Spring clean your energy with traditional Chinese medicine

By Tracey Smith on March 14th, 2024

Tracey Smith is a highly regarded veteran of the spa and beauty industry, who founded Ashmira Botanica in 2016. With two distinct focuses: Wax & Skincare, the premium wax has revolutionised the UK beauty market with over 800 avid spa and salon partners already in love with the innovative botanical glittering formulations, including the likes of Harrods, Champneys, David Lloyd & One Aldwych. Her innovative new skincare range is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, and has launched in the Harrod’s beauty spa and at Chuan Spa at The Langham. Tracey explains the seasonal principles and how she incorporates that into her treatments.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Wood Element holds the element of Spring. This is the time of year when nature is re-emerging from the slumber of winter. Its energy is gentle at first and then with an exploding energy it breaks through the earth in a glory of creative growth. This is when seeds start to germinate and grow, it is a time of new beginnings, youth, and growth – not just for the plants but for us too, as we are part of nature and the energy of wood. The spring helps us to burst forth with energy, ideas, and creativity. As we grow and become more balanced, we become like a tree in the wind – rooted, strong, pliable, and adaptable, able to bend when obstacles and challenges come our way. 

Those with a ‘Wood’ personality may be seen as athletic, energetic, and adventurous. Their body type is normally muscled, and they can maintain muscular definition when they work out. Their body shape is long and strong like a tree, they get their best ideas at night and therefore like to stay up late at night – they hate mornings! When Wood energy is out of balance, we feel stuck, we find ourselves unable to move forwards or to plan our future. 

Wood’s upsurging energy doesn’t like to be stuck or blocked and therefore emotions of frustration or irritability build up inside us like a pressure cooker. This can give us angry outbursts and mood swings and challenges become stressful to us. We may find that we lose sight of our goals, visions and optimism, and energy and creativity fade. Wood personalities, when blocked tend to be anxious and angry, they may suffer with muscular aches and pains, migraines or headaches and have eyesight problems. 

In the spring, we all need to be aware of our Wood energy and keep it well balanced, as it affects us all. The meridians connected to the Wood element are the Gall Bladder and Liver and at this time of the year we need to keep them in the best possible shape. Clear out the old and bring in the new. Lighten your diet, eat more raw foods, sprouts, grains, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Cut down on heavy and greasy food. Do more physical activity – walk in nature and breathe in the beauty and the green surroundings. Be creative, make plans and enjoy this special time of year.

Products to balance Wood energy:

Wood Elemental Clay Mask

Uses the active ingredient Green Montmorillonite superfine clay – its natural absorbent properties effectively draw out impurities, excess oil and toxins from the skin, making it a powerful, versatile and beneficial skincare ingredient, valuable for your beauty and wellness regime.

Wood Elixir in Rice Balm

Our Elemental Elixir Wood Essential Oil Blend features a harmonious fusion of Rosemary, Bergamot, and Cedarwood. This synergistic blend is thoughtfully crafted to invigorate and harmonise your meridians, fostering a renewed sense of vitality.

To find out more about stocking the range or training:

Call: 01823428588

Email:  contactus@ashmirabotanica.com

Website: www.ashmirabotanica.com

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Tracey Smith

As a waxing expert, educator and owner of premium waxing and skincare brand Ashmira Botanica, Tracey Smith has extensive knowledge in the beauty and spa industry. She supplies beauty salons and spas throughout the UK with Depileve Waxing Products and Anesi Skincare.

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