As the weather changes and we find ourselves once again in the fall season here on the central coast. Living in San Luis Obispo we don’t find ourselves noticing extreme shifts in weather as the seasons change but if you are in tune with your body energetics there is a very real change in the energetics of the seasons.
The more aware you can get with these seasonal energetic changes in your environment and in your body, the greater the potential for you to harness the wisdom the season can provide.
The energy of the fall season is the energetic element of Metal. Metal element correlates to the Lungs and Large Intestine organs. At this time of year if you haven’t noticed yet it’s a season and a time for colds and flus. The kids go back to school and come home with not only a new teacher and new friends, they also come home with a whole new set of microbes and pathogens.
After the skin the Lungs are the next defense system in the body to fight off pathogens. You will find an increase in asthma wheezing and respiratory infections this time of year. Large intestine organ in Chinese Medicine specifically correlates to the colon. The shift in weather and climate can cause digestive disharmony within the body as well.
The emotional component of the lung is grief. The lungs store unresolved grief in the body and some of the manifestations of this include chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, and shortness of breath. The emotional components of the Large Intestine is about the capability to “let it go.” Its about knowing what your higher self needs to thrive both physically and emotionally and deciphering what doesn’t serve your body at the same time. It can be very powerful to work through these psycho/emotional issues at this time of year.
Respiratory illnesses are heightened this time of year and I see an abundance of asthma, bronchitis, and coughs this time of year. Some great essential oils to treat these conditions include eucalyptus or rosemary. Applying these oils to the acupuncture point Lung 1 is very beneficial at opening the lungs and tonifying the immune system.
Below I’ve also attached my favorite cough syrup elixir for children and adults. Planetry Herbal carries an syrup for both kids and adults that works great to calm a cough and moisten and soothe sore throats.
Michelle Hamilton L.Ac.