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.
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Shiatsu Point for Nausea
Heart constrictor meridian point 6 (HC 6) is located in the middle of the inner forearm 2.5 finger-widths from the crease of the wrist.
It is a very good point for symptomatic relief from nausea.
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 – Barley& Rice Balls
- 2 cups brown rice
- 1/2 cup unpearled barley
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup corn off the cob
- 11/2 cups sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons tamari
- 1/2 tablespoon arrowroot
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Wash the rice and barley, add the corn and then bring them to boil in 51/2 cups of water. Add the salt and tamari and let it simmer for about 1 hour. The rice should be well cooked so that it sticks together.
Meanwhile, prepare the glaze the rice balls will be rolled in. Take 1/2 cup of water, add 1/2 tablespoon of arrowroot, dissolved well, then add a little salt and bring to boil in a small saucepan, stirring constantly so it doesn?t stick at the bottom.
The glaze should turn transparent when ready. Put aside to let cool.
Dry roast the sunflower seeds in a fry pan. When the grains are cooked, stir in the sunflower seeds and mix well.
Dip your hands in cold water to form the balls by hand, or use a small cup, rinsing it in water after each ball to help the ball slide off easily.
Place the balls in the fridge for about 1/2 hour to set.
When ready, dip each ball in the glaze then roll in sesame seeds.
Place on a baking dish and bake at 200C or (375F) for 40-50 minutes.
Yoga Pose for Spring – Cobra Pose
This pose helps relieve stiffness in back, sciatica, lumbago, as well as 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 Feeling Overwhelmed
Elm the remedy for people who, despite being successful most of the time find themselves weighed down by the responsibilities they have taken on.
As a result, they can suffer a loss of confidence and a sense of failure.
Elm can help restore a more balanced and realistic approach to responsibility and expectations of oneself.
General dosage is 4 – 5 drops under the tongue at least 3 times a day, or whenever feeling overwhelmed.
Aromatherapy Essential Oils – Chamomile
Chamomile can provide symptomatic relief from insomnia, stomach upsets, ear ache, anxiety, allergies, Candida and PMT.
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.