Spring Detox: Releasing Emotions from the Liver
Our Liver is the largest organ in our body, working day and night processing environmental and emotional toxins. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the liver is responsible for direction, life purpose and it is a place where the heavy emotions of resentment, rage, anger and bitterness are stored. These emotions all block the flow of Liver Chi. Put simply, a stagnant liver prevents us from moving forward on our path.
The energy of Spring and the greater presence of the Fire element through the Sun presents a divine time to cleanse the liver physically. I love the nourishing foods created by two dear friends, Ashley Neese and Claire Ragozzino that lovingly support our physical vessel.
The Spring also holds the space for us to cleanse the liver emotionally and a gentle way is through the vibrational remedies of flower essences. I find that flower essences are also a great support when emotions may re-surface during a cleanse of the physical body. Here are five flower essences to support the emotional detoxification of our Liver during the season of Spring: Willow, Beech, Holly, Impatiens, Vervain.
PATTERNS OF IMBALANCE: Feeling resentful, inflexible or rigid emotional memories which turn to bitterness; tendency to blame others or see oneself as the victim.
POSITIVE QUALITIES: Acceptance, forgiveness, taking responsibility for one's life situation, adaptable to changing fortunes and circumstances
PATTERNS OF IMBALANCE: Criticalness, judgmental attitudes, intolerance; perfectionist expectations of others; hyper-reactive to one's social and physical environment due to underlying sensitivity
POSITIVE QUALITIES: Tolerance, acceptance of others' differences and imperfections, seeing the good within each person and situation; ability to offer praise to others
PATTERNS OF IMBALANCE: Social isolation; jealousy, envy, suspicion, anger
POSITIVE QUALITIES: Loving and inclusive gestures to others; heartfelt compassion; ability to express gratitude to others
PATTERNS OF IMBALANCE: Impatience, irritation, hypertension, intolerance; pain due to tension and resistance in the body
POSITIVE QUALITIES: Ability to flow harmoniously with time and daily rhythms, patient embrace of life events and the pace of others
PATTERNS OF IMBALANCE: Overbearing or insistent behavior regarding one's beliefs; intensity bordering on fanaticism; nervous exhaustion from over-striving
POSITIVE QUALITIES: Ability to practice moderation, tolerance, and balance; “the middle way;” passionate and embodied idealism
* All Flower Essence descriptions are from the Flower Essence Repertory by the Flower Essence Society.