How to make a mineral-rich spring tonic using wild plants

Discover how to craft a revitalising spring detox tonic from wild plants, harnessing dandelion, cleavers, and stinging nettle‘s potent properties.

This short video guides you through the process, highlighting each plant’s benefits and precautions, creating a natural elixir for rejuvenation and balance during the season of renewal.

How To Use

I put 1-2 tablespoons into a regular sized glass of water and drink it, but I like sour drinks, some folks don’t.

You can always sweeten it with something evil like sugar (shriek). I love jaggery, if you have not tried it.

You can also put it in juice, or add it to salad dressings etc. Have a think about other ways you could use it. But for me, it’s in the glass and down the hatch. Simple.

How Long Do You Use It?

I drink it daily, usually in the morning when I wake up. I drink it until I run out or I just lose the desire. Drink until you feel you want to stop. Pay attention to your body’s signals. Your body is deeply wise. Listen to it.

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As the gentle warmth of spring awakens the earth, a lush green tapestry adorns the landscape, offering a bounty of wild plants to invigorate and cleanse our bodies.

Among these, Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion), Galium aparine (Cleavers), and Urtica dioica (Stinging Nettle) stand out as powerful allies to create a nourishing spring detox tonic, brimming with potential benefits.

Dandelion, a humble yet mighty plant, has a rich history of usage as a diuretic in traditional folk medicine and modern phytotherapy across Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

One study confirmed its efficacy, revealing a diuretic effect in human subjects over a day when using a high-quality fresh leaf hydroethanolic extract.

When using the whole plant from root to tip, this remarkable plant also boasts choleretic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and hepatoprotective properties.

Cleavers (Goosegrass), with its distinctive, clingy nature, is another essential component of our spring tonic.

Traditionally known for its diuretic properties, this versatile plant has been employed as a potent tonic to cleanse and revitalise the body.

Stinging Nettle, though feared for its sting, offers potent diuretic properties, making it a valuable addition to our spring cleanse.

These three plants create a synergistic elixir to rejuvenate and detoxify our systems.

While their potential benefits are enticing, they may also present side effects and interactions with medications, so seek the guidance of a medical herbalist or healthcare professional if any of the following apply to you.

Dandelion, for instance, may interact with diuretic medications and those broken down by the liver.

Stinging Nettle, too, may interact with blood thinners and medications for high blood pressure.

As such, seek the guidance of a medical herbalist or healthcare professional before embarking on this detox journey.

In the spirit of reconnecting with our ancestral roots and embracing nature’s wisdom, this spring tonic offers a chance to cleanse our bodies and refresh our souls.

As the plants reach for the sky, let us, too, go within ourselves to find renewal and balance, cherishing the intricate bond between humans and the natural world.