When it comes to detoxification, the liver plays the most important role in the body. It not only removes toxins from the body, but also produces bile to carry waste away, along with breaking down fats in the intestine. The liver also helps to break down and store fat soluble vitamins and glucose, for future energy needs. Because the liver is the largest internal organ in your body, it’s important to regularly detox, to allow your body to function optimally.
I like to prepare my own cleansing herbal blends rather than buying packaged ones. This way not only I control the taste and add my favorite ingredients, but I’m also sure that my tea is made with quality, clean herbs (packaged tea blends, especially the ones in bags, often contains unwanted flavorings or preservatives).
There is a special magic in every little minute of your own tea preparation – you root yourself, you get conscious of your own needs, your mind calms down and you give your body the full attention it’s been craving for. Making a healing tea is medicine for my mind and body too.
There are many herbs with liver cleansing properties, but I’ve chosen the ones with a wider healing span, to give my body’s natural detox processes a boost and help every organ and cell in my body wake up and make its own natural magic. A balanced blend of healing herbs and Ayurvedic spices turns your detox tea into medicine but also a lovely flavored treat.
Calendula leaves (or marigold leaves) are found to carry anti-inflammatory properties and also anti-spasmodic properties. If you find that you suffer from stomach cramps during menstruation, sipping on this detox tea will be beneficial in reducing your symptoms. That’s because calendula leaves contain flavonoids that help to relax muscles and increase blood flow.
These leaves have a very high level of antioxidants that hunt out free-radicals, which is damage caused by less-than-healthy habits, such as drinking alcohol and consuming too much refined food throughout your diet. Enjoying a cup of this detox tea regularly, greatly reduces the chance of disease developing in the body.
Dandelion root is an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C, and is also high in antioxidants to protect cells from damage. Surprisingly dandelion root is also high in fiber, which aids in digestion to better flush toxins from the body. High fiber diets have also been linked to a reduction in menstrual symptoms.
Cardamom pods help to boost circulation throughout the body, and are also an anti-spasmodic. Along with the calendula leaves, they both help to reduce painful cramps experienced throughout menstruation by relaxing the muscles.Because cardamom boosts circulation, this helps to increase the efficiency of the anti-spasmodic properties, which increases blood flow to the affected area. Cardamom contains many nutrients including calcium, copper, magnesium and vitamin A.
Milk thistle is particularly popular as a liver detoxifier, again because it’s an excellent source of antioxidants. Multiple studies have revealed milk thistle’s incredible ability to protect the liver against disease. Milk thistle has also been linked to improving PMS symptoms, much like the other ingredients in this tea.
Keep your tea blend into an airtight container to preserve the flavors and essential oils, brew the tea with grated ginger for extra antioxidants and combine the brew with freshly squeezed lemon juice for a balanced taste.
- 1 tsp dried calendula leaves
- 3 tsp dried dandelion root
- 3 tsp fennel seeds
- 10 cardamom pods
- 3 tsp milk thistle
- 3 tsp burdock root
- 1 tsp licorice root
- 1 tsp crushed fenugreek seeds
- 3 cups purified water, boiling hot
- 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
- Optional: fresh lemon juice, maple syrup or any preferred sweetener
- In a large airtight jar add all the tea ingredients, lid the jar and shake to combine the herbs.
- To prepare the tea add 3 tsp of the herbal mix into a kettle, add grated ginger and cover with boiling water.
- Let infuse for 7 - 10 minutes, then strain and let cool until comfortable to drink.
- Add lemon juice and sweetener before serving.
- Note: You can have this tea twice a day between meals, or you can prepare it in the morning and drink it during the day. Herbal infusions have results after at least a month of daily drinking.