With spring cleansing on my mind, I found myself thinking of how much I value myrrh as an incense for purifying the air. It has a unique ability to cleanse a space and inspire new beginnings. Its powerful antiseptic qualities are comforting and extend to the emotional realm.
The effects are the same when this sacred resin is taken internally as medicine. In the words of herbalist Dr. David Frawley, “Myrrh is one of the most famous and ancient substances for preventing decay, reversing the aging process and rejuvenating the body and mind.” Read more…
The grackles have arrived. I seem to forget, each year, how early they come, well before the green herbs or tree buds come out to show their delicate spring beauty. In my neighborhood, the grackles come in a large flock along with almost as many cowbirds, and their combined calls fill up my yard with the first sounds of spring. I particularly love the liquid songs of the male cowbirds as they seek their mates, but the soft, rusty-spring cry of the grackles is familiar enough to be beloved too.
When I heard them this morning, I couldn’t resist running out to the garden to see if there was anything coming up in the herb beds. I found a few new leaves on the French Sorrel, a few old leaves on the Sage, and a smattering of Purple Dead Nettle and Chickweed around the edges of the sleeping annual beds. I had hoped for more, but it’s early yet, and there’s still time for a snowstorm or two before spring really takes over. Soon enough the paths between the vegetable beds will be overflowing with Violets and Dandelions, the Comfrey and Nettles will be growing fast, and the wet, warming soil will welcome hunting robins.
The first herbs to come up in the springtime are bursting with cleansing chlorophyll and lymph-moving moisture. They flush out metabolic wastes that have accumulated over the long winter and bring life, moisture, and movement to the winter-worn system.
Taking advantage of these seasonal green allies can result in a glowing complexion, luxurious hair, elevated mood, more energy, and a huge leg-up when it comes to avoiding colds, flu, and spring allergies. Read more…
I know it’s not quite Spring yet, but I’m spending a lot of time with gardening books and seed catalogs, thinking about what I’d like to get done in March. With all this plotting and planning, I’d like my mind to be as sharp and clear as it can be. But to be honest with you, some days I’d much rather be curled up on the couch with a hot drink and a thick novel.
I’ve adjusted my diet a bit, moving away from the heavier foods of early winter and the holidays, and starting some digestive tonics to clear away the winter blahs, but what about my mind, still a bit sleepy and not quite ready for Spring? Well, there are a number of herbs that can help brighten the mind! Here are a few of my favorites tea blends for clarifying the mind.
It’s not quite time yet for full-on spring cleansing, but if you’re anything like me, you may be getting eager to make some changes from the early winter/holiday diet and start getting ready for spring! It may not be a good time to cleanse or fast intensely, but we can start to prepare our digestive systems for a cleanse in a month or two. Here are some gentle, cold-weather-appropriate ways to start getting ready for the season ahead.