Detox with Herbs
Most herbal detox formulas are made to support healthy liver function, since the liver is responsible for doing the majority of filtering toxins in our body.
Check out the Cleanse and Detox Main Page for more information on ways to help your body cleanse and detox.
Herbs to use for detox:
Turmeric (curcumin): Widely known for its anti-inflammatory effects, turmeric is the bright yellow/orange root used in asian cooking, its the herb that makes "curry powder" yellow.
Curcumin is usually taken as an herb in a capsule format, paired with the element of black pepper called piperine, which helps the body extract the beneficial elements of the curcumin.
Try using turmeric in golden milk, recipe here. Traditional herbal/nutritional wisdom pairs curcumin with a heated fat such as milk, oil or ghee (clarified butter). Golden milk is an centuries old ayurvedic recipe.
Milk Thistle (silymarin): Milk thistle comes capsules or extracts. Several scientific studies suggest that substances in milk thistle (especially a flavonoid called silymarin) Silymarin, a flavonoid in milk thistle is revered for protecting the liver from toxins. Silymarin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. And it may help the liver repair itself by growing new cells.
Dandelion: Most people take dandelion root, in the form of a capsule or tincture, or you can prepare a tea, usually made with roasted dandelion root (I enjoy this tea, and actually find the mildly bitter flavor very palatable). Dandelion stimulates production of bile and its flow between the gall bladder and liver to improve liver function and overall health.
Burdock root: In macrobiotics we use burdock as a "strengthening" food, you can eat the root in a stir fry, it's very earthy and aromatic, delicious paired with the sweetness of carrot and a dash of tested sesame oil.
As an herb burdock is mostly used in a tincture, a tea, or in herbal capsules. Like dandelion, burdock root stimulates bile flow and is known in Ayurvedic medicine as a blood purifier.
Artichoke (cynarin): Known for helping prevent gallstones and helping in cases of jaundice. A tincture is made from dried leaves and/or flower buds are used for tinctures.