I get so excited over sunsets and rainbows etc., when you see

them it’s like you can shut out the real world and envelop

yourself in a beauty that almost makes it feel like fantasy.

~Mrs. Ron Harris

I was driving on 80 going west Wednesday evening and the sky looked like it was on fire.  It was so beautiful.  I wanted to just pull over and soak it in.  Photos do not do it justice.  The beauty of nature often makes me want to stop whatever it is that I am doing, let it all drop away, and imagine myself contained only in that moment in time.  It is pure bliss.  Then I take a deep breath and as I let it out, everything comes back into focus and time continues to move on.

Smell – What Smell?

So, we had a very unfortunate incident at our house this past week.  I came home from dropping my daughter at the bus stop to the blaring of smoke alarms as I opened the front door!  At first, I could not comprehend what was going on.  There was some smoke in the upstairs and my first thought was …”what could be on fire?” I raced through the upstairs not finding anything. I went down the stairs to the basement and found the culprit … my dryer was smoldering!  I was going to open up the door to see what was going on, but the handle was already melted.  Long story short, thanks to my neighbor Bill and the fire department, I still have a house!  Unfortunately, what I was left with was a very smokey, smelly house.  We immediately opened all of the windows and the doors upstairs but as it is still winter, I could not stay that way very long before I started to shiver.  I had already been standing outside for almost 2 hours and was chilled through and through.  So we had no choice but to close everything up and access the damage.

The verdict … the house smelled like we had a good fire burning in the fireplace or a pellet stove – we have neither.  Fortunately what we do have are some awesome air purifiers!  You may recall if you have been following our blog and newsletters that we bought 2 Austin Healthmate Plus Jr. air purifiers last year when we started the ALCAT diet for our house and a full size Healthmate Plus for the office.  We immediately borrowed the large one from the office and turned all three on high.  We closed up the house and let them do their work.  By that evening, over 50% of the smell upstairs had dissipated.  We had friends stop by that evening and they noticed a minor smokey smell, but they thought nothing of it.

It is 5 days later, and you can now walk in the upstairs and not even think twice about a smokey smell.  We moved the large air purifier down to the basement today and I can already smell a difference.  The real test will be when we move the air purifier into the space where the fire occurred.  It is pretty intense in that small space but I really have no doubt that within a couple of days of turning the air purifier on full blast that the smell will be on its way out.

I have loved my Austin air purifiers since the day we plugged them in!  My allergies were better when I was in my office or house almost immediately.  However, my esteem for these beauties has now grown exponentially!  Check out their newsletter which gives you some very compelling reasons to have an air purifying system in your house.  I will never go without them in mine – that is for sure!

Wellspring has been a proud distributor of the Austin Air purifiers for over a year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Wellspring@WellspringHolisticCenter.com

Acupuncture’s Five Elements

Acupuncture is on my mind this month! I (Louise) have been taking a 2 year course in Stockbridge, MA with Lonny Jarrett and it is very thought-provoking. I am enjoying re-learning about the five elements and how to look at my clients differently from that perspective. So, instead of always talking about food and recipes, let’s delve a little deeper into my other life which is acupuncture!
There are five elements – Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood and they each have specific characteristics that are present in nature and in each of us. We can look at each person and see which element predominates. It is almost like saying that each person looks through glasses that are colored by one of the five elements. So for example, Earth is related to the color yellow, the emotion of worry, singing in the voice, and sweetness in odor. So in a person who is more like Earth, I would expect to find these attributes. Each element is also related to a season: winter is water, spring is wood, summer is fire, late summer or harvest is earth and fall is metal.  During that season, the element predominates and we may notice more attributes in ourselves and others. Before spring ends at the end of this week, let’s talk more about the element of wood.
The color of wood is green, the odor is rancid, the sound is shouting, the emotion is anger and the taste or flavor is sour. Spring is a time of growth, when the shoots that have been sleeping all winter, begin to awaken. In order for those shoots to survive, they must have within them the ability to bend and stay supple. Any rigidity in the plant will cause the new growth to break off and die. The wood element gives the plants and us the flexibility in life to grow. If we hold on too tightly and become rigid, nothing happens.
The liver and the gallbladder are the organs associated with the wood element. The liver helps us to plan and the gallbladder makes decisions.  You may find that during this time of year you either are great at planning and decision-making or you always get stuck. This is pointing to an imbalance in the wood energy. You may also notice in spring the tendency towards irritation, frustration or anger in yourself or in others which also is pointing towards an imbalance.
How to balance the wood element? Acupuncture, energy work and food can all help to smooth out the wood element.  Check out some of
the recipes posted on the website and blog.
Stay tuned for more information on the five elements specifically the Fire element which is predominate during the summer months!