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SPRING: A Time for Cleansing, Purification, Healing & Fertility

This is from a presentation that Mississauga Naturopathic Doctor Tiffany Wyse did for Goodness Me Mississauga in the Spring of 2017.  For questions and to implement these Naturopathic strategies, connect to Dr. Tiffany at Erin Mills Optimum Health.

mississauga naturopath Tiffany presenting on Spring health strategies

The spring equinox occurred on Monday, March 20th, 2017. It falls on either the 19th or 20th of March every year and marks the beginning of spring in the Northern hemisphere.

This is the season of new life on Earth. New growth, cleansing water, green.


Signs of Spring in Nature:

  • Rain, rain and more rain.
  • We begin to see worms emerge from the earth.
  • Birds singing
  • The colour green permeates our surroundings
  • Early flowers blooming: crocus, forsythia, wild garlic, fiddleheads


What Does Spring mean to us?


  • cleansing,
  • a time of purification
  • a time of healing
  • a time of renewal, regeneration, rebirth and resurrection
  • a time of fertility of the Earth (Ester/Easter/Estrogen)
  • For us, the season can stir the uprising of vital energy. As the sap begins to rise in the trees, so our inner fire stirs and ascends in the spring.
  • As this energy rises we can dislodge any of the sluggishness we have felt over the winter hibernation period and rejuvenate ourselves.
  • Spring is an opportunity for self-growth where we may connect with our true nature.
  • Organ focus for SPRING: LIVER
  • Activity: CLEANSING


In Spring, we shed the weight of winter, we shed our winter parkas and we naturally eat less or may even fast to cleanse the body of the fats & heavy that we have been ingesting over the winter months.

Spring is a time of ascension and expansion where young shoots push out of the ground.


Food Preparation in Spring

Food preparation in Spring may be very simple, like the fresh, new greens growing.

Spring as a season represents youth.

Raw and sprouted foods may be emphasized although be cautious if you do not have enough digestive fire.

In cooler climates or for those with digestive deficiency, sautéed foods (cooked for a short amount of time but with more heat) is a better choice.

We want to eat foods containing spring vitality.


Five Element Theory

According to Traditional Asian Five Element Theory SPRING & the WOOD Element are associated.

ORGAN: Liver


TIMES:    Liver 1-3am

Gallbladder 11pm-1am


SOUND: Shouting

ODOUR: Rancid


SENSE: Vision





The Liver in Health & Harmony

When the liver is harmonious there is little stress or tension.

In our modern age the liver is probably the most congested of all of the organs in our bodies. With exposure to countless chemicals, intoxicants, denatured foods and fats, the intricate biochemical functions of the liver are put to the test and oftentimes overloaded.

This extra pressure on liver function disrupts its energy. It can become obstructed, overheated or stagnant resulting in both physical & emotional concerns.


Signs that the Liver is out of balance (disharmony)

Emotional: anger, jealousy, frustration, impatience, irritability, rudeness, edginess, violence, aggression, impulsive/explosiveness, mood swings, resentment

Physical: abdominal bloating, headaches, migraines, breast distension, nausea, belching, poor digestion, constipation, dry mouth, insomnia, dizziness, tinnitus, night sweats, fibroids, menstrual pain, PMS

What to eat?

Try to have a meal of some form of wild green to kickstart the change of season:





Wild leeks (ramps)



Add lemon juice and olive oil to bring out the minerals and for absorption.

Other fresh greens include:





Burdock root


Black radish

Flax seeds to assist with bowel function.

Grind and sprinkle on foods.

Bitters before meals

Use Tumeric (Curcuma longa) as a spice.

TONICS for the LV

Dandelion root (Taraxacum off. radix)

Burdock root (Arctium lappa radix)

Yellow dock root (Rumex crispus)

Berberis aquifolium (Barberry)

Chelidonium (Chelidonium majus)

Milk thistle (Silybum marianum)


Sarsparilla (Root beer)

Increase the intake of raw foods with any increased of signs of warmth inside the body

Include Dry Skin brushing as a part of your daily routine.

Take walks in nature.

Take a fast from the media & negative stories.

Spend time in peace & quiet. Allow for contemplation of the new life that has begun with the new season.

THANK YOU for joining us!

Happy Spring!


Enig, Mary. Fallon, Sally. NOURISHING TRADITIONS. 2003


Hoffmann, David. MEDICAL HERBALISM. 2003

Pitchford, Paul. HEALING WITH WHOLE FOODS. 2002


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