The waxing phase of the Moon is the best time to build the body up.
This is when I use nurturing herbs and tonics to strengthen the body's natural immunities.
Raspberry leaf is an excellent tonic for female reproductive organs; hawthorn berries are
good for the cardiovascular system; nettle is a great blood tonic; marshmallow root is a
soothing tonic for the urinary tract; astragalas is a wonderful immune system tonic;
burdock is a good liver tonic; red clover builds fertility; oat straw is good for the nervous
system; and alfalfa is a fantastic all-around nutritive tonic.
These herbs are simple and gentle. They are best taken in a cup of tea, three to five times a day.
During the waxing phase I also like to increase water intake to avoid water retention.
The more water we ingest, the less water our bodies attempt to retain.
This is also a good time to apply medicinal salves and to take therapeutic baths.
Most importantly, I work during the waxing Moon to ensure that the body has all the
nutritional support it needs. This is the body's building time, and it needs a good supply
of minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, lipids, and amino acids to be healthy.
I would also not attempt to fast or to lose weight during the waxing Moon.
Use energy healing techniques to strengthen and reconnect with the earth.
Be careful to ground and center when healing so that you never use up your own life force energy.
The universe is full of energy to use, and by tapping into it you will be able to help many more
people than you could by using just your energy alone.
The Full Moon lasts about three days. It is a very intense phase. Many women still ovulate with the
Full Moon. This is the time to apply the most powerful herbs. Use cayenne capsules to
treat infections of any kind. Goldenseal is a well-known herbal antibiotic. Echinacea and lomatium
are anti-viral. Dong quai is an excellent herb for female hormonal fluctuations.
Energy healing work during the Full Moon is very powerful. On the energetic level, it acts like a
magnifying mirror. The strong lunar energy pulls everything out of hiding and reflects it back at us.
This is often the time during an acute illness when people feel their worst. The Full Moon intensifies
whatever else is going on. Often people aren't even aware that they're sick until the Full Moon hits.
This is also an excellent time for psychological therapy. Emotions seem closer to the surface than
usual and social inhibitions melt away. Agendas that have been simmering under the surface tend
to come out under the light of the Full Moon. This is a time to strengthen relationships and reaffirm
bonds. Never underestimate the healing power of simply holding someone's hand and listening.
This is not the time for isolation or introspection . The Full Moon draws all of life toward it.
Even the solid ground rises several inches when the Full Moon passes overhead!
The waning Moon is the best time to employ therapeutic fasts. Avoid drastic fasting.
There is usually no need to starve the body to heal it. However, it may be helpful to limit
your intake to juices and soups for a few days during the waning Moon, particularly when
struggling with the flu. Use purifying herbs in moderation at this time. Sage,
usnea, ginger, lemon, thyme, lavender, and peppermint are all cleansing and clearing herbs.
The waning Moon is also a good time to do sweats and diaphoretic (sweat producing) baths.
In addition, if you are trying to kick a habit, do it during the waning phase.
Use energy healing techniques to sever unhealthy bonds and strengthen boundaries.
The New Moon is as powerful in its own way as the Full Moon. It is a time for taking stock.
It is a phase of hibernation, retreat, and contemplation. Avoid crowds and gatherings and
seek a little time for yourself. Rest is crucial during the New Moon.
Simple foods and quiet times are powerful healers. Many women menstruate with the New Moon.
It is natural to want to curl up in bed with a good book and nice cup of chamomile tea.
Stronger nervines (relaxing herbs) are skullcap, hops, catnip, oatstraw, and valerian.
After the New Moon ends and that first crescent appears, then the healing lunar cycle
begins all over again. Most acute diseases do not last a full lunar cycle.
The information in this article is only intended to be an educational tool, not a prescription.
It is always wise to consult with your health care provider when experiencing any illness or discomfort.
Awareness of the rhythms of nature can assist you and your health care provider in
determining the best course of treatment at any given time. Naturally, some conditions
will require that you apply therapies that don't necessarily "fit" with the phase of the Moon.
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