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Whether you've been through a life-threatening illness, or just want to be preventative and healthy, there's value in detoxing throughout your life. The liver, your body’s detoxifying organ, is constantly filtering blood to strip away any chemicals or toxins that may have ended up in your bloodstream. You can support your liver by taking blood-cleansing herbs. These five examples help purify your blood, and elimate toxins from the lymph system, kidneys, liver, and rest of the body:
1. Burdock Root
Known for its blood-cleansing properties, burdock is considered a premier skin herb. It cleanses toxins from the body by working with the liver and lymph system. Burdock is also known for its diuretic properties, as it assists the kidneys in filtering impurities from the blood. Rich in iron, this nourishing root is great for enriching the blood and strengthening the entire system.
How To Use It: Burdock can be taken in various forms such as capsules, liquid extracts, tinctures or teas. As an edible root you can find it in the fresh produce section of your local health store. Steam it with fresh green vegetables or use in soups.
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Loaded with phytonutrients and a variety of antioxidants, this backyard herbal weed can eliminate toxins from your digestive tract and blood and also scavenge free radicals. Dandelion stimulates the liver and pancreas to pull out toxins from the bloodstream and detoxify your blood.
How To Use It: The easiest way to enjoy the detoxifying benefits of dandelion is to brew a tea with fresh or dried dandelion leaves, flowers or root.
3. Reishi Mushroom
A Chinese tonic, this herb enhances the liver’s detoxification process. Reishi mushroom is rich in ganoderic acid, which acts as an antihistamine and reduces inflammation. It also increases the utilization of oxygen in the blood, thus enriching it. Triterpenes and ganodosterone present in this mushroom have antihepatotoxic properties and thus guard the liver from damage. It has also been shown to regenerate liver cells in patients with acute hepatitis.
How To Use It: Boil 2 teaspoons of dried mushroom in one cup of water. Simmer for two to three minutes and drink once cool. You can also sprinkle powdered mushroom over your soups. Buy capsules and liquid extract online.
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This culinary herb is best known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Basil also has an exceptional ability to purify your blood and remove any toxic buildup from the liver and kidneys. An excellent diuretic, basil aids in eliminating toxins from the body via urine.
How To Use: Crush five to six basil leaves and add it to your soups, salads or pasta for some extra flavor and detoxifying benefit. You can also make a herbal tea by brewing six-to-eight basil leaves in a cup of hot water.
5. Red Clover
These lilac blossoms work as excellent blood purifiers which gradually work to correct any deficiencies in the circulatory system. It also improves the blood circulation by preventing the formation of clots. Red clover is also known for its anti-tumor properties and is widely used by herbalists all over the world as an anti-cancer treatment.
How To Use: Steep a refreshing and detoxifying red clover tea by using three to four fresh blossoms or 1tsp of crushed dried flowers in one cup of hot water for 10 minutes. Drink once cool. You can also buy ready-to-go teabags and capsules online.