Liver Cleansing Herbal Teas
The advent of springtime brings joy to us all. New blossoms and leaves appear, the world seems to wake up and rejuvenate itself and mankind shakes itself and finds joy in all hearts. Well, not really. But close!
For me,spring is also a time to rid myself of the body toxin legacy that heavy wintreous food has helped build up. The time for a liver clean-out is at hand. A new season is nigh and rejuvenation starts with the liver. You know the old saying:”Is life worth living? Well it depends on the liver.” Emotion and energy are, after all, largely chemically and glandularly driven, so lets give the liver an oil change for the new season.
These simple teas will certainly give you a boost, but CHECK WITH YOUR HEALTH PROFESSIONAL FIRST. A friend of mine gets ill from licorice; My nephew is in danger of dying if he has peanut products. (He is a six-foot four-inch tall farmer who can labor all day in the hot sun.) So exercise care.
Try any of these combinations for cleansing your jaded liver:
Yellow dock root, dandelion root, licorice root, red sage, sarsaparilla, hyssop, pau de arco (ipe roxo), milk thistle seed, parsley leaf.
Fennel seed, fenugreek, flax seed, peppermint, licorice root, burdock.
(Mix in equal parts except for licorice root and burdock. Add just a pinch of these 2.)
Scratweed (aka. goosegrass, cleavers), dandelion, chickweed, parsley root, nettles, oregon grape root, burdock root, butternut skin, peppermint, red clover, fennel, licorice.
You can add a teaspoon of extract of milk thistle seed to all the above as an additional boost for the liver. One of my friends jokes that his liver is now so healthy that they will have to bear it to death after he dies.
You can make most of these teas yourself or perhaps choose a premade one at the local health store. What I do is buy a 1/2 or 1 ounce of every herb. Then I combine a single full tablespoon of every herb into a mason jar. Shake it up and its ready to go.
Benefits derived from the individual herbs and remedies listed:
Fennel seed – white cell formation, acid/alkaline balancing
Red clover – blood purifier
Licorice – adrenal stimulation
Cleavers – anti-infection
Oregon grape root – cleansing, building
Nettles – rich in minerals
Dandelion – cleansing and strengthening AÃ¯Â¿Â½
Fenugreek – helps to eliminate toxins and mucus
Yellow dock root – cleansing, white cell formation
Burdock root – purifying
Pau de arco – cleansing, white cell formation
Peppermint – body cleanser and toner
Milk thistle seed – cleansing, building
To prepare the tea:
Boil 1 1/4 cup of filtered water in a sterile container. Add 1 heaped tablespoon of chosen for herbal mixture. Allow to draw for 10-15 minutes. Strain and drink when cool enough.
Take a cup before breakfast and a cup before dinner for up to 2 months.