Looking for a Gentle Spring Detox?

Many cultures traditionally detox in late winter/early spring.

Sometimes I'll make a pot of kitchari and munch happily on that all day.

Or I’ll simmer broth until the scent of parsley and thyme and chicken fat creeps into every room in the house. I won’t want anything else and will slurp soup for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

This week the Medicine Keepers Collective (our online community) and I are doing a little spring detox. Nothing extreme or hardcore, just giving our digestion a rest by moving toward lighter foods and liquid nourishment, while airing out our homes, doing some spring cleaning, and smudging away the stale energy of winter.

Studies show that a modified fast (i.e., cutting down as opposed to not eating at all) will have lasting benefits for the whole body, including lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

I change it up a little each year, but to give you an idea what it’s like, last year we drank 2 cups a day of Sharon’s Vital Roots Tea to support our livers while cutting out one food or food group per day:

  • Monday: sugar
  • Tuesday: dairy 
  • Wednesday: wheat 
  • Thursday: eggs 
  • Friday: corn & soy 
  • Saturday: meat 
  • For those who felt called, liquids only on Sunday: bone broths and/or veggie juices

Medicine Keepers who have never done a detox before simply cut out one food group each day, while more experienced cleansers did it in a cumulative fashion.

Sounds easy, huh?

Um, no.

Last year Andrew was out of town, so I decided to jump right into liquids only. Might as well get that done while he’s gone and I’m not tempted by someone else’s yummy, greasy sweet potato fries, right?

This is kind of like going from 0 to 60 MPH; it makes most cars and most humans sputter and roar.

But I figured it should be super simple: all I’m asking of myself is one solid meal and two meals of bone broth, something I do on occasion anyway. Basically eating the way I already like to eat… sometimes.

But it didn't seem to be one of those times. I wanted *crunch*… and I had broth.

All day I watched my dogs steal bones from each other and thought about my primal relationship to food.

It’s not that I was feeling particularly hungry, it was that I was feeling particularly denied.

I hopped over to the Medicine Keepers chat room: one woman was laughing about how she never eats sugar, but since we eliminated it, she was desperately craving sweets and salivating over candy in the grocery store.

Wanting what we don’t have, only because we don’t have it.

I watched Nyssa steal Finn’s bone. And grabbed another cup of bone broth.

Grab my favorite detoxing & cleansing picks below! 

If you’re thinking about doing a detox, here are some of my favorite teas to help your body eliminate:

Meanwhile, snag some free additional guidance on how to clean inside and out:

And don't forget to make sure your home and environment are supporting your detox:

  • The Naturally Clean Home has all the recipes you need to keep your space clean and green (because many commercial cleaning products contain ingredients that are toxic).
  • Finally, I’ve gotten some of my sanest ideas on detox and diets from the writing of Dr. Daphne Miller. Check out her new book Farmacology.
  • We bottle a lower-grade Sweet Orange Essential Oil specially for cleaning. Orange oil cuts grease. I mix it with baking soda to create a scrub and with white vinegar for a spritz.
  • And, of course, giving your home a good sage smudge clears the air. Find instructions here.

On Herbiary owner Maia Toll's blog:

  • Are you living in an energetic pigpen? Smudging is not just for the woo; if my mom can do it, you can, too! Get my best smudging tips.
  • Feeling stuck or looking for "the answer"? It might be time to make a change. This article will help you, plus give you a free guided meditation.
  • Here's how to detox, inside and out, without making yourself crazy.