It’s been quite the winter here in Vermont, the coldest one recorded ever actually!
Spring feels exciting and long-awaited, but never the less, can be a struggle for our bodies to go through the shift.
The frosting and heaving that the earth is doing, to create mud season, and eventually true spring, is sort of a mirror to what our bodies go through, hence the very common spring cold that so many of us get for this right of passage. It’s like traveling, and our immune systems appreciate some support and gentle loving care at this time.
Starting in April most likely, the herbs will start to emerge, and the ones that do, are the ones that we must pay the most attention to: they are our allies for the time, and young shoots can be collected and eaten or made into teas.
Keep your eyes open for nettles—filled with blood building and cleansing properties and packed with minerals, vitamins, and chlorophyll. Nettles support the kidneys, are a general tonic to the entire body, and can help with asthma-type conditions, as well as spring allergies!
I’d suggest drinking a daily infusion through March and April that goes something like this: nettle, dandelion, plantain, comfrey and mint. Of course vary it to the plants around you, or what your body is craving, but its generally a good time to cleanse and build the blood.
Enjoy this time! Don’t work too hard!