Happy May Day and Beltane! It is mid spring and the Pacific Northwest is green and bursting forth with colorful flowers. Dandelion, one of my favorite plants, is in full bloom. Love the cheerful yellow blossoms that turn into white puffballs. I harvest and dry the root for a mild detox tea. Mixed with burdock root, stinging nettle and other herbs, this tea is part of my daily routine. Spring is a wonderful time to clear out physically, emotionally and mentally. Have your emotions been more volatile lately, more anger? Has your mind been foggy or excitedly planning new projects? Have you started a fresh exercise program? Signs of spring!
Detox and Spring Ahead
In the Chinese Five Element approach to living in balance, spring relates to the Wood Element. The related organ meridians are Liver and Gallbladder. Dandelion is a key essence in each of these blends and is the featured essence this month.
Dandelion Flower Essence
Dandelion grows just about everywhere in the world. Even though many people regard dandelion as a weed, it is one of the most valuable medicinal herbs. Dandelion root is a very effective detoxifying herb. It works primarily in the liver and gallbladder to remove wastes from infection or pollution that become toxic if they build-up, and stimulates the kidneys to eliminate the waste. Cleansing the liver and gallbladder has many benefits: reduce allergic reactions, constipation, acne, eczema and psoriasis, and inflammatory conditions – such as arthritis. Clearing the gallbladder can also help to prevent or eliminate gallstones. Dandelion’s diuretic effect can also help to eliminate fluid retention and reduce blood pressure. Dandelion greens are rich in vitamins and minerals.
On the flower essence level, Dandelion works at the energetic level of the liver and gallbladder systems to clear toxic emotional, mental and physical imprints. The imprints may be genetic, from present or past life experience, from addictive behaviors or from environmental toxins. Supporting the energetic liver and gallbladder systems strengthens digestive and hormonal processes.
As Dandelion Flower Essence says of itself:
I AM healthy and clear emotional, mental and physical patterns in the liver and gallbladder.
For more information about Dnadelion Flower Essence and the crystals that energetically grounded this essence – amber, bloodstone, lapis, smokey quartz and drusy quartz – go to the link below.
Wood is representative of all of the elements. Trees connect Heaven and Earth and are a metaphor for the human body-mind-spirit connection. (The trees here are amazing! Over 100 foot tall cedar, firs and alders!) They bring rain, take up water, collect the warmth of the sun then give us firewood to warm our homes. The wood element expresses the pushing upward of new growth as plants awaken into the rebirth of spring. Thus its color is green. In humans, the wood element helps us sprout ideas, grow plans, and bloom into action. If that process is thwarted, anger may burst forth or fester inside. Just as plants in a creek filter toxins out of the water, the wood element in humans also filters toxins out of our digestive systems.
The liver is one of the hardest working organs in the body. It secretes biochemicals, including bile, that support digestion and other metabolic processes. It stores glycogen to be released into the blood as glucose for quick energy. The liver synthesizes blood plasma proteins, decomposes spent red blood cells and breaks down toxins. It is necessary for life.
Symptoms: Use the Liver Organ Energy Meridian (OEM) Essence Blend when you have liver disease or problems with physical liver functions. Rules hips, other joints, connective tissue and muscular structure. Arthritis is a common symptom. May have eye problems and headaches behind the eyes. The main emotional patterns are anger turned in on your self, self-critical, victim, or addictions. Mentally expresses as fuzzy, confused thinking. Waking up often between 1AM – 3AM.
Action: The Liver OEM Blend works through the energy circuits that surround the physical liver and the meridian that feeds spiritual energy to it. Supports the healthy functioning of the liver. Can assist “liver” headaches. Structurally, it encourages the body to move with strength and grace. Emotionally, it supports you to speak your truth and use anger as motivation for change. It facilitates clear thinking in liver’s role as the big picture planner, organizer and implementer. Supports detoxifying.
For more information about the Liver OEM Blend and the black tourmaline, charoite, drusy quartz, red aventurine, smokey quartz and sugilite that energetically charged it, go to the link below.
The gallbladder is the back up to the liver. It stores the bile secreted by the liver, clears it of water and other substances, and secretes it into the digestive tract to digest fats.
Symptoms: Use Gallbladder Organ Energy Meridian (OEM) Essence Blend when you have gallstones or other gallbladder disease. Rules hips, other joints, connective tissue and muscular structure. It is characterized by TMJ, and headaches around the side of the head. The main emotional patterns are bitterness, cynicism and anger turned outward at authority figures, objects, or when a creative process is disrupted. Mentally expresses as fuzzy, confused thinking. Waking up often between 11PM – 1AM.
Actions: The Gallbladder OEM Blend works through the energy circuits that surround the physical gallbladder and the meridian that feeds spiritual energy to it. Supports the healthy functioning of the gallbladder. Can assist “gallbladder” headaches. Structurally, it encourages the body to move with strength and grace. Emotionally, it supports you to speak your truth and channel anger toward creative solutions. It facilitates clear thinking in gallbladder’s role as the strategist, decision maker and implementer of effective action. Supports detoxifying.
For more information about the Gallbladder OEM Blend and the black tourmaline, charoite, drusy quartz, red aventurine, smokey quartz and sugilite that energetically charged it, go to the link below.
Use Liver and Gallbladder Organ Energy Meridian Blends and Dandelion Flower Essence as companions to your spring herbal detox. Year ’round they support healthy Liver and Gallbladder systems. Gotta love the Wood Element, what the gracious plants give to us humans!!
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