As a water element organ, our kidneys are believed to conserve and distribute Qi energy. One should try to nourish one’s kidney or tame the fire in one’s heart in winter.
Those with a weaker constitution or those whose bodies are in a state of disharmony tend to have an accumulation of Yin energy in their kidneys. With the dry cold energy in winter, too much Yang energy in their bodies are consumed to achieve a harmony. This results in feelings of being light-headed, insomnia, anxiousness and general lethargy. One could consume chestnuts, ginger, sprouting soy beans, Yuzu and honey to strengthen the Yang energy in one’s kidneys. A good infusion for this season is Organic Golden Monkey black tea brewed with ginger and brown sugar.
Some of us might feel excessive heat on our hands and face or weakening sight, light-headed, aching backs and legs, dry mouth and insomnia. This is the result of the winter coldness and a lower level of Yin energy in our bodies making our kidneys work even harder thus generating inner heatiness. One could consume kumquat, barley, apple and Cinnamon, ginger, sprouting soy beans, buckwheat, Yuzu and honey to strengthen the Yang energy in one’s kidneys. A good tea to relieve the excessive heat is to drink green pu erh teas of a young vintage
As we approach Christmas, one must strengthen our immune system and our lungs and kidneys to acclimatise to the increasingly lower temperatures. It is good to consume chestnuts, yuzu / pomelo, walnuts, sesame and the more oxidised or vintaged teas.
After the excesses of the Christmas season, the constant cold makes our kidneys and heart work a lot harder. One should eat well and keep warm to maintain a sufficient level of Yang energy. Seasonal foods like clementines, yuzu / pomelo, grapes and ginger are good supplements for this season. Or try to drink a bowl of hot soup every day. It is simple to assemble a nourishing chicken broth in a slow cooker or thermal pot ready for you to enjoy when you are back from work.
Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that we are governed by seven emotions and desires. This is the season to restrain these emotions to maintain a restful state. Learn to let go of your anger and frustrations.