Happy Tuesday! Let us talk about how our emotions affect our health, specifically anger.
How does anger affect our body? In Ayurveda, there is a powerful connection to the mind, body and spirit. Our emotions do have an affect on our physical bodies. If we have deep seated, unresolved emotions our health will never be at its best. Our emotions can also impact our organs. A long term, deep seated emotional imbalance will eventually weaken the affected area, and over time can cause health conditions related to that organ.
When we think about cancer we should always discover any underlying emotions that could contribute to the onset of this particular disease. In many cases, negative emotions and trauma not only trigger the beginning of cancer but can further its metastasis. Any kind of negative emotion- anger, fear, rage, helplessness, abandonment- can cause the cancer to spread faster. Since our emotional tendencies are often lifelong, recurring habits, the related organ can be weak and congested due to the long term imbalance.
What organs can become affected by anger? One is our liver. How do we know that our liver is struggling? Our body can give us some signs such as eczema, acne, rashes, lack of or excessive bile flow, nausea, indigestion, chronic fatigue, hormonal imbalance and high cholesterol. Another is our gall bladder, if we have hate built up, we can experience pain after eating especially oily foods, loose stools, gallstones, and poor digestion.
So what if we have anger pent up in our bodies? What can we do? First off, we have to acknowledge to ourselves we have this anger built up so we can move forward. It is ok to acknowledge what we feel angry. It is ok to sit with this anger and breathe through this anger. We can thank it for stopping by yet also acknowledge that anger is no longer needed today. We have to work through these emotions to establish our health, and I'd like to share some tips to do this, as this will not be a quick fix. We have probably carried these emotions for quite awhile, so making peace with them, it would make sense that it would be daily work to seek this peace.
We can balance and heal our emotions and organs. What can we do? We can definitely spend some time in nature and do some deep breathing techniques. We can see a therapist who specializes in trauma. If you read the Bible, make a habit of reading a chapter a day. If we don't do that then look up books on anger and check them out. I have read quite a few good ones. We can journal some of these emotions. Spend time with good company. Detox baths. Massages. Acupuncture. Supplements, such as magnesium, omega 3, CO Q-10, and vitamin D. Saunas. Mineral hot springs. Diet. Essential oils. Herbs. Liver cleanses.
It is a good idea to make some changes to your diet and reduce the chemical toxicity around you. Some foods to consider, coconut oils and ghee, lime, cilantro, fresh ginger, fennel, coriander, turmeric, cardamom, cumin, parsley, cloves, mint, apples, sweet mangos, figs, dates, avocado, coconut water, cucumbers. Avoid processed foods, processed sugars and fried foods. Label read and watch the chemicals. Buy organic and use a non toxic vegetable wash. Watch the caffeine, alcohol and tobacco as they can add inflammation in the body. Make sure to be drinking clean water.
Chemical exposure is all around us, so it is important to note what we use in our homes and what we put in and on our bodies. Do we label read? Try to cut some of the toxins out of your every day life. Do we use our phones and tablets a lot? Try getting some blue light glasses for them and a radiation cover for the phone. The EMF exposure can make our bodies feel tense. Create a sanctuary in your sleeping space. Put lavender and jasmine plants by your bed.
What about herbs? Ashwagandha, Holy Thistle, Burdock, CBD, Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Dandelion, Ginger, Ginkgo, Ginseng, Hawthorn, Hops, Kava, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Licorice, Milk Thistle, Peppermint, Rose Hips, Skullcap, Soursop, St. John's Wort, Turmeric, Valerian, and Verbena. Funny, I make an anxiety tea in my studio and it contains a lot of these herbs. No wonder I love it so much. Ha!
Lastly, let us not forget about the power of essential oils! How can we benefit from essential oils? We can use them in a diffuser, add some distilled water to a spray bottle and add some oils and spray them, we can put them in our palm and inhale them or we can put them in some carrier oils and apply that to some pulse points as the back of our neck, over our heart, our wrists, the bottom of our feet and our temples. We can add them to a detox bath- epsom salt- the list can go on. We can take that spray bottle and spray our pillows we sleep on, our bath towel after a shower. Now that we know what we can do with the oils, what oils are best for anger emotions? Cardamom, thyme, geranium, ylang ylang, spikenard, white fir, forgive, HD clear, turmeric, release, trauma life, hope and SARA oils. I like having a few options, as not everyone likes the same smells from the essential oils or the tastes of the herbs. It can be fun to try new things and see what works best for you.
I hope some of this was helpful and finds you well. We are in this journey together and much love and light to you! If you have anger, I wish you peace. Whatever has contributed to that pain, I am sorry. I hope you find that peace and love. Much love, ~J