Plant detoxing is a great way to naturally cleanse the blood, fight allergies, decrease inflammation, and strengthen the liver. We recommend trying these remedies as a way to move into the summer with clarity, rejuvenation, and purpose. Although we suggest these detox practices for the summer, they can be revisited during any season.
Natural Detox Cleanse
1. Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum indicum)
Chrysanthemum is a bittersweet herb that acts as a natural coolant to help calm the liver and regulate the body’s level of toxicity. Traditional Chinese medicine has used chrysanthemum tea for years as a way to calm people down who are on edge or hot-tempered. To prepare the chrysanthemum tea, the chrysanthemum flowers must be steeped in hot water for about five minutes. The resulting aroma is floral with a unique smell that will instantly calm your nerves.
2. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Most people don’t realize that the yellow dandelion is part of the sunflower family that herbalists and detox specialists have been using for centuries. When brewed as dandelion tea, it can help to restore the liver and even purify the blood. Although young dandelion leaves taste bitter, chewing on them stimulates bile production and the liver starts to clean itself. Herbalists have found various other benefits include reducing blood cholesterol and uric acid levels, and improving the function of the pancreas, kidneys, spleen, and stomach.
3. Milk thistle (Silybum marianum)
Milk thistle has been used by herbalists and natural doctors for over 2,000 years. It’s one of the most researched medicinal herbs and is commonly used to treat liver and gallbladder disorders. Multiple studies have showed that it can protect and even rejuvenate the liver. In fact, people who have ingested the fatal death cap mushroom (which kills by attacking the liver) have been saved by taking milk thistle as an antidote. Talk about effectiveness!
4. Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Turmeric is a relative of ginger in the rhizome family of roots. It’s been an important of Chinese herbal and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, and it’s actually what gives curry powder its distinctive golden yellow color. Over the years it’s been used as a digestive aid and to treat liver ailments. More recently in the Western world it’s been used for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties.
Turmeric has shown to have even more fantastic qualities when mixed with other treatments. German researchers found that when taken with milk thistle, turmeric increased bile flow about six times more than when the herbs were used without it. Just be sure to do your research and buy from a reputable brand as there have been warning about certain brands of turmeric containing high levels of lead.