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Herbs for Detoxing
Now that the Holidays are behind us, and for those of us that have made the New Year Vow to our bodies to listen and treat it well. What can we be doing to keep the detoxing going in our everyday lives? Along with doing all things in moderation, and sticking to cutting back on toxins we are ingesting. Introducing These few herbs into your natural remedy repertoire may aid in detoxing. One knows that these remedies may be the right thing to try if you are noticing symptoms such as:
- Discolored Urine
- Skin Breakouts
- Hair loss
- Fatigue Headaches
Turmeric is wonderful in capsule powder form or added to your meals. Sprinkling it in every stew, on top of hummus, cottage cheese, getting turmeric in your diet is a great way to be actively detoxing. Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine have identified Turmeric as a spice that can help the liver as well as digestion. It is also an anti-inflammatory aiding those with arthritis and other autoimmune disorders with much needed inflammation relief.
Dandelion tea or tincture is great for everyday use for detoxing. Liver and kidney detoxing as well as helps with restoring one's skin. Dandelion is a well known player in TCM traditional Chinese medicine.
Burdock Root in Ayurveda is considered a blood purifier as it is another herb that aids the liver. Used in tea form helps rid the body of toxins. Burdock is a great relief for skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis. It is amazing for hair loss treatment, and helps with weight loss.
Nettle the lymphatic system mega herb also supports the liver and has a diuretic effect that helps your kidneys to flush out waste. Best taken in tincture form as the tea is known to be bitter for a beginner.
Milk thistle is known for its strong anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antioxidant properties. Milk thistle tinctures, teas or capsules are an amazing herb to introduce into your herbal arsenal. If you are someone that enjoys caffeine and alcoholic beverages on occasion this is the herb for you.
As with all herbal remedies, our bodies may or may not take to them well. Herbal remedies are not an overnight treatment for ailments and taking herbs for 5-10 days is usually when one notices a shift in their conditions. Herbs are something our body tends to grow accustomed to, if when you take a remedy and positive effects are not noticeable, this is a notification that switching the herb for another for a few months may be necessary. Here is a model for introducing herbs into your everyday routine. For detoxification this every 3 months for 7-14 days gives an amazing flush.
HERBAL REGIMEN FOR DETOXING:
Morning: Water with Lemon, Burdock Root Tea, Or Milk Thistle Tea, Turmeric Capsules
Evening : Dandelion Tea Or Nettle Tea
Melodie is the resident Herbalist at OWL Venice. She entered into the wellness world over 20 years ago through her yoga practice.Years later, during her first pregnancy, Melodie had a realization about the power of our bodies and the importance of living a natural and holistic lifestyle. Mel has acquired deep understanding and knowledge of plants and herbs through her studies at Hearts of Herbs and specializes in pediatric and pre/post natal herbalism.