We are constantly being bombarded with pollutants. The food we eat is usually for convenience and not for health. There is often a disconnect between our health and the foods we eat. We try to eat organic foods to alleviate pesticides in our food and we only eat sugar from natural sources (fruit, honey, etc.)
No one gets it right all the time. So every few months we do a 30 day GENTLE detox. This is hands down my favorite tea for detoxing external and internal pollutants.
The liver is one of the power centers of the body. The liver cleanses the body of all the poisons that infiltrate it daily, including fat, cholesterol, alcohol, drugs (both prescription and recreational), artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives, airborne pollutants, and other poisons in the food and water that we consume daily. The liver is essentially the toxic waste disposal plant. While the liver's ability to deal with these toxins is extraordinary, once the limits of its function are exceeded, those toxins accumulate in the liver and cause disease. However, the good news is that the liver has the remarkable ability to restore itself. Sometimes the liver needs a little help.
The liver governs growth, development, desires, ambitions, and good creativity. Anger is stored in the liver.
The liver draws it's energy from the stomach/spleen and feeds the heart. So, when the liver is balanced, both the digestive system and the circulatory system are healthy.
The liver directly controls a woman's cycle as blood circulation causes the monthly cycle to occur. An imbalance of the liver can cause the symptoms of PMS of well as the negative symptoms of menopause.
Having an important influence on the digestion, the liver function relates not only to ascending and descending functions of the stomach, but also to the secretion of bile through the gallbladder.
As you can see, the liver affects the health and function of our entire body. Any imbalance the liver results in symptoms affecting the kidney, heart, lungs, and digestive organs.
When treating any symptoms of pain or disease, the liver should ALWAYS be explored as a possible contributor.
Some tips to aid in your detox:
AVOID - red meats, cured meats, organ meats, refined foods, canned foods, sugar, artificial sugars, salt, saturated fats, alcohol, and nicotine. Microwaving foods.
EAT - organic food when possible. Try to eat fresh veggies, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
Just making the above simple changes in your diet can have a profound impact. You want to do a slow and gentle detox. NOT full force and harsh.
Hyssop - cleanses and purifies the blood. Hyssop is also very beneficial for expelling parasites.
Cilantro - great for heavy metal detoxing, rich in vitamin K, and a rich source of antioxidants that can help protect your cells from oxidative damage.
Milk Thistle - Silymarin (the active ingredient), acts as an antioxidant by reducing free radical production. This creates a detoxifying effect, which is why milk thistle is so beneficial for the liver.
Peppermint Leaf - overcomes food stagnation as a symptom of overeating that can lead to disturbed sleep. Since the liver is also involved in this digestive process, peppermint makes a great tea to help the liver with its digestive and detoxification functions.
Dandelion Root - increases the flow of bile. This helps detoxify the liver, help with skin and eye problems, and relieve symptoms of liver issues.
Fennel - helps flush the body of excess fluids through its diuretic properties. Furthermore, fennel helps to eliminate toxins and reduce the risk of problems with the urinary tract. It also stimulates perspiration through its diaphoretic properties.
Elder Flower - used for swollen sinuses (sinusitis), colds, influenza (flu), swine flu, bronchitis, diabetes, and constipation. It is also used to increase urine production (as a diuretic), to increase sweating (as a diaphoretic), and to stop bleeding.
Common Nettle - is a gentle diuretic, helping the body to process and flush away toxins. It flushes the kidneys and bladder to prevent and soothe urinary tract infections. It is ideal for sodium induced water retention and high blood pressure.
Parsley - rich in vitamin K, and a rich source of antioxidants that can help protect your cells from oxidative damage.
Uva-Ursi - ontains tannins that have astringent effects, helping to shrink and tighten mucous membranes in the body. In turn, that helps reduce inflammation and fight infection. It is sometimes used to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs) and cystitis (bladder inflammation).
Organic ingredients: Hyssop (Hyssop officinalis), cilantro (Coriandrum sativum), milk thistle (Silybum marianum), peppermint leaf (Mentha piperita), dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), elder flower (Sambucus nigra), common nettle (Urtica dioica), parsley (Petroselinum crispum), uva-ursi (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
30 servings. Cover 1 tsp of herbal ally in 8 ounces of boiling water. Steep for 7 to 10 minutes. Strain off herb. Consume tea. Drink 1 cup a day, you do not need to consume more than 1 cup per day.
You can sweeten with local honey or add lemon. I prefer to add lime. You can also chill the tea once it has steeped and add it to a smoothie if that's something that you do regularly.
❤ Shanna's blend is an option that has all of the herbs that come with the standard detox but, also includes some amazing pain relief 🌿 herbs. These additional herbs are included for relief of physical pain (California Poppy) and inflammation (Turmeric and Cocoa Nibs). ❤
Possible drug interaction: If you regularly take an Anticoagulant do not drink this tea due to the milk thistle.