March 24, 2012 2 Comments
Spring is just about here which means it is time for spring cleaning and detoxifying our bodies! Herbs like dandelion, stinging nettle and milk thistle are a great way to support your body’s ability to eliminate toxins. Try them on their own with a little lemon or honey for taste, or combine them with your favourite herbal teas for some added medicinal properties!
1. Dandelion tea: dandelions appear in the spring and assist the earth by detoxifying the soil. Why not try a cup to assist your liver and kidneys to detoxify your body? Check out my post ‘3 things you didn’t know about dandelions‘ for more fun facts about this weed!
2. Stinging nettle: beware of stinging nettle the next time you go for a walk in the woods, topical exposure to this herb can cause a red, stinging rash! But internally, it is useful at decreasing inflammation in your intestines as well as promoting the function of your kidneys because it is a mild diuretic.
3. Milk thistle: this herb is an excellent liver tonic because it helps your liver cells regrow and replenish new cells. It is not contraindicated with pharmaceutical drug use and can be beneficial for protecting the liver from harmful effects of these drugs. It has virtually no flavour and can easily be added to other herbal teas. Or you can be adventurous and add this tea to your homemade ice tea and popsicles for a sweet treat!
Take a moment out of your busy day to enjoy a wonderful cup of tea!