Leaves are budding, birds are singing, the first flowers are brightening the forests and fields. As the days gets warmer and longer, as we shake off the sluggishness of winter, it is time to refresh our minds and bodies, to renew, revitalize and rejuvenate. The early spring greens are what our ancestors ate, hungry for fresh foods after the winter, needing vitamins and phytonutrients. Dandelion greens, chickweed, nettles, violets, miner’s lettuce, wild cress – they are abundant in the fields and hedgerows right now, and they are stimulating to the liver and promote detox pathways.
Take advantage of this spring energy by joining Chanchal Cabrera, medical herbalist for a ‘Spring Cleanse’ Seminar’ from 10 am – 2 pm on April 21st at Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden in Royston. The class will include a walk in the herb gardens to identify many herbs used for tissue cleansing and detoxification, harvesting wild greens to make juices, and vibrant discussion of when, why, and how to do a detox.
In her 30 plus years of working as a medical herbalist, says Cabrera, she routinely places people onto cleansing and detoxification programs but it is much better to be pro-active and to practice preventative medicine. “Just as you change your engine oil in the car regularly, and don’t wait for it to get too gummed up and dirty, so you should think about doing a regular tissue cleanse and deep detoxification for the body” she says. “This can include diet changes, fasting, specific herbs, sauna and more, but is actually easy and usually feels really good”.
In this ‘Spring Cleanse’ On April 21st the class you will leave with the preparatory steps to take for a successful cleanse; tips for cleansing diets and fasting to boost your immune system and reduce inflammation; an understanding of how to how to resume life after a cleanse and other activities to supplement a cleanse: exercise, steam, sauna, sweat lodge, etc; an awareness of the pros and cons of raw food; and an understanding of the role of whole food and botanical medicine in detoxifying the body. The cost for this seminar is $40.00 + GST per participant.
This seminar is part of an herbal educational series at Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden. Seminars are available for purchase as a package. To learn more about other discussion topics or to register for ‘Spring Cleanse’ visit www.inissfreefarm.ca; write to Chanchal@chanchalcabrera.com; or call 250 336 8768.