Autumn is in the air of the Coastal Pacific Northwest. Mornings of the last couple of weeks have been foggy giving way to hot (for us 70F) sunny afternoons. Early and mid summer vegetables are done; tomatoes, cucumbers and winter squash are ripening. Fall flowers adorn the otherwise fading gardens. Leaves are beginning to fall from the understory bushes, making it easier to see into the woods. It’s the time of harvest, of enjoying nourishing fresh food now and putting up food for the winter. In the Chinese Five Element perspective the time of change between seasons – specifically now Indian summer – relates to the earth element and to the spleen and stomach systems. Woodland Strawberry is the premier essence in the Stomach Organ Energy Meridian (OEM) Blend and a significant essence in the Spleen OEM Blend. It is the featured essence this month.
Woodland Strawberry is a US Pacific Northwest native groundcover that has tiny white 5- petaled rose-like flowers. The tiny strawberries are a bit mealy yet tasty and are a favorite of birds and other small critters. Indigenous peoples made a strong tea of strawberry leaves or roots for eczema, blood purifying and building, intestinal or urinary issues, night sweats, and strengthening the gums.
On the flower essence level, Woodland Strawberry Flower Essence clears negative thinking, worry and anxiety. It creates a sense of ease by separating thoughts from feelings so they can pass through your mind freely without turning into sticky emotions. Facilitates thinking clearly and feeling authentically.
As Woodland Strawberry Flower Essence says of itself:
I AM clear, free-flowing thoughts and authentic feelings.
For more information on Woodland Strawberry Flower Essence and the amber, drusy quartz, clear and green apophyllite, charoite, lepidolite, white and red stilbite crystals that energetically grounded this essence, go to the link below.
Earth Element: Autumn
Earth is soft, nurturing and fertile. It is the food we eat that nourishes our bodies and souls. It is our muscles, our center and grounding stability physically, emotionally and mentally. As the earth is fertile, so the earth element rules fertility in humans. With a balanced earth element our relationships are warm and nurturing. The color of the earth element is yellow and it relates to transition time between seasons.
People with earth out of balance may have digestive issues, emotional instability and a difficult time being embodied. Excessive energy in the head – repetitive thinking, planning, worrying or obsessing – is a characteristic of earth element imbalance making it challenging to handle day-to-day mundane tasks. As an example, this morning my mind was happily and repetitively engaged in writing this newsletter and esoteric musings while making breakfast. I was unable to be my usual efficient short-order cook so the eggs and toast were done way before the potatoes. When I checked, several points on both the spleen and stomach meridians were very tender, indicating an imbalance.
Spleen Organ Energy Meridian Essence Blend
The spleen/pancreas organ energy system (spleen system) is the yin to the stomach’s yang. It is known as the “source of life” for the other yin organs since it separates the life force energy (chi) from the food the stomach is processing, and sends this chi to the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. The spleen system itself uses this chi to create blood, circulate it and keep it within the blood vessels. It circulates chi to muscles to keep them strong, and circulates information through out the body supporting memory, concentration and will. The spleen regulates the center; when the center is not stable, excess energy expresses as unproductive repetitive thinking. Since it draws energy up from the body of the Mother Earth, it regulates fertility cycles. The physical spleen/ pancreas regulates blood sugar, produces red blood cells and supports the immune system. The spleen meridian is most active from 9am to 11am.
Symptoms: Use Spleen OEM Essence Blend when you have blood sugar regulation issues such as diabetes or hypoglycemia. Obsessive thinking, foggy headedness, poor memory, fatigue, lack of will, feeling deep emptiness, swelling edema, challenged immune system and fertility issues are all symptoms of spleen imbalance. A person with spleen system imbalance often has lots of ideas, but lacks the motivation or groundedness to implement them.
Action: The Spleen OEM Blend works through the energy circuits that surround the physical spleen and the meridian that feeds spiritual energy to it. This blend activates balanced blood sugar regulation, healthy immune responses and fertility. Structurally it supports strong, flexible muscles. Mentally, it calms excessive and obsessive thinking by rerouting that energy back into the body for life energy. Emotionally, it uses this life force energy for motivation and will to put ideas into action. It provides a deep sense of inner home, of living in your body.
For more information about the Spleen Organ Energy Meridian Blend and the drusy quartz, fire agate, Inca jade, malachite, peridot, red jasper and sunstone crystals that energetically charged it, go to the link below.
Stomach Organ Energy Meridian Essence Blend
Stomach is the yang to spleen’s yin. The stomach system digests food and experiences, provides nourishment, a sense of stability, center and place on Earth. How you were received at birth and nourished by your mother impacts your ability to feel safe and to nourish yourself. A balanced stomach system supports stepping out into the world with centered confidence, creating nourishing relationships, and facing the challenges of life with balanced emotions. The meridian is most active from 7am to 9am.
Symptoms: Use Stomach Organ Energy Meridian (OEM) Essence Blend when you have digestive issues like nausea, reflux, eating disorders or ulcers. It is effective with sinus problems, headaches in the forehead, and TMJ. Works with surface skin issues like minor rashes. Emotionally, the Stomach OEM Blend addresses worry, anxiety, feeling unsafe, ungrounded and codependent relationships.
Actions: The Stomach OEM Blend works through the energy circuits that surround the physical stomach and the meridian that feeds spiritual energy to it. It balances your appetite for food and stimulates your appetite for life. It encourages self-nourishment and gracefully receiving abundance. The Stomach OEM Blend supports emotional and mental stability, and confidently stepping into the world.
For more information about the Stomach OEM Blend and the drusy quartz, fire agate, Inca jade, malachite, peridot, red jasper and sunstone crystals that energetically charged it, go to the link below.
Keep your spleen strong and your stomach happy. Nurture yourself this autumn with healthy fresh food, nourishing friendships and plenty of rest in preparation for fall and winter.
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