Time for free spring tonics

Have you noticed the fresh new growth of Goosegrass (Clivers/Sticky bud) and Nettles along the hedgerows? Now is the time to use them to make spring tonics. Spring tonics were traditionally taken at this time of the year to help to flush out the cold and damp of winter, to boost the immune system and strengthen the body ready for summer time.

Try juicing a few tender tops of Goosegrass shoots (before they flower) with your favourite blend such as apple, celery or lime for an immune boost.

The tender tops of nettles can be used to make a delicious soup. Pick a few handfuls of nettles (use strong gloves!), wash and add to gently fried onion and garlic. Let the leaves wilt down and cook for a short time. Stir in a little flour. Add vegetable or chicken stock or a mixture of stock and milk or milk and water. Bring to the boil and simmer gently until everything is soft. Blend until smooth and season to taste. It's a really satisfying soup that's full of vitamins and minerals such as iron.

Finally, don't despair at the dandelions appearing on the lawn; use the fresh, young leaves in salads to add a cleansing bitter kick to your food. Dandelion leaves are diuretic and help to flush out the system by increasing the amount of urine passed.

I hope I have given you a few ideas to add to your spring detox.

Remember if you are taking prescribed medicine check that these herbs are compatible.

Good health!

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