Here in the North Country winter is upon us. Last night around 6 inches of snow fell from heavy gray clouds and the air dipped down to 5 degrees by morning. The land has been transformed into a white blanket covering the brown decay of late autumn. Clear blue skies span in all directions today and the low, dim sun glows a pale yellow hue through the heavily forested mountains.
As autumn began I spoke of supporting the lungs because they take the heaviest energy blow as summer dwindles and the seasons shift to a colder and damper climate. Well autumn for us is gone for yet another year. The Ice Queen and Gods of Winter have once again birthed into being and slowly lock the land in the frigid grip that will last many long months.
With the coming cold and darkness also comes the reminder of deep fears within the psyche. Many people find that fear creeps up on them this time of year like an old shadow refusing to let go. Of course the ego does not want to admit such a thing, but when I look into people’s hearts and souls I can easily see it. Stirring deep and old on layers many times hidden from the waking conscious. There are many reasons for this yearly occurrence which span from unresolved past issues, traumas and experiences to increased extra low frequency and other non-beneficial energy targeting of the population. Remember that this is a huge global “holiday” time frame and most of them are highly programmed rituals in which to control people. This is on major reason for the increased energy bombardments. We can not only see the detrimental effects on the human population but also upon the birds and other winter animals.
Another reason for this deep fear during winter revolves around a major organ within the body. These organs are the kidneys and adrenal glands. Now of course the increased non-beneficial energy targeting does not help the kidneys or endocrine system, of which the adrenal glands are part of. It tolls them, especially with the cold of winter. The kidneys enjoy warmth to properly function. If they become cool their energy falls and kidney weakness moves quickly in. The emotion of fear resides within the kidneys. Therefore when the kidneys become imbalanced the emotion of fear also becomes imbalanced.
The kidneys are the seat of the body’s energy as well as sexual energy. The kidneys are blood filters and help to flush toxins out of the body through the urine. When the kidneys are weak the sexual energy disappears and sexual dysfunctions occur (premature ejaculation, nocturnal emission, prolapsed uterus, abdominal cramps, etc). Also associated with low kidney energy is low back pain, knee pain, lack of focus, memory loss, “unexplainable” fears, ringing in the ears, urinary incontinence and having to urinate frequently, overall fatigue, bags under the eyes, energy crashes in the mid to late afternoon hours, etc.
It becomes vital during the cold season to keep the kidneys in good health and this requires keeping them and the lower back covered and warm at all times. It also means keeping your stress levels way down because stress kills the kidneys and adrenal gland functions. Temper your sexual activities to a more low key ratio and limit your orgasms. Yes this means women as well. Orgasm is highly beneficial but during the winter they can deplete the entire system by undermining kidney energy. If you have mastered the skill of separating ejaculation from orgasm this is a plus, but still the simple act of an orgasm can seriously toll the system in winter. Orgasm takes liver energy as well as kidney energy. To all of you men who think the kidney energy is not so important just remember this- even though the function of something like ejaculation comes from the liver it is the kidney strength that supplies an erection with strength and stamina!
The kidneys also supply the liver with energy when the liver becomes congested or weak in any way. With all the heavy foods and heavy eating of the holiday season the liver cries out for extra support, but with most people having low kidney energy this extra support is not there.
Get plenty of rest and limit your afternoon and night computer time because the highly visual and mental requirements for computer work take a high level of kidney energy. Try to target morning hours for these activities. Loud music and other noises also fatigue kidney energy so make sure to limit your exposure. The kidneys during winter enjoy quiet.
Massage the feet every night before bed and especially target the center of the bottom of your feet next to the ball of your foot. This is called Kidney 1. Also target rubbing the inside of your ankles between your ankle bone and Achilles tendon where many potent kidney energy points exist. Also rub the lower back over the kidneys every night before bed and even in the morning when you get up. If you meditate and know breathing techniques you can also use them to support the kidneys. Keeping the second chakra band in pale orange and the third chakra center in pale yellow will also assist the kidneys and adrenals. You may even wish to soak your feet in warm water that contains a few drops of ginger or garlic essential oils.
It is also a good idea to do a kidney cleanse this time of year. The one I use consists of drinking the following every day for 20 days:
1 oz of each-
- Marjoram Leaf
- Comfery root
- Cat’s Claw leaf
2 oz of each-
- Chicory root
- Hydrangea root
- Marshmallow root
- Fennel seeds
- Uva Ursi leaves (bearberry)
- Gravel root
- Golden Rod leaves
Mix 3 TBSP in 2 cups water at night, cover and let soak. In the morning bring to boil and turn down to a simmer for 15 minutes. Drink 6-8 proportions of that throughout the day. Do this for 20 days. This cleans out the kidneys by dissolving any toxic build up in them and flushing them out. Drink lots of distilled water throughout this cleanse. Most people target cleaning the liver but forget about the kidneys.
I have spoken with many acupuncturists over many years and they all concur that the majority of the population, especially in damp or cool climates have very low kidney energy.
The following fruits and herbs are wonderful for healing kidneys. Just make sure they are taking warm and not cold.
- Red Bell Peppers
Why not do something good for your body to help it stay healthy this winter? Why not give your kidneys and adrenals a gift of care and love over this time of wintry holidays? After all they are what give you the ability to live, stay clean and even enjoy sexual pleasure. Perhaps it is time to show that part of you that you care.