Happy new year! What wonder it brings to be here looking ahead at a new year already! For many of us this is a time of renewal, and a time of reflection. With winter solstice now behind us the days are already growing longer. At this poignant time of year I notice as well, that many use the tradition to jump onto new regimes, new schedules, new diets, new ideas… new all sorts of things. My advice? Be gentle with yourself. Be kind.
I am often approached by friends and strangers alike requesting some herb or potion to "fix" them, or "clean them out" after all of the holiday fun. A friend once told me, "you should make a hangover remedy! Everyone would want it!" I had to laugh. He was right of course, though I had to tell him I have yet to discover an herbal Tylenol, nor a digestible Hoover. The beauty of herbal medicine is that it doesn't attack problems… herbs, although powerful, are not forceful. To me, that is the perfect metaphor for how to treat ourselves in all aspects. Physically. Emotionally. Spiritually.
What do they do then? And what can we use? Herbs (this includes good foods) nourish the body and support it to do its best. Our bodies want to be well. That is their natural state, and that is the divine beauty of it. Below are some great herbs for this time of year. Try looking at them not as a swat team, but rather, your supporting friends.
Liver, Digestive and Urinary Support
Beloved Dandelion is nourishing, cleansing, and invigorating!
Garlic - try sprinkling it powdered raw on everything - delicious! Virgin coconut oil/caprylic acid, probiotics, cinnamon, and Pau D'arco are all great anti-microbial and "yeast-eaters".
Nettle - try rehydrating a bunch and pureeing it in soups and smoothies, or just drinking as a pleasant tea!
By Carley Smith, Chartered Herbalist and Iridologist | eldertree.ca