Giving Your Detox Organs Some Plant Medicine Love
Whether big or small, all of our organs have some function of detoxification within them. When it comes to detox however, the liver seems to get all the love. I mean, it is the biggest player when it comes to filtering out the junk.
Alongside the mighty liver are two more detox sidekicks: the lungs and the kidneys. The following 5 herbs work on strengthening at least one of these organs so it can do what it does best: DETOX. You can drink green juice, cut out sugar, cut out gluten, cut out drama, and whatever else you consider to be a toxin, but if the organs doing the cleaning aren’t in tip-top shape, you’re only doing half the job. Start from the bottom and with clean eating and stress management everything else should fall into place. We are at the start of a new yearly cycle and the transition to Spring has begun, the season belonging to the master of detox, the liver.
Dandelion Root (Taraxacum official)
A catalyst for change and growth. It gently and safely enhances digestion and elimination. This super root enhances liver detox, relieving gas, bloating, and sluggishness that may be present from a winter of rich foods.
Nettle Leaf (Urtica dioica)
Made into a tea that has a gentle diuretic effect, it relieves symptoms of water retention. It’s also mildly detoxifying so can be used to ease pesky springtime allergies.
Burdock (Arctium lappa)
A cooling tonic herb. Natural detoxifier for the blood, lymph, and skin. Plus, an immune booster extraordinaire.
This mushroom has been studied and showcased for its ability to improve lung efficiency in athletes. It’s also known to inhibit contractions of the trachea, allowing the lungs to have increased airflow and therefore perform better.
Marshmallow Root (Althaea)
This one’s for the lungs and kidneys. It’s a natural diuretic so can help increase urine flow and has been used traditionally to aid in clearing out kidney stones. Marshmallow root is in a category called demulcents, which form a film over mucous membranes, helping with pain and inflammation of the airways, digestive tract, and urinary tract.
Happy Spring cleaning to you and yours!