We are now well into winter and the time of our water element. The organs responsible for balancing our water element are our Kidneys (which filter waste metabolites fro the blood and send the waste products down to the urinary bladder for elimination) and our urinary bladder ( collects and hold the waste and excretes them as urine ) The kidney meridian is considered the Root Of Life because it houses the essence or prenatal force that we are given from our parents at conception( this meridian also includes the adrenals ) The adrenals secrete a wide range of essential hormones that regulate metabolism, support immunity and control sexual potency and fertility.
The kidney energy also controls growth and the development of bone and marrow ( which includes the spinal cord ) The Urinary bladder is considered the Minister of the reservoir because of its ability to secrete waste products. It is also associated with the autonomous nervous system so bladder dysfunction generally leads to high levels of stress and anxiety. Kidneys are the seat of power, courage and willpower. When the kidney meridian is balanced one is centred, fearless, rational and clear thinking. One has a gentleness and understanding, and a compassion for self and mankind.
Imbalanced energy in our water element gives rise to fear ( the need to pee !!! ) paranoia, jealousy, suspicion and lack of moral character.
Oils to promote self acceptance courage and moral fibre: frankincense, jasmine, ylang- ylang.
Oils for winter - Warming oils: cinnamon,tea tree, rosemary.
Oils to relieve fear: marjoram, bergamot and frankincense.
Oils to divert stress to pleasure: patchouli , ylang- ylang, jasmine.
These are the musings of Jannin. How I see the interconnectedness of the world through yoga, aromatherapy and nature...