Nourishing Yin in the Summer with Food

cucumber in water

As the summer heats up, it is important to nourish our Yin energy so that it can balance the Yang energy of summer. Foods are considered to have energetic essences in Chinese Medicine, and there are many foods that can help cool us, or to nourish our Yin. This includes many of the summer fruits, such as watermelon, stone fruits like peaches and apricots, sprouts, snow peas, cucumbers, spinach and cool summer salads. My favorite way to nourish Yin on a hot summer day is to make a yin nourishing tonic with coconut water. Start with a bottle of water or coconut water.

Summer and the Heart

heart shaped blossoms of red

In the Five Element system, the Wood of Spring generates the Fire of Summer. During summer, Yang energy expands to its fullest potential.
Fire is the element of the Heart, so the summertime is a wonderful time to work with the energy of the Heart.
In Chinese Medicine, the Heart is also known as the "Emperor", and is associated with the mind, the spirit, (the Shen) and our sense of identity. Experiences that affect our Heart, can therefore strongly affect our mind and our mental well being.