Herbs for Healthy a Body.
Liver Supporting Herbs
Herbs for Liver Care
Dandelion root is one of the greatest herbs to support liver health. Every part of dandelion is beneficial to the liver and body.
You can harvest dandelion from the wilds of someone's yard and use the entire plant. Be careful, there are other weeds that resemble the dandelion. The other danger is weed killer. Dandelion is not the easiest plant to clear your yard of. Plants do absorb the toxins, rendering the dangerous to use.
The leaves are harvested and dried prior to the bloom. The blooms are harvested and dried before they turn to seed. The roots are harvested during August, dried, and used in capsules or tea.The parts may be combined to create a complete tea.
Milk Thistle seeds are used to create a powerful liver tonic. Ground and powdered and capsulized for easy swallowing. Or use the seeds as a tea, infusion, or tincture.
Red Sandalwood is a little unknown liver care herb. Traditionally used in Chinese medicine, it helps to staunch blood flow, cleans the liver, and ease pain. The other traditional use has been as a dye. Use caution as it has been known to cause skin irritations. The other caution is to ensure you are using the correct red sandalwood, not the aromatic sandalwood.
All herbs are made into powder, tea, tincture, and infusions. Each one has a different benefit.
Powder is either placed in capsules, for those who do not mind swallowing capsules, or used as a tea. Another way to use powdered herbs is to mix a teaspoon to tablespoon full with a bowl of yogurt or oatmeal with a teaspoon of honey. Some herbs do not taste good, in which case capsules are the better choice.
Tea is the process of boiling water and steeping the herb for three to five minutes. Sipping and relaxing are great ways to enjoy your tea. An average three to four cups of tea daily is required to receive the full benefit. Dandelion leaves and blossoms make a great sun tea. Fill your jar with herbs and water, seal and set in the sun for three to four hours.
Tinctures are created by soaking herbs in apple cider vinegar (organic) or 99% proof alcohol for four to six weeks. The benefit to using herbs and apple cider vinegar is both ingredients are beneficial to the body. Fill your jar half full of herb, cover with apple cider vinegar. Both should be organic. If you are using a canning jar, the lid should not be metal, or place a piece of waxed paper between the jar and lid. Vinegar will corrode metal lids. Place in a dark, cool spot for 6 weeks. When ready, strain and squeeze the herb dry. Store in a cool cupboard. Use a tablespoon each day or make a salad dressing. Be creative. An alcohol tincture is made the same way. Use only a few drops at a time. Do not use alcohol tinctures if you have liver problems.
Infusions are easy. Fill your jar about half full, pour boiling water to cover the herbs. Let stand for eight to 12 hours. Herbs that are stimulants can sit over night for use during the day. Strain and squeeze the herbs dry. Refrigerate, serve over ice with lunch. If your drink tastes too strong, dilute with water to taste. Use the herbs in your compost or garden.
The infusions and teas may be used with honey or stevia. Do not use artificial sweeteners or sugar. You defeat the purpose. Use one herb at a time. If you have an adverse or allergic reaction you will know for sure which one it was. Mixing herbs without knowing if you are allergic is not wise. Plants have their hazards when not respected. Always remember less is more when using herbs.
Pregnant and nursing moms, should not use any herbs without consulting a doctor first.
If you have had problems with your liver, have a liver disease, do not use herbs without consulting a naturopathic doctor or your doctor.