Energy Meridians & Seasons Spring - Liver & Gallbladder Summer - Heart & Small Intestine Indian Summer - Stomach & Spleen Autumn - Lung & Large Intestine Winter - Kidney & Bladder


The Lung and Large Intestine

Photo of autumn trees


The Lung meridian begins just under the clavicle and flows out to the inside of the shoulder and down the inside of the arm to the outside bottom corner of the thumb.

Lung foods: Brown rice, chestnuts, onions. Vitamin A and Omega 3 fats found in fish are also helpful for healthy lungs. Spicy foods help remove mucous from the lungs. Water is the best cleanser. Avoid coffee, soda and alcohol.

The Lung Circadian rhythm is from 3:00 am – 5:00 am. This is the time of regeneration for the Lungs. It is particularly helpful to do exercises and direct healing energies to benefit the Lungs during this time.

Photo of lung meridian

Essential oils that support Lung health:

To open breathing passages and decongest use: Lemon Myrtle, Hyssop, Oregano, Spike Lavender, Rosemary, Marjoram, Thyme Linalol, Ravensare, Tea Tree, Peppermint and the Eucalyptus family.

Expectorants: Thyme Borneol, Rosemary verbenone, Ravensare, Marjoram, Hyssop, Eucalyptus family, Cedarwood and Lemon Myrtle.

Allergies: Hyssop, Peppermint, Spike Lavender, Eucalyptus family, Lemon, Havozo, Caraway, Grindelia and Roman Chamomile.

Sinus infection and congestion: Peppermint, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree and Lemongrass.

Herbs that support Lung health:

Licorice root, Coltsfoot, Thyme, Oregano, Lobelia, Elecampane, Eucalyptus, Mullein, Sage, Peppermint and Plaintain all aid and heal the lungs.

The Autumn Meridians

Element: Metal
Color: White
System: Skin & Body Hair
Sense: Smell
Flavor: Pungent & Spicy
Fluid: Mucous
Emotion: Grief
Sound: Weeping


The Large Intestine meridian starts at the outside base of the pointer finger (1st finger) and moves up the ulna to the elbow, to the top of the shoulder and up to the outside base of the nostril.

Large Intestine foods: Juicing is wonderful and cleansing for the entire digestive tract, but you will often notice that people who juice regularly also have glowing skin. This is because they are cleansing the digestive tract, which also improves skin health. Healthy bacteria are necessary for digestive tract health. It aids in digestion and helps maintain a healthy mucosa for the entire digestive tract; which keeps the waste moving: and in conjunction, keeps the lungs and skin breathing well.

Dairy causes acne in many people, especially if one is purchasing milk from the grocery store that has antibiotics or hormones in the milk. Ultra-pasteurized organic milk has no life in it, so it does not support healthy bacteria in the digestive tract. Use unpasteurized cow or goat’s milk and probiotics, such as kefir, to feed a healthy digestive tract and clear skin.

The Large Intestine Circadium rhythm is from 5:00 am – 7:00 am. This is the time of regeneration for the Large Intestine. It is particularly helpful to do exercises and direct healing energies to benefit the Large Intestine at this time.

Large intestine meridian diagram

Essential oils for Large Intestine health:

Constipation and general intestinal health: Try basil, fennel, caraway, cardamom, fenugreek, peppermint and/or ginger.

Dry skin: Use geranium, rose, frankincense, lavender, chamomile, sea buckthorn, rose hip seed oil and/or carrot oil in Jojoba, Olive oil and/or avocado oil.

Oily skin: Use Bergamot, Foraha, Bitter Orange, Neroli, Rosewood, and/or Chamomile in Apricot Kernel or Almond oil.

Herbs for Large Intestine health:

Stimulating: Peppermint, Cardamom and Caraway.

Calming: Lavender and Roman Chamomile.

Mucosa health: Use flax seeds, fennel, fenugreek, psyllium, cayenne, ginger.