Top 6 Herbs to Detox Your Liver, Including Liver Tonic Recipe
The liver is one of the most vital organs in our body. It has a wide range of functions, including detoxification, protein synthesis, helping to regulate hormone activity, and production of biochemicals necessary for digestion. Everything we eat must be processed by the liver before it can be distributed throughout the body.
This organ plays a major role in metabolism and is the master detoxifier – it cleanse the system not only of environmental toxins, but also of metabolic waste. So as you can see, the health of our body is directly related to the liver functioning at its peak.
There are some herbs that are particularly good for liver cleansing:
Burdock – One of the common uses for this herb is as a liver detoxifier. When studies looked at what effects burdock might have on livers that have been damaged by alcohol consumption, the results seemed to show that burdock helped the liver to heal and protected it from further damage. The conclusion was that burdock’s powerful antioxidants may be responsible, at least in part, for the results.
Dandelion – It is mainly the root that helps cleanse the liver and treat gallbladder problems. Compounds in the root cause an increase in bile production and this helps to improve digestion. It also helps the liver to digest foods and remove toxins quickly and efficiently.
Wild yam – Wild yam root has been known to be very effective for liver health. It lowers cholesterol and blood pressure levels and thus reduces the stress in the body and increases the efficiency of the liver.
Yellow dock – Traditionally, yellow dock root has been thought to be a blood purifier and general detoxifier, especially for the liver. Yellow dock root stimulates bile production which helps digestion, particularly of fats. It also helps prevent any toxins from entering the gallbladder, bloodstream and liver, which in turn reduces these systems overall workload. Yellow dock root can also effectively help to get rid of foreign substances, which could create access burden on the liver.
Milk thistle seeds – The seeds of milk thistle are known as a powerful cleanser of the liver. They contain phytochemicals that stimulate the secretion of bile from the liver and gallbladder. Click here to learn how to make liver cleansing infusion with milk thistle seeds.
Garlic – Garlic contains many sulfur-containing compounds that activate the liver enzymes responsible for flushing out toxins from the body. This vegetable also contains allicin which is a powerful compound proven to help protect the liver from toxic damage, and helps in the detoxification process. Read more information in my previous article on how to use garlic as a medicine.
Liver Cleansing Tonic Recipe
2 parts dandelion root
1 part wild yam root
1 part yellow dock root
1 part burdock root
Use 4 tbsp of herb mixture per 1 liter of water. Place the herbs in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Heat slowly and simmer, covered for 20-45 minutes. The longer you simmer the herbs, the stronger the tea will be. If the flavor is too bitter for you, you can add stevia, honey or natural maple syrup to taste. Drink 2-3 cups a day.
If you are interested in detoxifying your body, you can find more useful information in my e-book The Detox Guide. This guide will teach you how to use detox to cleanse and energize your body naturally: