In Asian medicine, Springtime is the season of the WOOD ELEMENT and the perfect time for internal cleansing. The taste associated with the Wood Element is Sour. When you put “Springtime” and “Sour ” together, you come to the conclusion that this must be the perfect time for eating things like dandelion greens with citrus dressing (yum!).
The Wood Element is also associated with the Gall Bladder and Liver. Therefore, Springtime is considered the best time for cleansing these organs. Many of the cleanses used for this purpose involve a combination of olive oil, garlic and lemon in varying proportions. But most of the ones I’ve tried are really hard to take. However, there is one I actually like because it calls for less olive oil and it allows the inclusion of orange juice, which really helps the olive oil go down. If you are interested in an internal cleanse, try one of these two:
[MY FAVORITE] LIVER & GALL BLADDER CLEANSE
- 3 T cold pressed olive oil
- 1–2 cloves fresh garlic
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Juice of 1 orange (optional)
Mix the above ingredients in a blender and drink this for breakfast. [If you do not have a blender, chop the garlic finely and stir the mixture, or shake the ingredients in a closed jar. In this case, it is best to chew the garlic bits before swallowing.]
Herb Tea: Half an hour to an hour after drinking the cocktail, follow with 2 C warm herb tea. Suggested teas include peppermint, comfrey leaf, fenugreek seed, roasted dandelion root and ginger root. Take teas alone or in combinations. Do not sweeten.
Brunch: Have a fruit meal early in the day. The fruit should be fresh, such as grapefruit, oranges, apples, pears, grapes, papayas, melons, or any fruit in season. Eat fruits alone or combine similar fruits into fruit salads. For example, do not combine acid fruits with sweet fruits, and eat melons alone. Be sure to rinse fruits and vegetables thoroughly, and obtain organically grown food whenever possible. Do not add dressings or sweeteners.
Lunch, Dinner, Supper: Eat fresh vegetables and sprouts, cooked and/or raw. For example, have a salad for one meal with loose-leaf lettuce, sprouts, chopped spinach, green onions, grated carrots, celery, and/or other vegetables. Use a homemade oil-and-lemon or oil-and-vinegar dressing. Add herbs if desired. Another meal might be steamed vegetables. You may mix several vegetables together, being sure to start with slower cooking vegetables. Vegetable soups are also excellent. A small amount of melted butter (not margarine) or cold-pressed oil over the vegetables is fine. Be sure to include a variety, such as broccoli, carrots, beets, asparagus, spinach, cauliflower, green beans, corn, etc.
Avoid the following foods while on the diet: All meats; seafood; eggs; dairy (milk, cheeses); bread and flour products; sugar, honey, or other sweeteners; peanuts, nuts and nut butters; cooked grains; and fried foods.
Occasionally, once or twice a week it is all right to have some unsweetened yogurt with a fruit salad, or a cooked grain with a vegetable meal. Foods to shy away from on this diet include potatoes, bananas, and fruit juices (in excess of a small glass).
Eat as much as you like of the foods in this diet and be sure to drink plenty of water. Consider getting bottled water for purity and to drink a half-gallon or more per day.
STANLEY BURROUGHS’ MASTER CLEANSER
- 2 T fresh-squeezed lemon or lime juice
- 1–2 T 100% maple syrup
- 1/10 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 8 oz. spring water
Combine all ingredients and drink 8–12 glasses throughout the day. It is important to keep the bowels moving during a liver and/or gall bladder cleanse. A tablespoon of cold-pressed olive oil, twice a day, lubricates the intestines and tones the liver.
Caution: Rinse your mouth with water immediately after drinking to clear the lemon and maple syrup from your teeth. The ascorbic and citric acids can pull calcium from tooth enamel, and we all know the effect of sugar on teeth! [If you tote this mixture with you during the day, be sure to carry it in a glass container. It is possible that the acids from the lemon could cause a chemical reaction with a plastic container that would allow toxins to leach into it.]