – Autumn 2018

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Autumn Newsletter 2018

Autumn Foods

Autumn is the season in which you can often feel a little depressed, lethargic, and indecisive.

The ancient Chinese discovered that autumn relates to the lungs and large intestine.

You can regulate the intestines, tone the lungs, cleanse the blood, and increase stamina by emphasising the following foods in your diet during the season:
brown rice, miso, lentils,tofu, tempeh, sturdy greens & root vegetables, varied seaweed vegetables, cooked seasonal fruits, ginger, onions, and garlic.

As the lungs and large intestine are nourished, you’ll notice that your thinking becomes clearer, you’ll have more energy and feel more optimistic as well as more connected to life and people.

Autumn Foods

With the seasonal change from late summer to autumn, we tend towards heartier and richer dishes.

A little more sea salt and oil, which warms the body, is used, along with fewer raw foods. Salads are lightly boiled, and vegetables are cut into larger chunks for longer cooking.

Rice, which is harvested around this time, is the most suitable grain.

Stews, deep-fried vegetables, soups, and longer sauteeing dishes are all ideal ways to get in tune with the season.

Shiatsu Point Therapy for Asthma

In the ancient 5-Element theory, Autumn relates to the Metal element which includes the Large Intestine and Lungs meridians.

LU 1 & LU 2When the Lung Meridian is functioning well, we feel more optimistic, joyful and trusting in ourselves and others.

Lung Meridian Point 2 – LU 2  is located in the depression below outer extremity of clavicle.

Lung Meridian Point 1 – LU 1 is located 3 finger-widths below LU 2.

Both points can offer symptomatic relief from asthma.

Shiatsu Point Therapy

Using the thumb or finger apply pressure until you feel the soreness in the point.
Taking deep breaths and maintaining the pressure breathe slowly in and out of the point until you feel the tension and pain disappear.
Please note:

The above technique is for symptomatic relief only If symptoms persist please consult a qualified shiatsu therapist for a full treatment.

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 Millet & Mashed Potato Pancakes
with Tofu Cream Dressing


  • 2 cups millet
  • 1 medium cauliflower, broken into 4 cups of small flowerets
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • light or dark sesame oil for oiling baking panTofu cream dressing
  • 250g tofu
  • 1 umeboshi plum, pitted
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6-8 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar

Bring millet, cauliflowerets, onion, water, and sea salt to boil in a medium-sized saucepan.

Lower heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.

While millet is simmering, prepare tofu cream dressing.

Boil tofu for 1 minute, drain, and place in blender with remaining dressing ingredients. Puree until creamy. Refrigerate.

Puree cooked millet mixture in a food mill placed over a large mixing bowl.

Form millet mixture into patties using about 2 tablespoons of mixture for each.

Pan fry pancakes until light brown on both sides.

Serve garnished with 1 tablespoon of tofu cream on each one.

Serves 4-6.

 Yoga Pose for Autumn – Twist PoseForward Bend Pose

lying twist yoga pose

 

 

 

 

 

This pose strengthens the back and spine, massages and realigns the internal organs.


  • Lie on your back with arms at 90 degrees to the body.
  • Inhale and bring the knees to the chest. Exhale roll the hips to one side, while turning the head to the other side.
  • Allow the knees to touch the floor while trying to keep the shoulders flat on the floor.
  • Inhale and bring the knees up with head to centre. Exhale and repeat to the other side.

(For people with neck problems, the head can stay still without turning to the side.)

Bach Flower Remedy – Centaury

Centaury is for people who find it difficult to say ‘no’ to others.

centuary picThey are kind, gentle souls who like to help but can
easily be taken advantage of. So, instead of being a wi?lling servant, the Centaury person can end up as the slave to other people’s wishes.

Taking the Centaury remedy supports the development of courage and self-determination.

It enables a person to draw a line in the sand and make space where we they can be themselves. In doing this they find that it’s OK to say “yes” to oneself and “no” to others without feeling guilty.

pic reproduced with permission of The Bach Centre – www.bachcentre.com

Large Intestine Meridian Meditation

A short 6-minute guided meditation for letting go of whatever you’re holding on to or is holding you back.

 

 Aromatherapy Essential Oils – Lemon

 

lemon

 

Essential Oils Application

Bath: Use 10-15 drops in a tub of water and soak in it for 15 minutes.

Massage: Blend between 1% and 3% of essential oil with a carrier oil of your choice such as jojoba, almond, peach, apricot, soyabean, sesame, or vegetable oils.

please note:

do not apply
pure essential oils directly to skin (except for Lavender)
and never take any essential oils internally.

Inhalation: Place a few drops of essential oil in an oil burner or small bowl of boiling water to freshen the air and create a special atmosphere.

Compress: Add 5 drops of essential oil to 200 mls of warm water. Place cloth in the water then wring out and lay over affected area for a few minutes.

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