I have been on a heavy metal detox protocol of supplements and other things for a few months, and the bulk of it is now behind me. To support my everyday detoxing moving forward, I have started to have one of a few different detoxing herbs in tea every day. This was something that I did as part of my daily cancer protocol for about the first year after diagnosis, but I had gotten away from it and was most often having my usual green tea (which is also great!).
Detoxing herbs in tea form are great because they are gentle, pleasant, and easy to incorporate into your morning routine since most people have a hot beverage in the morning anyway. Below is a brief introduction to some of my favourites. I hope that you are able to find a few amongst them that you can enjoy on a regular basis to improve and support your body’s natural detoxing activity!
The essential oils in fennel are good detoxifiers and blood purifiers, and fennel also contains high levels of minerals like potassium, zinc, selenium, and vitamin C . When it comes to cancer, fennel has antioxidant properties, helping to scavenge free radicals and reduce the oxidative stress that can lead to the cancer precursors of DNA damage and cell mutations .
Ginger is thought to affect detoxification primarily by stimulating digestion, maintaining digestive enzymes, and promoting proper circulation, supporting your body in clearing out a buildup of toxins and waste particularly in the digestive tract and liver . Our skin is not something we always consider to be a part of our detoxing pathway, but it is! Ginger supports this part of our body’s detoxification work by increasing sweating and the release of toxins through our pores . Having it in hot tea pushes this even more. Ginger is also an anti-inflammatory, which is great for those wishing to treat or prevent cancer since cancer thrives in inflamed environments .
Lemongrass does a few things to support detoxing. First, it has a compound in it called citral, which helps to properly digest food . This means that your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard and it also helps to prevent digestive issues like bloating and constipation. With a digestive system that is rested and balanced, you will be able to eliminate toxins via this primary detoxing pathway with much more efficacy. Second, lemongrass is full of antioxidants, which support detoxing and cleansing and also support your anticancer efforts . Finally, lemongrass helps to relieve fluid retention, which also aids in detoxification .
Peppermint is amazing for digestive issues like IBS, nausea, and bloating. It helps to relax the muscles of the colon and reduce bloating, which can provide a lot of relief from abdominal pain and discomfort . It is also a digestive aid and promotes the flow of digestive juices and bile, allowing fats to be digested quickly and food to therefore pass through the digestive tract at a proper pace . This helps to prevent the buildup of waste and toxins in your digestive tract and makes your body’s detoxing work easier. Like with lemongrass, improving the health and function of your digestive system will make your body much more effective at detoxing, as this system is our main detoxification pathway.
The liver is of course a major player in our detoxing, and pau d’arco supports this role. Tea is made from the inner bark of the pau d’arco tree, which is native to South America. Pau d’arco does a number of things to support detoxing. It reduces inflammation, it is an antifungal and antibacterial and therefore helps to stop the overgrowth of harmful organisms in our intestines, and it has a mild laxative effect that supports the removal of toxins such as heavy metals and pesticides . It also helps to kill off candida and parasites; it’s a detoxing powerhouse! In addition to its detoxifying effects, pau d’arco tea is an anticancer herb and is considered a standard treatment for cancer, particularly leukemia, in various regions of South America. In addition to high levels of the antioxidant quercetin , pau d’arco contains a compound called Beta-lapachone, which disrupts cancer cells’ ability to repair their DNA, eventually leading to the death of the cell . So neat!
Dandelion is one of the most popular and effective herbs for liver detoxification. It works by strengthening and supporting liver function, a main part of which is detoxing. Dandelion root increases bile production in the liver, which improves digestion and helps your liver to remove toxins quickly, effectively cleaning out your liver . The root also contains inulin, which helps to support healthy bacteria in your gut and also tones the digestive system , making it more effective at moving waste (and therefore toxins) through and out.
Enjoy, and Happy Healing ❤️
- The Cleansing Power of Fennel-Based Teas – https://www.office-coffee.co.uk/blog/the-cleansing-power-of-fennel-based-teas/
- Cleansing and Detoxing Benefits of Ginger – https://www.thealternativedaily.com/cleansing-and-detoxing-benefits-of-ginger-3-ways-to-start-ginger-boosting/
- 7 Wonderful Benefits of Lemongrass Tea – https://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/7-wonderful-benefits-of-lemongrass-tea-the-healing-brew-1459468
- Detoxifying Superfoods: Peppermint – https://detoxorganics.com/blogs/blog/detoxifying-superfoods-peppermint
- How Pau D’arco Fights Candida, Cancer, and Inflammation – https://draxe.com/nutrition/pau-darco/
- 7 Superfoods that Help Your Liver Cleanse – https://holisticfittribe.com/7-superfoods-that-help-your-liver-cleanse/
- Pau D’arco – https://www.jonbarron.org/herbal-library/herbs/pau-darco
- Dandelion Tea for Liver Cleansing – https://healthstartsinthekitchen.com/dandelion-tea-for-liver-cleansing/