It’s springtime and there are changes happening all around us – the weather is warming up and life is undergoing a process of awakening and renewal.
Although spring is always associated with positivity and freshness, the season does have a considerable impact on our mind, body and emotions.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), spring is represented by the wood element and it is that time of the year when our body is most susceptible to wind-cold imbalances that mostly affect the liver and gall bladder.
Problems like depression, hepatitis and vernal catarrh (allergic conjunctivitis or ‘pink eye’) are believed to stem from these imbalances.
The liver is the primary cleansing and detoxifying organ of the body that regulates blood circulation, hormones, metabolism, digestion and subsequently our emotions too.
In women, it may affect the menstrual cycle and reproductive health. The function of the gall bladder is to secrete bile and assist the liver in all its functions to ensure the smooth flow of energy throughout the body.
Experts believe that the health of the liver and gall bladder can affect our decision-making abilities and have an impact on the quality of life.
TCM also theorizes that anger and depression are the dominant emotions during spring that are fanned by rapid changes in the weather, environment and length of the days. It is said that these changes interfere with the levels of the hormone melatonin in our body resulting in mood swings and temper problems.
You may be suffering from an imbalance if you experience one or more of the following signs and symptoms: Inadequate sleep or disturbed sleep patterns
Dry, watery or itchy eyes
Irregular bowel movement
A feeling of fullness or bloating
Menstrual irregularities or severe PMS symptoms
Mild to severe depression
Frequent emotional outbursts and restlessness
Keeping all causes and their effects in mind, a wellness regimen during the spring season should aim at strengthening immunity, purging the body of toxins and maintaining emotional balance. Essential oils, when carefully chosen and correctly used, can help achieve this goal. Here are some essential oils that are perfect for the season:
DIGESTION, CRAVINGS AND HELP WITH TRANSITIONS:
Fennel aids digestion and helps an individual cope with lifestyle and environmental changes.
Grapefruit acts like a tonic for the lymphatic system and the gall bladder and helps dispel negative emotions like anger and irritability.
Spearmint has a refreshing and purifying scent that uplifts the spirits.
This blend can help you resist food cravings and emotional eating.
Aromandina Recommends: CLARO Essential Oil
DETOXING AND PURIFICATION:
Essential oils like Atlas Cedarwood , Rosemary and Fennel promote lymphatic drainage, improve circulation and release excess fluids and toxins. This takes care of any water retention and you feel lighter and more energized.
Orange Essential Oil enhances the function of the liver, encourages the flow of bile and aids fat metabolism.
Massage all over your body twice a day for best results.
Aromandina Recommends: Detoxing Body Oil
FEELING UNDER THE WEATHER?
The uplifting scent of citrus essential oils is just what you need when you need that quick pick me up.
Bergamot Essential Oil restores a positive state of mind and wards away feelings of depression, anxiety and under-confidence.
The zesty notes of Lemon Essential Oil energize and rejuvenate the senses while the fruity scent of Grapefruit Essential Oil helps maintain mental, physical and emotional balance.
Aromandina Recommends: Citrus Delight
HORMONAL IMBALANCES: Geranium Essential Oil supports the adrenal cortex and helps take care of hormonal imbalances.
Clary Sage Essential Oil has a calming effect on the mind and alleviates depression and irritability during PMS.
Lavender Essential Oil helps to maintain a positive state of mind and keep your mood cheerful and upbeat.
Aromandina Recommends: RADIARE
Spring is nature’s way of celebrating a new beginning – keep your health up and your spirits high so that you may enjoy the season in all its glory.
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