This year’s beginning of May is not a particularly optimistic announcement of spring, winter does not go away, the days are still grey, cold and wet and the sun’s rays as for medicine, we feel drowsy, weak and irritable. This is called „the effect of spring solstice”. But these are the last days of winter weather and before the typical spring weather occurs, it is worth trying to regain vitality, strengthen and cleanse the body after winter, and maybe get rid of a few extra kilos.
Early spring is a difficult time for the body, we lack the sun impact and vitamins, unfortunately, this affects our well-being and appearance. So we complain of weakness, fatigue, headaches, the skin is grey, dry and hypoxic.
Unfortunately, the occurrence of spring solstice symptoms often also indicates our neglect – in winter we spend more time at home, our diet is poorer in vitamins, we also more often reach for unhealthy snacks and drinks, i.e. highly processed food that does not provide the right amount of nutrients. That’s why toxins accumulate in the body causing unpleasant symptoms and weight gain. When spring comes, our body is simply tired of all of this. Then we are looking for quick solutions and in result, we find a lot of advice like: „sleep 8 hours a day”, „eat more vegetables”, „drink more mineral water”, „change your way of eating ” etc. This is all true, but our body needs some help in cleansing and strengthening itself.
We can overcome spring solstice with herbs!
Ailments associated with spring solstice should be dealt with the use of natural means, so herbal infusions that have a cleansing effect, contain a lot of vitamins and minerals, increase immunity and add energy. Also, if we use the right herbs, we change the diet a little and move a little bit more, we will also be able to lose a few extra kilos accumulated in the winter!
Here is a list of herbs that will help you during the getting out of the winterish mood and „post-winter” detox:
Infusion of hibiscus flowers are rich in vitamin C and organic acids – hence its slightly sour taste, it also contains a lot of minerals including calcium. Hibiscus acts as a diuretic agent and has a positive effect on the functioning of the liver, therefore it has a cleansing effect, also has a stimulating effect on the immune system, it is recommended especially during cleansing and slimming treatments because it inhibits the absorption of carbohydrates from the digestive system.
Goldenrod is also a cleansing herb, it has a diuretic effect and the substances it contains form complexes with toxins, unnecessary substances and harmful metabolites, which causes their easier dissolution in water and removal in larger quantities from the body along with urine and sweat. The infusion made with the use of the goldenrod is detoxifying, which is especially important during the spring detox.
Nettle has many nutritional properties, is extremely rich in vitamins (C, K and B vitamins) and minerals (for example it contains a lot of iron) that we lack after the winter. Drinking nettle infusion increases the amount of haemoglobin and red blood cells in the blood, so it is also recommended for people with anaemia disease. It regulates metabolism, and moreover, nettle is a diuretic agent, facilitates the excretion of urea, chlorides and many other harmful metabolism products, so this is another plant that we should use during spring cleaning treatments.
4. St. John’s wort
St. John’s wort has an antidepressant and calming effect. It helps in chronic fatigue states and also improves mood and reduces the effects of stress factors. If spring solstice is accompanied by your depressed mood, St. John’s wort could be another supplement on your herbal shelf. Besides, St. John’s wort has a beneficial effect on the digestive system, facilitates digestion and improves metabolism. Nonetheless, St John’s wort should not be used during the summer months or during strong sunlight, as it may cause discolouration on the skin.