As winter fades and spring emerges, it's the perfect time to focus on rejuvenating and restoring our health and vitality. One powerful way to support our bodies during this time is by incorporating tonic herbs into our daily routine. In contrast to other herbs, which are typically used to target specific symptoms, tonic herbs offer nourishing and revitalizing benefits to the body's cells, tissues, and organs, as well as the entire individual. These herbs are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals, and other essential plant nutrients, which the body can utilize to rebuild weakened areas or maintain overall health.
Tonic herbs are often taken for extended periods due to their gentle nature, and they are utilized to stimulate and enhance the function of organs, tissues and cells. Additionally, tonic herbs have been known to heighten human awareness of energetic, psychological, and spiritual states. Examples of Tonic herbs include Alfalfa, Hawthorn, Dandelion, Kelp, Gotu Kola, Milk Thistle, Spirulina, Astragalus, Maca, and Yellowdock. Sometimes several tonic herbs are combined together such as in the Nature’s Sunshine formulas Herbal Trace Minerals, Energ-V and the Ultimate GreenZone.
Herbs carry a vibrational frequency which balances the cells of the body. By carefully combining herbs together you create a vibrational symphony to help nurture and direct the body in growth and repair. I really like the idea of bringing forth the biogenetic potential of the cells and organs of our body…what better way to activate growth and renewal in the springtime. Let’s explore some of my favorite tonic herbs to use during springtime to support our journey towards optimal health:
Herbal Trace Minerals combines 3 nutrient packed tonic herbs: Alfalfa, Kelp, and Dandelion, let’s look at some of their properties:
Alfalfa is an herbal tonic which has been a personal favorite of mine for over 30 years, and I've recommended it to many of my clients. This herb is a rich source of vitamins A, D, K, and E, as well as carotene, chlorophyll, and various minerals and trace minerals. Alfalfa is well-known for its ability to boost energy and vitality, as well as its effectiveness as a blood builder and liver tonic. Additionally, alfalfa is one of my favorite plants for alkalizing the blood, which can help to eliminate toxins from the body's cells. Given these benefits, alfalfa is an good choice for anyone looking to lose weight or undergo a cleanse.
Alfalfa possesses several emotional benefits; due to its extensive root system it is considered to help to promote grounding and balance. The plant's beautiful purple flowers suggest its potential to soothe the nervous system and induce a sense of calmness. Moreover, due to its cleansing properties, alfalfa can offer you strength to shed toxic thoughts and beliefs that are hindering your personal growth. This herb can be a powerful tool for anyone looking to let go of negative emotions and move forward with a positive mindset.
Dandelion is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C, and K, calcium, iron, and potassium, among others. These nutrients help to nourish the body and support overall health and vitality. Dandelion is an herb that has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for various health issues. One of its primary tonic properties is its ability to support liver function. The liver plays a crucial role in removing toxins from the body, and dandelion has been shown to help enhance the liver's detoxification processes, thus aiding in overall body cleansing. In addition, dandelion is a natural diuretic, which means it can help flush excess fluid and toxins from the body through urine. This makes it an excellent herb to include in a springtime cleanse or detox regimen as well as being a good tonic to build health in the body.
Kelp is a seaweed that is highly valued by herbalists as both an herb and a food. It is rich in essential nutrients like iodine, calcium, and iron, making it a valuable source of nutrition for the body. Kelp has an affinity for the thyroid gland, which is responsible for regulating the body's metabolism. Additionally, kelp is considered to have a cooling and calming energy, making it helpful for people who tend to run hot or experience inflammation in the body. As an herb, kelp is often used in formulas to support healthy thyroid function, promote healthy skin, and support overall vitality. Kelp and other seaweeds also help the body to detoxify and remove heavy metals, making this a good choice as a spring tonic.
Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) is on my list of spring tonics to build health and rejuvenate the body and mind. Gotu Kola is known to enhance mental clarity, improve memory and increases awareness and intuition. What the ancient healers knew about this herb, modern science is now studying. Gotu Kola is a nervine herb, it activates the release of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein which encourages new brain cell formation. It has also been shown to increase nerve growth factor (NGF), a protein which stimulates the growth of new nerve cells. This is a wonderful herb to help clear “brain fog”, as Gotu Kola helps to raise oxygen levels in the brain, increasing metal alertness. It’s benefits for circulation are not limited to the brain, as it also increases blood flow throughout the body. Gotu Kola also balances the lower energy of the body, making it a great mind-body connecting herb. Gotu Kola has been studied for its ability to improve circulation to the legs and for strengthening veins. Ayurvedic practitioners often use gotu kola for treatment of varicose veins or swelling in the legs.
I’ve spoken of Spirulina many times, and once again I place it on my list for rejuvenating foods to build health and longevity. Spirulina is all about restoring balance to the body. Energetically, spirulina sends the message to “stop pushing yourself, take time to nourish and rebuild your body.” It contains so many health building nutrients that it qualifies as a multiple vitamin and mineral. Spirulina helps the body maintain balanced blood sugar, increases energy production, improves memory, removes heavy metals, and acts as a powerful antioxidant to protect the brain. Spirulina is a blue-green algae and has no cell wall to digest, making it easy to digest. A good choice when people are weak or run down. Its dark green color and high chlorophyll content rejuvenates the liver, making it a great tonic to take in the springtime.
As you embark on your spring wellness journey, it's crucial to nourish and hydrate your cells with clean water, much like you would water your garden to promote growth in the spring. Take time to bask in the natural sunlight, as it provides a vast range of healing frequencies and colors that can activate healing and uplift your mood. Don't let stagnation take over; incorporate some form of daily exercise, and if you've been at your computer for an extended period, take a few minutes to stretch. Consider placing a picturesque image of a waterfall, flowers, or a beach on your computer screen to help you stay connected to the beauty and energy of nature.
Natural Health Consultant/Educator/Certified Herbalist
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