Wood

“In Spring people should rise early with the sun, and take brisk walks.”  — Nei Ching

During the spring the will of the winter is aroused and given direction, a sense of purpose. The Wood phase of the Five Element Cycle is supported by the Liver who ensures a smooth, even flow of qi and blood throughout the bodymind. Strong, smoothly flowing liver energy can be encouraged during the Wood phase by permitting ourselves to express our anger appropriately as it arises (shouting in the forest, chopping wood), as well as beginning those new projects, nutritionally cleansing, and spending more time outdoors!

compassion.  kindness.  decisiveness. appropriate anger.  will to become.  self-assertion.  motivation. responsibility.  confidence.  commitment.  direction.

These are all gifts of Wood in balance.

Spring is a time of yin growing into yang. Like the Wood element of spring, wood itself in the Spring is wet from the hibernation of Winter’s snow, but drying out day by day with the increasing warmth and light of the sun. As the wood in the forests, so are we drying out, stretching our winter-bound muscles and planting the seeds of new projects that have surfaced from our deep Winter storage.
SEASON: Spring

ORGAN: Liver (yin) 1-3am Gallbladder (yang) 11pm-1am

DIRECTION: East

COLOUR: Green

SOUND: Shouting

EMOTION: Anger/Will to become

ODOUR: Rancid

TASTE: Sour

ORIFICE: Eyes

SENSE ORGAN: Eyes

FLUID: Tears

CLIMATE: Wind

PLANET: Jupiter/Uranus

QUALITY: Decision making/Planning/Action

GOVERNING BODY PART: Muscles/Tendons

INDICATING BODY PART: Nails/Hands&feet

HIGHEST EXPRESSION: Benevolence

SPIRIT: Ethereal Soul (Hun)

SPRING FOODS

Wheat, peaches, fowl, sprouts, fruit & veggie juices, young spring greens, dandelions, nettles, basil, fennel, marjoram, rosemary, dill, bay leaf are all Wood nourishing foods. Begin to eat more raw foods and start to cook food for shorter times.

Sprouts and other “light” foods encourage quickness and outward movement of the Wood phase in general.

Doing a Liver Cleanse ANY time during the Spring is always a great idea! Our livers are just waiting for the abundance of dandelions blossoming during this time.

SPRING HERBS

Nettles – blood purifier, high in chlorophyll,iron, vitamin C, trace minerals, diuretic, tonic, skin cleanser & livertonic

Dandelion root & leaf- greens are high in vitamin A; roots are a kidney & blood cleanser, liver cleanser & tonic,diuretic. Great for congested liver.

Sassafras bark- blood purifier, skin & jointcleanser, cleanses the whole system

Burdock –bitter, diuretic, skin & bloodpurifier, great for liver and skin conditions

Yellow Dock –blood cleanser, promotes bileflow, stimulates bowel & liver

Simmer 1 tbsp. Root/bark in 1 cup waterfor 15-20 min.

Steep 1tbsp. Leaves in 1 cup water for 10min.

ESSENTIAL OILS

Lavender: self expression, insomnia, nervous tension, palpitations, skin imbalances

Bergamot: uplifting, relaxing, releasing, digestive stimulant, colic, urinary infections

Chamomile: calmative, digestive stimulant, nourishes solar plexus, pms relief, clears heat

Everlasting: unblocks emotions, colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies

Grapefruit: lymphatic decongestant, astringent, cooling, cleansing, reviving

Yarrow: diuretic, healing, protecting, flues, fever, urinary antiseptic.

SPRING OIL BLEND:
6 DROPS LAVENDER OIL,
4 DROPS BERGAMOT OIL,
2 DROPS GRAPEFRUIT OIL IN 1 OUNCE OF CARRIER OIL (GRAPESEED, SWEET ALMOND)
USE IN BATH, DIFFUSER, OR AS BODY OIL.