Category Archives: Seasonal Rhythms


FourSeasons“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.

YinYangBalanceBalance 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”!


The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well. Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, 4th century B.C.

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.

NettlesUrtica Dioca  Family – Urticaceae  The “Flower of Empowerment”
P1090473Region: 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

DandelionTaraxacum officinalis  Family: Asteraceae   The“Flower of Survival”gentle-wind
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:

DailyPuriteaDaily 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

TaiChiTai 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

EssentialTonicEssential 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“?
If you want to become whole,
 let yourself be partial. 
If you want yourself to become straight,
 let yourself become crooked. 
If you want yourself to become full, 
let yourself become empty. 
If you want to be reborn, 
let yourself die. 
If you want to be given everything,
 give everything up  Tao Te Ching

Seasonal Rhythms

From Seed to Renewal (Winter to Spring)

“Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly.”

                                                   Mae West


The best seeds of the new year are always planted in the dark.  It is in the winter, the dark of the earth and the night, where we learn to trust the most.  We need trust, and courage to surrender our seeds and dreams to uncertain futures, and allow the benevolent forces of the universe to prevail.  In nature, light will always follows the dark, the sun will always rise, the moon is never the same, and change is the only constant.  Darkness in winter serves us, not simply to balance the light, expansiveness of summer, but to reel our focus back inward, to our core, to contract us, refine us – so that we may carefully choose to plant the seeds of our most “worthy dreams”, and prepare to do the work necessary to manifest them in the coming year. Within the deep earth, the most beautiful crystals form best in magma which cools very slowly, and in the dark.  If magma cools too fast, the minerals become “amorphous”, without structure or form; without true “character”.  So, for best results, we too must crystallize slowly, and in the the dark.

The  spiritual beginnings of spring season are marked by two midwinter festivals Imbolc (February 1) and Candlemas (February 2), which are times for spiritual purification from the dark forces of winter, and represent a rekindling of the inner fire, as the light of the sun and rebirth grows stronger.  Both festivals are times to light candles, set intentions, create a sacred fire for purification, or delight yourself with new poetry or music.  The “inner” fire of inspiration and purification can be sparked by a symbolic “outer” flame.

Early spring beckons in our hearts with a welcome theme of courtship and the celebration of love on February 14th. Valentine’s Day has origins in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a love festival to guarantee the fertility of flocks, fields and people which celebrated the coming of spring.  In honor of St. Valentine, let love “notes” be spoken, sung, written and passed between those you love, and hold dear.  What better way to stoke the flame of inspiration, and the heart, than by expressing your desire for love and friendship!

candlesAs darkness continues to yield to the light, the flame of the sun continues to burn brighter, and the earth finally shrugs off the sleep of winter at Spring Equinox (March 20th, this year). ☯ Equinox is when the forces of day and night, light and dark, are equal and in perfect balance.  Occurring just twice a year, Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere heralds new life and fresh beginnings.  Hope and faith sustained through the winter turns to certainty as our seeds begin to sprout with the promise of new rewards.   Our hearts and minds warm from promise to reality, as the trees unfurl their leaves, flowers begin to bud, and songbirds return to sing. With nature’s renewal, the earth’s fertility is both prayed for and celebrated in the Pagan festival of Ostara, which honors the Saxon goddess of the dawn, Eostre.  The eggs of Ostara represents the cosmic egg of creation and rebirth, and this festival eventually transformed into the ritual celebration we now know as Easter (March 31st, this year).

Springtime now calls for a deeper purification of our bodies, to match our awakening hearts and minds.  The following herbs and WILD SAGE teas are recommended for spring purification and renewal –  to release the built-up energy stored for winter, and strengthen our body, mind and spirit for fuller blooms yet to come.  All are traditionally drank as tea “infusions”, although dandelion and nettles are also excellent as foods, served in salads and soups.

4 Key Herbs and WILD SAGE TEAS for Spring Renewal

mini-stonehengeDandelion (Taraxacum officinalis)  is a deep-acting blood and tissue cleanser and digestive aid.  Nature’s great medicine, rich in vitamins and minerals, the leaves are a powerful diuretic, whose rich potassium content replaces that which the body loses.  The root is a mildly, laxative bitter tonic, which stimulates the liver and gallbladder, increasing the flow of bile.   Dandelion leaf and root are useful in the treatment of all skin and liver diseases.  Collect the young spring leaves and add them to salads, or soups, for a boost of nutrition! Wild Sage Teas with Dandelion Leaf and Root – Daily Puritea

Nettles (Urtica dioca)  are rich in easily assimilable vitamins and minerals, especially iron and vitamin C.  A food as well as an energy-building, blood tonic, nettles are nourishing and cleansing, an excellent source of chlorophyll, and great for anemia.  Blood-invigorating, yet astringent, nettles is beneficial for “convalescence” and “shrugging off the sleep of winter”. Nettles also contain natural histamines, making it effective for the prevention of allergies, and also increases the excretion of uric acid, making it useful for arthritis and gout. Wild Sage Teas with Nettles – Daily Puritea, Essential Tonic, Tai Chi

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) is a deep-acting, blood cleanser, or “alterative”.  Like dandelion, red clover stimulates the liver and gallbladder to secrete bile, cleanses as a diuretic, and has a mild laxative effect.  Often used in deep-seated chronic conditions of toxicity, red clover thins and purifies the blood and is good for skin problems, especially eczema and psoriasis.  Mildly relaxant for the nervous system, relieving stress, tension and anxiety, red clover also balances the female reproductive system, with a phytoestrogenic action, and relieves many symptoms of hormone imbalance. Wild Sage Teas with Red Clover – Daily Puritea, Elderberry Wisdom, Essential Tonic, Goddess Chi, Tai Chi

Sage (Salvia officinalis) has been highly celebrated since “olden times” as a medicinal herb with a wide reputation as a rejuvenating tonic.  A major ingredient in prescriptions for longevity and elixirs of life, the Ancients Greeks believed that sage could render man immortal and it became known as the herb of immortality because it could not only cure so many ills, but because it had the power to enhance inner wisdom. Ancient Arabic and Chinese herbalists believed drinking sage tea enhanced mental and spiritual clarity.  Sage is beneficial to the liver, blood and nerves, and was once commonly prescribed for depression, anxiety, nervousness, migraine, insomnia and exhaustion. Sage is also a remedy for colds, flus, sinusitis, sore throat and coughing.  A blood purifying herb with phytoestrogenic properties, sage is also useful for menopause symptoms, especially hot flashes, and is calming and cleansing for the female reproductive system.  Caution: Generally avoid in pregnancy and while nursing. Wild Sage Teas with Sage – Calm Unitea, Soul Mother Sage 

Spring is here!  Plant worthy seeds, Seek inspiration and Embrace Renewal!

Solenne Claire Walker is geologist/herbalist/alchemist of Wild Sage.