Herbal Detoxification

Herbal Detoxification

Generic diets for detoxification are good, but may not stimulate the liver, lungs or the kidneys as much as one would like. Herbal cleanses are indicated when we want to hone our cleanse to a "sharp edge" and be organ specific. Of course, herbs are foods too and provide one with vitamins, minerals and enzymes for excellent nutrition. Herbs are powerful, because they may be combined together to fortify those herbs that aid specific organs. For example, herbal combinations that aid the liver may be found in many organic food stores. The list below shows how herbal combinations help the various organs.

Herbal Combinations


LIV-A Dandelion, red beet, liverwort, parsley, horsetail, birch leaves, chamomile, blessed thistle, black cohosh, angelica, gentian, goldenrod


Uva ursi, parsley, dandelion, juniper berries JP-X Parsley, uva ursi, marshmallow, ginger, goldenseal, dong quai, cedar berries


LH Comfrey, marshmallow, mullein, slippery elm, senega, Chinese ephedra

Most herbs may be taken at any time, they are best for detoxification purposes when they are used with a good diet also. It does not make any sense to take herbs to cleanse the liver if the bowels are clogged with junk or refined foods, since the liver dumps its toxins into the bowels. And while detoxification diets are effective by themselves, they may be reinforced and speeded up with herbs, which stimulate the eliminative organs.

The above said herbs may be used as teas, powders or extracts. Powders are usually encapsulated for easier swallowing, but are best when taken with meals and digestive enzymes. Extracts may be used when specific herbs are needed, but may be extracted with alcohol, which we need to avoid. Herbal teas are easily made and easily taken all throughout the day. They are mild and gentle and sometimes refreshing and sometimes bitter. Experimentation may be in order until one develops the right tea to drink. Herbal teas is a topic in itself, since there are so many and different ways to make them. Enjoy !

Tomato, Onion & Herb Salad

Detox Diet Recipe : Tomato, Onion & Herb Salad

  • 1 red onion, peeled & halved
  • 3 medium tomatoes, seeded & chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • a large handful of coriander leaves
  • a large handful of flat-leaved parsley
  • salt & pepper
Rinse the red onion in cold water, then soak for 10 minutes and chop coarsely- you need slightly less onion than tomatoes. Mix the chopped onion with the tomatoes in a large bowl, add the olive oil and a good grinding of black pepper, and stir well.

Then cover the bowl with glad-wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.Strip the leaves from the stems of the coriander and flat-leaved parsley, chop them roughly and add to the onion and tomato mixture. Stir well and add a little more olive oil if you like. Check the seasoning and serve. !


Detox Diet Chocolate Brownies

Detox Diet Chocolate Brownies
Detox Diet Ingredients:
  • 2/3 cup virgin unrefined coconut oil (melted and cooled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup rice syrup
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon maca powder
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup millet or amaranth flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup water
Detox Diet Recipe Directions:

    First of all preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    And then melt coconut oil on low heat. It melts quickly so pay attention and remove from heat as soon as it’s melted.
    Next is to grind the chia seeds in a clean coffee or spice grinder.
    Combine chia seed powder and 2 tablespoons of water in a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined.
    Add melted oil, sweeteners, cacao powder and maca powder to the bowl. Combine well using a whisk.
    Grind oats into a flour using a Vita-Mix blender or use pre-made oat flour. Do the same for millet. (Amaranth can not be home-ground so for this one just get the pre-made flour).
    Add flours, baking soda and water to the bowl and stir well. You’ll want to switch to a wooden spoon for this part as it will be thick.
    Pour into a well oiled 9 x 13 brownie pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 35-45 minutes. Check with a toothpick or knife to make sure they’re done. Enjoy it !
Detox diet : baked-apples.

Detox Diet Recipe : Oatmeal Pie Crust

Detox Diet Recipe : Oatmeal Pie Crust

  • 1 ½ cups oat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons safflower oil
  • 4 to 4 ½ tablespoons water
Detox Diet Recipe Instructions:
    First of all preheat oven to 350 degrees F and oil a 9-inch pie plate.
    Next is to stir together all ingredients with a fork.
    And then transfer to pie plate and gently press into bottom and sides.
    Add pie filling of your choice and bake according to directions for pie filling.
    If baking pie crust alone, use fork to prick bottom in several places to prevent buckling. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until golden. Enjoy it !

The Detox Diet Plan

The Detox Diet Plan
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After these three days - for one week put yourself on a monotrophic diet , i.e. eat only one type of fruit at each meal.

All types of melons are good. Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Gala or Watermelon.

Eat only oranges and grapefruit or pineapples or plums whatever you fancy but don't mix the fruits. Eat till hunger is satisfied. Have a large (12 oz.) glass of freshly pressed carrot juice.

Eat only apples, pears, grapes or bananas. Eat only one fruit at a time and eat till hunger is satisfied. You can resume your household duties or light office work but do not exert yourself physically. Conserve energy. It is possible that some of you may feel some reactions, like light headedness, nausea at times, a little listlessness and feeling of tiredness and mental irritability. Persevere - Rome wasn't built in a day. The symptoms will go away eventually. Lots of sleep and rest are essential at this stage so do not plan any social events.


Fresh fruit only of oranges, kiwi's, pineapple, apple, plums, grapefruit or any other acid fruits. You can now mix the fruits. Eat enough to satisfy your hunger. You have to get your calories from the fruit you eat.

Eat heartily of grapes, pears, bananas, mangoes, fresh dates, and with this meal eat a head of lettuce, 1-2 sticks of celery and a handful of dried raisins or sultanas, or 3-4 dried figs or 10-12 dried Hunza apricots.

A large 12 oz glass of freshly squeezed carrot juice.

A large Rainbow salad of grated red cabbage, grated carrots, grated beetroot, chopped up celery, watercress, cucumber, and red or green peppers. A dressing could be made as follows: Put 2-3 tomatoes in the blender, 1 whole peeled large size avocado and a pinch of marigold bouillon powder and 1 tea spoonful cold pressed linseed oil or olive oil. Blend the lot and pour it on your Rainbow salad and mix thoroughly. Enjoy it with some lettuce leaves. To this salad you add 3 ozs of nuts and seeds. Not salted nuts and not peanuts. Brazil, Cashew, Almonds, Sunflower seeds, Pumpkin seeds. Whatever you fancy. Chew well or grind the nuts dry and sprinkle on the Rainbow salad or put ground nuts in a blender, add just a little water and make it into nut cream.
No cooked food should be eaten. Full activity can be resumed on this raw diet. This regime has worked on thousands of cases.
Remember no one can cure you. Detox Diet

List of Foods to Avoid on a Detox Diet

This is a list of foods to avoid on a detox diet.

Includes sugar, products containing sugar, and hidden forms of sugar, such as sucrose, dextrose, corn syrup, brown sugar, and turbinado. Artificial sweeteners are usually not recommended. Stevia and erythritol are allowed natural sweeteners.

Dairy Products
Milk, butter, cream cheese, sour cream, and other dairy products.

Wheat and products containing wheat, such as pasta and bread.

All gluten-containing grains: wheat (including spelt, triticale, and kamut), rye, and barley.

Although most detox diets recommend avoiding coffee, both regular and decaffeinated, one cup a day is usually acceptable and may reduce the occurrence of caffeine withdrawal headaches.

Other Foods to Avoid

* Yeast
* Alcohol
* Food additives and preservatives
* Chocolate
* High-Fat Foods

List of Allowed Foods on a Detox Diet.

List of Allowed Foods on a Detox Diet.

A detox diet is recommended by some alternative practitioners to promote the elimination of unwanted chemicals and environmental and dietary toxins from the body for optimum health.

This is a sample list of allowed foods on a detox diet.

Fresh or frozen fruit.

All fresh vegetables. Vegetables thought to be particularly good detox foods include broccoli, cauliflower, broccoli sprouts, onions, garlic, artichokes, beets, red and green vegetables.

All forms of rice, including rice cakes, rice crackers and rice pasta. Brown rice is typically preferred.

Other Grains
Quinoa, amaranth, millet, and buckwheat can be used instead of rice. They can be purchased at a health food store or in some grocery stores.

Split yellow and green peas and lentils are easiest to digest and require the least soaking time. Other good options include kidney beans, pinto beans, mung beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and adzuki beans.

Nuts and Seeds
Unsalted nuts or seeds can be sprinkled over salads or eaten as a snack. Good options include flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews and walnuts. Nut butters are permitted. Peanuts and peanut butter are usually not recommended.

Extra-virgin olive oil is a preferred oil.

Vegetable salt, sea salt, vinegar, soy sauce or tamari, all herbs or spices.

Herbal teas, green tea.

Other Beverages
Water, lemon water, pure unsweetened fruit and vegetable juices, rice milk

Daily Detox Do's

* Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water per day, warm or room temperature.
* Take the time to chew food well, especially grains.
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