Sunday, April 25, 2010

Spring Fever - Magnolia Blooms

Despite the allergy season, the beauty of Mother Nature is all around us. With walks that allow me to enjoy the beauty of various parts of NYC, the blooms are truly a gorgeous treat! Magnolia trees, terrific tulip bulbs, lilacs, and I am actually loving the bright yellow dandelions. While most people consider the dandelion a pesky weed, the dandelion leaf is actually one of Mother Natures best detox treatments. It is known to cleanse the liver. But before you go dig up the weeds in your neighbors yards, head to the super market where you can purchase dandelion in bunches for use in yummy salads, soups and teas.

The Magnolia blooms while fragrant and gorgeous to look at, in Chinese herbalism the bark (hou po) is associated with the stomach, lungs, spleen, and large intestine. Sometimes, it is used to treat menstrual cramps, abdominal pain, and for cough/asthma. The bark is said to descend the qi energy in order for symptoms to move upward. Again, before you scrape the bark of a beautiful magnolia tree, contact a good acupuncturist/herbalist to get the best remedy for your symptoms. For now, just enjoy the beauty of the Spring Season, and be aware of the healing powers behind Mother Nature.

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