In Ayurveda it is practiced to do a cleanse at the change of each season as the Ama or Toxins build up in the body and a reset or gentle cleanse can support moving those out so we can feel fresh and rejuvenated.
Spring is a good time to take a look at your life and a good time to consider what you want to clear out in your environment and in your personal being, hence the spring cleaning reference often made!
In Chinese Five Element system, the Spring season is correlated with the Wood element, which governs the Liver and Gallbladder.
The Color associated with the Wood element is the Green of young spring plants. (as in the image attached)
The nature of spring and the Wood element is described as beginning or birth.
The Wood element creates our mental clarity and our ability to focus, plan and to make decisions.
The Direction associated with this Element is East - the beginning or creation of the day as the sun rises in the east.
This element rules the morning and a healthy Wood element gives one the capacity to arise energized for the day. A sluggish liver will make a slow morning riser.
The Climate for the spring and Wood element is characterized by wind, which clears the old and brings the fresh, new air, like the transition from winter to spring. Wind nourishes the Wood.
So in the spring, if the Wood (or liver) is weakened or injured by over exposure to extreme winds, one may get symptoms associated with that unbalanced Wood element, like poor resistance to illness or allergic sensitivities with many symptoms suck as sinus or skin problems or irritated watery eyes.
The eyes are the Sense Organ for the Liver and Wood element thus site is the sense, and tears are fluid. The liver governs the eyes; which is to say if you have poor vision, tearing, or eye problems this may suggest taking a look at the health of the liver.
Choose 3 - 10 days to implement these simple practices to support a gentle seasonal transition. . .
* Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 1/4 tablespoon of honey with a cup of warm water drink daily.
* Use 1 tbsp of Triphala powder in warm water first thing in the morning and in the evening. Triphala is a balancing formula used for detoxification and rejuvenation, often used in Ayurvedic cleansing.
* Sip on warm water throughout the day, this stimulates detoxification of the lymphatic system.
* Eat bitter greens like Dandelion Greens
* Drink herbal tea to support liver function and digestion. (dandelion leaf, burdock, Oregon grape root etc. - Bitter tasting herbs)
* Drink 3Qts. of fresh spring water daily (can add organic fresh mint and organic sliced strawberries to make it taste yummy)
* Avoid processed foods, condiments, all sugars, grains, alcohol, meat, caffeine, soy and dairy.
* If you smoke tobacco or cannabis try letting it go just for even 3 days.
* Make a mixture of 1/2 lemon or lime - 1/2 orange - juiced with 1/3 tsp. baking soda, drink 3x daily – helps to remove calcium phosphate from the body.
* Exercise – yoga is a wonderful way to twist and turn the body to help promote the detoxification process.
* Sit in the morning for 5-15 minute doing a 4-6 count breath - to help slow things down and get present with what is happening in your body, in your life.
* Turn off electronics – try minimizing the exposure to EMF’s by unplugging. Spend less time on the computer and phone.
* Hot shower/cold rise, stimulates the detoxification process.
* Dry Skin Brush before showering
* Use a Tongue Scraper
* Oil your body with sesame or coconut oil.
* Try a mixture of epsom salts, baking soda and aromatherapy of your choice in a hot bath.
Epsom salt draws out toxins, supplies the body with magnesium and baking soda helps to clear and cleanse the aura & softens the water.
* Turn all lights off by 9:30/10pm - Allow your nervous system to decompress before falling asleep. Ensure you get adequate sleep.
(Image by Daniel Sullivan - This is an EPIC green color of the Wood Element)
HAPPY SPRING! <3 LOVE NAOMI