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Get Healthy With a Spring Greens Detox
Get Healthy With a Spring Greens Detox. I was up early spring grazing my goats yesterday, my neighbors don’t mind if we borrow their upper field. It was great to enjoy the late afternoon sun for a change. As anyone in the New England region knows winter has been tenacious and stubborn. As I was bringing the girls, (all expecting babies any day now), down through the trees, one of them pounced on my small patch of Ramsons! I guess once winter let go, spring has gone into overdrive. The ramps (ramsoms) are up!
Ramsons, Dandelion Greens, and Burdock are just three early season greens to naturally detox and replenish the body with nutrients and minerals! That means it’s time to start picking and get healthy with a spring greens detox.
Ramps are one of the first spring greens to come up in the spring. They look very similar to Lily of the Valley, leaves. Only they’re more tender, and when crushed or broken there’s a very pungent garlic smell. Ramsons are one of the best and tastiest ways to replenish and detox the body after a long winter without naturally fresh greens.
Food from an ongoing healthy diet is the best way to detox the body. And Nature definitely has already found the seasonal solutions to the natural shift in our yearly eating habits.
Ramsons can be wildcrafted, (or bought from a co-op or farmers market if you’re lucky), from early April through June.
Ramsom has many healing properties:
- Detoxes heavy metals from the body
- Cleanses the blood
- Stimulates digestive juices
- Destroys bad bacteria in the gut without harming the beneficial bacteria
- Treats hardening of the arteries and high blood pressure
A general detox program with ramsons would be to eat a handful of fresh leaves, daily, for 4-6 weeks. They are also tasty sautéed lightly which takes out some of the pungent garlicky taste. BUT, cooking ramps, as with all things, diminishes the potency of their properties
Who would have ever thought that bright yellow “weed” that invades our perfectly green lawns was there trying to help us. Just look at a dandelion out in the grass, it’s brightly dying to get our attention! The leaves are best when young and tender. You can add them into a salad, or make a dandelion vinegar with them which will last all year. That is a great way to supplement healthy minerals into your diet through the winter.
Dandelion Greens heals many things:
- Cleanses the blood.
- Improves health of the liver, gallbladder, kidneys and bladder
- High in Vitamins A and C
You can also make dandelion tea, by drying the leaves and flowers, and later steeping in hot water. The roots also make a great tea. They’re an excellent coffee substitute. You can also sauté the roots. Try mixing that with the Rams for a spring dish. This is a great way to get healthy with a spring greens detox. Free, courtesy of nature J
Burdock root tea becomes a phenomenally rich vibrant dark green—which demonstrates its vital energy for the body.
Burdock is used for many different things:
- Potent blood cleanser
- Eczema, boils and skin ulcers
Early spring (and late fall) are the best times to harvest burdock root, as it is a biennial plant (each plant lives for 2 years). So, getting it between its first and second seasons is ideal.
Drinking a cup of burdock root tea daily for a few weeks is a great way to clear out the body’s the accumulation of internal clutter and debris.
You can also sauté the roots as part of a meal. Sautéed with garlic and seasoning is very delicious. Add the three greens together and you have a great veggie dish that your body will love as much as your taste buds do!
Add these three spring detox greens to your diet and you’ll be amazed at how vibrant and energized you feel, and how great they taste. There’s SO MUCH delicious vibrant food available to us right outside our doors, (unless you live in a city.) But all of these things can be cultivated in garden pots for the determined urban gardener.
There are also a lot of things that can be done to detox the body and somehow whatever ways we come up with Nature has already done it better!
Get healthy with a spring greens detox and enjoy being healthy.
This article was contributed by Teri J. Dluznieski M.Ed.
Author, Herbalist and Holistic Coach
Teri is the author of Dancing in Your Bubble (practical spirituality), and
Holistic and Practical Support for Alzheimers and Caregivers: Tips and Tools for Family Members, Caregivers and Practitioners .
She is also a practicing herbalist and holistic coach specializing in Holistic Alzheimer coaching and group training.
She also works with non-traditional youth. She uses a wide range of skills and information to support people in creating happier, fuller, healthier lives. Teri is a life-long equestrian, with rehab racehorses and a small farm of dairy goats.