This week’s content is focused on cleansing, as who doesn’t love a good cleanse after a long, damp winter! Spring is upon us so it’s time to detox.... Follow along for the rest of the week as we share with you some spring detox inspiration.
In Chinese medicine Spring is governed by the Liver and Gallbladder organs and Wood element. So as wood grows and expands so do we during spring. Coming out of winter’s hibernation and nourished by the Water element that relates to winter, we spring forth and begin another cycle of growth and rebirth.
And as it relates to the liver and gallbladder it is a perfect time to cleanse, and clear away the stagnation that sometimes occurs through winters inactivity and sluggishness.
There are lots of ways to cleanse, starting daily swims and exercise will clear the lymph, eating lots of fresh greens such as watercress and rocket, and drinking lemon water each day will stimulate the liver, finding a herbal tea that contains dandelion will support the kidneys and drinking freshly squeezed apple juice will help to clear sludge from the gallbladder.
My favourite is Cleavers Tea. This is excellent for clearing fluid build-up and cleansing the skin. Take a large handful or two of cleavers (the sticky plant that has biddybids), rinse and make sure it’s from a spray free area, break it up a bit and place in coffee plunger. Cover with cool, filtered water and leave overnight. In the morning plunge a few times and then press until as much fresh juice is expressed from the plant, drink at once. Take daily for a refreshing spring cleanser.
Make a list of five things that you could remove from your week to kick-start your detox, removing things such as alcohol, coffee, sugar, dairy, gluten, Facebook, negative thinking and judgemental people for 1 week and replacing with water, fresh juices, herbal teas, probiotic foods, fruit and vegetables, nuts and legumes, a good book, positive affirmations and understanding people will make all the difference to putting a spring back into your step. Try it and see!