Summer is the season when we can feel most open and inspired to follow our passion and joy.
However it can also be a time when we can become a little manic or obsessive about things, and feel sad or not connected to other people.
Foods that are important for Summer are corn, polenta, bitter greens, salads, and tofu. These foods nourish and regulate the heart and small intestine helping absorption and circulation in the body.
By adding these foods to your diet, you’ll feel less tense and impatient, your thinking will be clearer and you’ll feel more connected to life and people.
Gomasio and miso condiments can be used in small amounts while barley and wheat are the grains most appropriate at this time.
With the seasonal change from Spring to Summer cooking methods become lighter and shorter. Stir-frying, steaming, and light boiling are the main cooking methods for the season.
Vegetables are chopped finer or in matchsticks for quicker cooking. Salt and tamari are used in smaller amounts.
Corn is harvested at this time and is the most suitable grain for the season. Sea vegetables can also be used as condiments or in light-pickled salads.
Small amounts of fresh summer fruit can also be used with meals as they provide a cooling effect.
Shiatsu Point for Tennis Elbow
Lung 5 (LU 5) is located in the elbow crease on the thumb-side of the tendon.
It can offer symptomatic relief from elbow problems such as tennis elbow as well as numbness in hands and fingers.
Shiatsu Point Therapy
Using the thumb or finger apply pressure until you feel the soreness in the point.
Taking deep breaths and maintaining the pressure breathe slowly in and out of the point until you feel the tension and pain disappear.
The above technique is for symptomatic relief only. If symptoms persist please consult a qualified shiatsu therapist for a full treatment.
Onion and Arame Soup
- 2 large onions
- 1 strip arame
- 1 tablespoon white miso
- dash of tamari
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/2 cup chopped parsley
- 4 cups water
Dice and stir fry the onions in sesame oil until brown. Add 4 cups water, arame cut in small pieces, and a dash of tamari.
Dissolve miso in a separate bowl using soup stock, add to soup and let simmer (do not boil miso) for a few minutes.
Serve either hot or cold with parsley as garnish.
Yoga for Summer – Warrior Pose
This pose builds up strength in the legs, straightens the spine and supports the back.
- Legs apart, left foot at 90 degrees, right foot at 45 degrees.
- Bend left leg at the knee keeping the knee in line with the heel.
- Try and keep the hip facing the bent knee, and weight on the straight leg.
- Bring the hands into a prayer pose, and on the inhale raise the arms up above the head, with palms facing forward.
- Remain in the pose for 3 breaths, then exhale and lower the arms.
- Change legs and repeat on the other side.
Bach Flower Remedy for Being Present
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Clematis is for people who find it difficult to remain in the present and often drift into an imaginary future where their dreams come true.
Future success, fortune or fame have a powerful attraction and distract them from dealing with any present difficulties or challenges.
Clematis helps bring us back to ourselves so that a realistic assessment can be made and steps taken to build towards a better life in which one can make one’s dreams come true.
General dosage is 4 –5 drops under the tongue at least 3 times a day, or whenever feeling ungrounded or excessively dreamy or light-headed.
Meridian Meditation for Summer
Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Allow yourself time and space for the next few minutes to perhaps discover something new about yourself or perhaps something that you’ve had but maybe forgotten along the way.
And as you continue to breath in and breath out slowly, I’d like you to picture the sun. See its brightness and feel the warmth and glow of its rays upon you face as you continue to breathe in and breathe out.
And as you do that, you might feel that warmth and glow start to move through your body…becoming stronger with each breath you breathe and breathe out.
You might notice it first in your face and then neck and shoulders as it moves down your chest, down your arms, down to your stomach.
Feel the heat start to gather in your lower abdomen just below the navel, and imagine the heat igniting inside you as if it is a furnace of raw energy.
Feel the intensity of that furnace and understand that it is the source of all your energy and power.
From that furnace, let that energy stream forth to all parts of your body your legs and arms, fingers and toes until you’re tingling with energy.
And now it’s time to let that energy stream out into the world and to those you care about. Let it become a spark that ignites the flames in their hearts so that they, too, become powerhouses filled with energy and light, joy and inspiration.
When you experience this, you may realise that we are all children of the Universe and everyone is connected to all things and beings.
Allow that realisation and connectedness to flow over you and smile to yourself.
Essential Oil for Sexual Anxiety or Low Libido
Ylang Ylang essential oil is extracted from the freshly picked flowers by water or steam distillation.
It can provide symptomatic relief from sexual anxiety, low libidio, high blood pressure and depression.
Essential Oils Application
Bath: Use 10-15 drops in a tub of water and soak in it for 15 minutes.
Massage: Blend between 1% and 3% of essential oil with a carrier oil of your choice such as jojoba, almond, peach, apricot, soyabean, sesame, or vegetable oils.
do not apply pure essential oils directly to skin (except for Lavender)
and never take any essential oils internally.
Inhalation: Place a few drops of essential oil in an oil burner or small bowl of boiling water to freshen the air and create a special atmosphere.
Compress: Add 5 drops of essential oil to 200 mls of warm water. Place cloth in the water then wring out and lay over affected area for a few minutes.