Spring Self-Care Begins Now!

Spring is a powerful season for transformation and growth. Are you ready?

Spring self-care using Chinese herbs

While you may be more motivated than usual to reach your goals, it’s also normal to feel stressed or stagnant. 

If that’s the case, we’re here to help. Whether you’re an athlete, a wellness buff or a practitioner, we believe spring can be a time for healing and progress.

Read on to learn how Chinese medicine can help you find balance this season, how to prevent spring illnesses and a few tips for at-home spring self-care.

Acupuncture and Herbs for Spring

Spring doesn’t have to mean sniffles and stress. 

woman representing spring self-care by stretching outside

In our latest blog, we dive into spring and how you can use the wisdom of Chinese medicine to adapt to the shifts of spring with ease. Learn how to use simple acupressure and herbal medicine to:

  • Keep allergies at bay
  • Reduce stress and irritability
  • Bolster your immune system
  • Improve your flexibility 
  • And more…

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Natural Wellness at Home

Pair acupressure with an herbal steam bath for natural sinus congestion relief.

Spring self-care at home with Bo he (mint)

In our latest blog, we share a few of the best acupressure points to use this spring. One of those points is Large Intestine 20, the acupuncture equivalent of Nasonex! 

This point powerfully releases sinus pressure and clears up pesky nasal congestion naturally. Pair this point with a bo he (peppermint) steam bath for even quicker relief. Here’s how:

 

  1. Set up: Find a comfortable table to sit at. Place a tea towel on the table and a large bowl. Set a hand towel aside.

  2. Prepare your steam bath: Boil 4-6 cups of water. Add 2 ounces of dried bo he to the large bowl and pour in your hot water.

  3. Breathe and press: Sit down with your head leaning over the steaming bowl and covered with your hand towel to trap the steam in. Sit close enough to breathe in the steam, but not so close that the heat is uncomfortable. Breathe in the aromatic steam while applying pressure to the sides of your nostrils, at acupoint LI 20. You should feel pressure in this area.

  4. Adjust to your needs: Move beyond LI 20 and press around your sinuses and congested area (including the forehead, cheeks, and behind the ears) to see what feels best to you. 

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Respiratory Rescue: Osha Root Extract 

You may turn to elderberry and oregano for respiratory health, but have you heard about Osha root? 
osha root

 

Osha root (also called bear root or mountain lovage) has been used by Native American and Hispanic healing cultures for centuries. Modern research shows that it contains compounds that fight infections – especially in the upper respiratory tract. 

In spring when allergies, seasonal colds, and sinus infections are often at their worst, Osha root comes to the rescue. We created our Wildcrafted Osha Root Super Concentrated Liquid Herbal Extract to make getting respiratory relief as easy and effective as possible when you need it most.

Fight upper respiratory tract infections naturally. 

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Plum Dragon’s Herbal Kitchen

Spring Flower Stress Relief Tea
 
Spring Flower Stress Relief Tea with chamomile

Spring is the season of change, movement, activity, and growth. But with all this excitement also comes increased stress. As such, it’s common to notice more headaches, restless sleep, high blood pressure and irritability in spring and early summer. 

A daily tea break can help! A simple combination of three powerful herbal flowers can create a blend that not only clears your head but keeps your stress levels low.

Spring Flower Stress Relief Tea

Directions:

Mix herbs together and keep in a sealed, airtight container. Bring water to a boil. Add a generous spoonful of the dried flower to a mug and top with boiling water. Let steep 5 minutes and drink warm or room temperature.

Kaitlan Downes acupuncturist and author

Meet the Author

Kate Downes is a Chinese medicine practitioner (MSAOM, NCCAOM, Dipl.OM) and wellness writer. Through her educational content for Plum Dragon Herbs, Kate hopes to help others gain a better understanding of the wonders of Chinese herbal medicine so they can be empowered in their own quest for natural, vibrant health.


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