Have you noticed that — with every change of season — there is a corresponding change in your body?
At springtime, you may notice:
- a sense of renewal, inspiration and readiness for change
- an increase in colds and congestion
- more energy
- conversely, feeling lethargic, lazy, tired or stagnant
- cravings for sweets
- decreased appetite / not hungry at meals
- signs of candida overgrowth
You can assist your body’s transition to spring by incorporating a few simple herbal remedies into your daily routine. These can be taken in the form of teas, tinctures, powders or infusions.
Here are 3 of my favourites to get you started…
3 Of My Favourite Spring Herbals
- Ginger: Ginger tea helps boost digestion and naturally eliminate toxins, including candida overgrowth. Adding an extra squeeze of lemon and sweeten with honey or stevia is ideal for treating a cold or mucus congestion. Grated ginger on a salad, steamed greens or soups also adds a nice kick for spring. Ginger tea is ideal for balancing kapha and vata.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar has been shown to assist in reducing blood pressure, boosting stomach acid production, balancing the blood sugar, reducing food cravings and assisting in weight loss. In spring months, I especially find it useful to to boost slow digestion. Take 1 teaspoon organic apple cider vinegar in a tall glass of water on an empty stomach, 20 minutes before meals. If you like, add 1 teaspoon of honey or a few drops of stevia powder.
- Nettle: Nettle is a natural energizer, which can boost immunity, brain function, memory and resilience to stress. It is also an impressive source of protein, iron, zinc and chlorophyll. Best results come by taking nettle as an infusion (not a tea or a tincture). To make an infusion, boil 1 quart of water and pour on top of 1 ounce (1 cup) dried nettles. Allow to steep overnight or at least 4 hours. Avoid taking this this tea before bed, because it will likely keep you up. Ideal for pitta and kapha.
I hope you find these helpful as we begin our transition to spring!
What are your favourite herbal remedies for spring? Please comment below.
Note: While these herbs are safe for most people, you may want to consult with your doctor or natural health practitioner before starting any new health regime, especially if you are pregnant, breast-feeding or have health complications.