We, just like the earth, fare better if we ease into spring; while we may have 'spring fever', and want to jump right into gardening, doing too much too fast, can leave you watching spring unfold on the sidelines while your body tries to heal from over-used muscles and exhaustion; as most of us tend to 'hibernate' during winter, we need to ready ourselves for the hectic months ahead by gently cleansing our body systems; building up our over-worked immune systems; nourish your body with energizing teas, smoothies, and juices and exercising more.
Today's post is going to inform you of great herbal recipes to help your body get hoppin'....for spring!!
Try making a salad with dandelion leaves, wild mustard greens, chickweed and wild sorrel among others, with a dressing of olive oil and lemon juice. You can purchase organic spring greens at most farmers' markets if you don't have access to pollution-free wild plants. Better yet, grow it yourself!
You can also use the below recipe for a tea decoction. Drink three cups a day over a period of a few weeks:
- 2 tsp dandelion root
- 2 tsp burdock root
- 2 tsp milk thistle seeds
- 1 tsp licorice root
- 3 cups water
To Make a Decoction~Combine herbs and water in a covered pot. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the tea and store unused portion in the refrigerator.
The following tea made as an infusion, once or twice a day over a period of a few weeks:
- 2 tsp dried cleavers ( or tbsp fresh )
- 2 tsp dried red clover blossom ( or 2 tbsp fresh )
- 2 cups water
- Increase your daily water intake to eight cups.
- Eat one or two apples daily. The high water content and pectin help regulate bowel function and intestinal health.
- Up your intake of fresh fruits and veggies
- For a stinger effect, combine a glass of water or aloe vera juice with a tbsp of fiber such as psyllium husks or ground flaxmeal. Drink this morning and evening to stimulate a congested colon. Because of the high fiber content, make sure you also drink several glasses of water during.
As an added bonus, this blend helps stimulate spleen activity and strengthen the lymphatic system. This is best taken as a tincture, but you can also make a decoction. (see above for decoction tincture directions ):
- 1 part astragalus root
- 1 part shitake muchrooms (dried if making a tincture)
- 1 part ashwagandha root
- 1/2 redroot (Ceanothus spp)
The following recipe supplies probiotics, immune-boosting chemical constituents, antioxidants, zinc and vitamin C:
- 1/2 to 1 cup of yogurt
- 1 tsp powdered astragalus
- Handful of blueberries
- Handful of blackberries
- 1 kiwi fruit
- 1 orange