Not unusual in the high desert in spring, it’s an extremely windy day today. The winds can be fierce in this valley, kicking up dust and pollen and nipping at our ears. For many, like me, excessive wind can bring discomfort, especially if we have “air” type aspects in our personal constitution (the energetics of our mind and body). When I speak of elements here, I am speaking of the qualities and states that one encounters in nature, not the physical elements we learn about in chemistry. The elements I am referring to have been delineated by ancient wisdom traditions like Ayurveda and are the basic building blocks of matter: ether, air, fire, water, and earth.

Each element has distinct characteristics which directly relate to aspects within our bodies and the world around us. Because there is no separation of humans and nature, our health is directly correlated to our ability to tune in to the world around us and work in rhythm with the elements and seasons as much as we can. What happens externally affects us internally.  Understanding and working with each element can help us to achieve greater balance and therefor greater health.

The air element is the concept of motion. It occurs when Ether is given movement and direction through vibrational energy. It represents all the forces in nature that have the ability to move things like gravity, wind, propulsion, the tides, etc. Air has characteristics of lightness, dryness, subtlety, coldness, roughness, and dispersiveness. Like any element, it can bring us more in balance or more out of balance depending on our personal state by causing us to become more dry and more cold or increasing movement. This is why understanding the elements and ways to work with them is so valuable to health!

Kelso Dunes by John Fowler

In Ayurveda, Doshas are the three energies that define every person’s makeup and are associated with particular elements. The Vata Dosha corresponds to air and cold. A person that has a lot of Vata energy will tend toward having dry skin and hair, being cold, typically have a light and wiry frame, and perhaps find it difficult to sit still. Vata’s beneficial qualities include creativity, exuberance, mental acuity, transformation, change, positivity, and flexibility. When Vata is in excess it can bring about anxiety and restlessness, an overactive mind, irregularity in moods and bodily functions, extreme cold and dryness, achy dry joints, digestive problems, etc.

Every Dosha can benefit from knowing how the elements affect us and how to help balance their energy. The Vata Dosha will be especially thrown off balance by wind, so those with a strong Vata Dosha will want to pay even closer attention to working with and managing the wind/air element in their life.

The following tips will help you to maintain balance in your body and emotions during windy weather.

  • Wear something over your ears when you go outside, like a hat, hood, scarf, earmuffs, or ear warmers. It can also be helpful to wrap a scarf around your neck, mouth, and nose if the weather is cold.
  • Be prepared with clothes that block the wind. A windbreaker jacket is great,or a rain jacket can be helpful even if it’s not raining because of its wind blocking properties.
  • Earth and Water elements counteract the effects of wind. Taking a salt bath or use a salt scrub in the shower to help you to ground your energy and warm up.
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  • Practice slow and gentle stretching exercises that get you on the ground, like Yoga.
  • Find stability through meditation and stillness. Taking long, deep, gentle breathes through your nose can be very grounding.
  • Stay hydrated with plenty of room temperature or warm water, herbal teas, and other warm drinks. Avoid drinks with caffeine, however, since caffeine increases the wind/air element.
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  • Enjoy a face steam. Check out this blog post for more information on how to do steams.
  • Eat warm and moist foods, like soups, stews, curries, casseroles etc. These will be especially helpful when paired with grounding foods like pasture-raised meats and root vegetables.
  • Imbibe in warming spices that increase your digestive fire, like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, fennel, turmeric, ginger, etc.
  • Enjoy a heating pad, one of the microwavable heating pads filled with grains, or a warm water bottle on your skin, especially in any areas you are cold.
  • Offer yourself self-massage. Adding in body oils, like sesame oil or my Liquid Gold Oil can be very helpful, especially when dry, popping joints (a sign of excess air element) or achiness is involved.

Like people, herbs also have elements with which they are more closely associated. In this way, we can work with herbs that counteract the air element when we are needing to reduce the effects of wind on our body. Warming, sweet, moistening, calming, and nourishing herbs are particularly suited to balancing excess wind. Here are some herbs that can be helpful to work with:

  • Tulsi – Also known as Holy Basil, Tulsi is a gently warming, pungent herb that brings a feeling of solidity and groundedness. Tulsi helps bring about more resilience by quieting the mind, focusing thoughts, and uplifting mood. Tulsi is wonderful taken as an infusion (tea). My Tulsi Chai is an excellent way to warm up and soothe the nerves on windy days!
Tulsi by Avinash Sharma
  • Milky Oats – This beautifully restorative herb is actually the seed of the oat plant harvested during the narrow window of time when it is exuding a milky white sap. Milky Oats nourishes and feeds the nervous system. It moistens, provides minerals, and creates deeper resilience when used consistently for longer periods of time. To use, the oat seed should be harvested in the green, milky stage and preserved immediately in a tincture.
  • Burdock Root – Burdock produces and long, deep tap root, which is the part of the plant we use for both food and medicine. Burdock has a sweet, earthy taste which indicates it is well suited for Vata types. It is a very grounding herb. The root is excellent for aiding digestion because of its high inulin, a pre-biotic fiber that feeds the microbiome. Burdock is typically taken as a decoction (roots simmered in water for around 20 minutes). My Awaken Herbal Coffee Alternative is another great way to incorporate Burdock and other grounding herbs into your day.
  • Cinnamon – This beloved kitchen spice is a warming favorite for adding to all things sweet. Interestingly, it is both astringent and demulcent, which means it can help to coat and soothe irritated membranes at the same time as toning those membranes to better keep moisture in the body. You can add ground cinnamon to foods like oatmeal, soups and stews, or warm beverages.
Cinnamon by Rens D on Unsplash
  • Ginger – another beloved kitchen spice, ginger has an affinity for warming the digestive system in a way that can help improve motility and reduce gas and bloating. As a root, it tends to offer grounding properties like burdock and other roots. As an added bonus, it is rich in antioxidants, can help calm inflammation, and has anti-viral properties.
  • Catnip – You may not have expected to see this herb here, but Catnip is an excellent herb for quelling excess air that comes in the form of nervous energy or nervous stomach. Catnip is both warming and cooling at the same time. In the digestive system, it can cool irritation, stimulate better digestion, and relieve gas pains. It has nervine and sedative properties which help to ease restlessness and calm the mind. It is wonderful in tea blends or tinctures. You can find Catnip in this beautiful Garden Nymph Tea blend.

I hope these tips help you to stay more balanced, especially when that wind tries to throw you off course! Want to share how these tips helped you, or anything else you would add here? Share in the comments.

Stay joyfully rooted,

Garden of Joy: Resources

Garden of Joy: Resources

Attention: Good Stuff here!


Garden of Joy


Welcome to our garden. Here you will find an abundance of resources and links to information, ideas, and inspiration. Enjoy!


Business Advice:

Tara Gentile: She’s definitely one of my gurus and she’s available for creative business mentorship. You bring the Passion and she shows you the Profit!

Tara Mohr: Tara writes about Wise Living and many of the principles that can translate to your business. She radiates an inner calm and teaches you to delve deep into who you are.

Jonathan Mead – Illuminated Mind: Jonathan is a day job destruction coach, writer, martial artist and marketer. He’ll teach you how to quit your day job.

Jonathan Fields: He’s an author, entrepreneur and speaker who helps individuals and organizations cultivate the personal practices needed to become more creative and innovative.

Caylie Price – Better Business, Better Life: Caylie is just an absolute gem!  She’s a business consultant, online marketer and professional trainer/presenter with a love of all things business, travel, sport and lifestyle.

More Great People:

Tiffany – Blah Cubed : She writes fun & engaging web copy for entrepreneurial women turning their creative talents into a creative business. 

Emilie Wapnick – Puttylike: Multipotentialites unite! Emily has created a wonderful community for people with a multitude of interests that want to integrate all of them and generate income. I highly recommend her book, Renaissance Business*. I devoured it when building Joyful Roots!

Web Kits and E-Books:

Renaissance BusinessEmail Marketing Kick Start: 30 Days to Passionate, Profitable Communication*  The Art of Earning: Because Making Money Should Be Beautiful*

Paper Books*:

Creative Blog Love:

Oh My! Handmade Goodness: My go-to blog for all things handmade and businessy goodness! 

Creature Comforts Blog: So much deliciousness! Gorgeous colors, art, crafts, DIY, food, and more!

VMac + Cheese: Lots of Eye Candy – Fashion, Beauty, Style, & Food!

Mint: Very fresh! Inspiration everywhere. 

Oh, Hello Friend: So much beauty here. 

Pikaland: Amy’s creations are so adorable and her writing is inspiring!

Joyful Roots is part of several affiliate programs. That means, if you make a purchase through certain links on the site, I may make a small commission. But know that my opinions are my own and never bought! Just here to help. I have marked the affiliate links with an asterisk *.

Cultivating Joy: Manifesto

Cultivating Joy: Manifesto

So, you want to create more joy in your life, the lives of others, and in your work. But how? There is no definite answer but let’s start with a little manifesto to cultivate the joy that is at the root of our being.



Commit to putting your joyful well-being ahead of fame, fortune, and rules.


Redefine success based on your own terms, not society’s.


Commit to your calling. If you could choose an overarching theme for the rest of your life, what would it be?


Support your fellow joylings in their quest for a more passionate and meaningful life.


Act! Get your feet (roots) wet. Do something. Do anything. Begin.


Research. Refine. Build. Grow. Expand.


Find a group of people that you can learn from. These are your Joy Mentors. Your mulch. Your fertilizer. They help you to grow.


If you are feeling stuck in a rut, uproot and try something new.


 Give first, then receive.


This will be a living document, morphing and changing as we grow, so add or subtract as you like and comment with your suggestions below. Do you have an example of how one of these ideas has worked for you? Let’s hear!


The Joy Cycle: An Analogy

The Joy Cycle: An Analogy

It’s Amazing how many things in life can relate to nature. Throughout this site, you will often see concepts and ideas spun from elements found in nature. After all, our name is Joyful Roots!

You can think about your relationship with joy as a lifecycle that evolves with time. What’s more, it is continuous, flowing, and contagious. Yes, you can pass it on from one person to the next. See what I mean below.


The cycle goes like this:
Seeds of Joy are the ideas, inspiration, thoughts, and conversations – anything and everything that resonates with the core of who you are. They are precious and to be savored. They are the foundation upon which your joy is built and they are unique to you. They become a part of who you are and they grow into something beautiful.
As something or someone sparks the joy within you and the seeds are planted…Joy grows. A little Joyling emerges. You know you have more joy just waiting to grow, but you might not know how to let it flourish. You might be testing the waters of following your life’s purpose- your passion- and maybe even contemplating quitting your job to follow your heart.
Given a little time, that joyling starts to bud. The joy inside is swelling up with a fierce idea of purpose, but it is still holding back. This Joy Bud is slightly constricted and confined, just waiting for the right moment to burst into bloom. In this stage, you may be a little scared to open yourself to the world and experience the full bounty and beauty that is awaiting you.
But eventually, your joy can no longer be contained and you emerge into a radient Joy Blossom, spreading beauty and happiness to those around you.  You have purpose; you have drive; you have direction. You have joy and you know how to use it! You are beginning to feel fulfilled and your eyes are open wide to the world.
As you continue to mature, you start to see the fruits of your labor, the Fruits of Joy. You realize that when you are in your most joyful state, you have the ability to spread your joy to others that it comes back to you in delicious ways. You are fulfilled and making a living from your life’s calling or the thing that drives your soul. You are so abundant that you can give back to others with plenty and ease.
And from here the cycle continues. The fruits of joy develop seeds that are replanted within everyone they connect with. The cycle continues and joy spreads.


Where are you at in the cycle? Are you just starting your journey or are you at the stage where you are able to spread joy fully?