EARLY SPRING is an opportune time to take advantage of some of the most cleansing, beautifying and healing foods around. Here’s a detailed list from my Spring Cleanse that you can review now so you a can be on the lookout in your local farmer’s market and health food stores. Consider how you might make use of their unique cleansing and healing properties. (Pay special attention to Stinging Nettles!)
Note: Some of my workshop and VIP clients might find this list familiar… use it as a review and a reminder of the powerful beautifying properties of these special foods.
- High in Folic acid
- Diuretic cleanser = flushes out the kidneys
- Reduces blood pressure
- Reduces Water retention
Dark Leafy Greens
Green is associated with spring, the time of renewal, refreshment and vital energy. In Asian medicine, green is related to the liver, emotional stability and creativity.
- Very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K.
- High in fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phyto-chemicals.
- Blood purification
- Cancer prevention
- Improved circulation
- Strengthened immune system
- Promotion of healthy intestinal flora
- Promotion of subtle, light and flexible energy
- Lifted spirit and elimination of depression
- Improved liver, gall bladder and kidney function
- Cleared congestion, especially in lungs, by reducing mucus
Broccoli, bok choy, Napa cabbage, kale, collards, watercress, mustard greens, broccoli rabe, dandelion, green cabbage, arugula, endive, chicory, lettuce, mesclun, wild greens.
Nettles are one of the most nutritious greens on the planet. Cooked, blanched or dried they lose their sting.
The entire plant can be used.
- Highest levels of beauty producing silicon in any food.
- Vitamins A, C, beta-carotene
- Immune system builder.
- High Iron content
- They’re unusually high in protein (40%) for a plant
- Nutrient-dense, they make a good overall tonic for strengthening the body.
- Useful in treating anemia, high vitamin C content ensures that the iron is properly absorbed by the body.
The juice of roots and leaves, mixed with honey or sugar, relieves both bronchitis and asthma.
- Increase the function of the thyroid gland:
- Increase metabolism—helps burn away fat while increasing energy.
- Relieves mucus in the colon allowing for the release of excess waste.
- Mineral rich, which helps satisfy hunger. Overeating often is a search for minerals.
- High caliber blood purifier.
- Diuretic properties help flush the blood and cleanse thru the action of the kidneys.
Other known uses:
- Combat and relieve allergy symptoms (especially hay fever)
- Anti-arthritis or anti-rheumatic agent,
- Used as a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory,
- Used as a lung tonic for ex-smokers
- Helps skin heal from eczema, or hives
- Kidney stones,
- Lowers blood sugar naturally
- Relieves the symptoms of sciatica and PMS
EXCELLENT FOR: toxicity, poor skin quality, weak nails loss of overall luster.
Use Nettles Greens, as a juice, tea, or in powder forms
I love to make Nettles into a pesto, which I freeze for use the whole year. Here’s my recipe (scroll down you’ll see I post about Nettles every year – yes, I’m a nettles super-fan).
Beets and Beet Greens
(while detoxifying limit beets but use the greens- as they have a high sugar content)
- Loaded with nutrients
- Blood purifier
- Used for centuries as folk remedies for Anemia, Menstrual problems/imbalances, Kidney disorders
- Detoxify the liver
- Protect against cancers of skin, lung, colon
- Evens the ratio of HDL: LDL (bad) cholesterol levels
- Beet greens are loaded with iron and beta-carotene
Fennel is great all year round and full of beneficial nutrients including
- Vitamin C – helps protect your body from free radical damage
- Fiber – helps to reduce cholesterol levels and remove cancer-causing toxins from your colon
- Antimicrobial and helps immune system function
- Calcium, magnesium, iron, and copper.
It also provides these other good-for-you benefits:
- Reduces inflammation
- Helps prevent cancer
- Protects liver from damage caused by chemicals
- Folate: Fennel is also a good source of folate, a B vitamin that helps convert the dangerous homocysteine molecule (which can increase your risk of heart attack or stroke) into a harmless compound.
Ramps are an early spring wild onion/wild leek. They possess a powerfully pungent, spicy aroma and flavor very similar to that of garlic or shallots. Many chefs consider ramps to be the best-tasting member of the entire onion family
- The foliage, stems, and bulbs can be used raw or cooked
- Member of leeks, garlic and chive family:
- High in Vitamin C, helpful for Hypertension, and high cholesterol
- One of the highest veggie sources of Vitamin C
- Play a role in connective tissue formation.
- The mineral silicon and sulfur work with vitamin C to create glowing skin
- Also High in Folic Acid.
- They cut and dissolve mucus in the digestive tract formed from eating starchy carbs.
- Stimulate the liver
- Expel and prevent gallstones
- Increase digestive fires.
- Used in Russia for both hyper and hypothyroidism.
- Great kidney cleansers
- Decrease water retention
A very nourishing vegetable food.
- High fiber= blood sugar levels don’t rise rapidly – keeps insulin from shooting up.
- Low-fat, low-cal, dense source of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals
- They resonate with the paired organs of the body: brain and heart, lungs, kidneys, ovaries and testicles.
Reduce wind by soaking them overnight before cooking.
(usually late spring/early summer)
- Just 5 Strawberries can give you half the RDA of Vitamin C
- Vitamin K rich – for healthy bones and blood clotting
- Curbs inflammation in eczema-asthma-arthritis
- Helps protect the brain form age-related decline