In Chinese Medicine, the season of Summer represents the heart. It is a time of socializing, celebration and fun. However, since times have felt more restrictive lately, we find that many of our patients are experiencing anxiety, agitation, restlessness and low spirits.Here are our favorite essentials oils to lift your mood.
🌱Neroli: This oil lifts the mood. It clears the heart of palpitations, shock and insomnia.
🌱Orange: This oil is an anti-depressant. It’s a happy, inviting oil that calms the heart.
🌱Rose: This oil represents the heart. It’s all about liberation, enjoying the moment and being present.
🌱Sandalwood: This oil settles the mind. It’s great for calming anxiety, restlessness, and is an ally for moments of panic.
Here are our favorite, safe methods for enjoying essential oils:
🤲🏾 Rub 2-3 drops in your palms and inhale. Continue inhaling for 5-10 minutes.
🤲🏾 Rub 1-2 drops on your chest and step into the shower for an instant oil diffusion.
🤲🏾 Place a few drops into your favorite essential oil diffuser while you clean, cook, work, or study.
~ Laura Marion, L.Ac.
Do you dry brush?
We hope you are all taking some time to practice self-care, whatever that may be for you. Dry brushing is one of our favorite self-care activities. It is an ancient practice that has been used across many different cultures to remove dead skin and increase circulation. Dry brushing along the related channels stimulates the immune and lymphatic systems. This facilitates your lungs’ detoxifying function via the skin and keeps other channels engaged and open. The skin is the largest organ in the body and plays a huge role in daily detoxification.
Benefits of dry brushing:
✨Promotes lymphatic flow/drainage
✨Improves blood circulation
✨Exfoliates the skin
✔️Choose a brush with natural fibers.
✔️Brush in long firm strokes moving in the direction towards your heart.
✔️Begin at the feet and brush upwards.
✔️Avoid brushing broken skin.
✔️Take a shower after and follow with a moisturizer.
Check out our website for more tips or call (843) 937-6890 to book an appointment. Acupuncture, massage and lymphatic enhancement are all excellent ways to support your immune and lymphatic systems!