We are transitioning to Autumn, the harvesting time of year, to Winter, a time to stay warm and conserve one’s energy until Springtime.
Autumn is a time to celebrate and enjoy the abundance from the growth of Spring and Summer and to prepare for Winter. In the tradition of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Autumn is governed by the Metal Element.
The Metal Element represents the minerals of earth such as salt, ores, or jewels. Metal can assist with our structures, strength, and substance. It also conducts electricity which can assist with communication, building networks, and holding things together. How are you communicating with others? How are you communicating with yourself? What are you bringing in to your life that is supportive and nourishing? What are you ready to let go?
Emotions often underly physical and mental imbalances. Autumn’s main emotion, according to TCM and the 5 Element Theory, is grief. If you are experiencing extreme grief, or on the flip side, not expressing grief can indicate you may want to give this part of you some extra attention with healing care. You may notice an imbalance in the Metal Element if the structures of the body are not functioning well or if there is too much or not enough grief expressed. However, if your Metal Element is more in balance you might experience being communicative, feeling vital, and positive.
The energy and functioning of the Lung and Large Intestine may also be clues as to how your Metal Element is functioning. The Lungs give us life with inspirations and carries oxygen to our blood and tissues in our body and eliminates toxins with each breath out. The Large Intestine assists with absorption of water and nutrients, and assists with elimination of unneeded nutrients.
Essential Oils that may assist with supporting your Metal Element: Cypress, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Hyssop, Pine, Tea Tree, Thyme, Frankincense, Juniper Berry, Sweet Marjoram, Myrrh, and Yarrow. To learn more about how to use essential oils and Aromatherapy, read “Aromatherapy Can Enhance Health & Healing.”
Consult with your primary health care provider. This is not meant to replace other beneficial healing approaches or to be construed as medical advice.
Traditional Acupuncture: The Law of the Five Elements by Dianne M. Connelly Ph.D., 1994.
Aromatherapy Healing for the Spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils by Gabriel Mojay, 1997.