Who has not gazed up at a full moon and felt the awe of basking in its reflection of our sun’s light? Did you know that there is a specific name for each full moon of the year? Throughout time, humans have used moon phases to guide agricultural and other life sustaining practices. Native Americans of the Northeast named each full moon of the year to reflect the changing natural qualities of the seasons.
The name of the full moon for the month of February is the Hunger Moon, also known as the Little Famine Moon or Bony Moon. This is not surprising; the winter is slowly coming to an end, the land is cold and icy, and food is scarce. People of past times were very likely to be hungry and reducing their energy intake.
In an effort to connect with natural rhythms – for various physical, mental and emotional purposes, I wondered what lesson to take from the Hunger Moon. The idea is not, of course, to starve ourselves. But what if we took this opportunity to be a little more mindful about what we put on our plates? Today, most of us have enough to eat and, in fact, food waste in our country has now reached alarming levels. Maybe this is a good time for a little detox, healthier foods, and a goal of eating mindfully as well as keeping in mind the struggle that some people have had to go through during this time of the year.
Three Steps to Honoring the Energy of the Hunger Moon
Eat Seasonal Foods
Connecting with nature starts here. There are many benefits of eating seasonally, just two of which are that foods of the season will be fresher and have a higher nutritional value. In February, fill your grocery bags with beets, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, leeks, pumpkin, turnips, lettuce, kale, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, onions and shallots. As for fruits, citrus lovers will be delighted; it’s the best time to eat oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, lemons, as well as kiwi and pears.
The time of the Hunger Moon invites us to practice an increased respect for food, and it starts with the way we eat.
- Chew each mouthful slowly, putting your fork down in between bites.
- Pay attention to your body signals. Eat when you are (truly) hungry.
- In the form of an intention or a prayer, thank nature for nourishing your body, and consider the life cycle of your food.
- Keep in mind that the satiation signal takes 20 minutes to reach your brain, so give your body time, and stop when you are full.
- Focus on your plate, and do not multitask while eating.
- Choose seasonal plants, and healthy foods.
Enjoy Using This Aromatic Detox Body Oil
As you make space for a cleaner lifestyle, support your body with detoxing essential oils. For this recipe you will need a 2 ounce glass bottle.
Lemon (Citrus limon) and Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) essential oils
Of course, as they are seasonal plants and very effective at detoxing the body, this combo is truly the best to support this synergy. Their energizing, joyful scent is also beneficial, as our mood can tend to be on the low side by the end of the winter. Lemon has a stimulating effect on the liver1, and grapefruit supports healthy lymphatic circulation.2
Black Spruce (Picea mariana) essential oil
As a winter-resistant, evergreen plant, Black Spruce is the ideal ally. It is generally strengthening, helps restore depleted adrenal glands and is wonderfully energizing.3
Jojoba oil (Simmondsia chinensis)
A very light carrier oil, jojoba oil is easy to apply, non-greasy and absorbed quickly by the skin.
Avocado oil (Persea americana)
This is the only carrier oil that contains vitamin D, a key nutrient that we tend to lack at the end of the winter.
|Essential Oil or Carrier||Quantity|
|Lemon (Citrus limon)||10 drops|
|Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)||14 drops|
|Black spruce (Picea mariana)||8 drops|
|Jojoba oil (Simmondsia chinensis)||1 ounce|
|Avocado oil (Persea americana)||1 ounce|
Apply this body oil on your skin during or right after a shower, preferably in the morning, as these oils offer a joyful and energizing start to your day.
Happy Full Moon!
1,3 Schnaubelt, Kurt (1998). Advanced Aromatherapy. Rochester, VT: Healing Art Press
2 Shutes, Jade. Foundations of Aromatherapy