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 Cooking Styles
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 for Anxiety
CV 17 – is located on the centre of the breastbone 3 finger-widths up from the bone.
It can provide symptomatic relief from anxiety and nervousness.
It can be helpful in providing symptomatic relief from high blood pressure.
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.
The above technique is for symptomatic relief only. If symptoms persist please consult a qualified shiatsu therapist for a full treatment.
You can find more points at our shiatsu blog page.
Yoga for Autumn – cat pose
This pose helps relieve stiffness in the back, sciatica, lumbago as well opening the chest and pelvic regions.
Lie face down on floor. Inhale extend legs keeping feet together. Rest palms beside chest.
Exhale press palms to floor and raise upper torso keeping hips on the floor
Maintain pose for 20 seconds breathing normally.
Exhale bend elbows and lower torso to floor.
Repeat 2-3 times.
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups rice
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 500g tofu
- 1 cup finely-cut shallots
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 2 teaspoons basil
- 1/2 cup parsley
- 3 tablespoons walnuts
- 1/2 cup arrowroot flour
Boil rice (2 cups of rice to 4 cups of water). Add salt and simmer for 3/4 hour.
Shred tofu and add to rice. Then add in rest of ingredients. Mix well.
Shape into burgers, and stir fry until brown. Serve with vegetables.
Makes about 10 burgers.
Bach Flower Remedy
for Fear for the Well-Being of Others
Red Chestnut is the Bach Flower remedy for people who are overly concerned for the well-being and welfare of others, especially loved ones.
A mother’s over protection of her children is an example.
While such fears are natural, they can often be taken to the extreme. And this can have a negative effect on the loved one by undermining their confidence and self-belief.
Red Chestnut can helps us remain calm, supportive and trusting rather than being anxious and sometimes transferring that anxiety onto those we love and care about.
General dosage is 4 –5 drops under the tongue at least 3 times a day, or whenever feeling worried, afraid or on the verge of panic.
Meridian Meditation for Autumn
Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Allow yourself time and space for the next few minutes to perhaps discover something new about yourself or perhaps something that you’ve had but forgotten along the way.
And as you continue to breath in and breath out slowly, I’d like you to picture the sun. See its brightness and feel the warmth and glow of its rays upon you face as you continue to breathe in and breathe out.
And as you do that, you might feel that warmth and glow start to move through your body…becoming stronger with each breath you breathe and breathe out.
You might notice it first in your face and then neck and shoulders as it moves down your chest, down your arms, down to your stomach.
Feel the heat start to gather in your lower abdomen just below the navel, and imagine the heat igniting inside you as if it is a furnace of raw energy.
Feel the intensity of that furnace and understand that it is the source of all your energy and power.
From that furnace, let that energy stream forth to all parts of your body your legs and arms, fingers and toes until you’re tingling with energy.
And now it’s time to let that energy stream out into the world and to those you care about. Let it become a spark that ignites the flames in their hearts so that they, too, become powerhouses filled with energy and light, joy and inspiration.
When you experience this, you may realise that we are all children of the Universe and everyone is connected to all things and beings.
Allow that realisation and connectedness to flow over you and smile to yourself.
Essential Oil for Boosting the Immune System
Rosemary essential oil is extracted by the steam distillation of the plant’s flowering tops and leaves.
It can help boost the immune system to fight off colds and sore throats and breathe more freely.
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.
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.
© Self Healing Australia March 2020