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Spring Forward: 5 Cleansing Herbs
As days lengthen and spring greens and flowers begin to pop up, it’s natural to feel a rush of renewed energy as we shake off the slowness of winter.
Spring is a great time to refresh from within by gently cleansing the body. In Chinese Medicine, the spring season is considered the optimal time to support the liver and gallbladder. These two organs are essential in filtering out what no longer serves us, promoting renewal on a cellular level by clearing out accumulated waste and toxins. Nourishing these essential detox channels in the spring can help us feel more energetic, clear and vital.
That being said, our bodies have the incredible ability to self-regulate and detoxify. We can celebrate this seasonal shift with simple practices that align us with nature’s rhythm. Adopting a nutrient-dense diet consisting of leafy spring greens, fresh fruits and whole foods assists the body’s cleansing mechanisms. Drinking plenty of water, and adding bitter roots and liver-strengthening herbs to our daily routine protect well-being for the coming months ahead.
Try the following herbs to optimize your liver, gallbladder and digestive health this spring, and get ready to feel your best! (Please be sure to consult with your health practitioner before adding any new herbs to your regimen,)
Milk Thistle Seed: Used frequently in herbal medicine for its safety, Milk Thistle works to protect healthy liver cells from inflammation and free radical damage. Milk Thistle is packed with a complex flavonoid called “silymarin” that stimulates the production of glutathione- one of the body’s major antioxidants. Milk Thistle acts as a ‘coolant’ that keeps the liver from overheating, supporting the easeful elimination of toxins and inflammation.
Burdock Root: Known for treating a wide variety of ailments, Burdock is traditionally used for its purifying action on the blood, kidneys, lymphatic system and GI tract. Burdock Root is one of those rare herbs that strengthens the lymphatic system: a vital part of the body’s immune system and primary mechanism of waste removal. Considered a diuretic herb, Burdock stimulates the waterways of the body and increases urination, helping to flush out waste from the body.
Cleavers: Much like Burdock, this gentle herb acts on the inner waterways of the body, removing waste and toxins that have been accumulated in the lymph. Cleavers stimulate the lymphatic system and help to clear swollen glands and congestion. It fortifies the kidneys, urinary tract, and skin to detoxify toxicity within the body. This small but mighty spring tonic revitalizes the immune system and liver for optimal health.
Turmeric Root: Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Root protects the liver from injury and stimulates the flow of bile from the liver and gallbladder. Packed with antioxidants, this powerful herb supports the elimination of waste while boosting digestive enzymes and proper assimilation of nutrients during your cleanse.
Dandelion Root: This common “weed” is a well-loved bitter herb that helps to clear out liver congestion and boost digestive wellness. While all parts of the plant can be used medicinally, dandelion roots contain vital nutrients and compounds that specifically kickstart liver and digestive function, especially when these organs need a boost after a sluggish winter..
Which cleansing herbs are you adding to your spring wellness routine? Tell us in the comments below!