Five Element Fixes: Sugar Cravings

Dear Readers: Welcome to a new feature of the Ask Vicki blog! Over the years, in addition to questions regarding relationships, as a naturopathic physician I’ve been asked about a variety of other issues. Questions regarding physical concerns, certainly, but also emotional, mental, and even spiritual issues, as well. And in truth, they are relationship questions because they address how we relate to ourselves and our environment.

The answers to these questions are usually short and sweet, but also rational and logical. And of course, they are grounded in the Five Elements model! The information seems more important now than ever before, so I’d like to share some of these with you here. Today, we’re going to start with one of my favorites!

Question: What can I do for my sugar cravings? 

Answer: Drink Lemon Balm tea.

Why: Sugar cravings sit in the Earth element of the Five Elements model. That’s where our grounding sits, too. With all that’s going on these days, it’s easy to feel stressed and ungrounded. For people with a lot of Earth energy, a little bit of sugar can sometimes help. But remember, too much sugar is never a good thing! It’s bad for us physically and can also heighten our panic response.

Drinking lemon balm tea helps with sugar cravings because it works to balance the two primary meridian energies of the Earth element: Stomach and Spleen. When these energies are balanced, sugar cravings usually go away. There are many other ways to balance our Earth energies, but drinking lemon balm tea is a particularly pleasant and easy one. Plus, there’s an added bonus: The taste of lemon balm tea alone often satisfies a sweet tooth. Enjoy!

Stay safe and well,


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