Seasonal Support: 4 Simple ways to support your Body this Spring

Worms will not eat living wood where the vital sap is flowing; rust will not hinder the opening of a gate when the hinges are used each day. Movement gives health and life. Stagnation brings disease and death.
— Proverb in Traditional Chinese Medicine

1. Get to know the weeds in your yard. Specifically DANDELION. Nature has a great way of providing what we need for support each season. This is one of the reasons why seasonal eating can be so helpful. Eat with the seasons for a whole year and each system of the body has received support and attention. Pretty cool! 

Dandelion leaves are quite tender this time of year and make a wonderful addition to salads, sandwiches, pizza, and my favorite, pesto. Simply gather some leaves, wash thoroughly and use fresh. Smaller leaves that are harvested in the morning are often less bitter than larger ones. 

Dandelion is a lovely plant for re-awakening sluggish digestion and elimination pathways in the body. The bitter taste of dandelion stimulates the liver and gallbladder, the organs in primary focus in the spring. This can be especially helpful if you experience headaches or hormonal imbalance.

2. Dust off your Dry Skin Brush. Show your lymphatic system some love and dry skin brush before showering. Use gentle, circular motions with the brush, starting at your feet and working your way toward your heart. Don't forget your arms, starting at your fingertips and brushing toward your heart.

The lymphatic system is one of the systems in the body that helps to remove waste and toxins. This system does not have a pump, so it needs some help to get moving. Exercise, deep breathing, and dry skin brushing are all great ways to support your lymph. 

3. Warm water with Lemon. Super simple. Starting your morning in this way helps stimulate the liver and kidneys creating a gentle detox. Also, the citrus has stimulating effects on the brain and nervous system and can create a more clear-headed morning.

4. Start a new Flower Essence routine. Flower essences support emotional and spiritual well-being. Notice if some new emotions, beliefs, or thought patterns are coming up and adjust your flower essences accordingly (or consult your practitioner :-).