Power of Plants Issue #7: Spring Cleansing

We’re exploring the power of plants to help us naturally detoxify from the inside out. Spring is the perfect time to talk about this as the plant world gives us a fresh arsenal to start cleansing and fully transition to Spring. The tea bushes have woken up from their winter slumber and so should you!

Spring is a time for renewal and growth - It is a welcome shift from the contraction and inward nature of winter. The inward nature of winter is a time to hibernate and re-nourish the body, particularly the digestive system. Spring forces our bodies to shift out of a dormant state into an active state stimulating the liver. Not-so-coincidentally, we’re seeing liver cleansing herbs spring up everywhere this time of year.

Are you someone that notices a dip in energy, digestive changes, hormonal skin breakouts and changes in sleep patterns during the Spring months? These are some of the side effects of a liver in distress.

To ease stress on the liver, making mindful small changes to our eating habits and omitting some our vices (such as coffee as an energy stimulate) will decrease the negative symptoms during this seasonal shift. 

Removing coffee can be difficult! Most habitual coffee drinkers need that energy boost and many rely on the effects of coffee for regular bowel movements. Replacing the morning routine with matcha will allow for a steady state of energy, versus the coffee jitters.

matcha for spring cleansing

Why Matcha?

Matcha consists of the entire leaf allowing for it to contain high levels of chlorophyll (green). It is an excellent detoxifier, which cleanses the blood (assists the liver to do so) and decreases acidity in the blood and tissues. Acidic environments are where cancer thrives, which is why everyone is so interested in things that alkalize the system.

Matcha promotes thermogenesis in the body (how fast our body burns calories), which stimulates and promotes healthy weight management in our system. 

If you want to read more about matcha for spring cleansing, head here. Otherwise, here’s some more plants and herbs to consider for cleansing: 

stinging nettle

Nettle – Nettle is a very nutritious plant, offering a lot of nourishment. It helps remove metabolic waste from our bodies, helping to restore energy. Because of nettle’s tonifying action on organs, it can help clear skin, get better sleep and improve digestion. You can make a tea of just nettle or you can blend it with some of the other herbs below. 

red clover

Red Clover Blossoms – Red Clover is traditionally used as blood cleanser. It works to enhance the liver’s detoxification functions and its key functions in Traditional Chinese Medicine are to clear heat, remove toxins and balance the body. This can help with chronic skin conditions and inflammation throughout the body.

dandelion root

Dandelion Root – Dandelion root is a well known detoxifying herb for supporting the digestion system, stimulating the liver and assisting with inflammatory conditions such as eczema, acne and arthritis. 

 eleutheuro

Eleuthero - (a.k.a. Siberian Ginseng) – although not a cleansing herb, eleuthero can play a big part of your transition and cleanse. Fatigue is one of the signs that your body is toxic. Eleuthero was traditionally used to increase energy levels and endurance, which makes it a great herb if you’re doing a cleanse and you’re a physically active person. It gives you a good kick, so it’s also perfect for anyone who’s giving up their coffee habit while they cleanse. This herb can also stimulate the immune system and help your body manage stress.

These are some of our favourite herbs for cleansing. You can pick up the individual herbs at a local shop or order online, blend up your own tea and sip it daily for 2 weeks. Make sure to steep your tea for 15 minutes with just about boiling water. 

These are also ones we’ve used in the Cleanse Tea and Activate Matcha blend which make up our new Renew Cleansing Kit. If you think a spring cleanse is a good idea for you, definitely check out the cleansing kit. As a thank you for reading our entire blog post 🙌🏼 , please take 10% off the Renew Cleansing Kit until our next POP issue comes out on May 21st. Use code ‘naturalcleanse’. 

Big thanks to Vivien Hsiung (R.Ac) for co-authoring this blog post with us. Vivien is a Registered Acupuncturist and lent us her knowledge in Chinese Medicine to create not just this blog post, but the Renew Cleasing Kit as well. 

 


References:

David Hoffman, “Medical Herbalism”.

Dr. Marisa Marciano and Dr. Nikita A. Vizniak, “Botanical Medicine”

www.eastwesthealingacademy.com

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