Summer is the season when we can feel most open and inspired to follow our passion and joy.
However it can also be a time when we can become a little manic or obsessive about things, and feel sad or not connected to other people.
Foods that are important for Summer are corn, polenta, bitter greens, salads, and tofu. These foods nourish and regulate the heart and small intestine helping absorption and circulation in the body.
By adding these foods to your diet, you’ll feel less tense and impatient, your thinking will be clearer and you’ll feel more connected to life and people.
Gomasio and miso condiments can be used in small amounts while barley and wheat are the grains most appropriate at this time.
With the seasonal change from Spring to Summer cooking methods become lighter and shorter.
Stir-frying, steaming, and light boiling are the main cooking methods for the season.
Vegetables are chopped finer or in matchsticks for quicker cooking. Salt and tamari are used in smaller amounts.
Corn is harvested at this time and is the most suitable grain for the season. Sea vegetables can also be used as condiments or in light-pickled salads. Small amounts of fresh summer fruit can also be used with meals as they provide a cooling effect.
If you’re living in the Northern Hemisphere, you can view our Spring Newsletter here.
Shiatsu Point for Detoxing
Kidney Meridian Point (KI 9) – is located at bottom of calf muscle on inside of leg.
It is a very good point for detoxing.
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.
Tofu & Watercress in Rice Paper
- 1 bunch of watercress
- 1 bunch of English spinach
- 1 packet rice paper wrap
- 3 thick slices of taro root
- 1 large onion
- 1 tablespoon tamari
- 1/3 block of tofu, or about 250 gr
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 1 tablespoon brown rice vinegar
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- 1 cup water
Wash and finely cut the spinach and watercress. Cut the onion small and stir fry it, adding in the watercress and spinach till lightly cooked.
Add the tamari and set aside.
Prepare the tofu cream by blending together the tofu, tahini, rice vinegar, garlic, and water. Simmer on a low flame for about 5 minutes.
Add the tofu cream to the spinach and mix well.
Steam the taro root for 15- 20 minutes or until soft. While warm cut it in small pieces, and add it to the mixture.
Dip each rice paper at a time in water for a few minutes to let it soften. Put some filling in and roll it, securing the ends by tucking them inside first before rolling.
Serve with rice.
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.
Bach Flower Remedy for Trauma and Shock
Star of Bethlehem can be taken when we have undergone a traumatic experience.
It can be used effectively for any trauma or shock regardless of whether the incident happened in childhood or quite recently.
People with a tendency to withdraw from taking an active part in life, or feel totally overwhelmed or paralysed by having to put their energy into something can benefit from Star of Bethlehem.
Psychosomatic conditions also respond well to this remedy because of its relaxing effect. It can also be given to newborn babies and their mothers to help counteract any birth trauma.
General dosage is 4 – 5drops under the tongue at least 3 times a day, or whenever feeling despondent, in shock, afraid, or cut-off from life.
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Meridian Meditation for Summer
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 Anxiety
Frankincense, also known as Olibanum, is produced from the resin of the Boswellia family of trees.
It can provide symptomatic relief from anxiety as well as general stress and ulcers.
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.