posted 2016 Sep by
As we move into the winter months and earth’s energy dials down, so does the energy of our mind, body and spirit.
Like the adjusting of clocks, with the arrival of fall, we must find ways to adjust to these seasonal changes.
In traditional Chinese Medicine, fall is associated with the Lungs and the emotion of grief. This is the time to reflect and find balance in our lifestyles, everyday activities and the food we eat. This is the time to strengthen the lungs and deal with unresolved feelings.
BREATHE Taking deep a breath that fills your lungs and belly followed by a long slow exhale, can help pep you up and feel ready for the next thing on your to-do it.
Most of us don’t breathe properly but a few good breaths can work miracles for your mood and energy levels. Deep breathing exercises also help strengthen the lungs and release grief. The energy of the lungs is ‘letting go.’
TAKE A BRISK 10 MINUTE WALK. Walking helps your body feel energized especially after long periods of sitting. For an extra boost take your walk in nature and breathe in the goodness of life.
The cool crisp air filling the lungs brings in new energy and revitalizes Chi. But wear as scarf as fall is associated the element ‘wind.’ According to TCM, wind entering via the neck can be the cause of ‘100’ diseases.
FALL FOODS. Herbs such ginger, garlic, onions, chili, cinnamon, black pepper help stimulate and fortify the system. This is the time to consume warming meals with vegetables such as cabbage. Leeks, broccoli, mustard greens, asparagus.
Because the season can be drying – cucumbers, celery, pears, apple, plums and grapes help provide water content.
Nuts such as almonds and walnuts are yang foods that can help reinforce the kidneys and promote brain health. Rice, sweet potatoes are also beneficial foods for the fall.
EAT SOMETHING CRUNCHY Yes, hard to believe but eating crunchy foods makes your jaw work harder, which makes your facial muscles wake up and you’ll feel more alert. We prefer healthy carrots, celery or a nice crisp apple for our crunch.
Apples also support lung health. The flavonoids in apple skin reduces damaging airway inflammation and helps strengthen tissues lining the lungs. Maybe there is something to the saying: 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away' especially come fall.
EAT FREQUENTLY Taking long breaks between meals can leave you feeling lethargic and in need of a nap. Keep health snacks close by, and try and eat every four hours to keep your energy at optimum levels throughout the day and night.
STIMULATE WITH AROMATHERAPY. Studies have shown that certain blends of essential oils can increase the productions of endorphins and revitalize the senses as quickly as three seconds.
Using aromatherapy in your bath or shower in the morning helps stimulate the blood and gives you a good start for the day. Essential oils such as any of the Citrus Oils: Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Petitgrain, Neroli, or Bergamot are great stimulants for helping boost your energy. So are Peppermint and Spearmint. Nothing like pampering yourself when you're combatting fatigue! These 'happy' oils can be found in GingerChi Bath & Shower Infusion and GingerChi Coconut Ginger Sugarscrub.
Take the effects of Aromatherapy with you throughout the day by adorning the Aromatherapy Pendant Diffuser with Ener-Chi Blend. This beautiful pendant encases our special blends to help boost your mood and revitalize your energy wherever you are.
GingerChi Aromatherapy Roll-On Set. This paired set will boost your energy and clarity when needed, and soothe stress reactors at the end of the day.
Housed in a handy roll-on, the GingerChi Chi Boost Energy Stick is a blend of potent essential oils that helps revitalize your senses for when you are feeling flat, slow, or generally sluggish. The aromatherapy effects of the Chi boost stick helps you focus and gives you the clarity to get through that long meeting or finish that report late at night.
The GingerChi Stress Relief Roll-on is specially formulated with a blend of Essential Oils known for their properties to soothe away stress, easing the mind, relaxing tension in the body, bringing calm and optimism to the spirit. Use in the evenings to wind-down, or during the day as needed to create a sense of calm and order.
BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM with dry brushing. Dry brushing not only revitalizes your energy but also exfoliates dead skin cells and stimulates lymph circulation, which is crucial to a healthy immune system.
Use a the courser Sisal Brush to effectively exfoliate away dead skin cells and the softer Hand held Jute Brush to stimulate the lymphatic system. Made with soft Jute fiber this dry brush is specifically designed to facilitate a healthy immune system by stimulating lymphatic flow.
The lymphatic system is a vital part of our body’s immune system which helps fight infection. Unlike blood, which is pumped by the heart, lymph flow is dependent on muscle movement and blood pressure.
Finish off dry brushing with GingerChi Juniper Body Oil. Our carefully crafted body oil blend deeply nourishes and replenishes skin after dry brushing and showering, with essential oils of Juniper, Cypress, Grapefruit and Lemon, along with a hint of Ginger to stimulate Chi.
DANCE Nothing like shaking your booty to your favorite song to wake up your entire body, and it only takes a few minutes to feel alive and full of joy.
We also recommend practicing the 5 Tibetan Rites every morning. It's amazing how this 20-minute routine can provide so much energy throughout the day! For slower paced meditative movement, try Tai Chi or Chi Kung outside in nature.
JOURNALING. This a good way to help organize your thoughts and emotions so that you can start processing what was blocking in your life.
ORGANIZE. Talking about organizing – fall is the perfect time to go through, donate, get rid of what’s not working physically (and mentally). If it is too overwhelming, take a section of a closet or a corner of a room.
Spend half and hour every day and before you know it you will be surprised how much you have accomplished. Letting go of the ‘old’ and brings in new energy and new possibilities.