It's that time again!
Fall has officially arrived. The days are shorter. Summer abundance has waned. The wind is rustling things up, inviting the decay of Winter to start trickling in. As we move further away from the dog days of Summer, our bodies begin to mirror this seasonal process. We’re slowing down and cooling down. Feelings of expansiveness are giving way to contraction and introspection.
Difficulties with this shift often manifest in the lungs, skin, and digestion, all of which are closely linked to immunity.
Do you notice any of these symptoms when Fall kicks in?
I sure do. When I was a teenager, it manifested as depression. Now, as an adult living post-Lyme Disease, it shows up with stiffer joints and skin that hates hot showers (a cruel irony, given that I struggle constantly to feel warm enough during these cooler months).
Maybe for you the Fall transition means itchy rashes that appear, asthma that kicks up, a first cold or flu that feels inevitable, or a lingering sense of sadness that you can’t quite shake.
Fall is the season of the lungs, of grieving, and of letting go. For a lot of people, it is one of the hardest annual shifts to navigate. It’s all about becoming clear about what nourishes you versus what doesn’t, then letting that junk go!
With the right tools, you can thrive completely (both physically and emotionally) while you move through the season.
One of the wonders of herbal medicine is that it can provide support not just for physical healing, but also for emotional and spiritual healing. A perfect example is the Easy Come Easy Go tincture that’s included in my Fall Essentials Wellness Kit.
It’s a combination of plants designed specifically to help you process your stuff (past and present), and to let it go. I learned to combine Mimosa Bark, Rose and Hawthorn from one of my favourite books by the herbalist David Winston. He uses it to heal grief and trauma. The trio has become a staple of my practice. I like to use it on its own, or to modify it according to the particular needs of a client. In this case, I’ve added Mullein because it has an affinity for the lungs and for releasing grief. Then, I added Reishi Mushroom, because it's an emotional stabilizer, and because my teacher Sean Donahue taught me that medicinal mushrooms help us to synthesize our experiences, much like when they break down the forest and create new life from the decay.
If you’re interested in exploring how to stay healthy and vibrant while embracing Fall’s theme of letting go of the old to make room for the new, check out my Fall Essentials Wellness Kit. It’s available until the end of October, or until I run out, whichever comes first.
In November, I’ll be shifting my focus to winter, which is all about the kidneys, stillness, and the emotion of fear.