Since the floods hit my region about 2 months ago, I’ve been feeling more fatigued than normal. I’d attributed it to me being so sensitive to energy, and feeling the heightened levels of shock and grief that have rippled through the community, as a result of so many people losing their homes, their businesses and their loved ones.
But did you know that low energy and occasional fatigue can also be caused by an imbalance in our yin and yang energies?
I’m sure you’re going to absolutely love part 2 of our Yin/Yang series, which my lovely assistant Sophie has written. One of Sophie’s passions is teaching yoga, and she’s drawn on that wisdom to write this week’s bulletin for you. Enjoy!!!
The Power of Yang
Sophie writes: I so enjoyed shedding some light on the beauty of ‘Yin’ energy with you last week. I hope you enjoyed my yin harmonising essential oil recommendations – I’d love to know if you tried any of the recipes!
This week, we’re going to explore the power of the Yang.
You’ll recall that yin and yang are constantly interchanging, and are reliant on each other to maintain balance and harmony. We can witness the perfection of these opposing forces at work in all aspects of our lives. For example, we see it in the duality of nature…The ocean tides are cyclical, and rise and fall in a never-ending continuous motion…The turning of the Earth generates the pattern of the rising and the setting sun, resulting in day and night…The cold of winter yields to the warmth of spring and summer heat, and then gradually turns cool in autumn to become winter once again.
In contrast to the cooling, calming qualities of yin, yang is warming, energising, stimulating and transforming. And, just as you may experience a deficiency of yin at some point in your life, of course there’s also the possibility that you might be feeling a yang deficiency and yin excess.
Yang deficiency occurs where the creative, transforming energy that maintains life in your body, and keeps all your mental and bodily functions going, just runs down. Usually this results in feelings of fatigue and exhaustion. It’s easy to deplete your fire (or yang) with stress, excessive exercise, being ill and not eating or resting properly. So if you’re feeling tired and lethargic, it could be useful to consider adding more ‘yang’ into your balance.
Some, great examples of ‘yang’ practices include exercise that gets your blood pumping, a faster or stronger style of yoga, planning some exciting projects, getting some sunshine, and eating spicy foods!
But what about essential oils?
As we know by now, essential oils go far beyond just smelling great—their unique properties can help to ensure that both yin & yang are flowing smoothly, contributing towards a good state of physical and emotional health. Essential oils that promote yang energy in the body tend to be warm, tonifying oils that stimulate heat, invigorate us, and leave us feeling energised and joyful.
As we move into the cooler ‘yin’ season of Autumn, here are my tips on how to incorporate some of these ‘yang’ essential oils into your daily routine!
Yang for the tastebuds: Cinnamon Bark is considered a pungent, sweet oil and has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to increase vitality and fortify the element of yang in the body. Warming and stimulating, Cinnamon Bark is particularly comforting as we enter the cooler seasons.
As Cinnamon Bark oil is one of the oils in Young Living’s culinary range (which is the Vitality range in the US, or the Plus range if you live in EU/UK), you can use Cinnamon Bark oil as a substitute in almost any recipe that calls for ground cinnamon.
One my favourite ways to use Cinnamon Bark oil, especially as we enter the cooler months, is in my easy home-made Chai Tea…
Simply heat 1 large cup of your favourite milk over a saucepan (almond milk for me) and stir in 1 teaspoon of honey. Then add 1 drop Cinnamon Bark oil, 1 drop Ginger oil and 1 drop Clove oil. Mix thoroughly, pour into your favourite mug and enjoy! If you feel like making it a Dirty Chai, pour the mixture over ice once cooled, and add a shot of espresso. Yum!
Breathe in Yang: When I’m teaching a more dynamic style of yoga like a Vinyasa flow, I enjoy diffusing some of my favourite yang oils to create a vibrant and spicy aroma in the space, particularly in those afternoon classes when I can feel the energy lagging. For an extra boost of energy try 2 drops Cinnamon Bark oil, 2 drops Ginger oil and 2 drops Lemon oil in your favourite diffuser. My students love it!
Yang Massage: If you’re wanting to cultivate yang energy, it’s a great idea to keep the blood circulation flowing well. I love to treat my partner to a Yang massage in order to get his circulation flowing. In the massage, I use a special massage oil blend that I’ve created involving one of my very favourite Yang oils… Black Pepper. Yes, you heard correctly! Black Pepper is perfect for relaxing body massages, as it soothes sore muscles and creates a powerful warming sensation over the skin. Remember, it is best to always dilute Black Pepper essential oil as the sensation can be quite intense if you use it neat (undiluted). Try adding 3 drops Black Pepper oil, 3 drops Frankincense oil and 3 drops Juniper oil into 30ml of your favourite carrier oil (mine is Young Living’s V-6 Vegetable oil!) Apply in brisk strokes to the skin in a direction towards the heart and enjoy!
Young Living essential oil blends for Yang energy:
If you absolutely LOVE the Young Living blends, then here are a few of your yang blends (and there are many more!):
What about Yang single oils?
Yang balancing essential oils tend to be more stimulating, heat-encouraging oils. Of course, there are many gorgeous single oils to choose from that fall into the yang category, but I’ve listed 6 of my favourites below!
Cinnamon Bark – In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Cinnamon is considered pungent, sweet, and hot – strengthening the flow of yang energy in the body. This oil is both stimulating and vitalizing, perfect for those cooler months!
Black Pepper – Black pepper is considered to be the ‘king of spice’. Energetically, this oil is classified as hot and dry, a real Yang booster!
Ginger – Ginger oil is both warming and invigorating. In Chinese Medicine, the herb ginger has long been said to have a wide sphere of benefits that include warming the skin, clearing the mind and stimulating the body’s yang energy!
Rosemary – Rosemary has been used as far back as Ancient Egypt where it was burnt as ritual incense and placed in the Pharaoh’s tombs to help them remember their former life. Rosemary is associated chiefly with the Fire Element (Heart) and is considered warm and dry, a perfect addition to our yang oils.
Clove – Popular in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, cloves have long been used to create a warming sensation, and as such are perfect for yang deficiencies. The oil’s spicy scent and pungent flavour makes it a favourite during the festive months.
Oregano – Oregano is a strong, stimulating yang oil thought to boost energy and defensive ‘Qi.’ It’s aroma is spicy, herbaceous, and warm, perfect to help lift your mood and strengthen your spirit.
As a final note, there are many oils that fall right in the middle, having both yin and yang properties. Some examples of these oils are Lavender and Frankincense.
Remember – essential oil choice is very much an intuitive thing, so you may find yourself drawn to some oils more than others. This is your body’s way of telling you what it needs, so all you need to do is listen. Stay self-aware – are you finding yourself drawn to more yin or yang oils? Does this correlate to how you are feeling, energetically? Follow the feeling and select the oils that will help. You’ll be back to harmony in no time.
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