The Dog Days of Summer
Many of us see August as Back to school time. It’s the dog days of summer! We are hot and feeling sluggish and want to get back into a routine. We call this weather Summer heat dampness.
The organs this time of year are the Small intestine, Pericardium (the protector of the heart), and the San jiao (think lymphatic system). It’s time to move that dampness and heat out. Make sure you are drinking enough water and eating all those foods that are ripe now! Watermelon, strawberries, cucumbers, zucchini, mint – all these food will nourish you as well as keep that damp heat to a minimum.
Oh, and a bonus – this is the time of year you should be at your most healthy. The organs mentioned above are your fire organs and the San Jiao relates to your lymphatic system; so, think of it this way: taking care of these organs now keeps you healthy all year long.
The small intestine is often related to the organ that separates the pure from the impure, and the San Jiao clears the waterways. So back to school is clearing out the old and starting again. And with that, make sure you are starting at your healthiest. Get in for acupuncture to boost immunity and get that qi moving so you can be your best this 2022-2023 school year.
Back on sale is the back-to-school package – everything you need to stay on point with this new year. Immunity, Common Cold, R&R, On the Go, Moxa Bo He, Skin salve, and Muscle salve are all in the 2oz size (except moxa) and this normally retails for $190, but it’s on sale until Sept 5th for $140.
Dog Days of Summer Salad
Need a good salad for those upcoming end-of-season BBQs? Here’s my standard!
It’s that time when we start harvesting our veggies. Try this quinoa salad which is a staple at our house and uses our own vine-ripe grape tomatoes, kale, and cucumbers.