Ask Vicki: Relationship Advice Using the Five Elements

Five Element Fixes: Sugar Cravings

Dear Readers: Welcome to another Five Elements Fix! 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 relationships 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 repeat one of my favorites.


What can I do for sugar cravings?


Drink Lemon Balm tea.


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,


  • Pat McGhan
    Posted at 11:19h, 30 June Reply

    I love this article. So informative. Lemonbalm showed up at my house (along with Nettle in a different part 9f my yard). I figured they showed up for me to notice. I’ve been drinking lemon balm to relax and boost antivirals but didn’t know about the sugar. I don’t have those cravings often but healthy alternatives are so much appreciated.

  • Vicki Matthews
    Posted at 11:50h, 30 June Reply

    Thank you, Pat! So glad it helped. And isn’t it amazing how nature turns up when we need it? Good for you to notice the lemon balm!

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