Guest astrologer and wellness alchemist, Stephanie Gailing, MS, shares her wisdom for staying healthy during every solar season!
The Sun sails through Cancer (June 21 to July 22), helping you tap into the sensitive, nurturing and protective qualities that this sign represents.
During this monthlong cycle, you may feel a strong connection to family, the past, and a desire to take care of others.
Using the following self-care strategies, you can fine-tune your wellbeing, foster vitality and reduce stress.
Cancer Wellness Mantras:
- This too shall pass
- I can trust my gut
- An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
Cancer Stress-Reducing Allies
- Powerful intuition
- Tending to your feelings
- Focusing on nourishing yourself
Cancer Season Body Love
In wellness astrology, aspects of your anatomy align with the zodiac signs. Those that are associated with Cancer include the sinuses, stomach, esophagus, and breasts.
Honor the Gut
Stomach acid is in focus now, either too much or too little, either of which can cause ailments. possible now and can cause ailments, so can insufficient amounts. Low stomach acid (hypochlorhydria) is caused by excessive use of antacids and can lead to indigestion and malabsorption of nutrients, such as protein and vitamin B12. Bitters formulas that use herbs like gentian, dandelion, and burdock, can help to stimulate healthy gastric acid production.
You may also try to reduce caffeine and to avoid foods that trigger allergic or hypersensitivity reactions. One practice to employ is slow eating. When we feel emotional, we may eat quickly or internalize out thoughts, causing our stomach to feel “tied in knots.” Strive to make time each day to relax and unwind. Your gut will thank you!
Soothe Your Sinuses
If your sinuses are sensitive, consider an elimination diet to find the culprit. Environmental factors like pollen, chemicals, and pollutants may be the trigger, so work to reduce or avoid what you are able to control (i.e., safer cleaning products). Keep tabs on the pollen count and invest in a good air filter. Supplements such as NAC (n-acetyl-cysteine) and vitamin C help prevent or minimize flare-ups. Some swear by their Neti Pot as a means for maintaining sinus health. It can lubricate the nasal membranes and help to remove excess mucus and irritants. Nasya is an ayurvedic treatment that calls for the application of special oil and herbs into the nasal passage.
Curb Emotional Eating
While there’s nothing wrong with “comfort” foods, using them to stuff down our feelings can lead to overeating, sluggishness, and indigestion. If you find yourself drawn to self-sooth, or if you aren’t able to override a heightened oral fixation, try snacking on carrots, celery, broccoli florets or other healthy finger-foods.
Cook with Your Melting Pot
Feed your body while you nurture your spirit by cooking your own meals when you can. As you prepare each dish, infuse it with caring and love so that when you (and others) eat, it will nourish on an even deeper level. Cancer is the sign of heritage. Dust off some traditional family recipes during this month to connect to your roots. You could purchase a cookbook or take a cooking class to learn how to prepare meals from your ethnic or cultural lineage.
Foods to Consider: Melons and Squash
Whether fresh or frozen, a handful of melon makes a great addition to a smoothie right now. Want to spice up your melon game? Make melon granitas, cocktails or pico de gallo. Different melons boast different nutrient stars. For example, pink watermelon is exceptionally rich in lycopene, the red-pigmented carotenoid phytonutrient made famous by tomatoes, which not only has vitamin A but is also thought to be beneficial for cardiovascular and bone health. And the ubiquitous cantaloupe is a storehouse of nutrients such as the antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin C.
Squash, which belongs to the same botanical family as melons (Cucurbitaceae) includes such summer stars as zucchini, pattypan, and yellow crookneck. They are delicious additions to salads and make great side dishes when lightly sauteed. Winter squash are exceptionally rich in fiber, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory carotenoid phytonutrients. Winter stars include butternut, acorn, hubbard, and kabocha. Roasted winter squash takes on a delicious rich caramelized flavor but if you don’t have time to cook it, cubed and steamed takes just minutes. Spiralizers work great with both summer and winter squash, transforming them into a noodle shape and adds a great texture to any dish.
Cancer Season Self-Care Ideas
Flower Essences: Honeysuckle and Mariposa Lily
Like the claws of the crab that symbolizes Cancer, our past can feel pinched and held onto tightly. If you need some energetic assistance during this nostalgic solar cycle, Honeysuckle flower essence can support release feelings and make peace with the past.
If issues arise related to your mother or another feminine energy, consider Mariposa Lily flower essence. It helps to inspire maternal consciousness and a sense of warmth and caring, enlivening a reconnection to the mother archetype.
Spa Treatments: Hydrotherapy and Milk Bath
Soak up the spirit of the zodiac’s first water sign with some hydrotherapy. Spa treatments, such as Vichy showers, underwater massage, and mineral-rich soaking tubs are also good options. Enjoy the therapeutic benefits of water other ways, too, by soaking in your own bathtub or immersing your feet in a basin of flower-filled water. Contrast hydrotherapy uses alternating hot- and cold-water compresses and can enhance circulation, reduce soreness, and boost the immune system.
Channel your inner Cleopatra and indulge in a beauty ritual for which she was known—the milk bath. Milk can be nourishing to the skin because of its lactic acid content, which has skin-softening and exfoliating properties. You can do this at a spa or at home by adding a cup of warmed milk and a few drops of your favorite essential oil to your bath water. You can also create a bath sachet of powdered milk and flower petals.
Relaxation Practices: “Me Time” and Geneology
Carve time to focus on yourself and the things that nourish you rather than take your time and energy. Even if it’s just an hour, reserve it to do what you love and what you need. Plan it to be sure it’s a priority (this may require a babysitter). Treat your “me time” as sacred so it yields the benefits you desire.
Cancer season is a great time to explore your roots. Dig into ancestry websites and talk to older family members. Take things a step further and take a DNA test, which is popular right now. You may discover something new about yourself!
Disclaimer: This information should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health condition or disease and is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or healthcare provider.
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About Stephanie Gailing
Stephanie Gailing weaves together archetypal astrology, dreamwork and lifestyle strategies to provide her clients with stellar life guidance. In addition to working directly with individuals, couples, and organizations, Stephanie regularly teaches in-person and online classes. Stephanie is the author of Planetary Apothecary: An Astrological Approach to Health and Wellness, a pioneering book in the field of wellness astrology. The co-host of the So Divine! podcast and the astrologer-in-residence at The Cloud Room in Seattle, Stephanie and her work have been featured in Bustle, Refinery 29, Seattle Magazine, City Arts, and other outlets. Connect with her on Instagram for her astrological musings, here for her missives on sleep and dreams, or stay in touch via her free newsletters.
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