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Herbs in Detox

Some important herbs to consider in the process of detoxification include the following:
  • Psyllium seed is a lubricating mucilaginous fiber used as a gentle bulking and laxative agent. The mucilage in the seeds expands eight to fourteen times the size of the original seeds. This can also create a feeling of fullness, decreasing one's desire to overeat. Psyllium fiber works as a broom, sweeping the gastrointestinal tract of toxins. Be sure to drink lots of water when using psyllium as a cleansing agent!
  • Black walnut hull is an alterative and antifungal agent that helps the body eliminate parasites.
  • Hibiscus flower is mildly antibacterial and has soothing properties. It is also mildly diuretic and antiparasitic.
  • Horsetail also known as shavegrass is considered an alterative, antifungal agent, and diuretic. It is extremely rich in trace minerals and improves the healing of bones, flesh, and cartilage.
  • Licorice root is known as "the great harmonizer" in Chinese medicine. It is mildly laxative, nutritive, and considered a rejuvenative. It soothes irritated mucus membranes and nourishes the adrenal glands. Using small amounts of licorice helps to instill a feeling of calmness.
  • Alfalfa is a natural diuretic and laxative. It is an excellent source of fiber and provides natural chlorophyll, which has deodorizing properties, helping to sweeten the breath and freshen body odors.
  • Cascara sagrada bark is widely appreciated for its quick-acting laxative effects. It stimulates secretions of the liver, gall bladder, stomach, and pancreas due to its bitter anthraquinone content.
  • Oatstraw is highly nutritive, rejuvenative, and calming to the nervous system, even helping in exhaustion and depression. Oatstraw helps provide minerals to nourish bones, skin, hair, and nails.
  • Pumpkin seed helps the body expel parasites and is also highly nutritive, containing beneficial linolenic acid.
  • Irish Moss is a type of seaweed that is an alterative, demulcent, and nutritive. It soothes an irritated gastrointestinal tract.
  • Yucca root is effective as an alterative and laxative agent. It helps break down organic waste in the body. One of its primary uses in folk medicine is to relieve the inflammation associated with arthritis.
  • Passionflower leaf is best known for its calming effect on the nervous system. It helps to calm stress and slows the breakdown of neurotransmitters. It also helps to calm an irritable bowel.
  • Marshmallow root is an alterative, demulcent, diuretic, mild laxative, nutritive, and rejuvenative. Its high mucilaginous content soothes an irritated digestive tract and provides moisture to dry tissues.
  • Violet leaf is an alterative, antifungal, demulcent, diuretic, and laxative. It is safe and soothing, rich in beta carotene and vitamin C.
  • Witch hazel bark, twigs, and leaves are high in flavonoids that help heal damaged blood vessels. This plant is also somewhat antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.
  • Slippery elm bark is an excellent antiflammatory agent. It is a demulcent, laxative, and nutritive and promotes tissue healing, thus soothing irritated tissues of the gastrointestinal tract. It is one of the most digestible substances known.
  • Mullein leaf is a demulcent, diuretic, and a vulnerary. It soothes irritated tissues and is especially beneficial for the respiratory system.
  • Capsicum also known as cayenne pepper is an alterative, antioxidant, antiseptic, and circulatory stimulant. It is rich in vitamin C and helps improve metabolism, thus contributing to weight loss.
  • Gentian root is an alterative, antiseptic agent, and cholagogue. It is extremely bitter and works as an excellent digestive secretions. It also helps in the breakdown of protein and fats. It even helps improve the assimilation of nutrients like iron and vitamin B12. It has a cooling effect upon the body, helping to reduce inflammation and infection.
  • Milk thistle seed is commonly used to improve liver function by stimulating protein synthesis. It also is a hepatoprotective (liver protector) agent. Milk thistle is considered a natural antioxidant, helping to detoxify a wide range of potentially damaging contaminants, including drugs, alcohol, and a wide variety of chemicals.
- By Brigitte Mars, AHG

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