Spring cleanse

Is It Time For a Spring Cleanse?

A spring cleanse is a real breath of fresh air for your body after a long winter. It’s one of the best ways to quickly shed winter weight and increase your energy levels. Hippocrates, “the Father of Medicine,” Galen, Paracelsus and other great physicians throughout history prescribed detoxification. It was even practiced by Plato and Socrates. Cleansing has been helping people heal for over 20,000 years! Fact:  At least 20% of the food supply is contaminated with pesticide residues. The average American gets about 68 exposures to these toxins each day!  We are just beginning to see the far-reaching implications on hormonal health, specifically on hormone-driven cancers like that of the breast, testicles, and prostate; infertility problems in men and women; endocrine disorders; and earlier and earlier puberties for young American girls.

Body signs that you may need a detox: A yes answer to two or more of these symptoms should alert you to signs of toxic overload.

—body odor, bad breath or a coated tongue —frequent candida infections or UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections) —poor digestion, heartburn, constipation with intestinal bloating or gas —unusual fatigue; relying on stimulant pick-me-ups like sugar and caffeine to get through the day —cellulite collecting on your hips, thighs or tummy

You should be drinking at least 3 glasses of mixed fresh vegetable or fruit juices every day of your cleanse.Fresh fruit and vegetable juices have a powerful effect on the body’s recuperative powers because of their rich, easily absorbed nutrients and life giving enzymes.  Enzyme-rich fresh fruit and vegetable juices literally pick up dead, decaying material in the body and carry it away.  Note: Avoid caffeine, sugar, dairy foods and alcoholic drinks for the duration of your cleanse. They contribute to lymphatic stagnation.

I usually recommend a 3 to 5 day diet plan because it’s the easiest to fit in most people’s busy lifestyles. For the best results, I recommend following your detox with 1 to 4 days of a diet of 100% fresh foods. You can begin on a Friday and detox for a long weekend. For people who want to go on a longer, more intense detox, detox spas and centers where you will receive professional guidance are the best choice.


March Herb of the Month- Lemon Balm


As we move closer to spring, very few herbs can rival lemon balm in gently cleansing and renewing the mind and body after a long winter.

Lemon Balm: Melissa officinalis

Today’s common uses: Lemon balm is a good nervine for insomnia, tension headaches, nervous stomach and mild depression. It is a de-stressing aromatherapy oil to treat nervousness. New studies suggest it may even improve mental performance and balance moods in dementia patients.

Traditional Herbal Medicine uses: In ancient times, lemon balm was hung by the front door to ward off evil spirits. It was well known among warriors for staunching bleeding wounds. The Greeks used its crushed leaves as an antibacterial on scorpion stings and dog bites. Known in medieval times as an elixir of youth and longevity; in the 17th century as a remedy for melancholy and memory.

Therapeutic parts: fresh and dried leaves.

Delivery forms: tea, capsules, compress, essential oil, extract, gargle, ointment. Great in garnishes, iced teas, fruit dishes, meals and salads. Wonderful aroma in potpourri.

Key compounds: Lemon balm’s rosmarinic acid is a powerful antioxidant. Lemon balm citronella terpene has sedating effects.