Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Simple Herbal Detox

Merry Thursday everyone!

Moving along with the holiday theme, I figure we are probably going to be putting alot of stuff in our bodies, like sugar, alcohol etc...

So today's post is going to show you a simple herbal detox plan.

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Simple Herbal Detox

Herbs have been used to cleanse the body for hundreds of years, and today a number of herbs are still used for their powerful detoxifying properties. Herbal detoxing helps the body remove harmful substances without the side effects,such as lethargy and headaches, which are common with more extreme programs.

Herbal remedies can be administered in a variety of ways. Infusions of flowers and leaves and decoctions for more dense and woody herbs are taken as teas or tonics, absorbed via the digestive system.

Herbal baths allow an herb's properties to be absorbed via the skin, while culinary herbs such as garlic and parsley are as diverse as they are delicious.

Soothing Herbal Bath

Relaxation is an essential part of detoxification, and hot water baths, particularly if infused with calming herbs, help us to relax.

The warm bathwater raises the body's temperature and makes the body perspire, eliminating toxins in the sweat.

For best results, herbal baths should be taken every 3-4 days.

You will need:
  • 1 Handful of Lemon Balm, Chamomile or Lavender
  • A  muslin bag or stocking
Place a handful of herbs in the bag or stocking; tie over the hot faucet so the water flows through it.

After a long soak, lie down, keep warm and relax.

Herbs For Detoxifying

Burdock~This herb is traditionally used to cleanse and detoxify the body, as it has both diuretic and sweat-inducing properties.

It is considered to be one of the best blood purifiers.

Drink as a decoction or infusion.

Sheep Sorrell~This herb, with its small reddish flowers, is commonly found in meadows, where it grows up to three feet high. The leaves and seeds of this herb contain active ingredients that purify the blood and act as a powerful kidney tonic.

An herbal infusion of sheep sorrell provides strong immune support and is a good source of vitamin C.

It has also been used throughout the ages as a diuretic and laxative.

Milk Thistle~This herb is a powerful liver stimulant contains plant chemicals known as silymarin. These strengthen and protect the liver's outer membranes, stimulate the synthesis of proteins and help to regenerate the liver.

Dandelion~Diuretic, tonic ad mildly laxative, dandelion is a general stimulant to the system, especially the urinary organs. It is beneficial for kidney and liver disorders.

Dandelion is best drunk as an infusion, alternatively, the leaves can be added to salad.

Cleavers~Cleavers or bedstraw grows by roadsides and hedgerows, and is an excellent lymphatic system tonic. This versatile herb has detoxification properties, encouraging lymphatic drainage and detoxifying the body tissues.

A valuable diuretic, cleavers is good for treating swollen lymph glands and urinary infections.

It is an excellent general detoxification herb, best enjoyed as a fresh juice or taken as an infusion.

Nettle~Nettle has similar properties to burdock but is milder in its action. It is a gentle diuretic and acts well upon the kidneys: however, its cleansing properties extend beyond the urinary system.

Tends to be used as an infusion.

Mixed Herb Salad

Green herbs hold powerful detoxification properties; the chlorophyll that they contain is easily absorbed into the blood where it cleanses and heals.

To prepare a nutritious herb salad, mix together

  • Head of Lettuce
  • 1 Handful of fresh Borage Leaves
  • 1 Handful of fresh Dandelion Leaves
  • 1 Handful of Fennel Flowers
  • 1 Handful of Chervil Leaves
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh Parsley
  • 1 tbsp fresh Basil
  • 1 tbsp fresh Marjoram
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Red or White Wine Vinegar
Dress with oil and vinegar, toss and serve.

Detox Teas

Make up a stock of this herbal tea to infuse as required during the day.

Mix together:
  • 2 parts Red Clover Blossom
  • 2 parts Cleavers or Bedstraw
  • 2 parts Dandelion Leaf
  • 2 parts Stinging Nettle
  • 1 part Sage Leaf

Add 1 tsp of the blend to 1 cup of water, per cup of tea to be made. Place the mix in a china or glass teapot and cover with boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes, then strain and serve hot.

If you'd like to , add a tsp of grated ginger per cup.

Well there you have it!

Have a wonderful day and don't forget to stop and sip the tea......

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