“After the leaves have fallen, we return to a plain sense of things”. (WALLACE STEVENS)
Depression, stress, coughs, and muscle cramps are just a few of the autumn illnesses. Discover the natural ways to avoid autumn symptoms.
Autumn Brings Energies of Change
When the extroverted summer period ends, comes the autumn,
a period of more convergence.
The days get shorter and it gets cooler, it is a time of mental reckoning. Many report a decrease in mood caused by weather changes, colds, and muscle cramps.
The Connection Between Autumn, the Metal Element and Decisions
The dominant element in this period is the metal element.
This balanced element is known for cutting, separating between right and wrong, dealing with what is important, and releasing what no longer serves it.
Just like a metal element, accept the autumn period as an opportunity to make decisions and changes for the coming year.
Put in mind, that even if not all is right, better days are upon us.
Accept the change with love, for it is an integral part of the infinite change that characterizes our lives.
Take a deep breath, forgive others and yourself, be in love!
Natural Solutions to Avoid Autumn Symptoms
The shortening of the days and the change in the amount of light cause a decreased mood, due to a reduction in the secretion of serotonin.
Add essential oils to a burner to make yourself warm in the body and heart. Use mainly citrus-scented oils, as they are known to be mood uplifters.
Examples of citrus-scented essential oils are orange, bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, and mandarin.
Exercising Daily as a Source of Serotonin
Exercising is known to raise serotonin and adrenaline, improve mood, and relieve stress.
Do exercises, even a daily light walk is considered.
It will miraculously improve your mood, relieve the stress you have accumulated during the day, and contribute to a peaceful and restful sleep.
Go Out and Connect with Nature
Breathe and listen to the music of the wind and the trees.
Feel the air becomes more pleasant.
Just spending time in nature can actually cure you.
Do meditation, yoga, biofeedback, or any other breathing technique.
Each one and the method he connects to, the important thing is to get oxygen into the cells and be present in the moment.
It can improve mood, lower stress, and strengthen the immune system.
Recommended Nutrition to Avoid Autumn Symptoms
How do I know autumn is coming? Suddenly I have an unexplained urge to cook soups and eat hot food.
During this period, according to traditional Chinese and Indian medicine,
You should eat hot and nutritious food like stews, and hot drinks, using plenty of vegetables.
The reason for the hot temperature of the food is to support the digestive system so it won’t spend extra energy on heating the food.
Leave the vegetables out of the fridge for a while before using them, so they won’t be too cold.
Reduce the use of dairy products as they refrigerate the body and may cause excess phlegm buildup.
Root Vegetables and Hot Spices
Root vegetables, which support the spleen, are great for the autumn diet.
Boil mixed root vegetables like sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and carrots.
Here, without meaning to, we got ourselves an orange soup.
Of course, as always, keep orderly meals, without large gaps between them.
It is important to maintain a balanced routine.
Spices You Should Use in the Autumn
Use warming spices such as cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.
You can also make an Indian chai using these ingredients,
Just boil them in water, and cook on low flame for another 10 minutes.
This tea is great for cool evenings and to strengthen the immune system.
Common Pathologies of the Autumn Period
Respiratory System Ailments
According to Chinese medicine, the autumn season is associated with the lungs and colon.
Excess phlegm buildup, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, and perceived muscle, are all common symptoms related with the autumn season and that we wish to avoid.
In autumn the body is more exposed to external pathogens, penetrating the skin using the wind and the cold.
Warm your body during the cooler hours, in the morning and evening.
Cold-sensitive people should use a warmer garment and also cover the neck area with a scarf, from which, according to Chinese medicine, external pathogens penetrate the body.
Muscle cramps are common in the autumn season.
A good and natural treatment for muscle cramps is a massage using oils that warm and stimulate the blood, such as sesame oil.
Or using hemp, arnica, or fennel oils which have also anti-inflammatory properties.
Have a pleasant, healthy and happy autumn!