The 2020 Detox: 3 Home-grown herbs to support your liver

The 2020 Detox: 3 Home-grown herbs to support your liver

Author -  GoodHealth

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Calendula – Calendula officinalis

A common garden plant dating back to the 12th century and known to keep pests away from the garden, Calendula’s medicinal value has been respected since ancient times. Calendula’s flowers are often the main part used; made into tea or added to salads, however the stems, younger leaves, seeds and roots all have medicinal effects. Calendula is used to cleanse the skin and is a wonderful balm used topically to soothe cuts, wounds and aid skin repair. Calendula promotes healing both internally and externally. It helps to detoxify the liver, reduce lymphatic congestion and reduce inflammation in the digestive system. Calendula can help to heal the gut lining and treat gastrointestinal ulcers. It is a wonderful detoxifying herb that can help to reduce signs of lymphatic congestion such as rings under the eyes, fatigue and swollen glands. Calendula blooms for many months of the year and takes its name from the Latin Calends, meaning the first day of the month. Best harvested in the late afternoon, the flower can be used dried or fresh.

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Dandelion – Taraxacum officinale

Dandelion is highly regarded as a medicine for the liver and digestive system and is one of the oldest healing herbs. Thought to be the plant that most closely resembles the moon, sun and stars, Dandelion is commonly found gracing garden lawns. Dandelion flowers close at dusk and reopen in the morning light, making it a plant that naturally shows us balance. It is important that the soil in which dandelion grows is in good health, as the flowers, leaves and roots are used medicinally. Dandelion is a tonic to the liver, helping to stimulate the kidneys while supporting the gallbladder and pancreas. Working with these organs, dandelion assists the absorption and digestion of nutrients and elimination of waste and toxins. Dandelion leaves are best gathered in late spring and are abundant in vitamins and minerals which makes them a wonderful addition to a salad. Dandelion roots are best gathered in late summer and can be roasted on a low heat and infused as a tea. Dandelion tea is a common substitute for coffee, helping to reduce fatigue, skin congestion and headaches, typical signs of liver congestion. 

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Peppermint – Mentha x Piperita

One of the oldest herbs used for both culinary and medicinal purposes, peppermint has been used for generations to calm the nervous and digestive system. Peppermint has a calming effect on the stomach, helping to relieve pain, gastrointestinal spasms, indigestion and bloating. Traditionally served as a refreshing drink or after dinner to support digestion, peppermint also stimulates the liver and gallbladder, promoting bile production and liver detoxification. Among one of the most commonly used essential oils, it is best kept covered during infusion of the fresh or dried leaf, to trap the medicinal essential oils so they do not evaporate with the steam.

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Calendula flowers, roasted dandelion root and peppermint leaves may be used on their own or combined to make an invigorating tea that will help to cleanse important digestive and detoxifying organs. Drink daily to help your body to feel replenished and rejuvenated.

 

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