Fluctuating, fitful, and unpredictable. These words can describe the Wind as well as the internal symptoms and moods when we are on a roller coaster ride of poor diet, overwork, or stress so common in our modern world. As Mu Larsen from Seeds of Wellness explains, "Wind in traditional Chinese medicine is not just wind blowing outside on your front porch. It is a sudden shift, a response to an extreme differential," she states. Sudden shifts in the real world can be a death in the family, a transition at work, getting fired, getting hired, divorce, etc. She's also quick to acknowledge that there is also the wind that blows in spring, shifting the pollens around in the air. Hence, spring is often considered “allergy season” by many and wind also corresponds to our histamine system. She recommends keeping the Liver in balance. For when the liver is in balance, so is the histamine system.
Facing the Wind Through the Kitchen Window
While not an absolute cure-all to our generally over-stressed lives, we can help minimize the impacts of wind, both internal and external, with the use of the following kitchen spices and ingredients. All of the following can be found at local grocery stores or farmer's markets. These items should also not cost you a fortune.
Start with stocking your kitchen with these items to help reduce the impact of wind this season.
Caveat: Herbal treatments for Internal Wind conditions should always be prescribed by a qualified practitioner.)