In today's world, most of us need regular liver detoxification because we are exposed daily to toxins and stress. Gently cleansing the liver using cleansing herbs and foods rich in antioxidants, is easy and simple. What a great way to improve your health and that of your family and animal friends.
Having a healthy liver means immune system, hormonal and digestive health as well
Barberry Root, berberis vulgaris Part Used: root Taste: Bitter Energetic: cold Effective form/Preparation: decoction, capsule, tincture Properties: Alterative, antiseptic, hepatic, laxative, anti-inflammatory, bitter tonic, vermifuge Medicinal Use: A bitter tonic which helps purify the blood and bile creation. Has mild laxative properties and is beneficial for skin conditions; psoriasis, eczema and herpes when undernourishment and constipation are the cause. Prevents parasite infestation, aids in digestion of fats and proteins and helps keep the spleen healthy and strong.
Burdock Root arctium lappa. Part Used: root, seed
(fruit), leaf Taste: bitter Energetic: cooling Effective Form/Preparation: *decoction, capsule, *tincture, tea, *compress, *poultice Properties: anti-inflammatory,
anti-infective, anti-histamine, anti-biotic, *alterative, anti-fungal, diuretic,
mild laxative, 45% *inulin (a prebiotic important for metabolism of carbohydrates), high
amount of Vitamin C, A, B complex, bioflavonoids, minerals; iron, sulphur,
silicon, copper, iodine, potassium, calcium,
and zinc. Medicinal Use: Regulates blood sugar. Is known to help with
diabetes & hypoglycemia Blood *tonic. Blood cleanse. Helps with water retention.
Burdock root is the most used in herbal remedies because it is a tonic and is used specifically for blood cleansing and detoxification, inflammation, serious female conditions, excess fluid retention, allergies, acne, eczema.
Cautions: Do not use during lactation.
Dandelion Root Taraxacum officinale, Part
Used: entire plant (leaf, root, flower). Taste:
Bitter Energetic: cooling Effective form/Preparation: *decoction, capsule, *tincture, roasted, tea, *compress. Properties: Anti-inflammatory, good source of potassium. High in inulin
which is known as a prebiotic; encourages and enhances the growth of
beneficial intestinal flora. Liver detoxification and cleansing. A tonic herb. Medicinal Use: Used in formulas for cleansing the liver. Stimulates bile
secretion and production of enzymes.
Chamomile Flower maticara recutita Part Used: flowers Taste: bitter Energetic: neutral Effective form/Preparation: *infusion, *tincture, capsules, tea, compress Properties: *nervine, *tonic, sedative, antispasmodic, antiseptic, anti-fungal, high in calcium and magnesium. Contains potassium, iron, manganese, zinc and some beta carotene. Medicinal Use: Helps with sleep. Soothes a nervous stomach caused by stress. Relieves indigestion, gas and flatulence.
German Chamomile matricaria chamomilla - antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, supports the liver, sedative.
Roman Chamomile anthemis nobillis - *analgesic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, supports the liver, supports the immune system, sedative
Milk Thistle silybum marianum Part Used: seed Taste: bitter Energetic: cooling Effective form/Preparation: ground, *tincture, capsules, tea Properties: *hepatic *tonic, bitter tonic, *demulcent, antidepressant Medicinal Use: A specific in liver regenerating formulas. Helps with jaundice and cirrhosis; to increase the secretion and flow of bile from gallbladder. Helps with lactation for breast-feeding. Aids in liver detoxification.
Oregon Grape Root berberis aquifolium Part
Used: root Taste: bitter Energetic: cooling Effective form/Preparation: *decoction, *tincture, capsules, tea Properties: *alterative; strong blood cleanser, liver detoxification, has the ability to release stored iron in the liver, used for chronic degenerative diseases such as arthritis. Medicinal Use: Used in many liver detoxification formulas. Helps improve blood conditions;eczema psoriasis. Crohn's disease. Hepatitis. Jaundice. Mononucleosis.
Paud' Arco tabebuia impetiginosa Part Used: bark Taste: bitter Energetic: cooling Effective form/Preparation: *decoction, *tincture, capsules, tea, cream, ointment Properties: antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal. Immune enhancing Medicinal Use: fungal disease; thrush, athlete's foot, nail fungus, candida albicans yeast overgrowth and ringworm. Helps with digestive issues; colitis, gastritis and stomach ulcers. Blood purifier.
Turmeric: Curcumae longa or c. aromatic; Zingiberaceae – In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Jiang Huang, Pian Jiang Hugan Part Used: rhizome Taste: bitter/pungent Energetic: warm (rhizome) Preparation/Effective Form: decoction, extract, powdered, whole root Properties: alterative analgesic, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, cholagogue, emmenagogue stimulant, vulnerary Primary Use: Liver, digestion, spleen, musculoskeletal system. Turmeric is one of those herbs which can be used internally for liver and digestive stress and externally for tumors, joint pain and more.
Cinnamon: cinnamomum verum Part Used: bark, twig Taste: pungent/spicy Energetic: hot Effective form/Preparation: powder, *tincture, oil, capsules Properties: stimulant, astringent, *diaphoretic, *carminative, antiseptic, antispasmodic, expectorant Medicinal Use: Helps strengthen digestion. Increases circulation. Tonic and uterine stimulant. Oil is antibacterial, anti- fungal.
Aromatherapy: Cinnamon leaf is used and has antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, *carminative, digestive, insecticidal, stimulant, *stomachic
Fennel: faeniculum vulgare Part Used: seed Taste: pungent/sweet Energetic: warm Effective form/Preparation: decoction, extract, oil, tea Properties: *carminative, expectorant, anti-inflammatory Medicinal Use: Helps relieve gas. Assists and improves digestion. Helps with bladder or prostate infections. Used as a tea for eye washes to relieve conjunctivitis and inflammation of the eyelids. Relieves pain and expels mucous.
Aromatherapy: antiseptic, antispasmodic, detoxifier, diuretic, insecticidal, stimulant
Orange Peel citrus aurantium Part Used: peel Taste: bitter Energetic: cool Effective form/Preparation: *decoction, extract, oil, tea, Properties: astringent, *carminative, expectorant, rich in vitamin C and bioflavonoids Medicinal Use: Abdominal pain with bloating. Indigestion and gas
Aromatherapy: anti-depressant, antispasmodic, lymph stimulator, mildly sedative, *stomachic.
Sage Leaf salvia officinalis Part Used: leaf Taste: pungent/spicy Energetic: warm Effective form/Preparation: *infusion, *tincture, tea, *poultice Properties: anti-infective, astringent, *diaphoretic,*carminative, antispasmodic, *antidiarrhteic, *nervine, promotes natural healthy estrogen, anti-depressant, important herb for blood cleansing formulas, anti-galactagogue; helps stop lactation during weaning. Medicinal Use: Emmenagogue; promotes regular menstrual flow. Used in formulas for chronic cystitis. Poultice for tumors.
Aromatherapy: Sage (Spanish) salvia lavandulaefolia - antidepressant, anti-infectious, *emmenagogue, stimulant, antisudorific; reduces sweating