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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


Truly Nourishing, Truly Delicious


Red Raspberry Leaf and Berry

Red Raspberry Leaf and Berry

One of my most favorite tonic herbal teas is red raspberry leaf.  An unsung hero of herbal medicine, raspberry leaf is the humble green portion of the more famous luscious berry – known for it’s gentle healing for many centuries due to it’s safe, nutritious and tonic properties.

Native to Europe and Asia, Rubus idaeus, is named after Mount Ida in Asia Minor – according to the Ancient Greeks, the home of the Raspberry. In Europe, domestication of the raspberry was first mentioned by Roman writers in the 4th century with the fruits eaten or used for flavouring drinks, and the leaves used for making tea.  Cultivated in temperate regions worldwide, raspberry bush is in the family Rosacaea, a relative of the rose, with other wild species, too (i.e., Rubus strigosa).

Historically substituted for black tea, when real tea was either too precious, or too rare to procure, raspberry leaf does taste a bit like a mild black tea, with tonic, astringent actions, and a gentle sweet, earthy flavor that resonates well on the palate.  Delicious on it’s own, or easily harmonized with other herbs, raspberry leaf provides a great base from which to build your own custom herbal.

The Women's Herbs

The healthful properties in the leaves are so valuable, raspberry leaf is known as the “Woman’s Herb” – although it is very beneficial for the elderly, anyone in recovery, teenagers, men and children, too.  Abundant in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, raspberry leaf is rich in iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, vitamins A, B, C and E, plus important trace minerals such as manganese, zinc and chromium.  Raspberry leaf also contains volatile oils, flavonoids and tannins (i.e., like tea) and fragrine – an alkaloid that tones the tissues –  which provides both a relaxant and tonifying action on blood vessels, and muscles.  These nutrients make raspberry leaf an excellent prevention and treatment for anemia and leg cramps, and beneficial for hypertension, too.  It’s astringent and tonic action also provides tone to the mucous membranes throughout the body, soothes the kidneys and urinary tract, and makes raspberry leaf an excellent treatment for diarrhea or hemorrhage.


Medical Botany, 1832

Throughout history, raspberry leaves have been used principally to encourage a safe, easy and speedy childbirth.  Because raspberry leaf has both relaxing and tonifying actions, with a particular affinity for the uterine muscles, regular drinking throughout pregnancy strengthens and tones tissues, helping contractions, eases labor and delivery and checks hemorrhage during labour.   The most famous of all herbs used during pregnancy, raspberry leaf also allays morning sickness and prevents post-partum depression. (Please note: raspberry leaf does not start labor or promote contractions and is NOT an emmenagogue or oxytocic herb.  Although often reported as safe throughout pregnancy, always check with your healthcare provider and/or midwife regarding specific doses when pregnant).

The most famous herbal for women, raspberry leaf is well-known for easing symptoms of painful cramps or lengthy periods, and also greatly assists women at menopause, since the adrenals are geared to take over as the ovaries gradually cease functioning; and many menopausal symptoms are caused by exhausted adrenals, which raspberry leaf supports.  Men in mid-life crisis with exhausted adrenals are well-advised to drink the tea, as well, for raspberry leaf is tremendously beneficial for men, too!  Raspberry leaf’s nutritive, tonifying and antioxidant qualities promotes fertility in men and women, too, especially when combined with red clover (see Essential Tonic).

Whether you need a boost of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, want to relax and tone your body parts, or enhance fertility! raspberry leaf is a powerhouse of nutrients that makes a safe, soothing, great tasting tea to drink hot or cold;  morning, noon or night.

Wild Sage Organic Tonic Herbals honors red raspberry leaf by using the freshest, highest quality, certified organic raspberry leaf, regionally-sourced, in our herbal blends.  The following herbals were created with raspberry leaf as a key herb (see Tonic Herbals or Shop for full tea descriptions):

essential-tonicEssential Tonic – a vitamin-mineral rich tonic, especially beneficial for fertility, second half of pregnancy, hormone balance and symptom relief for women from PMS to menopause.


Kavalander – very beneficial for stress, tension, anxiety, muscle cramps, and urinary tract issues.


Daily Puritea – very beneficial for cleansing, purification, tonification, liver health and hormone balance.

Harvest wild or tame raspberry leaves in spring or mid-summer for maximum potency. Use them freshly picked, or they can be easily dried for storage away from the light.

SC Walker, Herbalist/Geologist/Alchemist promotes nature’s wisdom with healing herbs, “the people’s medicine”.