The Melancholic Temperament corresponds with Black Bile, Cold/Dry, Earth, Fall/Autumn, the Physical Body/Material World, Tree of Life: World of Assiah (of Making, Materializing or Made), Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo, Root (Muladhara) Chakra, the Red Aura Color Personality, Sense of Smell, the Emotion of Depression, and LAM (part of God's name).
Melancholic ~ Earth Element
(+) Detail oriented, thorough, stable, serious, sensitive, reliable, analytical, having high standards, idealistic, objective, predictable, tenacious, organized, perfectionist, able to direct and take action, punctual, cautious, quiet, slow, introverted, respectable.
(-) Melancholy, overly conventional, unsocial or socially superficial, restrictive, no imagination or creative ability, hypersensitive (moody), perfectionistic, compulsive, apathetic, critical (due to idealism), mentally dull or boring, intense, rigid, unable to act, a loner, argumentive in a 'whining' sort of way.
Possible Ailments Associated With The Melancholic Personality
Differences in humors also mean differences in physical manifestations of dis-ease. Melancholics often suffer from headaches and stomach distress, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and gall bladder issues.
The Melancholic Red Aura Color Personality may also experience low energy and fatigue, lower back pain and sciatica, piles, frequent illnesses, Restless Leg Syndrome, vericose veins, and autoimmune diseases. They may also be accident prone, quick to anger (from fear or low self-esteem), be abused or abusive, experience depression or be suicidal.
Herbs and essential oils that may help are Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lemon, Lavender, Orange, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary (HOT/DRY), Turmeric (HOT/DRY), Holy Basil (HOT/DRY), Sage and Vanilla.
Choosing Food & Herb Remedies Based on the Melancholic Temperament
Melancholics do better with diets containing meat.
The idea is to provide your body the foods, herbs, spices and beverages (nutrients) that are opposite from your dominant humors to correct humor imbalances. Let's say, you have a primarily COLD/DRY constitution. You would choose nutrients that are HOT and WET (MOIST) to create balance and restore health and wellness.
HOT Choices: Hot foods are also considered "Heating'. Choose from onions, garlic, chicken, horseradish, walnuts, duck, lamb, garbanzo beans, lemon, apple, olives, aged cheeses, walnuts, peppers, chai, cloves, ginger, cardomom, any foods or nutrients that stimulate the metabolism or make one sweat. Also, food that are roasted create warmth.
WET (Moist) Choices: Wet and moist foods are also considered 'heavy'. Choose from beef, eggplant, avocados, cherries, watermelon, peaches, dark red and blue berries, oysters, all fat from meat and fish, various meats in moderation, vinegar, lemon, coconut, and all rich or oily foods or foods that are emollient.
HOT or WET (Moist) Herb Choices: Ashwagandha (HOT/WET), Astragalus (HOT/WET), Saw Palmetto (HOT/WET), Valerian (WARM), Ginger (WARM)
You'll find that many of the same foods that are considered HOT are also DRY, but not all. Foods that are COLD can also be considered WET, but not all.
Foods to Avoid or Eat Less Often According to the Melancholic Constitution
Stale, rancid or astringent foods, soy, too many nuts (especially peanuts, which are herpes triggers, by the way) and beans, nightshades, especially tomatoes (another herpes trigger) and eggplant, will bother the Melancholic temperament.