What are the Energetics of Fall?
As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, so many of us start feeling a decrease in energy levels and less desire to be social and out in the world. In a culture that pathologizes going inward with words such as laziness, depression, fatigue, and self-indulgence, it can be difficult to recognize that what we are feeling may actually be completely normal!
By turning to nature and observing what is going on in the macrocosm, we get a sense of what is healthy and normal for our own bodily microcosms at this time. In Chinese Medicine, the Lung and Large Intestine correspond to the Metal element. The most valuable metal is gold, from which the character for metal, jin, derives its name. Metal materializes in nature as rocks, minerals, and precious gems.
Nature teaches us that the energetic of Autumn facilitates the process of letting go, as the trees drop their leaves and draw in their resources for the long winter ahead. At their most brilliant and vibrant, the leaves are sacrificed for the trees' higher purpose of growth and rebirth. For humans, Autumn also provides the opportunity to step back from the outside world and withdraw into oneself for reflection and regeneration. In hibernation, the plants and animals of the world await resurrection and rebirth in the spring.
Metal in the body is in charge of the skin, nose, lungs, large intestine, and anus. By governing these orifices, it manages the the interface between the internal and external world. A vital component of metal that is required for healthy exchange is balanced moisture, which is required for proper breathing, proper digestion, proper elimination, and proper opening and closing of the pores.
The environmental condition that impacts and corresponds to metal is dryness, which interferes with moisture and lubrication. Dryness in the body may impact the metal orifices, manifesting as coughing or constipation, dry itchy skin or dry inflamed nasal passages. Dryness in the psychospiritual level may surface as a sense of having been burnt and dried up, as a result of the loss of things that once held value.
To prevent dryness this Autumn, it is important to stay hydrated and to eat hydrating seasonal foods. Pears, and especially Asian pears, are great for this time. Root vegetables and moist sqaushes and pumpkins also help to increase moisture in the body.
At this time of year, soups and stews nourish us, keep us warm, and replenish fluids. Save the cold, raw, exotic fruits and vegetables for next summer!
Autumn is all about warm and cozy.
Our Hydrate and Fatigue blends are perfect for this time of year.
Hydrate is a hydrating blend designed to replenish fluids, clear the skin, and prevent the wear and tear of environmental and emotional stress. With peppermint, skullcap, and lemon peel, it goes to the skin layer to help release any internal heat that may be causing dryness in the body.
Fatigue is a restorative blend designed to strengthen adrenal function and relieve mental and physical exhaustion. With its warming spices, such as clove and cinnamon, it is perfect for staying warm and cozy!