Kidney To Liver

Hey everyone! My name is Liz Firestone and I am the owner of Crescent Moon Apothecary. Allison graciously asked me to write up a little something for the March newsletter so here I am! A little bit about myself before we get to the good stuff – the winter to spring transition. I am a community herbalist and make small-batch, handcrafted herbal remedies here in Charleston. This ranges from personal care products (lotions, tooth powders…) to medicinal remedies (tinctures, tonics, etc). I make custom formulas upon request and see clients for herbal consultations. A consultation is a 90-minute sit down with me to discuss what it is you would like to work on with herbs. I create a custom herbal protocol and formulas for the client. Working with an herbalist can help keep you from being overwhelmed when trying to figure out which herb is right from the list of 90 herbs that come up when you Google “what herbs are good for….” More information about consultations and my products is available at www.crescentmoonapothecary.net

Can you feel the hints of spring in the air right now? We are starting to shed the darkness of winter and step into the light of spring. Winter is a yin season and centers around the kidney meridian. It is a time where we rest as the days are shorter and the nights are longer. Getting cozy under blankets, reading, and relaxing are great ways to shore up your energy reserve in the winter. All the energy you save will be put to good use in spring.

  • The color associated with spring is green. This is a great time to eat your greens! As the weather gets warmer, raw greens become easier for the body to digest but it is still a good idea to eat steamed greens with your meals. 
  • Increase the amount of exercise and movement in your life. This removes liver stagnation and allows us to process our emotions and wake up our muscles. Try to get outside in the sun for extra benefits. 
  • Use liver supporting herbs in a tea, tincture, or capsule form. Given our modern, busy lifestyles we may not always get enough sleep or eat right so a liver supporting herbal formula can be very helpful. The liver processes hormones, medicines, supplements, and blood. Supporting it with a tonic can bring benefits you may not expect. 
  • Self-care is critical here and it means balancing the rising of energy of spring with the restful season of winter. You do not want to go from 0-60 mph in energy expenditure. Still take epsom salt soaks, massages, energy work, meditate, drink tea, yoga, etc. Whatever fills your cup. 

If you’re interested in herbal formulas for spring, I have an alcohol-based root beer tincture that is filled with lots of liver lovin’ herbs. I also offer an alcohol-free bitters formula which has dandelion root, a gentle but mighty liver tonic. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Happy spring!

*The Body Temple Deep Integrated Bodywork was designed to be a complementary therapy to traditional approaches to physical, mental, and emotional unrest. DIB is not meant to take the place of medical or psychological care and advice. Please consult your physician before you make any changes to medications, lifestyle, etc. You are always encouraged to follow your own intuition when making decisions about your health and wellbeing.​

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