In accordance with Chinese Five Element Theory autumn is the time of year associated with the metal element.
One feature of the mental element is preciousness. Following the reaping and harvesting of late summer we can appreciate the precious gifts the year has brought to our experience.
Another attribute associated with this time of year and element is the theme of letting go.
The trees loose their leaves and draw inward in preparation for the cold yin and reflective time of winter.
The organs associated with the metal element are: the lung and large intestine.
It is common for people to experience acute releases from the respiratory system during autumn, which link in with the theme of letting go, embodied by metal.
Amidst the many wonderful ways to support the body during this time of year I would like to focus a spot light on linseed tea.
This easy to make at home and much underrated naturopathic technique, is a perfect accompaniment to autumn, as well as highly recommended for anyone who is starting on a new nutritional program.
To make linseed tea:
Place just 2 tablespoons of linseeds into a pan with 2 litres of water.
Gently bring to the boil, take off the heat and allow to stand overnight or for 12 hours.
In the morning, gently simmer the tea on a low heat for an hour then allow to cool.
Pour the liquid through a sieve and collect into a wide mouthed vessel.
The tea can be stored for up to a week in a glass bottle in the refrigerator.
To serve, pour some of the tea into a mug, top up with hot water and enjoy the smooth texture and cereal flavour.
It is wonderful to consume a cup of linseed tea prior to eating meals as it can aid the digestion.
For those wishing to use clay internally, linseed tea can also be a supportive accompaniment. If clay is consumed first thing in the morning, a cup of linseed tea before each meal can help alleviate any potential constipation.
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