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 Style
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 Points for Sore Throat, Coughing and Asthma
These points along the Lung Meridian can be helpful in offering symptomatic relief from a number of ailments including asthma, sore throat, coughing, pain in chest and chest congestion.
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 Pose for Spring – Dog Pose
This pose relieves fatigue, pain and stiffness in the heels, strengthens the ankles and shapes the legs.
The abdominal muscles are drawn towards the spine and strengthened, and the heart rate slows down.
- Kneel on your hands and knees
- Exhale and raise the trunk from the floor
- Straighten the arms, move the head inwards towards the feet, keep the elbows straight and extend the back
- Keep the legs stiff and do not bend the knees, but try to press the heels down
- Remain in the pose for about 1 minute.
Snow Pea & Cauliflower Salad
- 1 medium head cauliflower
- 1 cup snow peas
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons plum paste
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 4 tablespoons water
- 1 scallion, sliced
Break cauliflower into flowerets, lightly steam until cooked, but still firm. Place in salad bowl.
Steam snow peas for a few minutes until their colour turns bright green.Combine with flowerets.
Mix sesame seeds, umeboshi plum paste, lemon juice, and water in a small bowl. Spoon over steamed veges, and stir.
Top with sliced, raw scallions.
Bach Flower Remedy for Feeling Afraid for No Particular Reason
Aspen is the remedy for feeling afraid for no particular reason. This may include a sense of foreboding, uneasiness, anxiety or terror that something terrible is going to happen.
Often such fear stems from an unconscious belief that they can not feel secure or trust in others.
It is often a good remedy to use with children who are afraid of the dark because their imaginations can tend to run wild.
General dosage is 4 – 5 drops under the tongue at least 3 times a day or whenever feeling afraid or insecure.
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 breathe in and breathe 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 Eczema
Patchouli essential oil is extracted by steam-distilling the leaves through scalding, drying, or mild fermentation. It can help with eczema, dry skin, allergies and fungal infections.
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.