So what is your body saying?
Maybe all is great. Or maybe you've noticed yourself struggling with frequent colds or flus this late in the season, digestive discomfort and GI system trouble, skin outbreaks or mysterious rashes, deep fatigue that comes over you rapidly, cobra dancing with feeling depressed, anxious, or angry with mood swings, sleep trouble, or maybe menstrual irregularity for us women? Our bodies begin the spring cleaning now on the metabolic level and we can join in and help with a few simple remedies from your new or expanding home apothecary. Here's a few herbal and food-as-medicine ideas to support the full swing of Spring.
Medicinal Roots Still Rule
Hepatic Holy Trinity Formula
This simple formula supports eliminations, digestion, liver and gall bladder health, renal function, and the recycling of hormones for the endocrine system to support sleep and hormonal shifts that are synchronized and smooth. I have found this to be particularly helpful with eliminating excessive systemic estrogen as well, an epidemic in our culture due to many causes that are more than 'menopause'. It's not just for women anymore.
1 part each of Dandelion root, Yellowdock Root, and Burdock root.
-Tincture fresh or died fall dug roots are perfect and these three are usually found growing near each other. Dried root is fine to tincture as well if that is all you have access to. Since a tincture takes at least 2 months to get ready, see the next option.
- If you don't have these in house then purchase a 1 ounce tincture of each and mix them together and take until the bottle is gone.
- Making a decoction with dried roots is easy and may be more cost effective. Purchase 2 ounces of each and mix together in a glass jar and label. Add 2-3 tablespoons to a quart of simmering water and simmer with lid ajar for 20 minutes. Cool a bit and enjoy. Continue for a few weeks until the herbs are gone. Store the decoction in the refrigerator and warm on stove each day for your dosing.
- Try making a spring tonic syrup with the dried herbs. (link below on how)
Dosages: as a tonic take two droppersful (60 drops or ¼ tsp) tincture 1-3x/day; 6-8oz. root decoction per day; 1-2 tablespoons syrup per day. I take the higher doses. Take at night a few hours after food intake. Go to bed early.
Food as Medicine
Liver & Gall Bladder Flush
- 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, organic (or apple cider vinegar will do here too if that is what you have)
- 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, organic
- 1 tablespoon raw local honey or maple syrup (some omit this and add ½ cup orange juice – I prefer the honey or maple syrup)
- (1-2 cloves of raw crushed garlic; optional to boost the effects)
- Place all ingredients in the blender if using the garlic and blend until creamy. With no garlic it’s fine to just whisk and drink.
- Drink one recipe dose daily for at least 5-7 days. Make fresh before taking.
- About 30-60 minutes after drinking this, follow with a warm cup of Ginger, Comfrey leaf, Peppermint, Chamomile, Fenugreek, or Fennel seed tea - or any combination of these.
- Go to bed early and lay on your right side. Each time you awake in the night – think “right side” and get back on your right side. This helps improve circulation by supporting blood return to the liver from the portal vein.
- You may notice around day 3 that you have sandy textured stools. That’s great and both the Liver and Gall Bladder are flushing well.
- Drink plenty of water with fresh lemon freely through your days and keep the diet clean and simple; simple soups are best.
A Short Laundry List
- Take Bitters - buy some or check out how-to-make-a-homemade-bitters.html
- Create an altar honoring spring
- Consider what you are 'seeding' for the growing season? Set some goals for harvest in the fall.
- Make a Root Beer Syrup - root-beer-syrup-for-your-autumn-tune-up.html is perfect for spring prep
- Buy your seeds!
- Create art, music, pick up an instrument you've been wanting to try - our dining room table is full of paints at the moment.
- Spring clean with good music and intention. Move things and get deep.
- Spiritual retreats: take a time out away, explore fasting or plant dieting
- Ritual baths, more saunas, visit a hot springs area or spa
- Get out in the natural light even if for a drive or short walk because it's too cold.
- Drink or eat good bitter to bittersweet chocolate first thing in the morning on an empty stomach (yes, it's a seasonal tonic)
- Plan for a daily full-body abhyanga self massage with warm herbal infused oil as a powerful recharger and rejuvenator of mind and body. I enjoy this at night before bed and love Rosemary, Dandelion flower, St. Johnswort. Yarrow, or Calendula infused oils.
- Then there's outrageous food ideas but I stop here...
Now lists are just that, lists. This one does not require that we do everything, which could be quite enjoyable but yes, hard to execute. Choose one edible support idea and one pleasurable external idea if that seems easier to embark upon. You can always pick more as long as the stress factor is reduced. You get it.
What else works for you? I love hearing about other delicious ways to support this seasonal shift we crave. We're in this together. Thank you for sharing.
May your journey be safe and beautiful. xo-Jen
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