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


The Heart and Small Intestine Meridians

a blue butterfly on sunlit summer flowers


Location of the Heart Meridian: starts at the axilla in the armpit. It travels up the arm and down to the fingertip, where it ends on the inside base of the nail of the little finger.

Heart healthy foods:  Bitter greens, scallions, tomatoes, chicory, strawberries & apricots. Quinoa, red millet, mustard, dandelions, onions, rutabaga, turnips, black currants and burdock.

Heart Circadian rhythm:  11:00 am – 1:00 pm. This is the time of regeneration for the heart. It is particularly helpful to do exercises and direct healing energies at this time.

Heart meridian diagram

Essential oils that support Heart health:

To Lower stress: Balsam Copaiba, Caraway and Champaca CO2.

Lower cholesterol and improve circulation: Cardamom, Cayenne, Cinnamon Leaf, Fenugreek, Lavender Grosso, Marjoram.

Heart tonic: May Chang, Sweet Basil, Balsam Copaiba, Mountain Savory, Turmeric, Vitex, Pinion Pine, Spikenard and Red Mandarin.

Angina and Heart palpitations: White Verbena.

Herbs that support Heart health:

Hawthorn Berries, Oregano, Green Tea, Garlic, Cinnamon, Cayenne, Rosemary, Cilantro, Gingseng and Gingko Biloba.

The Summer Meridians

Element: Fire
Color: Red, Pink
System: Circulatory
Sense: Speech
Flavor: Bitter
Fluid: Perspiration
Emotion: Joy and Happiness
Sound: Laughing


The Small Intestine begins on the outside nail of the little finger. It travels up the arm, up to and around the back of the shoulder on the scapula (shoulder blade), then up along the neck to the face. It ends in front of the ear.

Small Intestine foods:  Whole grains, beans, vegetables and sea vegetables nourish the small intestine.

Small Intestine Circadian rhythm:  1:00 – 3:00 pm is the time when the small intestine regenerates. It is helpful to do exercises and direct healing energies during this peak time.

Small intestine meridian diagram

Essential oils for Small Intestine health:

Carminative: Anise, Basil, Black Pepper, Caraway, Cardamom, Fennel, Marjoram, Melissa and Rosemary.

For constipation: Fennel, Ginger, Petitgrain, Rosemary, Spearmint, and Holy or Sweet Basil.

H-Pylori: Oregano and Sweet or Holy Basil.

Herbs for Small Intestine health:

Senna, Cascara sagrada, Aloe leaf, Chia seeds, Psyllium powder, Artichoke leaf, Chamomile flower, Wild Yam root, Slippery Elm bark, and Yellow Dock.