Herbs for Detoxing: PLUS a Recipe for a Delicious Detox Tonic Tea for Liver & Kidney Strengthening
Ever since I began using herbs every day for tonic and acute purposes, I have seen such a great change in my health! If you ask people what is the most important organ in the body, many will immediately proclaim it's the heart! Or the brain! The liver and kidneys, though, are often overlooked at first...until one has problems. A tonic detox tea is just what a person needs!
The liver is the master detoxification organ of your body, and the kidneys are instrumental in ridding the body of waste! Both are vital to our health. In fact, did you know that if you are having skin problems (acne, eczema, psoriasis, sensitivity, etc.), it often stems directly from liver and/or kidney issues! Drinking a cup or three of a gentle detoxifying herbal tea can do wonders for your overall health!
I wrote a post about this tea a few months ago, but figured I'd give it a face lift, since I've learned a bit more about blogging since then. This is a second, new and improved edition!
The blood vessels that feed your cells and remove waste are kind of like the rivers and streams that cleanse our planet. They filter out the bad and bring the good. Well, rivers and streams that run through polluted areas become sluggish with toxins and waste. These waters that were once cleansing and life supporting are now filled with sludgy poison. Your blood stream is the same way. The human system can easily become bogged down with toxins from the processed foods we eat, the environment, prescription drugs, and much more. (Gladstar)
The liver's most significant actions on our body have to do with its ability to remove poisons/toxins from the blood, as well as help regulate hormonal function among other things. Clean, vibrant blood is a must for supplying nutrients, oxygen, hormones, and immune defense cells to all parts of our body. Clean and care for your liver, then it will "cleanse and purify the vital fluids that flow, like the river of life, through our beings." (Gladstar)
When your liver is sluggish and fighting pollutants and toxins in your body, your entire system becomes imbalanced. This imbalance manifests itself in a variety of ways:
When Your Liver is Not Healthy, You May See Some of These Signs:
1. Chronic skin ailments, including acne, eczema, psoriasis, boils, rashes
2. Digestive disturbances such as flatulence, constipation, acid reflux and and other indigestion, possibly even ulcers.
3. A compromised immune system causing immune deficiency disorders
4. Long term illnesses and debilitating diseases can be exacerbated or possibly caused by a damaged liver
5. Hormone disturbances
6. Nervous System disorders may be worsened by an unhealthy liver
7. Kidney-related issues, including water retention and over worked kidneys
8. Jaundiced skin and/or eyes
9. A general feeling of fatigue
What Must You Do to Support a Healthy Liver and Clean Blood?
1. Use Alterative Herbs Daily
Alterative herbs actively support elimination processes in the body. They also gently return the body to a balanced state. They are often known as blood cleansers or blood purifiers, and in folk herbalism, help to get rid of "bad blood." Use these gentle herbs daily as a tonic for your body: Dandelion, Nettle, Red Clover, Calendula, Burdock.
I get most of my bulk herbs from Starwest Botanicals. They sell organic herbs, spices, and more! They are also fast with shipping and customer service is excellent!
2. Eat an Alkalizing Diet.
Dark, leafy vegetables and greens, beets, seeds, raw almonds all help to alkalize the body. Counterintuitively, many acidic fruits help alkalize the body as well: lemons, grapefruits, and apples. Apple cider vinegar is great too!
3. Avoid Alcohol.
Alcohol is probably the worst thing you can ingest besides processed foods and some medications for your liver. It's a neurotoxin and negatively affects all parts of your body...but especially the liver.
4. Avoid Fatty Foods, Processed Foods, and Added Sugars.
Need I say more? We all know to stay away from that stuff---No more fast food! Shop on the outside of the grocery stores!
5. Take a Daily Liver Tonic in the Form of a Tincture or Tea.
Seriously. This really works. Every. Single. Day. Drink. Tea! (With great quality herbs of course.) See the recipe below!
(OR have a little tincture if you are not a tea person). See my article on herbal tinctures here:
I also just found a GREAT online store that sells a liver supplement!
Liver Detox and Blood Cleansing Herbal Tea Blend Recipe
I use the traditional "part" method of tea blending. Basically, just choose your measure for what you want a "part" to be. I have a small scoop that is perfect for this, but if I'm blending a large amount of tea (like I do for my neighbor in a half-gallon mason jar), I might choose to use 1/8 cup or possibly an even larger measure! It's up to you! And that is the super great thing about this method! If you want just a little tea, use a little measure--like a teaspoon or so. If you want a lot to store or give away, then use a larger measure! Easy!! :-)
The following tea blend is gentle and FULL of nutrition in the form of vitamins and minerals. The herbs here are well known to have positive effects on liver health, especially when used over time. I have a stronger recipe too--just let me know if you are interested!
**NOTE: The thing about using herbal teas, tinctures, and tonics is that when used over time, they are extremely effective and may even solve the underlying problem. Using herbs is generally NOT like taking pills or medications that just cover or camouflage the issue in many cases (and may even cause more serious concerns). Used daily, many herbs can bring your body back into health and balance.
Ingredients for Tonic Liver Cleansing Tea:
1. 3 parts Red Clover
2. 3 parts Dandelion Leaf (or Roots)
3. 3 parts Calendula Flowers
4. 3 parts Peppermint Leaf
5. 4 parts Nettle Leaf
6. 2 parts Lemon Balm
7. 2 parts Lemon Peel
***I buy and/or grow organic herbs. Please stay away from non-organic. Why put more chemicals and toxins in your body, especially when you're trying to clean it up?
(Feel free to add some Burdock Root too! That's a great herb for your liver and is very tasty!)
You can find all of these herbs and more at Starwest Botanicals.
Red Clover, Dandelion, and Nettle are all good basic herbs that strengthen and tone the liver and kidneys and fall into the alterative category. They support healthy liver function, and help to balance the body. Red Clover adds additional hormone balancing support, while Dandelion and Nettle provide exceptional support for the kidneys as well.
Calendula is just an amazing little flower. It is power packed with nutrition, is excellent for the skin, and is incredibly soothing and toning.
Lemon Balm is a mild relaxant, while also being full of nutrition. It adds a nice flavor to the tea, too.
Lemon Peel is chock full of bioflavonoids! PLUS, it also adds a nice taste of lemon.
Peppermint is cooling and delicious, besides being full of nutrition as well. It's also fantastic for your digestive system!
Blend them up, and you have a great herbal tea to drink daily!
NOTE: If you are not an herbal tea person (like my Dad), you can also tincture this blend! Here is an article about how to make tinctures and why they are so awesome!
Where Do I Get My Herbs?
I grow some of them, and some of them I purchase from reputable companies. Calendula, Burdock Root, Lemon Balm, Dandelion, and Peppermint all grow in my garden. I have to purchase Red Clover and my Lemon Peel too. I also purchase my Nettle leaves. And when I need to make a lot, I will purchase herbs even that are growing in my own garden so I don't deplete it. I most often buy my herbs from Starwest Botanicals . Starwest is fast, and if you share a lot, you may be able to get a wholesale account, which saves even more money. I have had only great experiences with Starwest.
By the way, if you live in the Las Vegas, Nevada area, there is a pretty good herb store on West Charleston called Herbally Grounded. They do sell bulk herbs, although the quality of the herbs I have experienced there are not as good as the online shops above! Just a tip!
Here's another tip: Buying your bulk herbs and spices from Starwest Botanicals is super economical, saving you money. Also, you can buy all of your culinary spices there too! It's a total Win-Win!
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The above books are all among my favorite herbal study books. Each herbalist brings his/her own personality to the texts, and I love all of them.