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Estuary Herbs

Free the Qi: Spring Detox and Balance

Free the Qi: Spring Detox and Balance

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This tart, savory and sweet herbal vinegar is used to support healthy liver function by moving stagnant Qi in the Spring time. 

How it Works

Your liver is your body's filter, it spends all day filtering out toxins, cell debris, and all manner of interesting waste products we encounter during these messy human lives of ours. From time to time this filter gets clogged and needs to be cleaned out and freshened up.

Spring time is the time that Yang, or vital active Qi, is coming back after being tucked away for the Winter. When Yang starts to reemerge it will highlight areas in the body that are a little out of balance. It's like shining a bright light on the corners of a room that have been dark all winter and noticing the cobwebs and debris that have accumulated. It's been there but now we can see/feel it and we have the momentum of Spring Qi to do something about it.

This is especially true of the Liver this time of year, as extra Yang pumps into the liver if it is a little congested and that Yang Qi is not able to freely flow through this organ system we will start to experience symptoms of what TCM calls Liver Qi Stagnation.

Formulas and Strategies by Dan Bensky describes Xiao Yao San (Free and Easy Wanderer) as the quintessential herbal formula to move stagnant liver qi, strengthen the spleen so that digestion is not harmed by an over burdened liver, and nourish blood.

Possible symptoms mentioned by Bensky in connection with Liver Qi Stagnation are hypochondriac (ribcage area) pain, headache, vertigo, bitter taste in the mouth, dry mouth and throat, fatigue, reduced appetite, red tongue, irregular menstruation, PMS symptoms, breast distention, eye discomfort, and anger.

Chinese Medicine teaches us that the liver controls the eyes and vision and the tendons and as such we commonly see symptoms of connective tissue tension or feeling tight and needing to stretch, and vision or eye changes.

The emotion of Anger is controlled by the liver and will often manifest if the liver is "stuck". This often shows up as feelings of irritability, frustration or outright anger.

Our formula is comprised of the traditional Xiao Yao San plus two additional herbs designed to brighten and clear the eyes and release the physical and emotional inflammation of this seasonal pattern, Gou Qi Zi and Yu Jin.

We have used mildly sweet vinegar as a delivery base for this potent herbal formula to amplify it's Liver lovin' effects. Did you know that the sour flavor helps to move liver qi and clean out the filter? Did you know that the naturally sweet flavor of honey nourishes the spleen and supports digestion?

Get your bottle before they run out, this is it for the season. We'll be on to Summer before you know it.


Chai Hu (Bupleurum), Bai Shao (Peonia), Dang Gui (Dong Quai), Bai Zhu (White Atractylodes), Fu Ling (Poria), Bo He (mint), Zhi Gan Cao (honeyed licorice), Sheng Jiang (Ginger), and Gou Qi Zi (Goji Berry), raw apple cider vinegar, spring water, raw honey

How to Use

Take 1-2 tbsps up to 3 times daily as a shot, diluted in water or other beverages, or added to food in place of Apple Cider Vinegar. Try it in dressings, soups, and sauces to give your Liver a tasty boost!

Additional Information

*Organic, Non-GMO herbs are used whenever available, all herbs used undergo laboratory testing to ensure they are free from possible impurities or contaminants.

∞These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information in this article is for educational purposes only. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Consult your doctor prior to taking herbal supplements.

Processed in a facility that also processes common allergens such as soybeans, tree nuts, shellfish, or wheat.

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