|BFC Recipes: Cleansing Herbal Teas|
by Susan Stanton
To truly benefit from cleansing herbs use high quality bulk herbs and create your own blends!
Cleansing Roots Tea
A digestive bitter, dandelion root gently promotes liver and gall bladder function as well as secretion of digestive enzymes and
Liver and kidney detox similar to dandelion but with stronger laxative effects and specifically helpful with sluggish lymph and skin issues. Use sparingly at first; excessive use can exacerbate skin eruptions and cause diarrhea in some people.
Yellow dock stimulates liver and gallbladder secretion of bile, helps clear chronic skin problems like eczema and psoriasis, relieves constipation, and helps with iron absorption.
As a warming digestive bitter, orange peel balances the cooling roots in this formula. Its aromatic oils also aid digestive function, and contain tumor-inhibiting compounds.
Adds delicious flavor to this somewhat bitter, earthy blend.
Place the herbs in 3-4 cups of cold water. Bring the water to a boil and reduce the heat. Cover. Simmer 20 minutes or longer. Strain and drink 1-3 cups per day.
Caution: Since yellow dock contains calcium oxalate, it should not be used by people with a history of kidney stones.
This diuretic promotes detoxification through liver and kidneys, and helps eliminate uric acid from the body. Regular use of nettle leaf is also used to help minimize seasonal allergies. Eat the young fresh tops of nettles steamed or boiled as soon as they emerge in spring, as they are also a delicious iron-rich food!
This nutrient-rich diuretic supplies the body with potassium and other minerals while promoting elimination through the kidneys. Dandelion leaves support liver and digestive function.*
Calendula, a mildly bitter herb, gently promotes liver function, good digestion, and lymphatic function. It is also antifungal.
Red clover, a liver, lymph, and lung tonic, allays irritable coughs, and improves acne prone skin.
Peppermint adds great flavor to this blend and can ease nausea, gas, and intestinal cramps.
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