"The Healing Miracle of Seasonal Detoxing: , by Holistic Angel
The EARLY SUMMER is when the sun draws closest to the earth. This is the time when our energies are at their peak. This is the time that the heart and the spleen small intestines are the most active. Great herbs that cleanse and strengthen the heart are hawthorn berry, garlic, gingko and CoQ10.
LATE SUMMER is when the days are hotter, damper and there is a feeling of heaviness in the air. This is when the spleen, the lymph and stomach become the most active. This is best time to do a lymphatic cleanse. The herbs that help are Red clover, poke root, burdock root. Essential oils that are important for the lymphatic system are frankincense oil, hyssop oil, grapefruit oil, cypress oil and lemon oil.
FALL is a time of harvesting and gathering. The leaves take off their mask and begin to dance to the ground. Gathering and elimination are the traits of this season. This is when the Lungs, large intestines and skin become active. This is when one should do a colon and parasite cleanse and strengthen the lungs and immune system to get ready for the long cold winter.
Early fall is a great time for getting rid of parasites and to give your colon a good cleanse.
LATE FALL is the perfect time to nourish the lungs while trying to prevent colds and flu. These herbs Mullein, pleurisy root, astragulus, garlic and Echinacea will help strengthen the lungs and strengthen your immune system.
WINTER a season when we turn inward and the cold and darkness urges us to slow down. This is when we can conserve our energy. This is when the kidneys are highly active. This is a time to cleanse and support them. Dandelion root, corn silk, parsley, uva ursi, juniper and cranberry are great for supporting the kidneys
The SPRING SEASON is the most significant season to begin a cleanse. Spring represents renewal and rebirth. Spring Time is the season of color & creativity..Tap into the energy of Spring. Spring Time is the time to de clutter your House, Your Mind & Your Body
It is the season to consciously take care of our liver and gallbladder. It is also the best time to start a weight-loss program. The liver also considered the farmer who cultivates. It stores governs and regulates the blood.
Early Summer Mini Seasonal Detox - Spleen & Heart
The EARLY SUMMER is when the sun draws closest to the earth. This is the time when our energies are at their peak. This is the time that the heart and the spleen small intestines are the most active. Great herbs that cleanse and strengthen the heart are hawthorn berry, garlic, gingko and CoQ10.
LATE SUMMER is when the days are hotter, damper and there is a feeling of heaviness in the air. This is when the spleen, the lymph and stomach become the most active. This is best time to do a lymphatic cleanse. The herbs that help are Red clover, poke root, burdock root. Essential oils that are important for the lymphatic system are frankincense oil, hyssop oil, grapefruit oil, cypress oil and lemon oil.

Heart Health!
Some Important Heart-Friendly Herbs

*Hawthorn Berries & Flowers
Probably the most important herb used for heart health is hawthorn. Hawthorn is considered to be an “amphoteric” herb, meaning that it normalizes heart function. It is actually considered by herbalists to be a “food for the heart,” making it appropriate for any type of heart or circulatory condition. Studies on hawthorn have shown that it helps prevent all types of heart problems by gently strengthening and tonifying the heart’s muscle. In addition, it improves blood circulation through the heart, reducing the heart’s need for oxygen. It also helps the heart circulate blood with less effort. Arteriosclerosis, angina, mild to moderate congestive heart failure, or the prevention of myocardial infarction, hypertension, mytrovalve prolapse, for all of these conditions, hawthorn is indicated
One thing to note about hawthorn is that although hawthorn berries are traditionally used, hawthorn flowers are more active than the berries, so they are best when taken together. Caution: hawthorn is so effective at strengthening the heart, that taking hawthorn with digitaloids-containing or beta-blocking drugs, you can actually increase the efficiency of heart medications. Working with your doctor and your herbalist, it is possible that you can lower the amount of your heart medications. This can be a beneficial thing, because your need for the drug will actually be reduced, and there are substantial side effects from these drugs.

is one of the most important herbs for heart health. Studies on steamed, aged, and extracted garlic have gotten mixed reviews. That is because taking fresh garlic is by far the most effective method for reducing cholesterol. Fresh garlic should be chopped up and allowed to sit for 10-15 minutes so that an oxidative process takes place where the active constituents are allowed to develop. Try mincing the garlic and swallow it down with water, like a pill. Or, you can eat slices of garlic with an apple, or incorporate it into your foods right before serving. Children can take it with honey. Other foods containing high amounts of allicin are onions, shallots, leeks, and ramps; they are all blood lipid-lowering foods and have beneficial effects on cardio function, although none are as beneficial as garlic.

Protect Your Heart with This Spice
For healthy, flexible, clog-free arteries, add more ethnic flare to your favorite dishes with this spice: turmeric.
Turmeric is a favorite spice in Indian cooking. And the principal turmeric benefits -- curcumin, to be exact -- have been shown to help prevent arterial plaques from gaining a foothold in blood vessels. Nice!
Culinary Clog-Stopper
Squeaky-clear arteries are a very good thing. They mean less risk of atherosclerosis, a disease that ups the risk of stroke and heart attack. And the turmeric benefits of curcumin seem to help clamp down on blocked arteries in three ways: curbing inflammation-induced damage to the lining of your arteries, lowering blood cholesterol, and regulating blood-platelet production think thinner, less clot-prone blood.

Protects your heart and prevent blocked arteries. Research suggests it may also curb the development of Alzheimer's disease, certain types of cancer and arthritis -- just to name a few more turmeric benefits.

or Celanicerus grandiflorus, is similar to hawthorn, but it is a little bit less of a tonifier, and is slightly more active medicinally. In fact, the combination of hawthorn and cactus together for people with something like congestive heart failure, is MUCH more effective than hawthorn by itself. Be careful when choosing an extract of this useful herb. Many companies do not carry the correct species, which is grandiflorus, and the results are that it can be quite a bit less active. Cactus is appropriate for a number of heart conditions. One of those conditions is “athlete’s heart,” which is where people push themselves beyond their body’s capacity, and this has had a negative effect on their heart. It is also used for “tobacco heart” which is a condition in long-term smokers where their heart loses the ability to maintain a strong electrical contraction. In addition, it can be used for fatty degeneration of the heart.
Side effects from taking herbs and drugs together. There are relatively few contraindications when adding the herbs mentioned in these articles to your drug regimen. Although effective, all of the herbs mentioned have a relatively mild effect on the system and it is unlikely that there would be any side effects. However, when taking any herbs with medications, it is always best to start with very small doses and build up over a course of 2-3 weeks to the normal dose while under the supervision of your doctor and a trained herbalist. If you have any side effects over the course of the building period, discontinue the herbs.

Spleen - Small Intestines 

Western vs. Eastern Medicine — the Spleen in Traditional Chinese Medicine
In Western medicine, the spleen is recognized for its production and destruction of red blood cells and storage of blood. However, in traditional Chinese physiology, the spleen takes a lead role in the assimilation of nutrients and maintenance of physical strength. It turns digested food from the stomach into usable nutrients and qi, which is our life energy force.

In China, entire schools of medicine were formed around this organ because it’s believed that all aspects of life depend on the functioning of this essential organ, which allows the body to receive its needed nutrients.
In Eastern medicine, fatigue and anemia are often recognized as a breakdown in the spleen’s ability to transform food into blood and energy. If the spleen is weak, then the colon, uterus, rectum or stomach can sag or weaken. According to the ideas of Eastern medicine, exercise and a healthy diet can benefit the body only if the spleen is able to transmit nutrition and energy to the muscles, and a person with deficient spleen function will often experience weakness and fatigue.
In addition to its role in nutrition and blood production, the spleen is viewed as being responsible for the transformation of fluids, as it assists in water metabolism, helping the body rid itself of excess fluid and moistening the areas that need it, such as the joints. It separates usable and unusable fluids that we consume daily.
The spleen has the power to transform food and liquids into energy, which is then transported to our organs and enables the proper function of our entire body – this is why the spleen is seen as playing a central role in nourishing our bodies and promoting development.
The spleen and the stomach work together and ensure the other’s functions. Because the spleen is where the energy of food and fluid is transformed, it’s the most essential of the pair.
In traditional Chinese medicine, the spleen is considered essential for healing because it not only affects the body’s immunity but also the ability to maintain and heal itself. It’s also believed that the spleen influences our capacity for thinking, focusing, concentrating and memorizing.

10 Healthy Tips to Improve Your Digestive System
The way we live and eat has a direct impact on our digestive system and how well it functions. By taking steps to improve your digestive health, your digestive system will function more efficiently, and this will improve your overall health.

1. Keep chewing – An easy tip that can have a huge impact on your digestive system is the simple act of chewing! Chewing is often underestimated, but it’s crucial for proper digestion. The more you break down food in your mouth, the less work has to be done later. Your brain also needs some time to receive the signal that you are full, so take your time and chew eat time 20–30 times before swallowing. Allow your stomach to prepare for the food it’s about to receive.
2. Eat plenty of fiber – It is important that you eat enough fiber to keep your food moving through your intestines easily. There are two types of fiber – soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber, like veggies and whole grains, draws in water and helps to prevent stool from being too watery. Insoluble fiber helps to add bulk to stool. By pairing fatty foods with fiber, your body will be able to break down the fatty foods (which are usually hard to digestive) easily.

3. Drink water – Adding plenty of  water to your diet will help digestion by dissolving fats and soluble fiber – this allows food to pass through your intestines more easily. This is a simple tip that will have a big impact; too little water will lead to a harder stool that is more difficult to pass through the colon.

4. Exercise – Moving your body – taking walks or jogs, lifting weights or doing yoga – keeps food moving through your digestive system.  Exercise increases blood flow to your organs and engages muscles in the GI tract; this is important because the walls of your colon need to contract when passing waste, and exercise can tone those muscles.
5. Reduce stress – Feelings of stress or anxiety can mess with your digestive system because your brain and digestive system are connected. Stress can lead to digestive problems like  irritable bowel syndrome and ulcers. To help control these digestive health issues, try stress-relieving exercises, getting more sleep or relaxation techniques like steady breathing or meditation and prayer. 
6. Eat warm foods – The spleen works best with the warmth and dislikes the cold, and our digestive enzymes require warmth to break down food properly. Too much cold food and drinks can impair our spleen function, so eating foods that are warm are easier to digest. Try incorporating soups, cooked vegetables or teas into your diet.
7. Quit smoking – Smoking can have a seriously negative impact on your digestive system because it weakens the valve at the end of the esophagus, and this leads to acid reflux and heartburn; it also increases the risk of gastrointestinal cancers.
8. Drink less alcohol – Ever notice how your digestion is a little off after a night of drinking? Alcohol interferes with acid secretion, stomach muscles and nutrient absorption, so be careful not to drink too much. Alcohol consumption also leads to heartburn, liver problems and diarrhea; it can wreak havoc on organ function and the success of your digestive system. 
9. Lose weight — Being even a few pounds over weight can cause digestive issues; for instance, the valve between the stomach and esophagus sometimes won’t close completely, which allows stomach acid back into the esophagus. By losing weight, you are easing pressure and allowing your digestive system to carry on properly.
10. Try probiotics — Besides fiber, one of the things missing from the Western diet is healthy doses of probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that help the immune system. Probiotics compete for space with bad bacteria, promote the release of natural antibodies in the digestive tract and can even attack unhealthy bacteria directly in some cases. Research has found that probiotics can ease irritable bowel syndrome, prevent allergies and infections, and even shorten the duration of the common cold. Cultured dairy is one of the best sources of probiotics; you can also try sourdough bread, pickled cabbage and fermented soybeans.