How to Make Lymph Cleansing Herbal Infusion

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The lymphatic system is a drainage network of fluid, organs and vessels that is responsible for the removal of cellular waste and foreign agents such as bacteria, viruses, toxins etc. The lymph is the fluid that circulates throughout the lymphatic system.  The lymph moves through the lymph nodes, where they are destroyed.

I’ve shared with you in the past natural ways to cleanse your lymphatic system, and one of them was using herbs. The herbs in this lymph cleansing infusion are famous for their excellent effect on the lymphatic system, and if you consume this lymph cleansing infusion regularly, it will help to ensure proper lymphatic drainage.


Calendula – the most common uses of calendula flowers are for wound healing, reducing skin inflammation, clearing the lymphatic glands and as a general immune tonic.


Cleavers – this herb stimulates the activity of the lymphatic system and organs so they can perform at their best. It helps in cases of lymphatic congestion and swollen lymph glands, and it also helps to cleanse and nourish the blood.

Mullein – this herb treats lymph congestion. The leaves and flowers activate lymph circulation and can be useful for swollen glands, especially when lymph nodes in the throat, neck, arms, and groin swell or are congested.

Lymph Cleansing Herbal Infusion Recipe

2 parts calendula
2 parts cleavers
1 part mullein

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. Drink 2-3 cups a day for 2 to 3 weeks.

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 and safely:

The Detox Guide

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20 Responses to How to Make Lymph Cleansing Herbal Infusion

  1. Lilian Boyce says:

    Do you know what herbs we would use in South Africa other than Calandea you can’t get those herbs here.

    • Jenny says:

      If you cannot get the herb, then you can use dried herb (you can buy online or in health food stores).

    • Kusa jarillienden says:

      I live in Jamaica and we don’t have these either. Aside from buying online (I reccomend Dr.Christopher’s infection formula ) you can try black castor oil packs. Pour into cloth or cotton and place ob affected gland or area. Put a hearing pad on top for best results. When that gets to tedious I just rub it on but it doesn’t work as strong that way.

  2. Gulam tahir says:

    in india where can we get this herbs,i have neurofibroma disease.please response in my email id.

    • Jenny says:

      You can buy dried herbs from certain herbal stores or health food stores, as well as online, for example through Amazon website: (I believe there are plenty Indian websites that sell herbs online as well).

  3. Arshad Wali Muhammad says:

    Where can I get these
    2 parts calendula
    2 parts cleavers
    1 part mullein
    I’m in Pakistan

    • Jenny says:

      You can buy dried herbs in your local herbal store or health shop. If you don’t have them in your area, you will probably find places that sell them online.

  4. Lisa Hammonds says:

    Fantastic information!

  5. Lana Lum says:

    Thank you for this information on cleaning lymph glands.

  6. Colleen says:

    Jenny, I feel the need to tell you how important and vital the work you do is. I appreciate it and look forward to it. Thank You so much. By the way, I am so glad the problem with Pintrist was solved.
    Thank You again

  7. kim s says:

    when you say parts…. to be steeped… exactly what is the measurement of these parts? teaspoon, tablespoon, 1/4 cup? and how much water are you using?


    • Jenny says:

      Hi Kim, you can choose the measurement (part) according to the amount of infusion that you want to create. Also the more water you add, the less concentrated the infusion will be – It is a flexible recipe. You can start by using 1/2 teaspoon as your measurement (part), so you will have 1 tsp calendula, 1 tsp of cleavers and 1/2 tsp of mullein and cover with 2 cups of water, but again, it can be flexible according to your own preference.

  8. Amanda says:

    Will this tea interfere with prescription medication like synthroid?

    • Jenny says:

      I don’t really know (I’m not a doctor). Best to check with your doctor to be on the safe side of things.

  9. a'ndrea says:

    Hi. Is ti mullein leaf or flower? Does it matter? Thanks.

    • Jenny says:

      Both flower and leaf can be used. An infused oil of mullein flowers is a common remedy for treating an ear infection due to the anti inflammatory and antiseptic properties of the flowers. The leaves are commonly used to treat congestion and dry coughs, as they are an excellent expectorant. Few people know, however, that mullein is also an excellent remedy for the lymphatic system, and in this case, both flower and leaf can be used. Even the root can be used as it is anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and expectorant.

  10. Janalee says:

    I plan on making a 4 cup batch and was wondering how much (6 oz. or 8 oz.) and how often(1xday, 2xday, 3xday) you should drink this tea? Should it be warmed when it is darnk? And does any left-overs need to be refrigerated? Thank you!

    • Jenny Hills says:

      There are no established or strict rules, but usually a cup is about 8 oz. You can drink 2-3 cups a day for 2 to 3 weeks, but you can also incorporate it in your regular diet as a general maintenance. It’s really up to you. When you make a larger batch, you need to keep it in the fridge and then drink it either warm or at a room temperature.

  11. Rose says:

    I have lymphedema and was wondering if this would help in any way in decreasing the size of my legs? Also will it help with the pain, stiffness and heaviness?

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      I don’t know Rose. While the infusion is good for overall lymph cleansing, I don’t know as to what extent it can help in your specific case. From what I’ve seen in medical websites about lymphedema, to decrease swelling it’s usually recommended to exercise, use compression stockings or bandaging and do massage techniques to help lymph drainage. I believe these measurements need to be done together with herbal infusions to get the best results.

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