Merri and I just completed our latest five day writer’s course here at the farm.
Autumn has exploded in its glory as this picture taken by one of the delegates shows.
Having talked for five days straight, plus Merri did all the cooking and clean up as well.
Yet we are still bright, refreshed and energetic.
Such courses used to wipe us out.
The secrets of our sustained energy and good feelings come from health secrets we have learned around the world. One foundation in ancient health philosophies globally is that of the elements. Good health depends on having a balance of the elements of fire, water and air.
The wise ones of days old looked at the nature of food, of the days, hours, routines. Even the seasons were either supportive of or aggravating to these elements.
For example, autumn in the northern hemisphere aggravates air. The dry brittle air aggravating system begins around October and runs through February. When temperatures drop and the leaves turn color beware.
The origins of most illness are air imbalances. Disease is related to windy, dry, cold weather.
As the external environment changes, so too does the internal environment.
In autumn we need to change our daily routines and diet to be in tune with nature. By living in tune with nature, balance can be maintained and stronger natural immunity developed against the bugs that tend to attack during colder weather.
Maintain regular routines of rest and activity. Eat more warm and unctuous food. Use essential oils to overcome restlessness, insomnia, constipation, dry skin, and worry. Vata (air) season in general is from October through February, starting in most parts of the country when the weather cools off and leaves turn color and fall off the trees and ending with the onset of spring. Vata is associated with a windy, dry, and cold climate. As our external environment changes, itncreases Vata in our own internal environment. This is when it is time to change our daily routines and diet so we are in tune with the physical changes in the environment.
This is a cold, dry and rough season so we need to eat warm cooked foods made with olive oil, ghee or other good oils. Warm drinks such as hot milk have a balancing effect. Avoid cold sandwiches, cold salads, and dry cereals with cold milk.
Start the day with warm stewed apples or pears, cream of wheat cereal, oatmeal and warm milk. Warm hearty soups and stews can be eaten with ghee and bread. Before bed a cup of warm milk with a pinch of ginger, or cardamom, and some sugar or honey is balancing as well.
Foods to favor during this cold dry season are those with sweet, sour or salty taste… rice, wheat products such as bulghur, chapatis, cous cous, pasta, cream of wheat, oatmeal. Warm milk, paneer (homemade cheese), lassi, honey, sugar, olive oil, ghee, sweet juicy fruits, well-cooked vegetables such as beets, carrots, asparagus and sweet potatoes. Nuts such as cashews, almonds, and pistachios are good as are sesame seeds.
Reduce consumption of raw salads and vegetables.
During this time Merri and I use extra essential oils as well. This is a time to use essential oils around the nose and on balancing energy points.
We were especially delighted to learn that our friend Candace Newman has introduced the Cold – Flu Pack of essential oils. Here is what Candace wrote:
“The Cold-Flu Pak…for all kinds of weather….or just for the joy of stimulating aromas!
“These aromatherapy products come in a handy clear plastic pouch with a zipper top. It was put together for regular use as preventive medicine, and for big-time use when ‘under the weather’. Directions for use are with each product. Essential oils boost our physical immune system because of their natural medicinal chemical constituents. Because theses precious liquids also happen to smell, they are a great source of comfort to our mental and emotional health. These are all therapeutic grade essential oils, bringing you all these benefits.
“1. Ear/Nose/Throat Oil – blended for safe use directly on the skin.
This is good for sinus problems, congestion, sore throats and ear aches. This is our proprietary formula of Lavender, Tea Tree, Thyme, Blue Chamomile and Clove in Organic Golden Jojoba. Lavender and Chamomile are especially soothing with any discomfort, and the antibacterial and antiviral properties of Tea Tree, Thyme Clove are great choices for keeping us healthy. Massage the blend in the sinus areas above the eyebrows and under the cheekbones; also rub the ears and lymph nodes down the side of the neck. You can also apply a little in the nose if you prefer. On airplanes or for bedtime, put 3-4 drops on a piece of a cotton ball and tuck this in one or both ears. It’s good protection and helps with sinus congestion, while soothing for sleep.
Also you can dab it on a Q-tip for swabbing sore throats. It is one of our best selling formulas.
“2. Lavender-Peppermint Mist – convenient enough to carry in a pocket.
This is a breath of fresh air, with a nice menthol energy lift. Lavender calms the central nervous system and the menthol in Peppermint helps with energy, fatigue and congestion. These essential oils are in our base of aloe, glycerin, and purified water. Make big circles around your head and face, close your eyes and breathe deeply. This is good any time of day and can be used as much as you like. It is extra good in close quarters where the air is less than good.
“3. Vapor Rub – this gel is our essential oil version of Vic’s Vapor Rub.
Apply to nose and/or chest. Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Camphor and Benzoin are all good respiratory oils and stimulate circulation. We blend them in our base of aloe gel and organic golden jojoba. It is very soothing to the skin and safe to apply a little in the nose. This is great to use in the morning to breathe in the new day. A little dab will do you.
“4. Pure Eucalyptus Essential Oil – carry this little bottle around as an inhaler. Close eyes and breathe 5-7 deep breaths. Put a couple “taps” in a steam tent or on the hot shower floor and step into it. Add a few taps to a cotton ball and put it in a pocket close to the heart and lungs. Put a tad on the soles of your feet, put on your socks, and let the oils reinforce your health while you sleep. Eucalyptus is the oil of respiration and works as an expectorant and decongestant. It is steam distilled from the leaves of the Eucalyptus tree in Australia and is a top essential oil for our health.
It is also a good choice for sore muscles and joints.
“The contents in this clear pouch are less than 3 ounces…perfect for airplane travel!”
Merri and I head for Florida tomorrow to speak at the American Writers & Artist Institute’s Boot Camp. You can be sure we’ll have our essential oils with us.
You can get The Cold-Flu Pak at http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/netcart.asp?MerchantID=86635&ProductID=3821509
Fall is most beautiful, filled with color and energetic in its chill.
Yet it’s a time when we can become ill if we let the dry, cold air imbalance our system. Use essential oils to help avoid this and enjoy this glorious time of the year!