Today we would like to explore the top 6 herbs for detox. These herbs have been used to cleanse various organs and systems of the body. Nowadays, it seems like the buzzword is everything and anything to do with “Detox.” Sure an occasional detox is good, but as with everything in life, “Moderation is key!”.
There are many types of detox options available, and surely each and everyone has their merit or claim to fame – “But are they necessary?”
The thing is, if one takes care of their health daily, then you don’t need to worry about doing a monthly, annual, bi-weekly, seasonal detox. Our bodies are naturally built to detox on their own, provided we give them the freedom and ability to do so.
What is key to a healthy daily routine?
Healthy food (preferably organic)
Medium to little stressSupplements
These are all key to a healthy daily routine. Follow the steps above to allow your body to function optimally. For those who do want that extra advantage, below is a list of 6 herbs to help you detox your body. These herbs are less harsh than intense and taxing detox programs out there. Don’t forget, detox regimes can put undue stress on your body, which if you think of it, it is kind of counter-productive – “Just saying!”
Top 6 herbs to help your body detox daily:
Dandelion is known as a bitter, this herb has and continues to be used worldwide. It is known to promote healthy bowels, healthy immune system and supports good hydration levels in your body. Dandelion is used as a tea, and is known to be beneficial for any joint discomforts and very effective in cleansing and stimulating the liver, our most important organ. It helps in the production of bile, which in essence is a carrier that clings to toxins and escorts them out of our body, without the risk or fear of those toxins reabsorbing into the bloodstream.
This is key, as one of the biggest misconceptions with detoxing is that you simply flush things out and that is that. The problem is, when you overburden your body with too many toxins, the excretory organs (liver, kidneys, lungs, intestines) get overloaded, which inevitably causes toxins to get reabsorbed back into the body, instead of excreted – which may I remind you is the point of a detox in the first place.
Organic Milk Thistle
Organic Milk Thistle is revered for its beneficial effects on the liver. Milk Thistle has been used for over 2 millennia. Like the dandelion, milk thistle is excellent for increasing the bile production of the liver and gallbladder. It improves digestion and excretion of toxins.
You may have noticed that the first two herbs are specifically targeted to the liver and the gallbladder, which work in unison. The reason for this is simply that the liver is the most overworked and vital organ when it comes to detoxing and keeping our body clean. It is therefore highly suggested that you focus on keeping your biggest ally as healthy and efficient as possible.
Black Walnut was initially introduced to the world in the 17th century by Europeans. It has 3 major constituents that give it it’s healing ability; juglone, iodine and tannins.
Juglone – This is the natural defence mechanism, responsible for combatting bacteria and fungus which may develop over time.
Tannins – Responsible for deterring harmful organisms.
Iodine – As most of you know, this is an essential mineral to all life. Iodine is crucial in fighting off harmful organisms, due to its immune-boosting ability. It is also vital for your thyroid.
Wormwood is an herb that has been used as far back as the Egyptians. It was used to kill off harmful organisms such as pinworms and roundworms. It is also a facilitator when it comes to improving digestion and assimilation of food.
Peppermint is known for its soothing, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial qualities, peppermint can mitigate colds and flu. It has an anti-inflammatory effect and is very efficient in quelling rampant inflammation in your body. Inflammation is often caused by stress or toxicity. Peppermint is also very efficient at helping the body clear the lungs. The lungs are very important excretory organs and play a significant role in whole body detox. Peppermint is also one of the top essential oils to have on hand at home.
Stinging nettle is a very resilient and powerful herb. Its ability to resist harmful microorganisms, powerful and abundant antioxidant properties and histamine reducing capability make it a very versatile herb for detoxing and overall health. Stinging nettle is also known to promote stable blood pressure.
So there you have it, a quick and concise reference sheet for 6 herbs and their health benefits. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and Mother Nature gives us a plethora of options to choose from. However, I do want to leave you with this:
Remember that detoxing is a daily thing and not a seasonal or annual endeavour. If you eat right, exercise, meditate, drink healthy water, and spend time in nature, you won’t have to worry about detoxing often. Your body is built to clean itself out, so give it what it needs, and it will return the favour.
Stay healthy, stay wise and live a Life Inspired by Nature.