Detox Herbs For Teas + Tinctures
The liver is the largest solid organ in our bodies. It can be adversely affected by poor diet and lifestyle choices, alcohol consumption, acetaminophen, non-prescription pain killers, and the myriad of toxins in our environment. It is responsible for filtering blood from toxins and converts waste products from metabolic functions into urea to be eliminated by urine. It creates bile to help digest fats and carbohydrates. It also filters out toxins from the blood stream and synthesizes glutathione, the master antioxidant that also helps recycle other spent antioxidants. It also helps balance blood sugars and creates red blood cells.
As our liver goes, so goes our overall health. A poorly functioning liver can push one into diabetes. Acute liver dysfunction includes hepatitis A, B, and C, which are considered infectious, viral inflammations caused by interpersonal contact, sexual contact, or blood.
DANDELION - If you want to keep things simple and stick with one herb for your tea this is your plant.
BURDOCK - Relieves the body of impurities. It purifies the blood, stimulates and supports the immune system. It is also a great resource for vitamins and minerals.
PAU D'ARCO - Used to treat infections, including yeast as well as allergies, parasites and skin diseases.
MILK THISTLE - Milk thistle (silymarin) is a flowering herb related to the daisy and ragweed family. Milk thistle is sometimes used as a natural treatment for liver problems. These liver problems include cirrhosis, jaundice, hepatitis, and gallbladder disorders.
NETTLES - Nettle, also known as stinging nettle is one of my favorite herbal remedies. It nourishes the kidneys and adrenals as well as the liver.
YELLOW DOCK - Yellow dock root has been thought to be a blood purifier and general detoxifier, especially for the liver. It stimulates bile production, which helps digestion, particularly of fats. Yellow dock root can stimulate a bowel movement to help remove lingering waste from your intestinal tract; it also increases the frequency of urination to assist in toxin elimination. Maintaining an efficient rate of waste elimination can help prevent toxins from accumulating in the liver, gallbladder, and bloodstream and circumvent the associated problems.
OREGON GRAPE ROOT - It stimulates liver function, improve the flow of bile, and for blood cleansing. The bitterness of this herb also has a positive effect on the digestive tract. It has a sedative effect on the smooth muscles lining the digestive tract, and stimulates the flow of bile, which loosens waste in the digestive tract and helps prevent a myriad of complications, such as constipation, stomach cramps, diverticulosis, hemorrhoids, gallbladder disease, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Sources: Optimal Health For A Vibrant Life, Tiffany Cruikshank / University of Maryland Medical Center