Primrose’s Spring Tips
Spring is finally here thank goodness and we can finally shake off the last remnants of the winter and blossom with new energy and new life like the flowers around us.
As I walk into my garden and the fields around where I live it always surprises me how much life and growth lives around our feet and in the hedgerows. Although it can all look like a blanket of green there is so much variety when one looks closer. The irony is we are often living too quickly to see it.
Things to look or for at this time are:
The nettles are easy to identify and you will probably find them in your garden. Pick the new sprigs at the top of the plant as this is where the most energy is held in the plant. Add it to hot water for a tea, blend it down with leeks and wild garlic for an immune boosting soup.
Lay it out on cooling racks above a radiator and dry for use over the winter.
I love this on its own as a salad, the leaves torn into strips, the flowers sprinkled over the top and a dash of olive oil, squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of salt. So fresh, simple and delicious and a great antibacterial vitamin C rich food.
I love nibbling these beautiful delicate white flowers as I’m on walks or using them to decorate food. They have a strong flavour and a great affinity with the heart and circulation system . Waking up your heart to the spring beauty unfolding around you I always think. I have been sipping them in a tea for a sore throat lately.
If you sowed some lettuce early under cover like I did you will be able to enjoy your own fresh mixed salads. Most industrial salad is sprayed with a huge amount of chemicals and as lettuce is mostly water you end up ingesting most of these so it is important to go organic and grow your own. Easily done in a windowsill if you don’t have a green house.
Spring time is an important time to detoxify and so we need to give our kidneys and liver all the help they can get and rid ourselves of what has accumulated over the winter. A great way to do this is with digestive bitters as bitter things stimulate these two pathways.
You can eat the bitter dandelion leaves in salads but my preference is to dig up a root, wash it and put it in a jar with vodka, spices (peppercorns, cardamon, cloves etc) and fruit zest or whole fruit (apples are good) and leave for a month. Then add a little to some warm water and drink first thing in the morning.
I am probably biased as it is my namesake but I love the Primrose family (primula vulgaris) which includes cowslip. Not only are they a natural sedative and relaxant so great for chewing if anxious or adding to tea and salads.
A magical plant known for its effects on bites you see it growing in paths and lawns and is one of the best antibacterial, anti inflammatory healers. If you get a cut, sting or bite (any infection) you can chew the plant and place it on the infected area and it will heal itself. You can use it in salads or create your own tincture with it by filling up a jar and topping with vodka and leaving for a couple of months and straining.
I am lucky enough to live near the beach and so seaweed is another source of nutrients available to me. Areas of headland that stick out into the sea along the coast usually provide abundant areas for rock clinging seaweeds at low tide like sea salad, peppered dulse and kelp.
This is a peppery addition to salads or you can cook it like spinach. It’s also useful to dry the leaves and stems and use in stews at a later date.
An old favourite for supporting and cleaning out the lymphatic system this plant is found in abundance and will attach itself to you as you walk past it with its little hooks. Following the doctrine of signatures it hooks out toxins through lymphatic drainage.
You can chew it as you walk, add it to smoothies or hot pots. You can also make tinctures using pure alcohol to use during the winter. A great one to eat as a support in any chronic health conditions.
The above plants are easily found and described in full on the internet so I haven’t use full descriptions. Do not eat anything you cannot identify.
Spring is a time of abundance in the plant world so storing flowers and leaves in oils or alcohol or drying them and storing in air tight containers is a great thing to do like our ancestors would have done.
If you live in the city find an excuse to get into the park or out to the countryside for the weekend and walk barefoot and absorb negative ions which work like antioxidants in our body and grounding the airy energies that can cause confusion, depression or anxiety.
Plants that can clear the air and improve health are spider plants and peace lilys so place them in your home and make sure you do have a good clean out and dust the cobwebs away to move through the rest of 2017 with nothing holding you back.
I think the process of planting physical seeds is as important as planting your mental seeds of intention for the coming year so even if you just have a pot in a window shelf shower it with love, sunshine, water and kind words and watch it flourish. When we become a vessel of love, light and generosity the circle is complete and the same will return to you.
Spring Blessings to you x