Spring Tea Tonic Recipe & New Moon
Posted by : Mary Wutz /
New Moon in Aries: Welcoming the New Energy
April 5th welcomes the new moon into Aries, ending the Pisces new moon cycle. It’s the first new moon of the spring season – you probably caught the spring-cleaning bug when the season officially started on March 20th, but now is the time to focus on cleansing you, creating space within to foster new growth in mind and body.
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac – the “child” – it brings action, innovation, and confidence. It’s the child – it’s not focused on anyone’s needs but its own. Sound selfish? Think of it this way – you cannot pour into others’ cups if your cup is empty. You’ve taken care of cleaning your surroundings, but now it’s time to take care of you. When you’ve established a solid base, you will be able to move forward through life operating from a space of peace and balance, providing a beacon of light for others.
Spring plants and herbs help us clear out the old and move into the new – this particular new moon is a good time to commit to new goals, go at it with the bold confidence of a child.
Harness the vitality of this energy by invoking the power of spring tonic herbs to replenish and renew your body. A fresh, clean body and refreshed inner organs lead to a balanced heart and mind, making it easy to focus on the present and future goals.
Refresh & Renew with Spring Herbs
Spring tonic herbs are all herbs that start growing and are abundant in the spring—hence the term “spring tonic”.
In the spring, the energy of the plant begins to move from the roots up and out to form fresh leaves and stems. These herbs tend to have more nutrients at this point in their development than they do later in the year, and when we use these spring tonic herbs, we benefit from the increased nutrition.
Spring tonic herbs not only give our body more nutrition, but they can also give our body a cleansing boost that it needs after a long cold winter. During winter, we tend to be less active and rest more. We also often eat heavier, protein-rich foods such as meat. Come spring, we have less energy and can greatly benefit from “cleaning house.” This helps us lighten up some and prepare for the spring season ahead.
The budding plants around you are waking up from winter’s slumber – it’s time to ditch the nesting patterns for crisp sunshine and fresh growth; it’s time to leave the hearty foods behind for bright greens, vibrant fruits, and fresh produce. Gravitating toward light fare helps shed winter layers and renew the immune, digestive, and lymphatic systems, just as forests and gardens shed their dead layers to reveal nascent buds.
Spring is the best time of year to “detox” our bodies by dumping winter’s heavier energies and ridding ourselves of any stagnation that may have accumulated. This allows our body to realign with the rebirth and renew energy of spring.
Some common spring herbs to incorporate into your daily routine as either teas or edibles are dandelion (Taraxacum officinialis), nettle (Urtica dioica), chickweed (Stellaria media), bittercress (Cardamine spp.), watercress (Rorippa aquaticum), lambsquarter (Chenopodium album), cleavers (Galium aparine), burdock (Arctium spp.), plantain (Plantago spp.), yellow dock (Rumex crispus), ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea), violet (Viola spp.), sorrel (Rumex acetosa), wild onion/garlic/leeks (Allium spp.), and more.
Benefits of the most common spring tonic tea ingredients:
Promotes healthy urinary and kidney function, as it’s a natural and gentle diuretic. Dandelion root’s flavor has even been used to create a “fake coffee,” that mimics the flavor of coffee but lacks the caffeine and negative jitters associated with coffee – it’s a great option for anyone who wants to quit, or reduce, coffee/caffeine consumption!
Nettle is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and even anti-histamine (yes, consuming it may reduce spring allergy symptoms), and a powerful liver and kidney detoxifier. It’s even been proven to remedy prostatic hyperplasia and certain estrogen-related diseases
Burdock root has been used in the East for ages as a liver rescue; its high antioxidant count has been proven to lower inflammation in the whole body, including joint inflammation related to arthritis pain. It promotes circulation and detoxifies the blood while aiding kidneys; like dandelion, it’s a natural and gentle diuretic.
Ultimate Spring Liver Detox Tea
this is measured in parts: for small batches, substitute “part” with “tbsp;” for large batches, you can use anything from ¼ cup to 1 cup for “part”
3 parts Peppermint Leaf
2 parts Dandelion Leaf
2 parts Nettle Leaf
1 part Burdock Root
1/2 part Cardamom (or Ginger or Cinnamon Chips)
Safe to consume daily. Large batches will only last 3 days, so don’t make too much at a time!
Recharge & Revitalize
With color and our Spring sale. The hues of yellow and green are associated with spring and assist us in moving old winter energy from our bodies and opening up to the expansive spring vibrations.
At Seam Siren, we utilize the beautiful mustard yellow dye of the Weld (Reseda luteola) plant to assist with our spring cleaning. This plant’s color helps strengthen the nerves and the mind. Yellow helps awaken mental inspiration and stimulates higher mentality and cheers up depressed or melancholic people. Many plants that have yellow roots or dyes are used for conditions of the stomach, liver, and intestines, which makes Weld the perfect plant color for spring.
Try our Nettle Fiber Weld Yellow Positivity Shawl: Take 25% off with code HelloSpring for the next month.
Cheers to a Happy Spring Detoxing!