It is getting close to the end of the dark and cold northern season.
In the next few months life will be unfurling its leaves and reaching out for the sun after its long winter’s rest. With this burst of Spring sun comes a renewed source of energy and drive in ourselves and the world around us.
This natural regeneration of life makes it the opportune time of year to work on ourselves and enhance healthy practices over the coming season. Traditionally, at this time of year people would be mostly fasting and grazing on the young shoots and fresh greens as they started to become available.
Many of the first plants that come up naturally stimulate our body’s cleansing mechanisms. Specifically the liver and eliminatory channels, helping to shed the accumulation of toxins and stagnation we’ve built up over the winter season.
In the modern age even though we have the ability to add wild plants to our diet, for the most part we look to chose our foods from the conveniences of our inherent ecosystem… Urban society, and that which is available in our local grocery stores, cafes, and restaurants.
This leaves us with the predicament of being once removed from what the natural rhythm the world around us is trying to educate our bodies with. If we choose to seek a healthy life path, we are best to take reference to what is available in nature with each season and mimic it in our choices and dietary habits.
Even if we aren’t able to source foods that are local and in season around us, I recommend nibbling on small amounts of the plants that are non-toxic and found in the world around us. This offers our body a deeper education into how to show up and be more adaptable in our environment.
Some specific foods and ideas that will help educate our body this spring are:
-Young greens, sprouts and shoots (Small leafed Lettuces, Arugula, Pea shoots, Sunflower sprouts, Dandelion greens, Beet greens, Bok Choy, Endive, Asparagus, Chives).
-Over-wintered root vegetables (Carrots, Beets, Turnips, Rutabaga, Parsnips, Onions, Garlic).
-Hardy winter greens (Kale, Collards, Chard).
-For the Omnivore, quality sources of spring eggs, fish, lamb, chicken or wild meats.
-Seaweeds, high in minerals, protein and phytonutrients that can kickstart the metabolism.
– Edible young shoots and greens in the wild lands and disturbed soil. (Miner’s Lettuce, Chickweed, Sheep sorrel, Yellow Salsify, Dandelion greens, Horsetail flowering shoots, Lambs quarter, Amaranth, Fireweed, Ostrich Fern fiddle heads, Fir tips, Maple blossoms and pollen rich flowers)
Herbal Teas, Tinctures and Elixirs can be a great way to assist in cleansing the body.
Some suggestions from Harmonic Arts are:
Green Qi – Electrolyte and mineral rich. A fresh spring blend using the unique bounty of seasonal west coast herbs and seaweed. (also wonderful served chilled with lemon).
Cleanse Blend – Gently helping to remove toxins from the body. Working on the liver, kidneys, blood and colon.
Atmospheri-tea – A calming, yet uplifting blend that helps set the tone for cleansing and building the body mind and spirit.
Seasonal Response – a flavourful and nourishing way to ease the body’s reactions to allergies, both environmental and specific.
Kick Start! – A robust and flavorful energy drink. Served hot it making a great coffee substitute.
Elevate – An flavourful elixir blend designed to give the Endocrine and Nervous system support.
When we connect into this basic rhythm of nature’s sun cycle and focus on what best fits the season we are living in, we actively give our bodies the advantage of deeper wisdom and health. It is all too common for us to fall into what is comfortable and convenient within our sociological structure. This often ingrained safety/survival mechanism is not conducive to creating the best health and vitality we are capable of.
Take the opportunity this year to better yourself with a seasonally based diet that engages the senses, activates the body, and elevates your experience of naturally tuned and lasting health. ~
✨Join Harmonic Arts for a 14 Day SPRING CLEANSE CHALLENGE hosted on our Facebook community page starting April 1st, using 4 basic products and including great tips from experts, a free e-book, and lots of community support!✨
For more details on herbs, cleansing, or to connect with quality plant based health contact Harmonic Arts at www.harmonicarts.ca
Yarrow Willard is a Clinical/Master Herbalist and co-visionary/formulator of the Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary on Vancouver Island. Raised by two herbalist parents, he has been immersed in the world of plant medicine since birth. Yarrow is a passionate and entertaining promoter of plant based nutrition and medicine. He is continually updating his knowledge and understanding with the growing edge science of re-claiming wellness and vibrant living. Yarrow’s path and purpose is in cultivating a deeper connection with the natural world through a seasonally tuned holistic approach to life. With hopes in assisting our collective evolution towards high vitality, he shares health empowering practices with herbs, mushrooms, superfoods, advanced nutrition and more.