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Cleansing Herbs That Help Support Detox

March 07, 2024

In the realm of holistic health, the concept of detoxification often takes center stage, touted as a panacea for various health woes. However, amidst the vigor surrounding detox regimens, it's crucial to recognize that our bodies possess innate mechanisms for detoxification, diligently performed by organs like the liver, kidneys, lymphatic system and skin.

Rather than perpetuating the notion of constant detoxing, it's essential to acknowledge the remarkable efficiency of our natural detoxification processes. At the heart of holistic wellness lies the idea of supporting these vital organs in their intrinsic functions. When faced with the consequences of indulging in heavy, greasy foods, excessive alcohol consumption, or leading a sedentary lifestyle, incorporating plant-based remedies can offer gentle yet effective assistance to our hardworking detoxification systems.

How to cleanse and detox safely and effectively

There are a few tips and tricks that we like to recommend to folks who feel inclined to do a spring cleanse, because we get it, it can feel great! But the key is to not overdo it, as some cleanses on the market can be extremely hard on the gut and overall not helpful, although they are marketed as such. When choosing to do a cleanse, with or without cleansing herbs, these are the most important things to follow.

  • Follow Nature: Cleansing is best done in the Springtime, and we know that because many of our best cleansing herbs start popping up in the Spring, like cleavers, dandelion leaf, and red clover. We want to ensure we are not depleting and over cleansing ourselves in the colder months when nature is in hibernation mode.
  • Nutrition: Gentle detoxing is really more about what you aren’t doing, rather
    than what you are. Avoiding foods that can bog down the elimination pathways in the body will already help the detoxification organs do their thing. Processed sugars and processed foods, as well as fried and fatty foods should be avoided, and limiting caffeine, alcohol and intoxicants is imperative.
  • waterfallFiber:  A diet high in fiber aids in detoxification primarily by promoting regular bowel movements and supporting optimal digestion. Fiber acts as a natural "sweep" within the digestive tract, binding to toxins, waste, and excess cholesterol, and carrying them out of the body through bowel movements. Additionally, fiber helps to maintain a healthy balance of gut bacteria, which play a crucial role in detoxification processes by metabolizing and neutralizing toxins. By keeping the digestive system regular and efficient, a high-fiber diet ensures that toxins are swiftly and effectively eliminated from the body, promoting and supporting overall long-term health.
  • Hydration Matters: Hydration is crucial during detoxification as it supports kidney function, aiding in the efficient filtration of waste and toxins from the blood. Adequate hydration also ensures optimal liver function, essential for metabolizing and eliminating toxins effectively. Furthermore, staying hydrated helps maintain proper bowel function, facilitating the elimination of waste through regular bowel movements.
  • Get Moving: Movement and exercise are essential because they stimulate circulation, lymphatic flow, and sweat production, all of which help the body eliminate toxins. Physical activity increases blood flow, delivering oxygen and nutrients to cells while carrying away waste products. Additionally, exercise supports lymphatic drainage, aiding in the removal of waste from tissues. Sweating during exercise further assists in detoxification by releasing toxins through the skin. 
  • Prioritize Sleep: Sleep is crucial for detoxification as it allows the body to rest, repair, and regenerate tissues while facilitating the removal of toxins accumulated throughout the day. Additionally, adequate sleep supports optimal liver function, as the liver is most active during sleep. Lack of sleep can impair detoxification processes, leading to toxin buildup and potential health issues. 
  • Practice Stress Management: Stress management is vital during detoxification as high stress levels can bog down the body's ability to effectively eliminate toxins. Chronic stress triggers the release of hormones like cortisol, which can disrupt detoxification pathways. Additionally, stress can contribute to unhealthy behaviors such as poor dietary choices and lack of exercise, further compromising detox efforts. By practicing stress-reduction techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, or engaging in calming activities, individuals can support their body's natural detoxification processes and promote better health outcomes.

 How cleansing herbs can support detox

Herbs play a crucial role in detoxification through various mechanisms targeting different organs and systems in the body. Liver tonics such as Milk Thistle and Dandelion Root support liver function by aiding in the metabolism and elimination of toxins. Kidney tonics and diuretics like Cleavers and Parsley help stimulate the kidneys, promoting the elimination of waste and excess fluids.

Alternatives such as Burdock Root and Cleavers support the body's natural detox processes by improving circulation and aiding in the elimination of metabolic waste products. Additionally, lymphatic herbs like Calendula and Echinacea help cleanse and support the lymphatic system, enhancing the removal of toxins and waste from the body. Integrating these cleansing herbs into a balanced diet or as part of herbal formulations can support overall detoxification and promote optimal health.

6 of our favourite cleansing herbs to help the body detoxify 

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  • Dandelion Root: known for its bitter properties, stimulates bile production, crucial for the digestion and elimination of fats and toxins.
  • Schisandra: acts as an adaptogen, supporting the liver's resilience to stress while promoting its detoxification functions.
  • Cleavers: Cleaver’s alternative and diuretic actions make it an effective lymphatic tonic used in the treatment of a wide range of problems involving the lymphatic system
  • Red Clover: another useful alternative and lymphatic herb, Clover is known to have an affinity for the lungs while also considered specific for gland congestion helping to smooth out of the lymphatic system.
  • Milk Thistle: revered in its effect to protect the liver and its many metabolic activities to help restore and renew its cells. 
  • Calendula: aids in detoxification by supporting the lymphatic system, helping to move the lymph and eliminate waste.

In house made products designed to support a gentle detox

Cleanse tea: A gentle cleansing tea that supports liver detoxification, moves the lymph and cleanses the blood. This tea is helpful after Winter, moving into Spring after eating heavier foods and feeling stagnant. It will help to reduce allergy symptoms, support skin health and elimination of toxins.
Ingredients: Nettle leaf, Red Clover blossoms, Burdock, Dandelion Root, Cleavers

Elimination tincture: An all around blend to help support the body in proper elimination.  In this process we help move the blood and lymph and support the liver to clear toxins. Herbs cross so many boundaries and many additional benefits come along with these cleansing herbs including: high mineral content and gut health support.
Ingredients: Organic alcohol, Milk Thistle, Cleavers, Nettle leaf, Burdock, Calendula

Last but certainly not least Milk Thistle capsules: We recommend taking these capsules on a regular basis if you are exposed to toxins whether through work or lifestyle and dietary choices.  It is traditionally known to protect the liver from toxins, high in antioxidants and extra support to renew liver cells, something the liver is already great at doing but milk thistle gives extra protection.

The Benefits of Working with Our Practitioners

Working with a qualified practitioner for safe and healthy cleansing can provide invaluable guidance and support tailored to individual needs. Whether it involves incorporating cleansing herbs, optimizing nutrition, or integrating acupuncture, a practitioner can offer personalized recommendations to enhance the detoxification process while ensuring overall well-being.

Their expertise helps in navigating potential pitfalls and ensuring that the cleansing approach is safe and effective. Whether seeking advice on herbal remedies or nutritional strategies, consulting with a practitioner can provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to detoxification, promoting optimal health and vitality. For personalized herbal advice and guidance, book a consult or feel free to reach out to us for expert assistance tailored to your specific needs and goals

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