Updated: Apr 12, 2022
The spring season is associated with the Wood element in the Five Element medicine. This element symbolizes the birth and fresh beginning stages of Yang energy. Wood represents new life and creation. The wood phase corresponds to the East, dawn, and springtime when the buds come out on the trees and turn into young green leaves when seeds lay dormant under the earth all winter push up through the ground as sprouts.
Warmth and light begin to return; the soil is moist with the winter melt, and the days are longer than the nights. Wood energy is expansive, moving out in all directions. When we are moved to spend more time outdoors again in the freshness of a spring morning, its color is green.
The Wood energy is what provides us with a sense of renewal, reawakening, and rebirth. It connects us to the future and allows us to plan and design in all areas of our lives. The Wood provides us the vision and foresight to move ahead. Wood energy enables us to express our true nature and manifest ourselves in the world.
The Wood gives us the ability to initiate thoughts, plans, and activities. It helps us coordinate our ideas and feelings into action and change. It soothes the movement through our lives, where we inevitably run into obstacles. It gives us the vision, the ability to change, the roots, and the flexibility to make a new plan and decide what is needed, how to adjust, and what to change. Other predominant attributes are considered to be strength and flexibility, like bamboo. It is also associated with qualities of generosity and forgiveness.
Springtime is also an optimum time to take care and cleanse the associated internal organs of the Wood element, which are the liver and gallbladder.
The liver is the largest solid organ in the body. It is located in the upper right abdomen, aiding digestion and removing waste products and worn-out cells from the blood. The liver weighs about three and a half pounds. It measures 8 inches horizontally (across) and 6.5 inches vertically (down) and is 4.5 inches thick.
The liver converts food into substances needed for life and growth, storing glycogen (a blood-sugar regulator), amino acids, protein, and fat. It also makes the enzymes and bile that help to digest food.
Also, the liver neutralizes harmful toxins and wastes, so it is at significant risk of contamination from environmental toxins and those contained in over-processed foods. The liver has over 500 different functions; it is the body’s chemical factory.
"Cleansing the liver of gallstones dramatically improves digestion, which is the basis of your whole health. Also, allergies can disappear more with each cleanse you do! It also eliminates shoulder, upper arm, and upper back pain. You have more energy and an increased sense of well-being.” Hulda Clark
Simple ways to start the daily cleansing process:
Drink 3-4 glasses of water with freshly squeezed lemon juice (not essential oil). Include the following foods into your diet:
Lots of green leafy vegetables in your diet: kale, Swiss chard, dandelion, and spinach.
Cleansing WOOD Essential Oils:
Bergamot (Citrus aurantium ssp. bergamia) soothes the flow of digestion, harmonizes the liver chi (energy), and reduces nervous indigestion and loss of appetite due to emotional stress.