What does your liver need? Greens! Here in the South, we cannot wait to snip and eat our greens. As the world around us turns green, we tend our gardens and cook our greens. We sauté them, boil them, and throw them into salads. Spring Herbs are often taken as dietary supplements- not necessarily in pill form- but as actual foods that are eaten to supplement, augment and stimulate digestion. We are supporting the liver in its monumental task to maintain body systems balance. Keep in mind that many Spring Herbs can actually be incorporated into the diet and eaten in salads (bitter greens), soups, and as “pot vegetables” – greens such as beet, dandelion, chard, kale, collards, spinach, moringa, mustard, and sorrel. Herbs enliven the liver’s ability to wake your body up to spring. There are those that stimulate and support the Liver- like Artichoke, Burdock, and Yellow Root; those that soothe digestion- like Caraway, Catnip, and Mint; those that Strengthen Blood and the Immune system- like Astragalus, Boneset, and Garlic; Herbs that cleanse the Lymph and Kidneys- like Cleavers, Nettles, and Parsley; and those that have antibiotic and antiviral effects- like Garlic, Goldenseal, and Green Tea. All the above mentioned Herbs work with the Liver in spring time to awaken your body to the demands that summer will bring.
Do you recognize your body's awakening during the Springtime when you see leaf buds on bushes and trees? Do you realize that life is pulsing up through the trees as sap spirals upwards? Do you notice birds and buds more readily? Do you hunger for leafy greens? Are you a nettle fan? Do you sneeze from all the pollens in the air? Let us know how Spring affects your body and the places you find yourself this spring. Share your sights, sounds, tastes, smells and feelings with us here!