Fall: The Breath of Autumn

O harvest mother, bring us near,
a place of love when Fall is here.
To bless and honor hearth and home,
when chill comes round and changes so…

The Autumnal Equinox occurs in the Northern Hemisphere on September 22, 2016, when the sun appears to move across the equator.  As an expression in nature, this is the time when crops are harvested. Leaves are changing to brilliant colors as they float gently to the ground. Gathering and elimination are the traits of this season and can be seen in nature as well as human health.

Fall is good time to take a good look at our health and our lifestyle. Start by looking at the life around you. Are you living in chaos? Is your home in a shambles? Is there clutter everywhere? You may want to consider starting with a good gathering and elimination session.

Here are some wonderful suggestions for having a bountiful Fall:

Alternative Remedies for Fall

Asthma, allergies and skin disorders can affect almost any one susceptible to them, in Fall.

The lung and large intestine are the internal organs related to Fall. These organs are associated with the emotion of taking in and letting go.

Taking in through the nose and mouth such as the breathe of life is important as we transition from the hot summer to cool Fall.

The nose is the opening to the lungs, therefore, colds and flu are easier to catch. The lung and large intestine are the main organs for detoxing and cleansing the body during this season.

Constipation is often prevalent in the Fall as the process of “letting go” can be a difficult one.

Sleep difficulties are more prominent due to the changing balance of light and dark.

Dryness is a common problem in Autumn. Dryness can manifest as constipation, dry throat, dry skin, dry eyes, dry brittle hair, thirst, and lack of sweat. Most people do not drink enough fluids regularly, let alone in the Autumn. Spicy food can cause or worsen dryness.

Essential Oils for Fall

To assist in staying healthy, there are a number of things you can do using essential oils on our body and in our environment.

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) : is a powerful antiseptic and treats anxiety and psoriasis.

Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) : is used for the treatment of respiratory ailments.

Cinnamon (Cinnamoma Cassicia): is used to relieve rheumatism and digestive disorders.

Clove (Eugenia aromatica): is an exceptionally warming oil, antiseptic for pain.

Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) : is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory used for skin care.

Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides): is relaxing on the nervous system, relieves tension and stress.

Lavender (Lavender officianalis)is essential for soothing stress, anxiety, peaceful sleep and treating burns.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia): This is a  year round germicide and antibacterial oil.

Fall Herbal Medicine Chest

With the change of seasons from Summer to Fall we need to change our supplies in our medicine cabinet.

Arnica (Arnica montana): This year round herb helps stop pain, reduces swelling, bruising and inflammation.

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceous): Take this antiviral herb twice a day to prevent or treat colds and flu.

Calendula (calendula officinalis): Use calendula to soothe chapped skin and lips.

Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea): Treat colds, flu, sore throat, and other common infections.

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba): for blood flow, mental fuzziness, memory loss, or vertigo.

Siberian ginseng (Eleutheroccocus senticosus): This treatment for lethargy and fatigue.

Triphala: a remedy for constipation and poor bowel tone.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis): Soothes anxiety, used for sound sleep and treatment for insomnia.

Fall: Food For Thought

It’s a time of harvest when we gather the colorful fruits and vegetables for winter storage. The healing harvest of Fall is our symbols of bounty. To keep in harmony with nature, foods for Fall should promote a healthy detox and prepare our bodies for the damp and cold Fall season ahead.  Our food choices should be warmer and nourish your body. Reprogramming the way we eat can help us tomaintain energy, balance blood sugar levels and keep our bodies running at optimum health.   Consider Fall’s Foods for Thought…

Fall Emotions

Fall is the beginning of the yin cycle when the daylight lasts less than twelve hours. Fall is ruled by the Metal element and is expressed in nature, as well as in the body. Grief, sadness and depression are more prevalent during this season often due to the passing of summer, the change in light and the difficulty associated with letting go of the warm wonderful days. Find out how to balance your emotional life with Fall and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Fall Detox

It is easy to do a detox in the Fall and therefore, the best way to keep the body at its most optimum, working level. By enjoying more nourishing, warm, healthy, Fall foods, getting good quality sleep and moderate exercise, this can keep our physical form at it’s best. Learn ways to care for your skin, our greatest detoxing organ, find the best herbs for detoxing and clean up your diet to improve total body function!  Discover the top 10 ways to improve your health right now!

Sounds of Fall

Music Therapy utilizes music and music related activities to modify ineffective learning patterns, help to promote emotional, mental, social and physical growth. Music is a magical medium and a very powerful tool. Music subtly bypasses the intellectual stimulus in the brain and moves directly to our subconscious. Find music, books and healing tools that are just right for your mood and don’t forget to download fall MP3s from Andrew’s Fall Mood Playlist.

Crystals for Fall

Fall is a time of transition. A change in the amount of light we get and changes in weather conditions can all have an affect on our mood and emotions. Crystals can play a part in making changes, improving transitions and helping us to move forward gracefully.  Crystals have the ability to help us as a meditation tool, as a soothing stress or worry stone or to simply decorate our home or sacred space. Here are Andrew’s Top 10 Crystals for Fall.

Ayurveda

The principle medical system of India is known as Ayurveda and is over 5,000 years old. This “Science of Life” is considered the art of living in harmony. In Ayurvedic philosophy, people, their health, and the Universe are all thought to be related. Health problems can result when these relationships are out of balance. Discover how to determine your dosha, learn about your constitution and the best Ayurvedic remedies. 

Fall Associations

Season: Fall (Inward)
Yin Organ: Lungs
Yang Organ: Large Intestine
Sense organ: Nose
Tissues: Skin
Fluid: Phlegm/Mucus
Taste: Pungent
Sound: Crying
Climate: Dryness

Stage: Harvest, Collect
Emotion: Sadness, Grief
Direction: West
Number 9
Planet:Venus
Yin-Yang: Lesser Yin Energy
Animal: Mammals
Domestic Animal: Dog
Grain: Hemp
Color: White

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