If you’re anything like me or much of social media posts, you’re ready to rid yourself of a challenging year. You may be thinking it’s time for a cleanse. Cleanses are useful when toxins are truly high and there’s an immediate need to force them out. Detoxes are beneficial and necessary in your food relationship.
We pick up toxins hitchhikers daily and they need to be kicked out just as often. Teas are excellent detox tools. Green tea gets the hyped up status for riding toxins; however, any tea helps. If tea is your… well, cup of tea or you’re looking to boost your tea game, herbs have your back.
Generally speaking most herbs and plants will promote removing toxins from your immune system, lymphatic system, gut, and blood. There are a few that work extremely well as a detox. Plus, herbs work well in small doses that can be added to drinks and food.
Most herbs that are the best detoxifiers have a bitter taste. This could be an interesting sensation on your palate if you’re not used to it. Bitter herbs can be sweetened but I caution against too much sweetener- artificial or not. This doesn’t help you or make the most of its detoxing benefits.
While detoxing happens throughout your body, certain herbs begin by working well with a specific part of your body. Do understand while you can eat these herbs to target a specific part, it benefits all of you.
Please note if cautions are listed and talk to a medical professional when taking other medications- especially if you’re pregnant, breast feeding, or taking medications.
- Dandelion is most known for removing toxins from the liver and the blood. More than a weed, dandelion flowers and leaves can be used in teas and food. Danelion leaves are excellent for salads or cooking in greens with beef or pork. Hearty stews or some Italian cuisines may work well with dandelion leaves. The flowers and leaves can be dried and used in teas.
- Burdock is another liver and blood cleaner, additionally it helps the gallbladder. Often paired with dandelion, burdock can stand on its own. It bitter profile works much like dandelions to be added in hearty meals with a little fat and lots of vitamin c. It can be used for teas and fresh leaves in salads.
- Arugula, often found in mixed green salads. This frilly leafy thing is a potent toxin fighter that works throughout your body. I often like adding it to stews and tomato based sauces with oregano. Or you can just keep it in a salad.
- Red clover, often overlooked and mowed over, is a wild powerful detox herb. It supports the lymphatic system which it’s whole job is to remove toxins. A blood cleaner, red clover is one of the easiest readily available detox herbs. Dried, it can be used as a tea. Fresh, added to greens, soup, or stew.
- Chicory or it’s roots aid in digestion, helping your gut to clear out unwanted visitors. It also promotes liver and gallbladder clearing of toxins. Chicory is added to coffee or used as a coffee substitute. Do be sure it is the actual herb or root for most benefit. Chicory leaves can be made into teas and added to greens as well.
- Hydrangea may seem like it belongs in a planter or looking pretty in a garden. Hydrangea flower petals are more than looks. As an herb it removes toxins from bladder, kidneys, and skin. Dried, hydrangea can be added to tea, lemonade, and other drinks easily as it is sweet.
Most of these herbs are generally regarded as safe for any age. However, balance is key and crucial to your well being. In dried form any of these do not need to be more than a tablespoon or two per serving. They should not be ingested more than once or twice a day. It’s okay to take a break every once and awhile. Listen to your body as bitter herbs can be warming to the gut. Typically mild, these herbs affect everyone differently.
Before you go foraging for some of these common herbs, remember the environment in which is grows. If in doubt, find a trustworthy herb supplier for dried herbs in bulk.
Detox removal is more than your food relationships. Check out non food habits that support immune system help detox your whole self. It vital for us to remember that whatever we pick up that does not serve us must go. Whether it affects our physical body or more.