Recharge your batteries!
You can utilise the summer sunlight to boost your energy - as long as you eat your greens!
There seems to be no end to the list of benefits of dark green, leafy veg - and just in case you need another reason, here it is: a recent study showed that animal cells are capable of producing energy in the presence of chlorophyll, similar to the processes generated by plants.
TOP TIP #2 Mint leaf
Mint leaf is well known for its cooling effect in the body and is perfect for the summer months.
Used internally to reduce bloating, relax smooth muscle tissue in the digestive tract and to stimulate bile production, it can be enjoyed as a tea or added to juices, smoothies, salads and wraps. For more info on research & trials read here.
Chinese Medicine doesn’t discuss the concept of detoxing as such, rather the focus is on creating balance within our bodies through living in harmony with the seasons and the changes in
Living in Rhythm with Spring
Spring is a time to grow and to start putting plans into action. There is often a sense of tension, felt in the energetic potential of the young buds, and the uncertainty as to when the warm weather will be here to stay.
Top Tip #5 Sucking lemons
Lemons are rich in vitamin C along with phytonutrients such as beta carotene, lutein and zexanthin - all excellent to aid
detox after a period of indulgence.Hence, starting off the day with a glass of lukewarm water and slice of lemon can aid cleansing of the digestive tract and set you right up for the
Tomorrow we'll be looking at which vegetables are especially beneficial to eat during a detox...
Top Tip #4
NETTLE is used by herbalists traditionally as a blood tonic, being full of minerals, particulalry iron, magnesium and calcium.
Nettle Latin name: Urtica dioica
Nettles are another easily recognisable plant. It has been said everyone can find this plant, even in the dark. It is used by herbalists traditionally as a blood tonic, being full of minerals, particularly iron, magnesium and calcium, for replenishing the body’s post-winter depleted stocks.
DANDELION is a diuretic and encourages detoxification through the increase of urine. Therefore it has an effect on the kidneys.
Dandelion Latin name: Taraxacum officinale
TOP TIP#1 Top Spring Herbs to make yourself beautiful!
Cleavers Aka sticky willie, goosegrass, clivers. Latin name: Galium aparine
This long, stringy, sticky herb is recognised by some people as the tool of playground games: children enjoy throwing the plant at each other, with the goal of sticking it to someone's back without them noticing. However, look closely and you will notice that it is because of thousands of tiny hooks rather than a sticky glue that gives it this effect.
Right about now, you may be feeling a tad overwhelmed by the plethora of dietary advice exclaiming the virtues of detoxing, dieting and cleansing.
As everyone knows, we humans are not that far removed from our friends in the animal kingdom. Nature dictates that January and February, when we are in the depths of winter, are really a time when we should be hibernating and’ storing our nuts’. Keeping warm inside and out!