The flowers are finally out in force, so it must be spring FINALLY! Spring is Kapha, the energy of Earth and Water; in Chinese medicine it’s associated with the Wood element and is a time for meditation on cleansing the liver not only of accumulated toxins from our food but from stored emotions. The remedy is provided by Mother Nature herself in the bitter, pungent, and astringent greens that begin to grow during this season.

These plants counteract the tendency of Spring to produce mucus (who has allergies???), and coupled with an avoidance of dairy products (which can produce mucus) and liberal use of the neti pot (to rinse the nasal passages and flush the sinuses) we can learn to manage our symptoms without resorting to powerful drugs which dry the delicate sinus tissues and often make us feel sleepy and ill.

Not only will we begin to feel lighter in body as we shift from the heavier diet of winter but our minds become lighter as the weather warms and we spend more time outdoors. Take some time to be fully present as the season changes and really notice the effects on your body and mind…

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