Move prana gently with a Nettle-Mint spring cleanse

Innate in the journey of a yogin is summoning prana, also known as lifeforce or energy. That energy naturally must move, but in the winter we slow down, sweat less, stay immobile for longer periods and in general can become quite static. This is natural and there are natural teas that help get prana moving while softening the side-effects of your spring detox.

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The classic combination of Stinging Nettles and Mint is one such blend. At this time of year, fresh nettle is abundant in sunny verdant locales, along roadsides and beside driveways. Nettle may be considered a weed but it is both food and healing herb. Mint flourishes later in the spring, and French Mint or Chocolate Mint are two favourites varieties for tea making.

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When a yogin gets sluggish after a cold dark winter, or if the energy feels stuck and regular attempts at moving it doesn’t help alleviate the side-effects of detoxification – like skin conditions, headaches, and joint/body pain… reach for this blend. Follow the instructions to brew a pot and drink it over the course of the day and evening, for at least a few days.

Nettle Mint isn’t just a spring beverage, it can be enjoyed all year round, but this season is, across the board, a perfect time to build the blood and cleanse the system of built-up impurities. Yogins often find themselves susceptible to sensitivities, both before and after they adopt a yoga practice, and that sensitivity commonly contributes to leading people to yoga. If students cultivate their powers of observation through yoga, then body sensations/sensitivities can act as a barometre for our personal states-of-being.

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Mint is stronger after it has been dried. Gather a basketful from your garden this Summer Solstice and dry it for the coming year. Repeat this with the Stinging Nettles, and while you are doing your gathering steady your mind on gratitude for the union between what we need and what nature provides.

Fresh Nettles may also be eaten cooked like spinach. Trim only the top of the plant, before it starts to flower. Boil them in a pot for a minute or two, then toss them with spiral pasta, nutritional yeast and olive oil.

TIP: If you have hives or rheumatism/arthritis, take a few calming breaths and consciously let the nettle touch your skin anywhere comfortable – NOT on the hives, but YES on the affected joint if you want – until you feel the slight sting, at which point you know the medicine of the plant has entered your blood system. It’s not as bad as a bee sting, as long as you control the amount of stinging. To start with take one sting, from a solitary plant on each inner wrist. (Use caution, practice this technique at your own risk.)

Buy Nettle Mint Tea

If you are interested in this tea, here is where to purchase a lovely organic blend of Nettle Mint. BeuTEAful by Tantra Herbs. Sari Weinberg is located in Sackville, New Brunswick, where she has an online tea shop, and also sells a wide variety of herbs and herbal products at the Moncton Saturday Market all through the year.

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These French Mint babies will mature by mid-Summer, reaching up to 18 inches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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