“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos – the trees, the clouds, everything.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
Spring Equinox (March 20th this year) is a perfect time to bring balance is one’s life. Equinox translates into “equal day, equal night”. A perfect balance on earth between day and night, light and dark, yang and yin. Perfect balance occurs for just one day and simply twice a year, on, or now around, the Spring and Fall Equinoxes. Therefore, perfect balance is rare on earth and must not be taken for granted.
Balance itself implies dynamic movement and change. It is neither a static or permanent state, but a teeter-tottering movement between give and take, a dynamic rhythm between ebb and flow. Finding healthy balance within human body is known as “homeostasis” – defined in the Free Dictionary as “the ability or tendency of an organism or cell to maintain internal equilibrium by adjusting its physiological processes”. Homeostasis implies that we often need to make, or allow simple adjustments to activate the body’s own healing mechanism, since the body naturally strives for balance.
According to many eastern philosophies “The Path of Balance” is key to longevity in all living things. Wild Sage promotes “The Path of Balance” as a key to good health and a long life. Wild Sage encourages balance through 1) Boosting Nutrition as a pathway to good health and healing 2) Drinking our 100% Organic Nutritive Tonic Herbals for nutritive hydration, wellness and healing and 3) Cleansing and renewing the body on a rhythmic, seasonal basis to promote “homeostasis”.
“Health is not just the absence of disease”
In many cultures and traditions around the world, the best time to cleanse and renew your body, especially the liver, is springtime. Here’s many good reasons why:
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), spring is the season of “wood and wind” and it’s key organ is the liver. The Liver is the largest organ in the body and a major organ of digestion and assimilation, for it processes, stores and distributes all nutrients! The liver is also the main storehouse of blood and the “blood filterer”, playing a central role in cleansing and purifying the blood. As the key eliminator of toxic wastes, the liver is the main detoxifier of the body and works diligently, round-the-clock, to detoxify and neutralize poisons, chemicals, drugs, alcohol, preservatives, additives, allergens…. The liver even breaks down and eliminates excess hormones, including stress hormones. Obviously, the liver has a vital role in maintaining health and overcoming disease, and essentially, helps us “to live”!
Referred to as the “General of the Army” in TCM, the liver is held responsible for the smooth and even flow of “chi” or “energy flow” throughout the body. Because it is the keeper and purifier of the blood, a healthy liver supports the “flowing and spreading” of energy throughout the body, which prevents stagnation and accumulation of “chi” in any one place. Stuck “chi” is often experienced as tension, frustration, depression or pain somewhere in the body. Because the liver is responsible for the smooth and even flow of energy throughout the body, it also assists in harmonizing the emotions, which result in happiness, and an even disposition. A well-functioning liver therefore manifests in the will to live! as well as greater creativity, ambition, motivation and the “will to become”.
Considered also to be the home of the “Hun”, or the Soul, the liver “opens up to the eyes”, which are often called “the windows to the soul”. A healthy and balanced liver allows free and easy energy to flow smoothly, so that a person will naturally be able to express ideas creatively, be visionary and have good foresight. Many disorders of the eyes and the vision are taken to be liver related, as are disorders of the skin, tendons and ligaments, and even depression. The liver also controls the peripheral nervous system, creates immune substances and maintains electrolytes and water balance (along with the kidneys). If one experiences any health troubles related to: allergies, skin, eyes, blood sugar, hormones, indigestion, moods, frustration, tension, constipation, toxicity, sluggishness or fatigue – contemplate your liver as the giver of life! and find whatever you can to love it – so that it will love you back, too.
Finding 50 Ways to Love your Liver!
Nutritive tonic herbs are simply one great way to love your liver. Highlighted below are 1) two of the most important liver cleansing and nourishing herbs on the planet – Nettles and Dandelion 2) three highly recommended Wild Sage Organic Tonic Herbals which contain these herbs, perfect for spring balance and renewal and 3) many more spring tips for encouraging cleansing, balancing and renewal. All are ideal for invoking balance for body, mind, heart and spirit throughout the season.
Nettles – Urtica Dioca Family – Urticaceae The “Flower of Empowerment”
Region: Widespread in temperate regions
Parts Used: Leaves, Flowering Tops, Root
Constituents: High amounts of vitamins A, beta-carotene, C and minerals calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, silica…. plus chlorophyll, histamine, acetylcholine, flavonoids, amino acids and 10% protein!
Main actions: Astringent, Anti-Allergenic, Diuretic, Hemostatic, Galactagogue
Energetics: Cool and slightly bitter
Native to the Pacific Northwest, nettle leaves are well-known as“Indian Spinach”, since it is a valuable food and highly nutritive blood tonic. When picked fresh in the springtime, it is also well known for it’s “sting”! Completely beneficial for the whole body, nettles are 10% protein, more than any other vegetable and have been used medicinally for 2,000 years, particularly since the 1st century a.d. by Greek physicians as a cleansing, detoxifying and tonic herb for weakness and anemia.
Blood-invigorating, yet astringent, nettles assist in cleansing by stimulating the liver and kidneys to increase the elimination of toxins and waste products. An excellent remedy for anemia, adrenal fatigue, arthritis, asthma, allergies, gout, kidney stones, urinary tract infections, itchy skin….nettle leaves are also beneficial for the lungs, containing natural histamines, effective for the prevention and treatment of asthma and allergies. Highly recommended for any convalescence and debility, nettle leaves are beneficial for any external, or internal bleeding and nursing mothers drink it because it increases the flow of breast milk. Nettles root is less commonly used than the leaves, but is especially beneficial for prostrate health. Precautions: None Nettles are very tonic, safe and nutritive. They can be taken in large amounts, or drank is any quantity for many months – with multiple benefits
Dandelion – Taraxacum officinalis Family: Asteraceae The“Flower of Survival”
Region: Widespread, indigenous to Tibet.
Parts Used: Leaves and Root
Constituents: High content of nutritive vitamins and minerals, bitters, tannins, simple and complex sugars (polysaccharides) fatty acids, pectin, mucilage, carotene, flavonoids…
Main Actions: Alterative, Aperient, Cholagogue, Diuretic…
Energetics: Leaves: Cool and slightly bitter. Roots: Winter and spring roots are more tonic (sweet, neutral, protective), summer and fall roots are more specific (cold and bitter)
Dandelion is “Nature’s Great Medicine” and detoxifying herb, respected for thousands of years as a medicine. Popularly used since the 10th-11th century by Arab physicians through today’s European apothecary shops, dandelion leaf and root are a highly respected medicinal and tonic herb also in India and in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
A valuable nutritive food that can be eaten fresh or cooked, both dandelion leaves and root, are popularly taken as an excellent liver and kidney cleansers and strengtheners. Dandelion is an excellent digestive remedy and the best gentle detoxifying bitter tonic on the planet. As a valuable digestive aid, it stimulates flow of bile through liver and kidneys and balances enzymes that simultaneously benefit digestion, assimilation and elimination. Dandelion is also a deep-acting blood and tissue cleanser with capacity to clear obstructions of the liver, gallbladder and spleen and stimulate the elimination of toxins from the blood.
Leaves are especially beneficial to liver and kidneys – an “aquaretic” which is superior to “diuretic” since it relieves excess water while replenishing essential nutrients like potassium, simultaneously. Roots are especially beneficial to the liver, spleen, pancreas, gallbladder, bladder and kidneys, helps to dissolve kidney stones and gallstones.
Excellent Remedy for Anemia, Edema, Kidney and Liver problems
Infections or Disease – especially beneficial for Hepatitis, Cirrhosis
Appendicitis, All Skin Problems, Toxicity, Hormonal Problems, Depression
Heart Problems, Arthritis and Rheumatism
Precautions: None Very safe and nutritive. Can be taken in large amounts for many months.
What is more important than what you infuse into your body?
Here are 3 delicious, healing Wild Sage Organic Tonic Herbals highly recommended for springtime:
Daily Puritea is the spring cleansing and purification herbal created for gentle, daily cleansing over an extended period of time. Good tasting and highly nutritious, this effective “alterative” gently and favorably cleanses the blood and support the liver and kidneys by rooting out excess toxins and encourages their release and elimination. Essential for promoting “homeostasis” in the body, Daily Puritea cleanses and restores overall health and nourishes the entire body system. Most effective when drank several times daily – hot or cold – a daily purification essential tonic. Daily Puritea contains 100% Organic red clover, dandelion leaf , dandelion root, nettles, burdock root, peppermint, orange peel, alfalfa, raspberry leaf, oatstraw, cinnamon chips, ginger root
Tai Chi is a tasty rejuvenative tonic and supergreen herbal with nourishing nettles supported by invigorating peppermint-spearmint and powerfully liver-cleansing and harmoniously supportive licorice root…. A delicious restorative tonic for anytime, day or night, hot or cold, Tai Chi is beneficial for breathing and the lungs and for enhancing vitality and flowing energy throughout the body. Tai Chi contains 100% Organic peppermint, nettles, licorice, red clover, spearmint, oatstraw
Essential Tonic is an essential nourishing cleansing, supportive tonic herbal. This sweet, green, earthy tea is very rich in highly assimilable vitamins, trace minerals and phytonutrients, and helps to restore liver health, as well as overall energy and vitality due to the wealth of it’s nutrients. Soothing, balancing and delicious, Essential Tonic contains 100% Organic nettles, raspberry leaf, alfalfa, oatstraw and red clover
More Ways for Staying Healthy Through the Spring
- Drink Lots of Clean Purified Water – the finest, natural “cleanser”.
- Drink Wild Sage’s Organic Tonic Herbals to boost phytonutrients and nutritive hydration.
- Drink Green or White Tea and yerba mate’, cleansing, rich in antioxidants and tonifying – if you replace your daily coffee with these healthier, moderate caffeine alternatives – your health will surely improve.
- Use lemons, in your water or your food, for a beneficial sour taste which cleanses the liver
- Eat dark leafy greens like kale, chard, spinach, watercress, beet greens, nettles and “supergreen” foods, like seaweeds, barley grass, wheat grass, spirulina…
- Consistently and gradually add more fresh and raw foods to your diet – but, eat for the season! It’s not summer, yet – so keep warm and nourishing foods in your diet, as well.
- Discover Bitter Tonics, such as gentian, dandelion root and angelica root. Urban Moonshine makes a great product to easily to use at home, or on the road. Bitters stimulate the digestive process, assist with assimilation and elimination and get things moving!
- Breathe, Move, Stretch, Walk, Hike, Dance – simply move stagnant energy accumulated in winter to release any stuck “chi” and free new energy.
- Sauna or sweat assists the liver in releasing and eliminating toxins from the body.
- Use Dry Brush Skin Massage to stimulate the skin, circulation and elimination.
- Add a tablespoon of Pure Apple Cider Vinegar to your water daily to improve everything!
- Use Pure Therapeutic-grade Essential Oils to “remove the soil upon which illness flourishes“. My favorite in springtime are Lemon – uplifting, Bergamot – moves “chi”, any Tree, especially Fir (Balsam), Eucalyptus (Radiata is the best), Cedar (Atlas), Pine.
- Release anger and tension appropriately and go to sleep before 11 pm to rejuvenate the Liver
- Take time out in Nature – especially take a break from internet, cell phones, media and all the electromagnetic frequencies (EMF’s) which constantly bombard all our senses, especially our astral and etheric bodies and our “immunity” boundaries.
- Discover New Ways to Communicate our Feelings and Promote Understandings
- Get Inspired, Make Art, find new Creative Outlets
- …. can you find and discover more ways to “Love your Liver“?