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Bitter – The Flavor of The Fire Element

By |2018-07-24T12:24:32+00:00July 21st, 2018|Categories: April's Blogs, Blogs, Chinese Medicine, Nutrition Articles|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Bitter – The Flavor of The Fire Element

April Crowell, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA CI & CN

Whoever coined the phrase “bitter hearts” was right.  Bitter is the flavor that goes directly to the Heart.   Bitter. Even its name can make us cringe, and it’s certainly not the most popular of the 5 Flavors (sweet, sour, pungent, and salty) yet it serves a vital role in our health.   The flavor is a powerful mover and enters the Heart, Small Intestines, Triple Warmer and Pericardium–all the Fire organs.  When the Fire element is in-balance we are joyful and can act on life plans, we make meaningful relationships and set appropriate boundaries–engage!

Still frowning?  You don’t need a lot of bitter, so just play along for a bit.

Bitter flavors enter the Heart and other Fire Organs

Each of the 5 Elements has numerous correspondences including flavor, season, color, organs, sound and emotion.  Fire and the bitter flavor correspond with the season of Summer, which is unique in that it has four organ systems rather than two like the other elements.  The Heart (Yin), Small Intestines (Yang), Pericardium (Yin) and Triple Warmer (Yang) all belong to the Fire element-and they have a lot going on.  The Heart, as the emperor, sits on his throne and controls the circulation of blood and allows us our most intimate relationships. Heart needs to express its truest self to the world. Small Intestines constantly sorts the ‘pure from the impure’–what to digest and what not to digest–physically, emotionally and spiritually–who do we keep in our lives, who do we need to let go of? A lot of people can get stuck in the process of sorting.  Pericardium has similar properties to the Heart and the Triple Warmer […]

09:23 09:23

Drink More Coffee!

By |2017-02-28T09:28:24+00:00February 28th, 2017|Categories: Blogs, Herbs & Spices, Nutrition Articles|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Guest blogger William Habblett

Harmony Landscape and Design, llc

Did you know coffee is good for us? Well, I don’t know about it being ingested; I’m a horticulturist, not a health practitioner, so I will leave that discussion up to you and your health care practitioner. When it comes to the garden and plant beds, coffee grounds can be you and your plant’s new best friend. Not to mention, that it is a great way to recycle coffee grounds if you are not set up for composting in your landscape.

A few years ago, I started listening to people using coffee grounds around their blueberries and other acid loving plants, and they were touting how great their plants were doing. Well, the scientific data doesn’t necessarily support the acidic action to the soil profile. It would most likely only be in the immediate area of the grounds themselves. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some great benefits to laying out the coffee grounds.

Coffee grounds themselves are comprised of nitrogen rich proteins, lipids, fatty acids, and cellulose that are great for your plants and the soil environment that they are added to. Over time, beneficial fungi and bacteria break down the different compounds for plant availability and improve microorganism soil life. It also increases the availability of soil bound nutrients such as phosphorous, zinc and iron –alleviating a common problem in our alkaline soils.

It has also been […]