Liver Cleanse Tea

There are a number of herbs which make a great liver cleanse tea.

The liver is the largest gland in the body, and does a lot of vital work.

It is involved in numerous vital functions, including regulating metabolism, digestion, thyroid and blood sugar levels. It filters toxins from the blood for excretion via the kidneys, and helps keep the body clean of foreign substances.

Remember that in order for the liver to function well, the kidneys must be in good shape, to excrete the toxins sent to them by the liver. So, drink your liver cleanse tea, but also drink pure clean water to help the kidneys do their work too! 

liver cleanse tea

Living in modern society automatically means our liver has plenty to do each day, filtering out toxins we ingest from our environment.

We can make healthy choices to support our liver, including a diet rich in real foods, and minimally processed foods. 

We can take silymarin, which is the standardized extract of the herb called milk thistle, knows to support the liver and aid in detoxification.

We can eat bitter greens, such as dandelion leaves and mustard greens, which are great liver supporters.

And when we want some extra help, whether due to a night of excess alcohol, a change of seasons, or maybe experiencing a herxheimer reaction while on a candida cleanse, we can drink a liver cleanse tea.

You'll find a number of great products already packaged and ready to brew or if you're feeling crafty, try making your own blend by assembling a selection of herbs and experimenting with your own recipes.

Golden Milk

Not quite a tea, but very healing and beneficial for liver function is a warm beverage called Golden Milk. Warming the turmeric in a fat (here it is coconut milk) is a time honored technique for extracting the beneficial elements of the herb.

Note: traditionally this recipe calls for some honey added to sweeten beverage to taste. For acute candida overgrowth skip the honey. If you want to add a touch of sweet flavor, opt for a few drops of pure stevia extract instead.

1 can unsweetened pure coconut milk (look for a full-fat canned coconut milk with no preservatives or stabilizers)

1 half-inch piece ginger, unpeeled, thinly sliced

1 cinnamon stick

1 inch piece fresh turmeric, unpeeled, thinly sliced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried turmeric

8 whole black peppercorns

Ground cinnamon (for serving)

Combine all ingredients in a small pot; bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat and simmer 10 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into mugs and top with a dash of cinnamon.

Golden Milk will keep for a few days in an airtight container in the fridge. Gently reheat on a low burner and serve warm.


If you want to make your own liver cleanse tea:

Here is a list of herbs which help benefit liver function, you can buy them in bulk to create your own liver cleanse tea.

Blessed Thistle

Burdock Root (can interfere with iron absorption)

Dandelion Root (leaves and tops are fine too)

Fennel Seeds (stems and roots are fine too)

Garlic

Goldenseal Rhizome & Roots (avoid during pregnancy, diabetes, cardiovascular disease or glaucoma)

Milk Thistle Seeds (leaves are fine too, but the seeds are the most potent herbal liver cleanser known)

Oregon Grape Root

Rhubarb Root & Stalks (not for use during pregnancy)

Rosemary Leaves

Turmeric Rhizome (for use only in small quantities)

Uva Ursi Leaves

Yellow Dock Leaves (roots too)

When I'm making my own liver cleanse tea, my personal favorite is roasted dandelion root tea. It has a nice flavor, and makes a great coffee substitute! I drink it simmered with ginger, sometimes mixed with very mild yerba mate tea. I may replace the ginger with cloves, cardamom, or peppermint. Either way, it's delicious and just feels good.


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