Using Detox Herbs is part of natural healing and living in harmony with Mother Nature.
The body in its natural state is biologically designed to eliminate toxins. However, our modern lifestyle has immensely increased the amount of toxins we constantly ingest. Polluted water, soil and air, a chemical laden diet, processed food, fluoride, artificial environments, alcohol, drugs (licit or illicit) and chemicals in common household items, all place an increased burden on our ability to naturally throw off what the body intrinsically knows as toxic.
Adding a few Detox Herbs to your diet is such an easy way to help cleanse and support your body. Drinking pure water, cutting down on sugar, exercise, and deep breathing will all help immensely too.
Indicators from your body that now is a good time to start with Detox Herbs, include lack of energy, hormonal imbalances, any kind of skin disorder or general fatigue and tiredness.
There are many Detox Herbs of great note; this blog covers dandelion and cilantro. Another time, another blog, I will also cover stinging nettle, burdock, milk thistle, and mullein(1).
Dandelion is beneficial for your whole body, particularly so for detoxifying the liver and aiding with digestive and gall bladder ailments. It can also be used as a natural medicine for maladies as diverse as acne, fluid retention, constipation, urinary tract infections, decreased bile production, ‘impure’ blood(2), suppressed appetite, joint inflammation, and hepatitis.
Two easy ways to use dandelion, are to steep the roots to make a dandelion infusion or tisane(3) or add dandelion leaves to your salad or entrée (the ‘bitter’ effect of the leaves prepares your digestive system for optimal absorption of the meal to follow).
Place 2 teaspoons of dried dandelion root in a cup. Top with boiling water, leave to steep for 10–15 minutes. Drink twice a day for one to two weeks, once in the morning and once in the evening.
Note: Do not use this herb without consulting your doctor if you have gallstones or gallbladder problems.
Cilantro (also known as coriander) is one of the most effective herbs for dealing with heavy metal toxicity. It chelates (binds) to heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium, lead and aluminium, and helps remove them from the body. Additionally it can be used to treat anemia, mouth ulcers, low blood pressure, conjunctivitis, digestive problems, and due to its abundance of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, build your overall immunity.
Note: If you are using Cilantro as a chelate to remove heavy metals such as mercury from the body, it is important to do this not only slowly, but also under the supervision of a health practitioner as the effects of a heavy-metal detox can be extremely intense.
Cilantro can be eaten my mixing the leaves into a salad or blending them into a smoothie. Start with a small amount so that you can get used to the taste, say a teaspoon of finely chopped leaves. It can also be added to any fresh juice(4), or cut and sprinkled over any savoury meal.
A ¼ cup of chopped leaves and stems daily, is a good amount of cilantro to be taking therapeutically , otherwise, one or two teaspoons every other day will stop the build-up of heavy metals in the body.
In order to make the most of our body’s natural healing power, wherever possible it serves us well to live in unison with Mother Nature. There is an abundance of energy and wellness to be garnered from our gardens and kitchens, just add a little sunshine, kindness, deep breathing and gratitude towards the day… and magick happens. ~ GreenWitch Tea
When health is absent Wisdom cannot reveal itself, Art cannot become manifest, Strength cannot be exerted, Wealth is useless and Reason is powerless. ~ Herophilies, 300 BCE
Please note: I do not offer the above as instruction only as information. As always consult your doctor | health therapist, for any ailment you may have or before starting on the use of any herbal treatment at home.