Spring Tonics

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some plant medicine that can support the transition from winter to spring

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  • Echinacea angustifolia,Echinacea purpurea When weather goes back in forth from snowy/cold to sunny to rainy and damp & you feel like you’re getting a cold shouldn’t be harvested till its 4 th year; should buzz on your tongue Works immediately on surface immunity
  • Burdock: is tonic to liver, amazing food, cook the root for awhile in soup or stew; gobo sushi; for medicinal tea simmer min 2-3 hours; Tincture 5-8 drops 1-2x/day; pulls heavy metals and cleans intestinal tract
  • Nettles infusion — anti-histamine, blood alkalizer, strengthens nervous system, not sedating, but toning by feeding nervous system (nervine) par boil or steam the nettles if putting them in salads or pesto (stinging nettles); detoxify and alkalyze
  • Wild oats: (not domesticated oat grain), milky tops of wild oats, spring plant coming up early; feeds the nerves; especially good for people in urban areas, especially with electronic activity blasting your nervous system; good as fresh – use tincture 5 drops 3-4x/day; glutin allergies might react to wild oats
  • Rosemary: circulatory tonic, appropriate to clear the blood as it’s thinning; tonic to digestive system; warming; cook with it, too much tea might give headache, good for memory, but too much can be dulling
  • Tonic to liver Bitter, dominant flavor Use tincture, 5-10 drops 2x/day
  • Spring Tonics

    1. 1. Botanical Medicine Tonic Herbs for Transition from Winter to Spring
    2. 2. Spring <ul><li>Makes a dramatic transition from winter dormancy to rebirth </li></ul>
    3. 3. Spring <ul><li>Our blood is thinning after winter’s chill </li></ul><ul><li>We tend to get colds, flu, and allergies </li></ul>
    4. 4. Tonics <ul><li>Strengthen the body </li></ul><ul><li>Nourish body systems </li></ul><ul><li>Revitalize organs </li></ul><ul><li>Prevent illness </li></ul>
    5. 5. Tonic Herbs <ul><li>offer deep immune support </li></ul><ul><li>can be used every day </li></ul><ul><li>are inexpensive </li></ul><ul><li>or free - they grow everywhere </li></ul><ul><li>take weeks to build up before you begin to feel their effects </li></ul>
    6. 6. Using Herbs <ul><li>Soups, stews, salads </li></ul><ul><li>Medicinal tea </li></ul><ul><li>Extracts or tinctures </li></ul><ul><li>Dried herb in capsules </li></ul>
    7. 7. Using Herbs <ul><li>don’t wait till you’re sick </li></ul><ul><li>the point is not to get sick </li></ul>
    8. 8. Echinacea <ul><li>Not a tonic herb </li></ul><ul><li>A surface immune stimulant </li></ul><ul><li>For short term use </li></ul><ul><li>Effects are immediate </li></ul><ul><li>Ward off a spring cold </li></ul>
    9. 9. Bitters <ul><li>Digestive system tonic </li></ul><ul><li>Activate stomach juices </li></ul><ul><li>Mustard greens, collards, arugula, bitter melon </li></ul>
    10. 10. Dandelion <ul><li>Root - tincture </li></ul><ul><li>Leaves - salad </li></ul><ul><li>Flower - wine </li></ul><ul><li>Liver support </li></ul>
    11. 11. Burdock Root <ul><li>Tonic to liver </li></ul><ul><li>Cleans intestinal tract </li></ul><ul><li>Soups, stews, Japanese gobo </li></ul><ul><li>For tea, simmer 2-3 hrs </li></ul>
    12. 12. Gentian Root <ul><li>Digestive support </li></ul><ul><li>5-6 drops before a meal </li></ul>
    13. 13. Astragalus <ul><li>Deep immune builder </li></ul><ul><li>Tonic to pancreas, kidney, spleen </li></ul><ul><li>Put 4-5 sticks in soup (don’t eat them) </li></ul>
    14. 14. Cleansing, Nourishing Herbs <ul><li>Soups, stews, salads </li></ul><ul><li>Extracts, 5-10 drops, 2x/day </li></ul><ul><li>Tea, simmer 30 mins - 1 hour </li></ul>
    15. 15. Stinging Nettles <ul><li>Par boil or steam for salads or pesto </li></ul><ul><li>Tones nervous system (nervine) </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-histamine - allergies </li></ul>
    16. 16. Milky/Wild Oats <ul><li>Supports the nervous system </li></ul><ul><li>Especially good for over-stimulated people in urban areas </li></ul>
    17. 17. Rosemary <ul><li>Circulatory tonic </li></ul><ul><li>Clears thinning blood </li></ul><ul><li>Tonic to digestive system </li></ul><ul><li>Warming </li></ul><ul><li>Good for memory, but too much is dulling </li></ul>
    18. 18. Mushrooms <ul><li>Immune system, anti-cancer properties </li></ul><ul><li>Use organically grown or wildcrafted </li></ul><ul><li>Cook a long time so they break down </li></ul><ul><li>For extract or tincture, take 5-10 drops 1 or 2x/day </li></ul>
    19. 19. Shitake <ul><li>tonic to deep immune </li></ul><ul><li>& endocrine systems </li></ul>
    20. 20. Reishi <ul><li>Tonic to liver </li></ul><ul><li>Bitter, dominant flavor </li></ul><ul><li>Use tincture, 5-10 drops 2x/day </li></ul>
    21. 21. Turkey Tail <ul><li>tonic to pancreas </li></ul><ul><li>use as tincture </li></ul><ul><li>for tea, simmer 4+ hours </li></ul>
    22. 22. Lion’s Mane <ul><li>Tones five internal organs </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulates (NGF) nerve growth factor </li></ul><ul><li>Use in cooking or use tincture </li></ul>
    23. 23. Cordyceps <ul><li>Supports lungs & kidneys </li></ul><ul><li>Endocrine system </li></ul><ul><li>Use tincture or capsule </li></ul>
    24. 24. Botanical Medicine <ul><li>Organic or wildcrafted from clean places </li></ul><ul><li>Bulk dried, check for color and scent </li></ul><ul><li>Get extracts from trusted sources </li></ul><ul><li>Use liquids or capsules rather than pressed tablets </li></ul>
    25. 25. Primary Sources <ul><li>Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes, Clinical Herbalists, Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Paul Stamets, Mycologist, Fungi Perfecti </li></ul>

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