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BFC Recipes: Cleansing Herbal Teas PDF Print E-mail

by Susan Stanton
April 2015

To truly benefit from cleansing herbs use high quality bulk herbs and create your own blends!

Cleansing Roots Tea
Dandelion, burdock, and yellow dock is a traditional root combination for general cleansing as well as for specific health problems like rashes, acne, joint pain, and constipation, or to renew a toxic or sluggish body after a winter of heavy (snowfall) meals, meat, sugar, dairy, greasy food, lack of physical exercise, you name it.

  • 2 tsp Dandelion roots Taraxacum officinale

A digestive bitter, dandelion root gently promotes liver and gall bladder function as well as secretion of digestive enzymes and
hydrochloric acid.*

  • 1 tsp Burdock roots Arctium lappa

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.         

  • 1 tsp Yellow dock roots Rumex crispus

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.  

  • 1 tsp Orange peel Citrus sinesis

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.

  • 1 pod (1 star) Star Anise seed pod Illicium verum

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.
Caution: Pregnant women should use caution ingesting bitters, as they can stimulate uterine contractions.  Consult with your midwife or
obstetrician before taking these herbs.

Spring Renewal Tea
This tasty refreshing blend is mildly cleansing to the whole body and provides nourishing minerals.

  • 1 Tbsp Nettle leaves Urtica dioica

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!

  • 1 Tbsp Dandelion leaves Taraxacum officinale

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.*  

  • 1 Tbsp Calendula blossoms Calendula officinalis

Calendula, a mildly bitter herb, gently promotes liver function, good digestion, and lymphatic function. It is also antifungal.

  • 1 Tbsp Red clover blossoms Trifolium pratense

Red clover, a liver, lymph, and lung tonic, allays irritable coughs, and improves acne prone skin.

  • 1 Tbsp Peppermint leaves Mentha piperita

Peppermint adds great flavor to this blend and can ease nausea, gas, and intestinal cramps.  

Pour 3-4 cups almost boiling water over herbs. Cover immediately and let them steep 20 minutes or longer. Strain and drink.
Refrigerate if not using immediately.

Caution: Leave peppermint out of the formula if you are experiencing heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux.

*Learn more at Susan's annual Dandelion class!  See May 2015 newsletter for details

FDA Disclaimer: These statements and products have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health concern or condition, consult a physician. Always consult a medical doctor before modifying your diet, using any new product, drug, supplement, or doing any new exercises.