Four times a year, at the solstice and equinox we send off our CSH (Community Supported Herbalism) shares to our growing community in hopes of supporting their transition into the next season. We're committed to Seasonal Medicine, and hope to make it as common place as Seasonal Eating has become. With each share we include notes and thought we'd share them here too for everyone to benefit from! Hope you enjoy, and feel free to share with family and loved ones.
Summer is associated with:
South / Fire / Heart / Red / Circulation / Joy / Bitter Foods / Laughter/ Ultimate Yang
In these notes you will learn some basics about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the wisdom it offers for staying healthy and balanced. The remedies included in the share were created to help support the natural cycles of the seasons and will help you feel grounded and connected throughout these transitions.
Health Considerations for Summer:
>>> Awaken earlier with the sun, and go to bed later as the sun sets. During the height of the day’s heat, enjoy an afternoon nap if possible to restore yourself. 20 minutes will do it. Alternatively, just set some time aside to be still. Be productive by being unproductive for a spell.
>>>Incorporate cool, yin foods into your diet to help clear heat, reduce toxins and help to stay hydrated. A partial list of Yin foods includes: Melons, Lemons, Peaches, Swiss Chard, Sprouts, Cilantro, Cucumbers, Watercress, Celery, Buckwheat, Seaweed, Summer Squash, Mint and Dill.
>>>Hydrate! Don’t let yourself get to the point where you feel thirsty because that indicates that you are already dehydrated. Keep a large jar, pitcher or water bottle near you throughout the day so water is easily accessible. Adding sliced citrus, cucumber, lemongrass or mint leaves to your water can be refreshing and make it more pleasing for those of you who don’t love drinking water.
>>>Eat lighter meals. The fresh vegetables and fruits of the season are naturally sweet and delicious to consume without the addition of heavy oils or sweeteners. It’s time to cut back on damp producing foods like dairy, greasy and/or fried food and processed sugar. The seasonal harvest is perfect for your body; take full advantage of the abundance!
>>>If you overheat easily, take preventative measures. Keep our mister in the refrigerator and mist yourself with it, keep washcloths in the freezer and apply them to pulse points at your wrists and the inside of your ankles or drape them across the back of your neck or forehead. A sun tea made of chrysanthemum flowers and mint can bring your temperature down, as can eating more pungent spicy foods.
>>>Be aware that the energy of the season moves upward. We may be quick to joy, but also quick to anger or get agitated. If you feel increasingly agitated or frustrated, take a moment to remind yourself that it could be environmental. Cool off, literally and figuratively. Yang is a great motivator and energetic force, but the flip side of it should also be considered, and steps taken to keep yourself calm and collected.
Thank you for your support and encouragement in creating this Summer Share. Your participation in the Community Supported Herbalism model, and its system of pre-ordering your share, allows us the financial support to bring you exactly the high quality herbal remedies that we want to make. As always, we would appreciate any feedback you have.
Have a wonderful Summer full of adventure!
Kristen & Elie
This post was written by Kristen Dilley, you can find out more about her work through Nightingale.