Superfood & Herbal Detox Products

Antioxidants abound in these natural botanicals which help your body to naturally detoxify.

It’s everywhere in the media and all the celebs are doing it: detoxing. But why? Because now, more than ever, we live in polluted times. Much of our food is treated with artificial chemical fertilisers and pesticides (which is where organic produce comes to the rescue) and we are surrounded by environmental toxins – not to mention the toxins we take in through bad habits...

Additionally, our high-stress lives can be ‘toxic’ to our bodies by creating overly acidic blood which many naturopaths believe is the forerunner to disease. Detoxing the major internal organs can help treat chronic illness, allergies, skin conditions and other symptoms of poor health.

At Indigo Herbs we have a range of pure, naturally-derived botanicals known to spring-clean the body and help its waste disposal. For those of you more mechanically minded, think of it as an oil change. Detoxing is a prime example of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. A clean body is a strong body.

The bowel is arguably the most important place to start, as it is, to put it bluntly, our sewage system, and needs to be kept clear to work efficiently. The liver appreciates periodic cleansing too: sparkling eyes and a happier disposition are the outward signs of an unburdened liver. Our other channels of elimination, the kidneys, lungs and skin, also benefit from a detox.

Browse the list below and see what appeals.

 

Barley Grass

(Hordeum vulgare L)
Barley Grass

The young leaves of the Barleygrass 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.

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Cloves

(Syzygium aromaticum)
Cloves

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.

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Coconut

(Cocos nucifera)
Coconut

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 elixir 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 is rapidly metabolised and converted into energy, it cannot be stored as fat. Therefore many people are using coconut in their diet to promote weight loss and well being.

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Dandelion

(Taraxacum officinale)
Dandelion

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.

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Echinacea

(Echinacea Purpurea)
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.

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Fennel Seed

(Foeniculum vulgare)
Fennel

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.

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Ginger

(Zingiber officinale (Roscoe))
Ginger

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.

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Golden Seal

(Hydrastis Canadensis)
Golden Seal

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.

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Gotu kola

(Hydrocotyle asiatica)
Gotu Kola

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.

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Grapefruit

(Citrus paradisi)
Grapefruit

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.

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Hibiscus Flower

(Hibiscus sabdariffa)

Hibiscus Flowers are known to have a mild laxative action decreasing spasms in the intestines. This has a mild detoxifying effect which also helps combat foreign bacteria while also lowering blood pressure.

Hibiscus comes from Hawaii/Polynesia and has integrated into many cultures being firmly associated with feminine energy. In India it is the favourite flower to be offered to female deities.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Slippery Elm

(Ulmus rubra)
Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm Bark has a very high fibre content which coats the bowels and effectively cleans and calms the system. Also of use during a detox is the fact that Slippery Elm Bark can also replace flora that can be lost in the bowel.

Before or after a Detox, Slippery Elm could be useful to clean the intestine, calming it before a different course of food is taken to detox the body. Slippery Elm also has a good nutrient content which could be the perfect introductory ingredient after finishing your detox. Whether you’re about to start a detox or have just finished one, Slippery Elm can be very useful supportive aid.

Some tribes of Native American Indians knew the benefits of the Slippery Elm Brak and sometimes used it when they ran out of food during the winter months. They also used it as a topical treatment to help heal minor wounds.

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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.

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