Thursday, March 31, 2011


Each spring I detoxify my body through thoughtful food choices, drinking lots of pure water, and drinking carefully designed tea that aids the body in it's natural detox process. Throughout the winter season it is important to eat more warming, dense, and higher fat foods such as root vegetables, grains, and nuts to keep our bodies warm and hydrated. It is equally important (if not more so) to change our diets come spring and allow our bodies to transition into the warmer, lighter seasons of spring and summer. This means eating the lighter vegetables and fruits of spring such as dark, leafy greens (spinach, lettuce) and berries. Intentionally helping the body detoxify can reduce (among many other things) spring colds and other illnesses, sluggish digestion and elimination, skin issues, and fatigue. It is important to eliminate dairy, caffeine, alcohol, processed foods and sugar during this time.

Here is the detox tea recipe that I've created to aid my body in detoxification:

3 - 4 c. purified water
1 tbsp. peppermint
1 tbsp. dandelion
2 tsp. raspberry or strawberry leaf
2 cloves
1 tsp. fennel
1 anise star
honey (optional in needed)

Place all herbs and boiling water in French press or, if sunny, place all herbs in cloth tea bag and set in sun for a few hours. Let brew for 3 - 5 minutes. Enjoy a few times a day hot or cool (the best temperature is slightly warm - similar to the warmth of sun tea just taken from the sun)!

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