autumn-1Soon the sun bounces off objects a little differently and the breeze picks up with the scent of earth capable of anchoring us all back from the frolic of summer.

It is fall 2016 and you are invited to experience Nature’s hand once again sweeping the terrain in subtle and not so subtle strokes.

Toast autumn with a ginger carrot smoothie on September 22, 2016, @ 10:21 AM. This is the autumnal equinox, the point where day and night are even. You can take advantage of this moment to reset your yin/yang (y-ah-ng) which can easily falter after a summer of delightfully using your energy reserves while enjoying gustatory excess.

So, put a detox plan on your list as the fall is the best time to cleanse and reflect. It is a time you can prepare your body for the hibernation of winter to recharge your batteries once again for the release of spring and summer. This also goes for your mind too, which during autumn can join your body in being purged of old scars, fears and worries through naturopathic remedies such as acupuncture, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, environmental medicine and homeopathy.

Follow the Channels of Life

The Lung channel (yin) is the partner of the Large Intestine channel (yang) and when these two work in unison, as the metal element desires, your fall season can be an advantageous time.

First, tapping into grief and sadness, emotions associated with the lungs, enables the opportunity for psychological elimination in conjunction with detox of the intestines.

Allow your healing through the Classical Chinese Medicine channels of life as best described over 1700 years ago in the The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine (the Neijing Suwen ~ 240 BC), to embrace true restorative properties in unison with and from the earth.

Cry, rejoice, cry again while detoxing your system of built up toxins using talk, nature, seasonal eating, botanical remedies and acupuncture.

Points of Autumn

A detox can be started through acupuncture sessions that first open the channels for optimal expulsion so both intestines respond accordingly. Some notable points would be:

Large Intestine, LI 18 – Alongside the neck this location can help you dig deep and release whatever needs releasing.

LI 20 – At the base of each nostril LI 20 brings the breath that will feed your detoxification.

Lung, LU 1 – Just below the clavicle (collar bone) this point is linked to bringing one to a place of serenity and profound knowing.

LU 9 – In the valley of the wrist below your thumb is LU9 which starts the detox process.

Your Detox Drink

The simplest form of a daily detox regiment is drinking a mixture of fresh squeezed lemon juice, distilled water, organic maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Drink this three to five times per day for one to five days as it will work on your system in several ways. It feeds your body all the necessary nutrients it needs while ridding it of built up toxins, particularly in the large intestines.

If you decide to go beyond a one day detox be sure and line up your schedule accordingly. Do not commit to extra energy release as this is a time to conserve and reflect. Take short walks amongst nature and try to avoid electronics, large gatherings and any distress. Other optimal detox supplements include milk thistle, probiotics and

Sweat it Out, then Refuel

Embrace your surroundings this fall with walking, running, or biking excursions through nature. Add in Tai Chi, yoga or any other form of meditative exercise. meditationThis will tie you to the meaning of this transitional season especially if you live in the four true seasonal changes. Although it is a dance of death it is also one of well earned sleep as the earth begins to wrap itself up for the long haul of upcoming elements. Witnessing this transformation is not only awe inspiring (look up ‘East Coast Grand Canyon’ for mind numbing fall color trips) but it is also a mirror as to what you can experience within.

Through whatever movement you use, add to the purging theme of fall by breaking a sweat. It can be a mild spurt or a drenching release but sweating is another great way to detox while repairing and restoring the largest organ in the body, your skin. After you give your system a good sweat, sit down to local, autumn appropriate foods that will fuel your body, mind and spirit.

Eat for Autumn: Horseradish Matzo Ball Soup

The pungent properties of the onion family such as horseradish, scallion, mustard and watercress all contain sulfur. Sulfur is highly beneficial for your body particularly during the fall season as it contains essential amino acids which assist in protein creation to be utilized in tissues and cells resulting in beneficial enzymes, hormones and disease fighting antibody production.

According to Body Ecology,

“The sushi condiment wasabi, also known as Japanese horseradish, is extremely sulfur-rich, containing phyto-chemicals called isothiocyanates. Plant physiologist, Gina Mohammed, reports that phyto-chemicals found in the wasabi plant (Wasabia japonia) are antibacterial, antifungal, and are particularly effective in inhibiting blood coagulation. She also points to the fact that modern research is investigating isothiocyanates’ ability to stop the development of certain cancers. In Green Pharmacy, James Duke recommends wasabi to clear the sinuses and alleviate hay fever. Classic Chinese text says that the nose is the doorway to the lungs. Adding sulfur-rich foods is one of the best ways to support your body’s pathways of elimination, assist your immune system, relieve inflammation, and strengthen the deeper energetics of your body’s metal element.”

You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy this savory, chock full of autumn friendly ingredients horseradish matzo ball soup, courtesy of the New York Times cooking section. soupEnjoy as your meditative meal or with friends, family and laughter amongst the color strewn show of fall.

1 (4½- to 5-pound) chicken (for vegetarians use meatless chicken strips)
2 large onions, peeled and quartered
2 celery stalks, cut into chunks
3 medium carrots, peeled
2 medium parsnips, peeled
3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt, more as needed
1 small bunch parsley, chopped leaves reserved for garnish
1 small bunch dill, chopped leaves reserved for garnish
4 thyme branches
2 bay leaves
5 peppercorns
3 whole cloves
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup matzo meal
3 tablespoons freshly grated horseradish
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

In a large pot, combine chicken, onions, celery, 2 carrots, 1 parsnip, garlic, 1 tablespoon salt,

parsley stems (reserve leaves), dill stems (reserve leaves), thyme branches, bay leaves,

peppercorns and cloves. Add enough water to cover everything by 1 inch.

Bring liquid to a boil  over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer gently for 2 hours. Skim foam and fat frequently with a slotted spoon. While the stock simmers, prepare the matzo ball mixture.

In a large bowl, stir together the eggs, oil, 1/4 cup reserved broth, matzo meal, horseradish, allspice, ground pepper and 1 teaspoon salt. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours.

Strain stock through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl (you should have about 2 1/2 quarts) and set aside to cool. Reserve chicken for another purpose; discard vegetables. Broth can be made up to three days ahead and refrigerated.

Bring a large, wide pot of salted water to a boil. Using water-moistened hands, roll the matzo ball mixture into 1½-inch balls. Use a slotted spoon to lower into the boiling water; reduce heat and simmer matzo balls until very tender, about 50 minutes to 1 hour.

Put reserved chicken broth in a pot, bring to a simmer, and season with more salt and pepper if necessary. Thinly slice the remaining carrot and parsnip. Add the vegetables to the broth and cook until just tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

Spoon a few matzo balls into the bottom of each serving bowl and ladle hot broth and vegetables on top. Garnish with parsley and dill.

Fall Cleaning, Re-Organizing and Reusing

As you purge your body and mind during this fall season, do yourself a favor and reorganize too. Just like a bear setting up the hibernation cave now is the best time to get rid of old items and breathe new life into your home. Rearrange furniture, re-paint, change your curtains, hang new art, make new art, hang mirrors (look up Feng Shui), fill your home with more positive energy.

Donate whatever is viable as re-use perpetuates environmental health. Planet Aid reports that according to a 2010 study by researchers from the Technical University of Denmark, published in the International Journal of Lifecycle Assessment, “Based on the survey results, the researchers determined that the purchase of 100 second-hand garments would save between 60 and 85 new garments from production of virgin material…the collection, processing, and transport of second-hand clothing have insignificant impacts on the environment in comparison to the savings that are achieved by replacing virgin clothing.”

Embrace change and spend your fall season rejuvenated by new surroundings, a cleansed body and a clear mind to steer you into a whole new realm.

News and Noteworthy

Your Planet “Happening”

While spinning at about one thousand miles per hour, your planet tips ever so gently in one of only two times per year in which the sun rises due east and sets due west. A great way to take note of where the sun is rising and setting on the equinox to remember with your inner compass so as to always find your way.

The National Weather Service explains this phenomenon which again happens in spring (the summer and winter change is called a solstice),

“The “nearly” equal hours of day and night is due to refraction of sunlight or a bending of the light’s rays that causes the sun to appear above the horizon when the actual position of the sun is below the horizon.  Additionally, the days become a little longer at the higher latitudes (those at a distance from the equator) because it takes the sun longer to rise and set.  Therefore, on the equinox and for several days before and after the equinox, the length of day will range from about 12 hours and six and one-half minutes at the equator, to 12 hours and 8 minutes at 30 degrees latitude, to 12 hours and 16 minutes at 60 degrees latitude.”

Natural Mosquito Repellant

If you’re still concerned about the Zika virus and other mosquito transported infections, Mother Earth News recently published its list of how to get rid of mosquitoes without spraying chemicals. The best essential oils for repelling these nasty critters are catnip, lavender and basil. Dab on your pulse points or mix with a carrier like almond oil and spray over you. Also, planting these herbs along with rosemary and citronella is a great way to create a ‘mosquito forcefield’ around your home.

Become Bright and Illuminated

According to Heiner Fruehauf, Ph.D., L.Ac., Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, OR,

It is advisable to engage in the following exercise right after waking up in the morning: close your eyes, click your teeth twenty-one times, swallow your saliva, rub your hands together and let the heat from your palms penetrate into your eyeballs.  Rub your hands and cup your eyeballs repeatedly.  If one practices this exercise regularly during the three months of autumn, the eyes will become bright and illuminated.

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