In Chinese Medicine, the season of fall relates to the Metal element, metal defines what we value in life, where we find inspiration and our ability to let go. This time of year represents the end of the growth cycle, a time when plants have reached their full zenith of color before they compost back to the earth. With fall we are breathing in the inspiration from the beauty that surrounds us, exhaling as the leaves drop and the energy of the earth contracts inward in preparation for winter.
The organ systems related to the Metal element and the fall season are the lungs and the large intestine. Both of these organs are easily affected by the dryness of fall. Dryness affects your mucus membranes, therefore it is important to stay hydrated.
Stay healthy this fall with these simple guidelines: * drink herbal teas such as holy basil, licorice, ginger or rose hip * cook more soups and stews with onions and garlic * eat moistening and seasonally available produce like apples, pears, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins, winter squash and root vegetables (moistening foods help the body generate healthy fluids while clearing out phlegm and congestion) * start using your humidifier * get out your favorite scarf and protect the back of your neck from wind exposure
Let fall inspire you to inhale a little deeper, honoring what you value in life while simultaneously exhaling that which no longer serves your growth.
One of my all-time favorite fall delights is a baked pear. Pears are wonderfully moistening for the lungs and large intestine.
Baked Pear Recipe Slice a pear in half, core out the seeds, bake at 350 degrees until it is soft and tender and melt with the slice of a fork. Sprinkle with cinnamon, drizzle with honey, or add vanilla.