• Liver Detox: Herbal Cleansing Method

    by  • August 9, 2012 • Detox 101 Series, Healthy You, Herbs, Natural Remedies, Research • 12 Comments

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    Full Body Detox: Juice Fasting Method
    Detox: Staying Hydrated
    Heavy Metal Detox: Bentonite Clay
    Skin Detox: Dry Brushing Method
    Colon Detox: Best Methods

    Welcome back to our Detox 101 Series! {if you have missed the other post, catch up here}

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    Do you constantly feel grouchy, tired or depressed? Or struggle with skin issues, abnormal intestinal episodes or infertility?

    If you answered yes to any of those, you might want to keep reading!

    Let’s talk livers, shall we! Not the kind some eat, but the one that is inside your body helping keep you alive and well. Your liver is one of the largest organs in your body. And with its big size comes some big responsibilities.

    Your liver is amazing! It is responsible for:

    • Removing both environmental and metabolic toxins from your blood stream
    • Manufacturing the ‘building blocks’ of our body’s hormonal system
    • Creating proteins, amino acids and hormones
    • Storing and metabolizing fats, carbs and sugars
    • Processing and absorbing vitamins A, D, K, E and calcium
    • Sorting and regulating excess hormones (including the ones created by bad food choices)
    • Creating bile to aid in proper digestion
    • Sifting through prescription drugs, chemicals and their toxic by-products
    • And More
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    And to top it off, your liver is capable of completely regenerating itself, even with as little as 25 % of itself remaining! If that isn’t amazing, I don’t know what is :)

    You can only imagine how important it is to keep your liver in tip-top shape. Without a healthy liver, your body would not be able to function long before it shut down, causing your health to go down-hill fast! You may already have a sickly liver. Do you know the symptoms of an upset liver?

    How about…

    • Major menstrual irregularities?
    • Headaches or migraines?
    • Hepatitis?
    • Dark yellow urine or light-colored stools?
    • Multiple miscarriages?
    • Itchy, irritated skin or adult acne?
    • Hormonal issues?
    • Depression or severe mood swings?
    • Cirrhosis?
    • Nausea or morning sickness?
    • Thin hair or abnormal nail growth?
    • Depleted energy or fatigue?
    • Painful menstrual cycles or PMS?
    • IBS or other GI upset complications?

    The list could go on and on of conditions that are linked to liver disease.

    With our poor food choices and pop-a-pill attitudes, our livers have to work twice as hard to keep up with the toxins we are pouring into our bodies… If we aren’t careful, we could lose this crucial team member. It’s so important to cleanse and nourish our livers, ready to learn how?

    Preparing an Herbal Liver Cleanse

    Two years ago, I was diagnosed with a grapefruit sized ovarian cyst. It hurt and the only options given to me were surgery or wait and see what happens. Well, surgery to remove a non-cancerous cyst with my left ovary was not an option to me, especially with my infertility issues. And waiting it out was proving to be painful and risky. So I started looking into herbal healing.

    Yellow Dock Root

    Yellow Dock Root – Courtesy of BHS

    I found tons of documents directing me to detox my liver… and so I did! Actually… I found out, when the liver can’t handle all the toxins, the body creates a new “warehouse” to start storing them in. For some, the liver transfers the toxins to the fat storage, but for me… the new toxin base was my huge cyst.

    I researched and finally discovered an herbal mix that not only cleansed my liver, but also nourished it and supported other vital organs so the process went smoother! I came across Bulk Herb Store and found their Liver Cleanse Tincture mix! I ordered it, plus a few other things, and got started making my first ever tincture! {Learn how to make a tincture}

    Here is a list of some of the main players in my liver detox:

    Dandelion – great tonic for the liver and blood; very powerful, yet gentle cleansing herb; extremely nourishing for the liver

    Milk Thistle Seed – Courtesy of BHS

    Milk Thistle – heals damaged cells and encourages regeneration of the liver; protects the liver from damaging toxins while it’s healing; helps to increase bile production and flow

    Turmeric – potent anti-inflammatory which keeps the liver calm while going through the detox

    Burdock Root – another important cleanser for the liver and blood

    Alfalfa Herb – Courtesy of BHS

    Alfalfa – cleanses the liver; high in Vitamin K which prevents/corrects anemia and supports the blood

    Yellow Dock – liver tonic; high in minerals especially iron; encourages elimination which is important to evacuate the toxins

    Astragalus Root – Courtesy of BHS

    Astragalus – builds and strengthens the entire endocrine system; gives energy to worn out organs

    Oregon Grape Root – stimulates bile production

     

    How I Did My Liver Cleanse

    **NOTE: Before you start a cleanse like I did, be sure to consult a health care provider, preferably a reputable holistic one. Also, herbs are powerful medicine. They work and do their job well, therefore treat them with the respect they deserve! More is not better, so start slow and work your way up… trust me on this one!

    Liver Cleanse Tincture {traditional alcohol tincture… alcohol goes straight to liver, putting the herbs right where I want them}

    I started with one dropper full (1/2 teaspoon) with 8 ounces of water in the morning for a week, and then increased to one dropper full in Am and PM for week. I finally increased to three times daily about 30 minutes before a meal.

    I stayed on the 3 x daily dose for about 6 weeks. Making the duration of my tincture cleanse about 2 months.

    Milk Thistle Extract

    I also added Milk Thistle in a liquid extract form to my daily routine. 10-15 drops 2 x daily with my liver cleanse tincture.

    Fiber Blend

    I took about 1-2 teaspoons of a fiber blend to insure that all the toxins easily evacuated my body quickly. I believe you should always add fiber to any type of detox you do.

    Fasted Meat, Dairy and Refined Carbs

    I basically did a 21-day “Daniel” fast when I started my liver cleanse.  Foods like red meat, bread, refined sugars and dairy can aggravate your body while doing a cleanse, thus disrupting the healing process. When I cleanse, I juice and consume larger amounts of dark leafy greens, good fats, and vegetables with high protein.

     

    I initially felt horrible as my body was experiencing a “die-off” reaction. But after the first 3-5 days or so, my body started showing signs of improvement. The longer I was in the process, the better I felt! I was much more pleasant to be around, my cyst was shrinking and my other symptoms slowly faded away!

    Now I try to do a quick (3-4 weeks tincture and fiber) liver detox twice a year to keep my liver in great shape. Getting you liver back to a healthy state take time and dedication, but the results are truly worth it!

    Do you think you could benefit from a liver detox? What concerns do you have?

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    About

    Jasmine is a God-fearing, always-learning, stay-at-home-wife to the best husband in the world! In the past couple of years, her new found loves have become herbal fix ‘ems and things “all natural”! She is continually learning to slow down, enjoying the important, simple things in life…like naturally taking care of her home, husband and health. She really enjoys creating things “home-made” and showing others how to do the same! You can also connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

    http://www.thymeandtimber.com

    12 Responses to Liver Detox: Herbal Cleansing Method

    1. August 10, 2012 at 9:17 am

      I have been wanting to do a cleanse for a while but really didn’t know how! Thank you for this. I think I have a few of those symptoms.

      • August 10, 2012 at 10:34 am

        Kristina… cleanses are a great way to boost your health! I suggest reading up on some of the Detox FAQs
        to figure out how to get started! Thanks for stopping by!

    2. Audrey
      August 10, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Wow, thanks for sharing the thorough instructions. I haven’t done one of these before but I’ve always felt better after other types of cleanses, so this one might go on the list. :)

      • August 10, 2012 at 10:36 am

        Audrey… Yes, cleanses do make you feel amazing when your done! I definitely recommend doing a liver cleanse after a pregnancy too. Your liver was working so hard to keep your hormones in gear, so it certainly would appreciate a boost :)

    3. August 10, 2012 at 9:43 am

      I’ve never thought about doing a liver detox before. How does it taste? I’m currently dairy free and that’s hard, so I imagine this is even harder!

      • August 10, 2012 at 10:41 am

        Jenny… honestly, doing a cleanse should be tasty! It keeps you motivated because you are doing something great for your body while eating something great. Juicing can be delicious if you know which ingredient harmonize well. You can make an amazingly tasty salad that even your man would eat. And even though you may not be getting breads and dairy, there are so many other great foods that can take their place in a heartbeat! :)
        As far as the herbs go… well, they can take some getting used to. But I use a tincture and dilute it with water or juice to mask the flavor. No big deal!

    4. August 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      Wow, I think I need to do this for my husband and I! Now getting him on board is another thing. PINNED as well :)

      • August 10, 2012 at 3:49 pm

        Sarah… definitely a great thing to do together! Thanks for stopping by and for the pin :)

    5. August 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      I am expecting a baby in 3 weeks and plan on doing a liver cleanse after delivery. Do you know if you can do this while nursing?

      • August 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm

        Pamela… I would wait until your baby is also eating solids. I don’t recommend doing a full liver cleanse while nursing full time because as those toxins are being released and can be transferred to your little one. :) However, juicing in the morning, eating dark leafy greens and drinking liver SUPPORTING tea with herbs like dandelion, fenugreek, red raspberry leaves, and blessed thistle will help get liver liver back to normal before you are able to do a full cleanse.

    6. Chris
      December 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Can you just use the tincture that can be bought from Bulk Herb Store without buying other things?

      • December 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm

        Chris… Bulk Herb Store doesn’t sell a ready-to-use liquid tincture. They only sell the herbal blend. If you purchase the herbal blend from them, you will still need to buy a menstruum like vodka or glycerine. You can use just the tincture for a liver cleanse without the aid of teas of other herbal extracts. I prefer to use all of them so that my body stays nourished during the detox process, but if you couldn’t get them… your liver would still benefit greatly from just the liver cleanse tincture! :)

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