Just the term, 'Spring Tonics,' conjures up freshness, cleansing, invigorating images and the prettiest shades of cool, crisp cucumber green in my mind. Spring cleaning and cleansing are really resonating with me at the moment so let me show you a few of the sites I happened onto yesterday--before I lose track of 'em all!
Now all you naturalist, herbalist, super-healthy types have probably already heard of all this stuff before, so just please bear with me as I stumble through my lttle discoveries here. One thing I found was that dandelion greens and roots are packed full great nutrients and cleansing properties. Wow! Can I say, 'danelions!' I've got dandelions of the most sturdy organic variety growing like gang-busters--all over the place! OK, so that was cheap and easy. Also good cleansing herbs are burdock, nettles, osha root, violets, mint and several more. Here are some sites that provide some tonic recipes I can't wait to try! First, Spring Cleaning Yourself and Spring Cleansing by Elson Haas, M.D. and here's a nice list of Spring herbs:
Dine on Spring Morsels
Several wild and natural foods are wonderful spring tonics. Try one or more of the following. If prepared right, they are delicious and oh, so nutritious, full of enzymes, minerals and other nutrients, as well as having cleansing properties.
4. Yellow dock
5. Red Beet
6. Watercress are all wonderful tonics for the liver, bringing renewed strength and vitality to the body.
8. Milk Thistle
9. Red Clover
10.Burdock are herbs that are excellent for cleansing the liver and gall bladder, which boost the digestive and immune systems.
From Healing Intent.com
I'm discovering that I really need to get some sort of a juicer going if I really want to do this up right! Viva Terra has this snappy spicey recipe and here's another one by Recipe Zaar. Now, for some topical (versus internal) homemade cleansers, check out Care Fair for some wonderfully easy concoctions! Have fun and enjoy rejuvenating!