As the days get lighter and brighter and we finally step into Spring you may feel like you need to shed your Winter body and start this new season with some lightness and brightness of your own! That is what this Spring cleanse recipe is for.
Winter can often leave your skin feeling dull and lifeless, and all that hibernating can leave you sluggish and low energy, maybe in need of a Spring clean.
Spring is a perfect time to kickstart your metabolism and energy levels, have a look at your nutrition and health, find area you need to clean-up and generally cleanse your body from the inside out.
The foods that start naturally growing in Spring are good for this. If you need a bit of guidance you can read Eating Seasonally for Spring to see all the Spring fruits and vegetables, as well as wild foods growing through the Spring months & get a handy download to use.
Spring cleanse ingredients
Nettles, cleavers and chickweed are all wild plants that start to grow from early February, but really start to flourish in late March.
Cleavers have long been know as a cleansing plant. Ancient Greeks used them as a tonic and believed they helped you lose weight. They weren’t totally off the mark. Cleavers help aid your body in releasing toxins through your urine via the kidneys, so they can reduce bloating and water retention as they cleanse. As well as cleansing your lymphatic system. Removing stagnant water, and reducing swollen glands.
Nettles are full of vitamins and minerals that have a number of medicinal uses for your body’s health. They can help clear your skin, and relieve dry flaky skin including eczema and psoriasis. Nettles work with your endocrine system to balance hormones, strengthen your adrenals and boost your energy.
Dandelions, both the leaf and root have cleansing properties. The leaves are high in potassium and diuretic properties that can help you relieve bloating and water retention. As well as flushing toxins from the body. The roots of dandelion are bitter, and you can use them to stimulate your liver and release enzymes via the digestive tract (and your stool).
Other detoxing or natural and gentle cleansing herbs you can add to your Spring cleansing recipe include burdock root, chickweed, elderflower, wild garlic, liquorice root, and borage leaf. There are of course other herbs that work in the same way. Some stronger than others. Always do your research and find for yourself the best option for the results you want to achieve. And always consult with a Dr. or Naturopath if you need guidance or are taking other medication. If you want to know more on using plants to aid your body’s natural detox process read How to Detox Your Body Naturally.
The Spring Cleanse Recipe
Let’s get to the recipe. This recipe is so simple and easy to make. And with wild ingredients that you can find on your doorstep for nothing its one you can make over and over again.
3 handfuls of Nettle tops
3 handfuls of cleavers
1 handful of dandelion root sliced
The most convenient way to take these ingredients as a spring cleanse is as a tincture. But that requires some level of herbal knowledge. So I will always recommend you purchase a tincture from a Naturopath or herbal professional.
Instead of a tincture & to make a Spring cleansing recipe yourself, you actually have a few options & different ways of using your ingredients.
1. Dried and ground they can be used in teas or as a seasoning on top of savoury dishes.
Dry for 1-2 weeks in a warm, moisture free environment.
Crumble or use a pestle and mortar to grind the dry ingredients.
Keep stored in an air tight jar or container.
You can also add a tablespoon of the ground ingredients to your smoothies￼.
2. You can blend the fresh ingredients.
Chop the leaves and roots into smaller pieces.
Place in a blender and blend until they form a thick liquid (add a little water to aid the process if needed).
Pour into an airtight jar.
Cover with alcohol (80% proof vodka works well) and take a teaspoon a day.
3. Make a cleansing vinegar.
For this recipe you will need:
3 handfuls of Nettle tops freshly picked
3 handfuls of cleavers freshly picked
1000ml Apple cider vinegar
Chop up all your solid ingredients into small pieces.
Place in an airtight jar & cover with the vinegar until all plant material is covered.
Leave for 2-4 weeks in a cool, dark, dry place for the ingredients to infuse.
Once ready strain through a cloth.
Take 1-2 tbsp daily in water or with food. Keeps for up to 2 years.
I hope you enjoy these Spring Cleanse recipe variations & make use of the simple and abundant plant ingredients that are growing all around you.