May 04, 2011
It’s hot out, and I can hear Angelinos groaning about it all over the city today. Whatever you do, do not turn that AC on!
Air conditioners can cause all kinds of reactions to asthma, headaches, coughing, dry skin and lungs, and itchy sore throat.
Air conditioners don’t allow your body to get used to the heat so every time you walk from your air conditioned house to your air conditioned car your body has a mini shock response that weakens your immune system.
It’s best to allow your body to adjust to the temperature changes slowly and naturally. Cooling your body from the inside will help tremendously. Here are a few things you can do to cool down without racking up a huge electric bill and wasting energy.
How does mint cool you off from the inside? In Chinese medicine, every herb has a specific flavor (spicy, sour, sweet, bitter, bland) and a specific temperature (hot, warm, neutral, cool, cold). They also go to specific meridians and enter certain organs. Mint is a herb that is both spicy and cooling at the same time. Mint enters the lung meridian which is in charge of dispersion of body fluids and helps push sweat out to the surface of the skin. When your body sweats it releases heat and your skin becomes cool from the moisture. It also cools the liver meridian. The liver is in charge of emotions so if that heat is irritating you, a little mint tea will calm your nerves making you more pleasant to be around!
Both cucumbers and tomatoes are cooling, loaded with water, and can help keep you from becoming dehydrated. Dill is also a cooling herb and the salt allows you to hold onto moisture to avoid dehydration.
Mix above ingredients up and enjoy!
Ever wonder why those who live in hot climates like in the middle east wear so much clothing? It’s because the fabric allows your body to sweat which keeps you cool and protects your skin from being damaged by the harsh rays of the sun. Here’s how you can make a cooling hair wrap:
Dunk a light weight cotton scarf into a bowl of cool water with 2 – 3 drops of mint, lavender, or rose essential oil. Wring out. Wrap scarf loosely around neck and head. Large sunglasses and lipstick are to be worn at your own discretion!
Fill up a mini spray bottle with water and 1 – 2 drops of Jasmine essential oil. Spritz your face, neck, under armpits, and tummy as needed to cool you down.
When its hot it’s best not to exert too much energy. Staying still, taking naps, or reading a good book in the shade will help you forget about the heat.
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With a vast drop in temperature, darker skies and rainy days, winter is the most yin of all the seasons. It is associated with the kidney and bladder organs, the color black, the element water, the emotion fear, and salty and bitter flavors.
December 06, 2019
Goji berries are one of the most well known Chinese herbs in the US. Used for over 2000 years in China, they were first mentioned in the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing, the oldest known book on Chinese herbs in 200 BC. They are prized for their ability to tonify blood and yin without causing stagnation. Consumed daily in China as a food and herbal medicine, goji berries are revered for their anti-aging properties. They are used in many beauty tonics.