We live in a modern culture obsessed with detoxification and herbal detox, all the celebs are doing it and it's always being talked about in the media, but why did we never hear of our Granny doing a herbal detox?
Perhaps its because we now live in such an environmentally toxic world, and for many people stress can be very "toxic" to the body. Not to mention the toxins in our food and drink, which is all part of modern culture.
Detoxifying and herbal Detox the body is like giving it a spring clean, it helps the body clear out and speed up its waste disposal capabilities, also detoxing the major internal organs can help treat chronic illness, allergies and other symptoms of ill health.
Each herb is accompanied by a quick reference graphic to help you find the Detox Aid with the properties you are looking for.
The meanings of these are as follows...
Active for Detox Describes how effetive this herb is as a Detox aid based on our experiences of using it. The more waterfalls, the better affect it has for detoxification. Support for Detox Products that are supportive to the process of Detoxification.
The young leaves of the Barletgrass plant have a tremendous ability to absorb nutrients from the soil, and are harvested at 12 -14 inches high.
Barley grass is known to contain vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, chlorophyll, live enzymes and amino acids. It is thought to include a balanced ratio of protein, fat, and carbohydrate necessary for a balanced diet.
Barleygrass is easily assimilated throughout the digestive tract providing the body with optimum nutrition. Barley Grass Powder is a useful effective detox aid.
Betonite clay is a mineral deposit used as a detox aid, this is due to it's properties. Anhydrous Bentonite clay swells up and becomes porous when mixed with water.
This process causes it to become absorbant, and as it passes through the alimentary canal it draws toxins from the digestive system. It is used during intestinal cleansing and fasting.
Coconut Cocos nucifera
The Coconut is the fruit of the coconut palm, and 100% pure raw coconut is packed with nutrients and vitality. It is seen to be an elixier that brings energy, nourishment and well being. It is used by sports enthusiasts who want a quick boost of energy. As a fat the coconut oil or butter is quickly metabolised and quickly releases as energy, it cannot be stored as fat. Therefore many people are using coconut in their diet to promote weight loss and well being.
Cloves Syzygium aromaticum
Cloves are anti- fungal and anti-bacterial, so they have a natural action against infection. They have long been used for treating toothache. Cloves are also indicated for use with coughs and throat infections, being best used in this instance as a tea.
A Clove tea is also thought to be an expectorant to relieve the chest and to settle the digestion. Cloves are a stimulant so they will increase blood circulation, increase metabolism and generally warm the body from within.
Candida Care Tea Loose Herbal Tea
A powerful cleansing, anti-fungal unique herbal tea blend, designed to support an anti-candida diet program and act as a preventative. The woody tastes of Pau D'Arco are uplifted by the zing of Peppermint, and supported by the gentle tastes of Marigold and Marshmallow.
Dandelion Taraxacum officinale
Dandelion is known primarily for its action on the kidneys and liver, it is a herbal tonic for both. Dandelion is thought to flush out the renal system (kidneys and bladder), assisting with the release of water retention and toxicity. It also stimulates the flow of bile in the liver, which assists with the breaking down of fats and the removal of toxins. As a liver tonic, it also relieves the congestion of the liver and gall bladder.
Echinacea Echinacea purpurea
Echinacea is widely respected as "THE remedy for colds and flu." It is a major immune booster that helps the body combat all types of infection. Its anti-bacterial character means it is effective against bacteria and viral attacks. It is a botanical anti- biotic and immune system stimulant, and is recommended as a daily tonic, especially during winter.
Fennel seed Foeniculum vulgare
Fennel seed is known to be an excellent digestive. It is good for colic in babies, and stomach cramps of all ages. It normalises appetite so therefore can support weight loss. It can treat flatulence, aids recovery from gout and is a cleanser of the liver, helpful for gentle detoxifying. It increases the flow of urine, is a natural diuretic and kidney tonic.
For women, Fennel seed is helpful when breastfeeding, as it stimulates milk production. It is also good for promoting menstruation, and relieving discomfort of menopause.
Grapefruit Essential Oil Citrus paradisi
This zesty refreshing botanical has many uses. Grapefruit is traditionally used for cleansing and tonifying the bodies systems. This uplifting top note citrus aroma is also known for banishing dark moods and lifting the spirits.
Grapefruit essential oil is cold pressed however some essential oil is extracted from the pulp, this yields an inferior oil, so check extraction method of product.
Golden Seal Hydrastis canadensis
Golden Seal is anti-microbial, anti-biotic, anti-inflammatory and astringent. So it is known to help fight bacterial infections, and fungal disorders. It is known as a remedy for eczema, ringworm, pruritis, earache and conjunctivitis. It may be used as a mouthwash for gum disease and mouth ulcers, as a douche for vaginal problems, such as thrush, and as eardrops for middle-ear inflammation and congestion.
Gotu kola Hydrocotyle asiatica
Gota kola has been referred to as "food for the brain" so it is used as a brain tonic, known to aid intelligence and memory. It is thought to combat stress, by rebuilding energy reserves and increasing mental and physical power.
It is known as a nerve tonic, a promoter of memory and a blood purifier. As a nervine it is recomended for nervous disorders, including senility, premature aging, and epilepsy. It strengthens the adrenal glands and energises the central nervous system.
Ginger Zingiber officinale
Ginger is known as a herbal remedy for digestive disorders. It is known to settle the digestive system and promote gastric secretion of bile, it stimulates the gastro-intestinal tract and aids digestion. It is also used in the case of fever, as it promotes perspiration, it also soothes a sore throat so can be a helpful remedy in colds and flu.
Applied externally Ginger can treat sore overworked muscles, cramp and poor circulation. And Ginger is an excellent remedy for morning sickness and travel sickness.
Liquorice Glycyrrhiza glabra
A classic flavour known all over the world, Liquorice is used in many preparations, makes delicious tea or a tea ingredient or one can simply chew their twig like roots for a yummy, naturally occuring confection.
Liquorice is also traditionally used as an adrenal support, to help combat exhaustion. It's smooth warming and relaxing - excellent when overcoming the after effects of exciting or stressful times or the use of stimulants.
Marigold Calendula officinalis
A well known herb widely used in skin creams, teas, poultices and tinctures accross Europe. It's use as a natural anti-biotic can be traced back through the centuries.
It can still be found growing in Glastonbury Abbey today even though the monks who once cultivated it have been absent for hundreds of years.
Milk Thistle Silybum marianum
Milk Thistle herb has a traditional and modern use as a liver tonic.
It is believed to encourage the secretion and flow of bile and is therefore associated withthe liver, the kidneys and the gall bladder.
Myrrh Commiphora myrrha
Myrrh is a reddish-brown resinous material, the dried sap of the tree, native to Yemen, Somalia and the eastern parts of Ethiopia.
It is most well known as a natural incense and produces copious amounts of evocative smoke when burned. As such it is used in religious ceremonies far and wide.
Myhrr is also known as a herbal preparation and in Chinese medicine, Myrrh is classified as bitter, spicy, neutral in temperature and affecting the heart, liver, and spleen meridians.
In western pharmacy, Myrrh is used as an antiseptic and is most often used in mouthwashes, gargles and toothpastes for prevention and treatment of gum disease. Myrrh is currently used in some liniments and healing salves that may be applied to abrasions and other minor skin ailments.
Nettle Urtica dioica
Nettle is a superfood with a wide range of benefits and therapeutic applications.
It is well known as a spring tonic and makes a delicious tea, packed with vitamin C, which helps stimulate and aid digestion. It's high histamine levels mean it can be useful in dealing with food or pollen allergies.
Spirulina Arthrospira platensis, and Arthrospira maxima
Spirulina is a blue-green algae and it contains a wide range of valuable nutrients. Firstly it contains 65% easily digested PROTEIN, and 18 amino acids. It is a unique vegetarian complete source of protein and much of its protein has been pre-digested by the algae itself and these enzymes go on to assist in the human digestive and absorption process.
This protein source is superior because it also has lower fat, lower cholesterol and no artificial growth booster chemicals like meat and dairy protein.
Spirulina is the secret to success for vegetarian body-building.
Super Cleanse Tea Loose Herbal Tea
A cleansing, purifying tea that supports the detoxifying process of the body, and offers support to the kidneys and liver. This tea helps the body recover from over use of caffeine, and other toxins. The delicious tastes of fennel, liquorice and ginger, uplift the healing herby tastes of Dandelion, Nettle and Red Clover.
Wheatgrass Triticum aestivum
Wheat grass is quite possibly the closest thing to the fountain of youth and healing man has ever benefited from.
It's nutritional profile is literally stunning. It's good for boosting energy and vitality levels, combating fatigue, detoxification,
eliminating unhealthy bacteria, balancing gut and bowel health, balancing ph levels in blood, treating immune system deficiencies, improving clarity of thought
Stabilising weight, metabolism and cravings, aiding cell regeneration.
White Sage Salvia Alpine
Sage is a traditional medicine plant of the Native American peoples, used for healing and ceremony. It is used for cleansing and purification, and to open people up to a greater connection with the sacred. It is thought to banish negative energy, not only on the physical level, but also emotionally, mentally and spiritually. It has a very aromatic, sharp and stimulating smell, and its action works on all the senses. However it is honoured in Native American tradition to be sacred herb used for sending prayer and working with the power of spirit.