Spring is the season in which we can feel most inspired and purposeful. On the other hand, we can often fall into old patterns that bring up feelings of anger, frustration, and lack of direction in life.
Foods that are important for Spring are barley, tempeh, white radish, cabbage, leafy greens, lentils, lemon, pickles, umeboshi plums, and light salty miso soup.
These foods nourish and cleanse the liver and gall bladder, reduce cholesterol, dissolve fat and mucus, and can help relieve hay fever and premenstrual symptoms.
With the seasonal change from winter to spring, we tend towards lighter cooking methods. These include boiling, steaming, and stir frying.
Less oil and seasoning are used as this brings us into harmony with the rising energy of Spring. Vegetables are cut into smaller pieces for quicker cooking and in pressed salads.
Gomasio and miso condiments can be used in small amounts while barley and wheat are the grains most appropriate at this time.
Shiatsu Point for Fatigue and Emotional Stress
When the Gall Bladder Meridian is not functioning properly, we can be prone to become frustrated and angry when things do not go our way. There can also be a tendency become obsessive or pedantic about details and order.
When the meridian is functioning well, we are able to see the order in the world and how everything connects. We can also let go of the need for perfectionism.
It is a very good point for symptomatic relief from fatigue and emotional stress.
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.
Recipe – Cream of Azuki Bean & Pumpkin Soup
Yoga Pose for Spring – Warrior Pose
This pose builds up strength in the legs, straightens the spine and supports the back.
Bach Flower Remedy – Crab Apple
Crab Apple can be taken when there is an excessive or obsessive attention to purity order and perfection.
This can lead to an inability to see the big picture and get hung up on the details.
Emotionally, the negative Crab Apple state is governed by a feeling of not meeting one’s self-imposed ideal of beauty.
Crab Apple can help bring more perspective into our lives and realise that true beauty and generosity come from within and is more than just skin-deep
General dosage is 4 – 5 drops under the tongue at least 3 times a day, or whenever feeling despondent or obsessive.
Gall Bladder Meridian Meditation
Close your eyes and start to breathe deeply. Make the exhalation longer than the inhalation.
As you breathe in, imagine the energy entering your body between your eyebrows.
Feel as though there is a doorway in your third eye. Breathe in the energy through this doorway allowing it fill you up, and then when you breathe out feel the energy flow effortlessly and without strain back into the world.
Continue breathing in and out feeling the energy becoming stronger. Smile to yourself as you realise that that everything is unfolding in perfect order and in perfect timing.
Feel any tension and need for control leaving your body with the outbreath, and bright green light entering with the inhalation.
Let this light travel throughout your body like the first scent of spring. Feel it energising all parts of your body, releasing the coldness and stiffness of winter.
Allow yourself to feel the anticipation of the new season and the new challenges and purpose it brings. Feel things starting to grow around you and understand that you too are growing as part of the celebration of Nature and the cycle of life.
Then slowly return your space and open your eyes.
Aromatherapy Essential Oils – Cinnamon
Cinnamon can provide symptomatic relief from colds, congestion, fever, rheumatism and muscular spasms as well as function as an antiseptic.
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)
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.