Warming up for Spring Cleansing


Dr. Japa K. Khalsa


With the subtle warmth starting to embrace our landscape and consciousness, spring is the perfect time for easy cleansing. For springtime allergies or an easy cleanse, try a morning breakfast drink for two weeks: the liver cleanse with lots of citrus. Citrus has so much vitamin C and bioflavonoids (found in the white part of the peel) that it can act as a natural antihistamine for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. The properties that Eastern medicine uses to help counteract allergies with vitamin C and citrus are that it warms, energizes and moves obstructions. Proof of this might be experienced after taking too much vitamin C and noticing how quickly it moves obstructions on the way to the bathroom.

Try a timely recipe of liquid sunshine in the morning on an empty stomach and enjoy being energized and clearing out. Here is a recipe that takes 10 minutes and can be done before breakfast to clear constipation and regulate the body’s immune response.

Liver Flush

Half a grapefruit peeled (leave as much of the white part of the peel as possible)

Two oranges peeled (leave as much of the white part of the peel as possible)

(Use more oranges if your palate needs a sweeter drink)

1-2 inches of fresh ginger root chopped up

2 tbs. olive oil

8 sprigs of parsley (parsley tastes best but you can substitute another green like kale, as pictured)

½ – 1 clove of garlic (to taste tolerance, optional)

1 clove

½ cup of water (or slightly more depending on thickness desired)

(For a sweeter drink, substitute unsweetened apple juice instead of water)

Put a little water in blender. Start blending the ingredients one at a time in order, except olive oil. When all ingredients are blended, more water may be added if it is too thick. At the end, add olive oil and re-blend.

Stinging Nettle: A prickly solution for allergy sufferers

Nettle leaf tea—strain then drink for allergy relief.

What is the number-one herbal remedy for allergies? None other than the lovely stinging nettle leaf, which makes a delicious tea. It can be grown in the garden and is considered a soil builder, but beware that it can easily take over a garden, similar to peppermint. Small amounts of the herb are always beneficial, but a high dose is recommended to curb allergies, so speak to a professional herbalist to determine a good dose. Instead of just drinking one cup of herbal tea, try putting a professionally recommended amount of dried nettle into a gallon jar and pour boiling water over it, letting it steep. Once it cools and settles, strain the tea and drink it all day long. Stinging nettle leaf is more nutritious than spinach and can be eaten steamed early in the season (steaming destroys the fine hairs on the plant). The mineral levels in this plant are high.


Congee (pictured with quinoa instead of rice) is an easy-to-make, satisfying Chinese medicinal dish that helps rebuild and strengthen the body.

Since the dinner table is the place where so many decisions are made, where family matters are decided and where sustainable life changes and values are created, it’s good to have an easy-to-make dish that is healing and helps digestion. This simple meal, eaten in China for breakfast, lunch or dinner, can be made inexpensively. Congee is a thin porridge or gruel consisting of a handful of rice simmered in five-to-six times the amount of water. Rice is the most common grain, although millet, quinoa or other grains can be used as well. Rinse your grain well, and then cook the rice and water in a covered pot four-to-six hours on warm or use the lowest flame possible. A crockpot works very well. It’s better to use more water than too little, and the longer it cooks, the more “powerful” it becomes. Serve it as a side dish, or season it to taste with butter, soy sauce or salt and pepper, and eat it by itself.

Healing Properties: This rice soup is easily digested, tonifies the blood and qi energy, harmonizes digestion, and is cooling and nourishing. It is helpful for recovering from cold or flu because it is known to strengthen the blood and increase energy. The cooling, moistening and strengthening properties help to reduce inflammation. Other therapeutic herbs/foods can be added. Their properties are amplified by the benefits of rice.

Try adding in a little of your vegetable odds and ends from your vegetable box or garden, or try one of these simple additions: mung beans, carrots, onions, radishes, potatoes, etc. When added at the beginning of prep time, the vegetables disperse into the congee and become very easy to digest. Congee is a great crockpot dish! Just leave it with plenty of water to cook all day.

Source: Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford.


Give Nostrils an Oil Change and Recharge Energy

Nasya oil has become popular lately, and here is how it works. Nasya is a yoga/ayurveda practice that allows special oils with plant properties to go into the nose and sinus passages. In ayurveda, it is believed that these tissues, through their connection to the head, are a direct support of the life-force energy. During an inhalation, everything that we breathe goes through these passages. Putting special oils in the nose that absorb throughout the day can shield against viruses and germs. Sounds intimidating? Here is how: Start with simple oil like sesame oil, or purchase Nasya oil, which includes these therapeutic herbs. Tilt the head back (about 45 degrees) and pour a dropper-full in the nose until the oil is felt sliding down the back of the throat. Then either spit this oil out or swallow it. Oh yes, and be sure to wipe the nose or be stuck with a glistening mustache. Start slowly with a small amount of oil just once a day and assess the reaction.


Dr. Japa K. Khalsa received a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and completed her Master of Oriental Medicine at Midwest College of Medicine. She is a board-certified and licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine, and practices in Española, NM. 505.747.3368, drjapa@gmail.com, http://www.drjapa.com



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