Spring Cleanse

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Spring greetings, well what a rapid change in season since the last newsletter!

I hope you have all enjoyed a slower winter pace and rested a little (or a lot), because its time to get the spring back into your step, shake off the winter coat and revitalise for the busier outdoor months.

About this time every year I feel the urge to “lighten up” by shifting from the heavier nourishing foods of winter to some lighter cleansing foods and herbs. There are some fantastic weeds abundant and vital in spring, which assist our body’s  spring cleaning such as Chickweed, Cleavers, Dandelion, Nettles and Puha. You can eat these herbs fresh in salads (except the nettles!) or juiced for a spring zing.

Allergies start to become a common health issue at this time of the year, with so many people resigned to taking antihistamines throughout the spring/summer season. This becomes a vicious cycle – your body’s own response becoming reliant on intervention.

Prevention is better than cure and the main objective in preventing allergy is increasing immune function. Achieve this with the help of herbs that relax, provide nutrition, promote a healthy gut flora and stimulate immune function.

Make sure you are eating food high in Vitamin C and the B group vitamins, zinc and also include Garlic in your daily diet.

Avoid mucus forming foods during flare ups such as dairy, wheat and sugar.

An effective combination for prevention is Nettle and Chamomile tea with locally produced honey. Local honey can encourage immunity from local pollen. Drink on a daily basis about one month to six weeks prior to the allergy season, along with a daily dose of Echinacea tincture.

Elderflower, Plantain, Lemon Balm and Thyme have a direct anti-allergic effect. Teas and inhalations of these herbs can provide effective symptom relief and promote a more robust sinus/nasal passage.

Slippery elm powder long term can heal the mucus membrane tissue and lessen allergies, as well as providing a great environment for gut bacteria and thus improving the immune system.

My favourite common herb for external reactions that cause itching is Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) used fresh bruised and rubbed straight on bites, stings and other irritations or made into a strong infusion and bathe the area.

Be well Naturally, Ali

About Ali Sutherland

I've been passionate about herbal healing for over 20 years, alongside a career in pharmacy. I love all things of the earth - natural living, good health and the good life. My desire is to encourage people to take responsibility for their own health and regain a trust in the power of plants as medicine.