Tips for Staying Healthy In Spring
There are many things you can do on your own to help balance and tonify the Liver to relieve Spring-related discomforts.
• Because the taste of sour is associated with the Liver, Spring is a good time to consider adding sour citrus to your diet. (Oranges are not suggested because they’re predominantly sweet.)
Gentle stretching relieves stress, calms nerves & stimulates healthy Liver function.
• Dandelion greens are a good way to detoxify and help soothe the Liver.
• Chrysanthemum and chamomile teas serve as nerve tonics, and can help alleviate symptoms associated with an out-of-balance Liver.
• Gentle stretching exercises stimulate the tendons, which are governed by the Liver. By stretching you relieve stresses that congest the Liver, thereby providing an internal massage that calms and stimulates healthy Liver function.
The frogs’ serenades ... Fill the nighttime air ... Spring is surely here ... Lao Xian
• Avoid eating heavy oils; use sesame, or an organic olive oil instead. Stay away from greasy, fried foods. Remember that saturated fats, like butter and cheese, make the Liver work harder.
• Moderate alcohol intake. And if you’re having heat-related problems, like skin rashes and hives, stay away from alcohol all together.
HUGELing! At BIOM
Inspired by the changing times we live in and the innate desire to be in rhythm with the Energy of the Season … what old Lao Tzu … whoever she was … called The TAO … and somewhat motivated by the recent appearance in the grocery store of the $4 STALK of broccoli : | … HUGELS have been growing all around the BIOMsphere.
What’s a HUGEL you might ask. We’ll get into that more as the GROWING season progresses, but for now let us introduce you to our new friends … The HUGELS!
Cultivate Kindness: Strategy For A Balanced Healthy Liver
Winter has passed, the days grow longer as the air grows warmer—as we feel a sense of relief with the arrival of Spring!
Some thank God that Spring is here! Some give thanks to Something Else, but at the root of giving Thanks there is a Gratefulness for the KINDNESS of this Renewal of Life we call—Spring!
Considering this, from a Five Element ~ Oriental Medicine point of view, it should not come as a surprise that the BALANCED emotion and inner expression of Health for Spring is KINDNESS.
A Balanced Liver is a Kind Liver
Unfortunately, too many of us do not have balanced Liver Energy, so instead of Kindness, the unbalanced qualities of Liver energy—anger, irritation, frustration—show up.
These negative emotions stemming from an unbalanced Liver appear moreso today than at other recent periods in history because we have so many toxins in our environment affecting the health of our Livers. And to the extent these negative aspects of Liver energy are present year round … they’re magnified in Spring.
Anger is the unbalanced emotion of the Liver. The balanced side of the Liver is KINDNESS.
Being Kind To Others Is Being Kind To Yourself
Obviously it’s best for us to be kind to each other instead of angry, irritated, or frustrated. Kindness creates and maintains an atmosphere to experience the simple joy of being alive. And in a not-so-obvious sense, by being kind to others, we’re also being kind to ourselves. According to the Five Element Theory of Oriental Medicine, by expressing and experiencing the feelings attached to KINDNESS you stimulate an energetic response in yourself that supports the health of your LIVER.
On the other hand, someone who is easily angered, undermines the health of their Liver, along with suffering the negative consequences that boomerang back by treating others unkindly.
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. - Lao Tzu.
Prescription For Health
Unfortunately an unbalanced Liver is more common these days because of the toxicity we’re exposed to in the products we use and the food we eat. This is why Liver-balancing herbs are a major part of the BIOM pharmacy.
But even if we lived in a pristine environment, the energetic impulses of Spring—DOING! GROWING! MOVING! GOING!—would still be taxing our Liver energy—because Liver is the organ most energized during Spring. So in the midst of all this EXCITED! energy, the Liver is prone to become imbalanced: just like your car would if you kept revving the engine and ‘burning rubber.’
By practicing KINDNESS, in effect, you’re slowing down, taking it easy, going with the flow. In essence, being moderate in how you use your energy, your Chi, is the best prescription for staying healthy these days.
Being kind does not mean being a doormat and letting someone experiencing ‘unkind Liver energy’ have their way with you. That is not kindness, that is allowing yourself to absorb someone else’s stress, which can cause emotional and/or physical illness in you
KINDNESS creates its own kind of BALANCE. You don’t sacrifice yourself to be kind to other people. Cultivate kindness and give it … to yourself and then others. Everyone benefits.