Herbal Allies for the Spring
Spring can be a time of great energy and vigor but for some that energy can boil over and cause anger and frustration. For others allergies and skin conditions flair up as well, dampening the high spirits of spring.
Spring is the time to focus on liver clearing foods like spring greens which are naturally available all around us at this time of year. Seasonal foods that support your liver like wild ramps, dandelion flowers and leaves, burdock roots, purslane, and nettles can be found in your yard or at the local farmer's market or health store. Fermented foods are great this time of year too. They are mildly sour and support a healthy liver.
Tempering the liver energy that is rising in the spring is important to keep frustration and anger at bay and keep a balanced emotional state. Herbs like skullcap and chamomile can be helpful in easing that liver tension.
Supporting liver health also assists the body in clearing out the waste that has accumulated in the body over the sluggish winter. This time of year we also try to get moving and support the body with lymphatic support herbs such as red clover, burdock, and calendula.
Gently supporting the liver can also help to minimize allergies. In addition to liver herbs try herbs like goldenrod, yerba santa or eyebright to reduce allergy sniffles.
If you need some support in coming up with a spring cleanse protocol, help with allergies or other concerns, or would just like to make spring boost please schedule a consultation.
For those new to seasonal eating I highly recommend two books that offer delicious seasonal recipes; Eat Clean, Live Well by Terry Walters and Cookin’ Up Good Vibrations by Jwalan Muktika and Miriam Katz.
Gather dandelion leaves, chard, spinach, or other greens that you find or enjoy. Slice a clove of garlic and spring onions.
Saute the onions and garlic in olive oil. Add greens and saute until wilted. Top with a dressing if you would like. Garnish with bits of bacon or pine nuts.