Spring is the time we wake up out of our long sleep and gently begin to move. As the temperature slowly rises, sap runs again- both in the trees and in our spirits. There's a sense of expansion. It's time to start creating a reality out of our winter dreams.
This season is a really important time to cultivate the self-care traditions that will sustain us through the rest of the year. Most of us eat heavier foods in the winter, drink more alcohol and skip out on exercise. It's a natural reaction to the slow energy of that season! But the new, green growth of spring signals that it's time for us to restore our vitality. So we put together a few suggestions to help you open up into this season:
Nourish + replenish // Our bodies tend to emerge from winter lacking in vitamins and minerals, so move towards incorporating nourishing herbs into your diet. Drink tonic teas to replenish any strength that may have been lost to winter colds or blues. Nettles are one our favorite bright green plants that poke up in early spring and they're bursting with nutrients, as well as offering up some relief from seasonal allergies. Look for a tea featuring nettles, like our Nourish Tea, which also contains other mineral-rich herbs like oatstraw and red clover to fortify you. We like easy medicine: every evening throw some in a quart jar, add water, let it sit overnight and sip all the next day. Do this little routine for a week and you'll notice your body and your spirit feeling much stronger. This is a great habit to start now and continue throughout the year.
You can also incorporate herbs into your cooking, too. Here's a great basic recipe for a nettle pesto. We also like to make an alkalinizing Spring Vinegar packed full of tonic herbs- not only does it provide nutrients, but it also helps counteract the acidic + inflamed environment a winter diet often creates in our bodies.
Eat fresh + bitter // As farmer's markets and gardens start to fill up again, seek out fresh greens and herbs. Mustard and dandelion greens are the perfect thing to eat right now, as they're full of vitamins. Plus, they have a bitter flavor that actually helps the liver process all the toxins and heavy foods we've been intaking over the winter. Our liver does so much work for us and when it's stressed or overloaded it can wreak all sorts of havoc in our bodies, manifesting in hormonal issues, headaches, achy muscles and increased anger. Think of the body as a house- both need a good spring cleaning and bitter foods are our ally in detoxification, along with other routines like drinking warm lemon water and dry brushing.
(If you need help cutting the bitterness a little, dress your greens with something like Thyme Honey + Blood Orange Vinaigrette. And if you can't find fresh dandelion greens, we do offer the dried leaves in our Turmeric + Ginger Tea.)
Stay calm // Spring has a way of stirring things up emotionally. It's a sweet and lovely season, but some people also experience an upswing of intense feelings, especially anger and anxiety. We recommend choosing some calming herbs this time of year to smooth out riled moods, like our Blossom Tea, which is both completely beautiful and very soothing to the spirit. Or try our Calm Aromatherapy Oil, a quick and portable way to always have a little bit of relief with you. When things get harried, just apply a little bit to your temples and wrists.
Focus energy // Energetically, it's time to start making moves on what we've been dreaming about all winter. Focus and hone the expansive energy of the season so that you can begin to manifest new plans, hopes and adventures. Aromatherapy can be really helpful in this work, as well as flower essences. We offer a Focus Aromatherapy Oil to help you clear your mind and walk forward on your path, as well as a Grounding Ritual Mister to bring those dreams into reality.
Ease into it // The trick is to start slowly. It's so exciting to see flowers and a little bit of sunshine that you might want to jump immediately into warm-weather living. (We know we're probably not the only ones fantasizing about wearing sundresses.) But spring is mischievous, with its wild storms and unexpected cold-snaps. And we're often so ready to move again, that we quickly overdo it. You might pull a muscle or catch a late-season cold. Stay warm, ease into outdoor exercise and stretch, stretch, stretch. Our Sore Muscle Relief Liniment is a remedy we specifically made for this season, incorporating anti-inflammatory poplar buds from the trees along our rivers.
Transitioning between seasons can be tricky, but spring is such an exciting time as we find ourselves opening up again and facing lighter days. Taking a bit of what we discussed here into consideration as you go forth on your adventures can do a lot to not only help you have a healthy season, but a healthy year, too! Wishing you all the best...