Chlorophyll rich juices with Spirulina, Chlorella, wheat grass, and barley grass are great tonics. Their molecular structure is close to that of human plasma! These juices (and powdered blends known as green drinks) help clear the skin, cleanse the kidneys, nourish the brain, and build up the blood. Green drinks provide hundreds of essential enzymes! They are an excellent way to remove sticky mucus from the body and help ward off spring allergies.
Spring tonics are traditional in many parts of the world. Everything from dandelion to wheat grass and orange juice are used to invigorate the body after a long, stuffy winter. Spring tonics and green drinks bring healing and help build immunity.
Vegetable juices make good spring tonics. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, and active enzymes. Vegetable juices provide the body with plenty of nutrients without lots of extra calories.
Herbal teas also make excellent spring tonics. They cleanse and provide energy with almost no calories! Try fresh chickweed, dandelion (greens, roots and flowers), cleavers, nettle, and blackberry leaf (early spring herbs). These and many more are at perfect stage for gathering during early and mid-springl in the North Georgia Mountains and Blairsville area.
Herbal teas are natural, balancing, and healing tonics that are easily absorbed when served warm. When taken in small sips, important essential oils are inhaled with the steam. Herbal teas flood the tissues with concentrated nutritional support to speed up cell regeneration. Herbal teas also speed the release of toxic chemicals and poisons from the body.
For a blood tonic try red clover, nettle, sage, alfalfa, milk thistle seed, or echinacea. For mucous cleansing try mullein, comfrey, marshmallow, rose hip, calendula, ginger, peppermint, or fennel seed. For bowel health try fennel seed, peppermint, lemon balm, parsley, calendula, or ginger. For the bladder and kidneys try juniper berries, ginger, or parsley.
Drinking fruit juice helps to eliminate wastes quickly. Regular consumption of fresh juice helps stop sugar cravings, adds natural vitamin C to the diet, and keeps the digestive system in good shape. Fruit juices are high in water and natural sugars. Drink them a couple times a week, first thing in the morning, for best results. Do not drink fruit juice over once a day, since it can add extra calories to the diet. If possible, eat a breakfast of fruit and vegetables about thirty minutes later. Save heavier foods like grains, dairy, and meats for later in the day. When offered a choice between fruit juice and a piece of whole fruit, choose the whole fruit which adds lots of fiber to your diet.
When harvesting or purchasing fruits, vegetables, and herbs (for a spring tonic), beware of pesticides, sprays, and other harmful chemicals. Do not gather from the side of busy highways! Grow or buy organic whenever possible. Always wash fresh produce in running water for as long as necessary to remove any dirt, germs, and toxins. As a safeguard, spray with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water or grapefruit extract before washing. The acetic acid in vinegar kills bacteria and helps to dissolve the wax and pesticide residues found on the skins of many fruits and vegetables.
* Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medicines.
"The only way to really learn about herbal medicine is to touch and smell herbs, taste them, use them daily, and grow them if possible. Herbal medicine is a way of life. It is not a quick fix." ... Janice Boling, herbalist, web designer, writer, photographer
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