With warmer days and cool nights, the sap is running strong in the maple trees across Vermont. For us in the northeast, this is the first sign of spring! The energy and movement of the green world is upon us, even if it’s still buried under a blanket of white. The rivers start rushing with the melting of snow, bringing an orchestra of noise to what has been a quiet and sleepy landscape. These signs of movement and rushing energy in the outer world are also reflections of what is starting to happen in our internal world.
With the stagnation of winter moving away, it is imperative that we remain active players in the change of season within our own bodies. It’s time for gentle cleansings and spring tonics to stay healthy and awakened from the long winter’s nap!
Simple Ways to Prepare for Spring
Here are a few DIY ideas to get your body kicked into high gear for springtime: Remember always check with your physician before beginning a new regimen (especially if you're on medication).
Squeeze half a lemon in a tall glass of water upon waking up. This will help flush the liver of toxins and other waste that the body has accumulated. Lemon is a great whole-body cleanser and the perfect liver food. It’s always a sweet feeling to start the day doing something good for my body!
Drink fresh fruit and vegetable juices! Next time you stop at a café for a cappuccino, order an apple, carrot, beet, ginger, lemon and celery juice instead. Nothing kicks the body into gear like a tall glass of fresh antioxidants, enzymes and absorbable vitamins and minerals. Yum!
Improve absorption and elimination with springtime tonic roots and greens. If your digestive system is sleepy and not doing an efficient job, it’s time to wake it up! Dandelion is a quintessential springtime herb that helps to safely enhance digestive and elimination function. It gently helps detoxification and moves stagnation in the body. Dig the fresh roots when the ground thaws, or buy organic roots at a health food store and make a tea each morning to drink throughout the day. Or sauté the fresh roots and greens with a little garlic and olive oil for a healthy springtime treat!