Since summer is here in full force there are specific seasonal trends that we see frequently in the clinic. Heart, Small Intestine, Pericardium and San Jiao (3 jiaos being chest, digestion and lower abdomen & the movement of the energy between them.) are the organs of summer.

Fire is the element of summer- naturally =) and its nature is to rise up and out ie, which creates symptoms in the mind, head, chest, and the tongue which is the sprout of the heart and saliva is the fluid of the heart. Think about-dry mouth and excess thirst, headaches, anxiety and restlessness at night

Because the olfactory nerve directly enters the brain and is one of the best ways to support the body. Essential oils can be used in a number of ways- diffuse into the air, directly on the skin, for massage and internally. My favorite usage is adding the oils to a carrier oil like sesame, coconut or jojoba. Applied topically applied directly to select acupuncture points as a full treatment or making a topical blend that allows for easy usage when needed.

To clear summer heat combine or use individually: cardamom and patchouli or eucalyptus using coconut oil as a carrier oil.

To Calm the Spirit, try using: Chamomile, Frankincense, lavender, vanilla, orange and ylang ylang. Orange is not only great for kids but the safest citrus for regular and continued use. Blood Orange is really great for Depression.

To support digestion and treat food stagnation-gas, bloating, indigestion, diarrhea and belching. One of the best oils is grapefruit.

Essential oils are fun to blend for homemade sugar and salt scrubs too. Sugar or sea salt with your favorite combo of oils. Here is a great one for a lavender mint sugar scrub. http://flowerstofragrance.com/2015/03/lavender-mint-sugar-scrub/

Get creative and enjoy!