spring wellness

Spring Wellness Wisdom

Spring in traditional Chinese medicine is seen as a time of creativity, growth, and renewal. This energy is palpable as the days get brighter and the flora and fauna around us awaken from the quietude of winter. Our health and well-being are profoundly entwined with the cycles of nature. We are our healthiest when we are in deep harmony with these cycles, so as the season changes it is important to connect with nature and attune to what it is teaching us. In this time the seeds of change we have planted over the year will begin blossoming so prepare the garden of your mind and body with our spring wellness tips.

The Liver and Gall Bladder Season

Each season in Chinese medicine is associated with a pair of yin and yang organs. Spring is the time of the Liver (yin) and Gallbladder (yang), so in this transitional season, we must take care to support these organs and what they do for our bodies physically and energetically.

The Liver and Gallbladder are responsible for the smooth flow of emotions. Stress and feelings like anger or resentment can create stagnation, which can then manifest as physical ailments.

Common symptoms of Liver/Gallbladder imbalance:

  • Neck and shoulder tension
  • Congestion
  • Headaches
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Anger
  • Resentment
  • Irritability
  • Frustration
  • Inability to forgive
  • Feeling unfulfilled
  • Inflexibility
  • Lethargy
Qualities of balanced Liver/Gallbladder:

  • Assertiveness
  • Decisiveness
  • Going with the flow
  • Feeling fulfilled
  • Happiness
  • Inspired
  • Joy
  • Passion
  • Willingness to let go
  • Compassion
  • Patience
  • Honesty
  • Flexibility
  • Easily forgiving

Spring Wellness Tips

Seasonal Acupuncture Tune-up

The change of seasons is an ideal time for an acupuncture tune-up. Acupuncture is an excellent way to help your body align with the seasonal changes, boost your immune system, and improve circulation, which all help to optimize your health and well-being during this time of transition. Liver and Gallbladder imbalance can be addressed, as well as any other health concerns you may have.

 

The Color Green
The color associated with spring in Chinese medicine is green. So green foods are a particularly potent medicine this time of year. Invest in fresh greens of all kinds, a variety of sprouts, and incorporate lighter meals with lots of fresh salads.

 

Sour flavors
The sour taste is especially helpful this time of year, so squeeze lemon or lime juice in your water and make a delicious lemon dressing to add a zing to your salads and meals.

 

Transition Calmly
Just as nature slowly transitions into spring, we must take our time moving into the new lifestyle that spring inspires. Don’t be too quick to pack up your winter clothes. It’s important to keep warm and wear a lighter scarf on the cool and windy spring days to keep your immunity high.

 

Connect with Nature

As the days are warming, it’s a great time to get outside! Go for walks in nature, observe the spring growth, clean up your yard, prepare your garden, and get in touch with the earth.

 

Practice Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a lifetime practice, and focusing on the art of forgiving in springtime reaps powerful results as it directly affects the liver Qi. A powerful practice to cultivate forgiveness is the ancient Hawaiian practice Ho‘oponopono. This practice involves mentally repeating: “I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you” while contemplating your relationships with others, and to yourself.

 

 

By Chloe Bolton

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Top Spring Detox Teas

Spring is a time of renewal in Chinese medicine and Ayurveda. A time to shed the heaviness of winter, for bright, fresh and openness of the warmer months. There are many practices you can incorporate to assist in this time of physical and spiritual renovation, including special diets, consistent exercise, and dedicating time to meditation and prayer. And of course, one way we love to maximize this time of inner renewal is to drink tea! Arogya tea has several varieties of detox teas that are especially helpful this time of year for harmonizing with the seasonal changes, detoxifying the body, reducing stress, and increasing immunity, health and vitality.

Our top 4 Spring Detox Teas:

Detox Teas - Detox Blend Detox Teas - Liver Cleanse

DETOX BLEND

Release tension and toxins while sustaining radiant, abundant energy with this blend of cleansing, yet mildly uplifting herbs. A wonderful concoction to clear out the old and make way for the new. Read more about Detox blend on our blog.

This blend contains the powerful herb Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi, which is a 5000-year-old Ayurvedic remedy referred to as the “Elixir of Life.” Holy Basil increases natural energy while reducing stress and cortisol, as well as regulates blood sugar levels and boosts immunity. Learn more about the healing properties of Holy Basil on our blog.

100% Organic Ingredients: Holy Basil, Spearmint, Rosehips, Lemon Myrtle, Linden Blossoms

LIVER CLEANSE

An energizing formula based on Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, specifically designed to cleanse and detoxify the liver. Since the liver works to cleanse the body of toxins and is directly connected to the large intestine, it is important to periodically cleanse and rejuvenate this vital organ so it can do its job most effectively. According to Chinese Medical theory, a stagnant liver is also connected to the emotion of anger so this remedy may help to improve bad moods and emotional frustration. Delicious and nurturing, while suitable for everyone interested in boosting overall health in mind, body, and spirit. Read more about this healing blend on our blog.

Ingredients: Organic Dandelion, Organic Lemon Myrtle, Organic Peppermint, Wild Mate, Chrysanthemum

Detox Teas - Fire Detox Detox Teas - Matcha Sencha

FIRE DETOX

When the immune system is out of balance, it can manifest in many ways. Most commonly, it appears as an imbalance of the fire element, one of the 5 elements in Chinese medicine. When this element is not in harmony it produces symptoms and ailments such as inflammation, acne, constipation, insomnia, and even cancer. Our Fire Detox Blend is formulated to detoxify and cool the fire energy within. From a holistic perspective, when the fire element is no longer dominant, it allows the other elements to be nurtured and restores one’s inner harmony.

Ingredients: Bamboo Leaf, Olive Leaf, Organic Peppermint

MATCHA SENCHA

Green tea provides high levels of natural polyphenols and anti-oxidants that neutralize free radicals, and also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which helps you feel simultaneously energized, focused, and calm. While you can enjoy these benefits in all green teas, we especially enjoy the Matcha Sencha for a spring detox. This blend of rich Sencha tea leaves and Matcha powder delivers vibrant energy and a balanced and hearty green brew that can be enjoyed as part of a delicious meal or compliment to any time of day.

100% Organic Ingredients: Green Tealeaves, Matcha (Powdered Green Tealeaves)

 

How to make matcha tea

4 Easy Ways to Make Matcha Tea

Matcha has become famous for the unique sense of calm and focused alertness it provides, and for its health properties: high-antioxidant levels, chlorophyll-rich, and metabolism-boosting, among others. It has been enjoyed for centuries, traditionally used by Japanese Zen monks for meditation and mindful living. Matcha is a practical and healthful choice that can be made in an instant, or meditatively brewed and sipped in a ritualized tea ceremony. Enjoy our Ceremonial Grade Matcha Tea Powder in these four simple recipes and experience for yourself the magic of matcha tea. It is recommended to use hot, but not boiling water, ideally 175°F.
How to make matcha

Traditional Matcha

  • In a flat bottomed bowl, combine 1 tsp matcha with 2 tbsp hot water*, whisk until forms a smooth paste.
  • Pour 1 cup hot water into the bowl.
  • Moving at the wrist, whisk the tea as quickly as you can in “W” shaped movements, without touching the bottom of the bowl. Whisk until froth forms.

        Click here to see a detailed guide with photos of each step.

 

Matcha Latte (hot)

  • In a mug, combine 1 tsp matcha with 2 tbsp hot water*, whisk until forms a smooth paste.
  • Pour 1 cup warm frothed milk over matcha tea
  • Add sweetener to taste (optional)

 

Matcha Latte (iced)

Combine together in a jar:
  • 1 tsp matcha
  • 1 cup milk
  • sweetener to taste (optional)
  • A handful of ice
Close the jar tightly, shake vigorously until combined.

 

Iced Matcha Soda

  • In a bowl, combine 1 tsp matcha with 2 tbsp hot water.
  • Whisk until forms a smooth paste
  • Add 1 cup sparkling water and gently stir.
  • Pour mixture into a glass over a handful of ice.
  • Add sweetener and a slice of lemon (optional)

 

Photos and text by Chloe Bolton

How to Store Tea

How to Store Tea

In general, the shelf life of tea is about one year. A little less for fresh green teas and light oolongs, and longer for more oxidized teas like black tea. But one year is a good point of reference for most teas and tisanes. Learn to properly store tea to preserve the flavor and health benefits of your tea. These storage tips apply to all teas, except for pu’er tea – you’ll find a separate section about pu’er below. If you are interested in aging teas, which is only possible with certain types of tea, you can follow these storage tips read more about the art of aged tea.

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