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Herbs for a gentle spring cleanse

The best times of year to undergo a natural cleanse or detox are at the change of the seasons. Just as there are spring floods, with rivers overflowing, there are internal ‘floods’ in the body as the natural increase of heat in spring melts the build-up of congestion from the winter months. While we wash away and eliminate waste daily, modern life throws so much at us that not all of it goes down the plughole. Taking time to do a cleanse will help the body to more effectively get rid of unwanted waste.

 

A cleanse for the mind too

Feeling clogged up can also affect our emotional state – we might hold onto negative issues (the run-in at work last month, the break-up last year), instead of letting them go. Cleansing on all levels is central to being healthy.

 

A quick look at a spring cleanse diet

Say yes to: warming, stimulating and slightly spicier foods are great during a cleanse.

Try and avoid: dairy and highly processed fats which are more difficult for the body to digest and breakdown, will also support a more productive cleanse.

 

What herbs will benefit me during a spring cleanse?

Nettle – a nutritious plant filled with vitamins, minerals and protein. Nettle is great at ridding the body of excess waste, making it the body’s answer to a ‘spring-clean’. Skin conditions and seasonal allergies are helped by this plant, thanks to the way it cleanses the blood.


Fennel   the ultimate way to give yourself a natural digestive detox. With its strong anti-inflammatory properties, it soothes an upset digestive system and clears toxins.


Turmeric  one of the all-time great liver-loving herbs. This renowned super-spice helps your liver work more efficiently and your blood a little cleaner, giving your skin a glow of health.


Lemon  effective in removing toxins from the blood and clearing congestion.
Green tea – an effective way of getting antioxidants to the liver, which desperately needs them.

 

Dandelion  clears excess heat and toxicity in the liver. Dandelion is a traditional remedy for treating the skin and supporting liver.

 

Aniseed – a renowned herb for detoxifying, this sweet aromatic seed naturally relaxes and supports digestion.

 

Spirulina – an algae and complete protein, containing every amino acid (helps to build up cells, muscles and tissue) and is the only non-animal source of vitamin B12.

 

Chlorella – a great ingredient for a natural detox or cleanse – it’s reputed for alkalising cleansing the blood and boosting immunity.

 

What else could I do during a cleanse?

Here are some simple (and relaxing) tips to support you during your cleanse.

  • Eat a simple, organic diet
  • Take plenty of rest
  • Reduce strenuous exercise
  • Have a massage or visit a steam room to help the body rid itself of excess toxicity

 

How does my dosha affect a spring cleanse?

Our constitution informs what our bodies need in order to give us a healthy glow.

Although we are all beautifully unique, there are as many different constitutions as there are people. Ayurveda (India’s ancient health system), divides us into three main constitutional types; vata, pitta and kapha (otherwise known as doshas).

If you don’t already know your dosha, you can take our dosha quiz to find out more.

If you know your dosha already, take a look below and see our top tips for making a spring cleanse work for you.

 

The Vata cleanse

Vata naturally has difficulty holding onto energy and need to be cautious when cleansing. A short cleanse of 1-3 days with simple nourishing foods such as rice and mung-beans will help calm the mind and enkindle the digestive fire without weakening the body.

Herbs that really support the vata constitution are those that will help create a sense of balance and stability, but also nourish the body at a deep level. Gentle but nourishing cleansers such as Pukka Essential Spirulina and Pukka Clean Greens will support the body throughout every stage of a spring clean without letting it become depleted. Balancing herbs such as Ashwagandha will also help to support the nervous vata emotions. Relaxing teas such as Love, Serene Jasmine Green, Relax will help the body adapt to the seasonal change without becoming stressed.

 

The Pitta cleanse

Pitta types have boundless energy but can build up inflammatory heat. Pitta types can benefit from vegetable and fruit juicing as they are better at processing raw and cooler foodstuffs. It’s also important that they try and rest (even if they don’t want to…)

Herbs that are beneficial to the pitta dosha are those which are characteristically cooling, cleansing and anti-inflammatory. Pukka Aloe Vera Juice and Juicy Wheatgrass really get to the root of deep seated heat and inflammation in the body and can be incredibly supportive to the fiery pitta person. Pairing this with refreshing and hydrating teas like Pukka Refresh, Peppermint & Licorice, Mint Matcha Green, Clean Matcha Green and Three Mint can really help to keep the pitta thermostat under control in the lead up to summer.

 

The Kapha cleanse

Kapha types can tolerate more prolonged cleanses as they are excellent stores of energy. Including warmth and spice into the diet will boost the normally sluggish kapha metabolism and help them begin to burn off excess toxicity.

Herbs that keep kapha in check are those which are generally more heating and stimulating with the power to shift deep congestion. Pukka Vitalise, Wholistic Turmeric and Clean Chlorella pack a slightly hotter punch and will help remove sticky, tough mucus accumulations from the body. Pair this with Pukka teas that will boost digestive metabolism for that extra boost, such as After Dinner, Revitalise, Turmeric Gold, Three Fennel and Three Ginger.

Ready to discover your dosha?

Take the dosha quiz and find out more about yourself. 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the author

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Katie Pande, Senior Herbal Advisor

Katie is a qualified Medical Herbalist, and member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), currently practicing in Shaftesbury. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine and a BSc (Hons) in Plant and Environmental Biology.

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