These herbal tonics that cleanse your body not only taste great but are packed with benefits as well!
It’s time for my annual spring awakening! You know, that time when you get an extra burst of energy to create more, do more, and seek more. Whether that’s more time with friends, more time on your yoga mat, or more time working towards your goals.
I’m focusing on a general theme of mind body cleansing this month (obvi – since our BeHealthful LUXE Retreat is right around the corner)! I’ve been sharing clean recipes, special nighttime rituals that calm the mind (because we need mental “detoxing” too), yoga moves to enhance natural detoxification, and so many articles focused around this theme lately. Heck, even Ayurvedic techniques for detoxing too!
So in hopes to get you even more inspired to deep clean yourself this season, I shared some herbal tonics that cleanse your body and support our natural detoxification process on WCIU You & Me This Morning. This is the face I make when I get riled up about a topic, so you know that this segment is really special. I showcased remedies that will be similar to the ones that we make at our BeHealthful Retreat, so it’s somewhat of a sneak peak.
I know a lot of you babes are busy women on the run and don’t have time to be watching videos, so I’ve included the herbal remedies below.
Herbal Tonics That Cleanse Your Body For Spring!
St. Johns Wort: St. Johns Wort is a plant that some say is a total mood booster (but do not use it to treat depression). You can take the supplements as is, or you can add the liquid to your favorite green juice. You can also consume it in the form of tea or tinctures straight up (if you’re hardcore). If you’re looking to kick those lingering winter blues, you should try St. Johns Wort out! But as always, consult your doctor first before trying anything new.
Cilantro: Cilantro helps us detoxify heavy metals from our system. If we’re exposed to toxins in the air or food or even showering in unfiltered water we can accumulate an excess of heavy metals, so cilantro is the way to go if you want to break down those molecules and flush them out. Cilantro binds to the metals in your blood stream to release the metals for “detoxing” or carrying them out. Cool right? I like making this cilantro smoothie:
What you need:
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 1 cup pineapple pineapple
- 1 banana banana
- 1 cup almond milk almond milk
- Blend all together in a high speed blender and serve!
Red Clover Tonic: Another system in our body that could use a good spring cleaning could be our lymphatic system. Now our lymphatic system as I’ve explained before, works to naturally cleanse ourselves through fluid filled glands and organs. I’ve touched on lymphatic massage in the past and various techniques to rev up your stagnant lymph. In this segment I shared a red clover tonic that helps support a healthy lymph system as well!
Red clover is a beautiful flower that you can buy in bulk from Whole Foods that has a mildly sweet taste when used as a tea (its most common use). Some studies have shown that when consumed it helps support a healthy lymphatic system, so you know I’ll be adding that to this lemonade recipe below!
What you’ll need:
- 2 tbsp red clover leaves
- 1 cup water
- juice from 2 lemons
- 1 tsp (if you really like sweets, 1 tbsp) honey
- Bring the 1 cup of water to a boil on the stove top
- Steep the red clover leaves in the water and let steep for 2-3 minutes
- Strain the water out of the pot into a coffee mug
- Add the honey to the hot tea
- Fill up a drinking glass with ice cubs and pour the hot tea over the ice to cool it
- Add the lemons and enjoy!
Dandelion: Another great plant that I’ve written about oh so many times before. I also consume copious amounts of this veggie when I’m in Greece. They steam it or boil it with oil and lemon and MAN does it taste so beyond amazing. I’m a dandelion girl not only because I like to eat it simply boiled but also because it acts as a natural diuretic. This comes in handy when I need to be somewhere important or if I have a shoot coming up and I’m feeling puffy (hello, PMS). I added dandelion tea bags to this summer inspired watermelon juice recipe below!
What you’ll need:
- 2 bags of dandelion tea
- 1 cup watermelon
- 1/4 cup basil
- 1 1/2 cup water
- juice of 1 lime
- Bring the cup of water to a boil on a stove top
- Steep the dandelion tea bags for 4-5 minutes
- Transfer to a coffee mug
- In a blender, blend the watermelon, basil, lime, and the 1/2 cup of water
- Transfer the dandelion tea over to the blender, blend one more time and enjoy!
And that’s that! If you want to learn more about any topic within holistic nutrition for springtime cleansing or specific herbs and their benefits, comment below and you’ll see it in an upcoming post!