Feeling in need of a pick me up? Traditional spring tonics were country remedies that were used to cleanse the blood and replenish vital nutrients following a harsh winter diet and also ideal for the situation we are now in.
Often consisting of whichever new green growth came through first, but these are perhaps the most popular and may be growing in your garden. N.B. It is vital to identify plants correctly, if you are ever unsure do not eat or use the plant medicinally. Ensure that the plants are free from pesticides and not where a dog may walk. Do not imbibe if allergic to any of the constituents.
NETTLE (Urtica dioica) is well known for containing iron, but it also contains beta carotene, silica, selenium, magnesium, zinc and vitamins A, C, D, E, F, K, P and B6 as well as being a very high source of protein.
CLEAVERS (Galium aparine) contains vitamins B3 and C, silica and calcium.
DANDELION (Taraxacum officinale) well known for containing potassium, but it also contains calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C.
Use as a herbal tea, pouring hot water over either fresh or dried leaves.