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Liver purifying herbal teas

Liver purification: a valid help from phytotherapy

The liver represents the primary site where the most relevant detoxification reactions take place of the substances we introduce with food, but also of drugs and environmental toxins. It is therefore clear how a dysfunction of this organ can compromise the state of well-being of our organism. Fortunately, nature offers us important remedies to protect proper liver function. One of the most relevant herbs in this respect is certainly the milk thistle (Sylibum marianum), a medicinal plant of very ancient origins. Its fruits, in fact, contain an important active principle, silymarin, of which numerous studies have confirmed the hepatoprotective and antihepatotoxic action. Also turmeric (Curcuma longa), a commonly used food spice, it has a marked choleretic and cholagogue property, that is, it stimulates the secretion and outflow of bile. A plant that summarizes the properties of the previous ones is the artichoke (Cynara scolymus): its active ingredient contained in the leaves, cynarin, stimulates choleresis and, at the same time, protects the liver cells.

Some recipes of purifying herbal teas for the liver


Fundamental for the realization of a purifying herbal tea for the liver is to understand what is the specific indication for its intake. If we want to obtain an increase in bile production, we can use a coffee spoon of milk thistle, dandelion and peppermint leaves, leaving to infuse in 1-2 cups of boiling water for about 20 minutes. After filtering, take three cups a day for 3-4 weeks. Alternatively, you can take a knife tip of turmeric powder, dispersing it in a glass of hot water together with a teaspoon of licorice to sweeten the flavor. A purely purifying action can be obtained with an artichoke-based herbal tea: infusing 30 grams of artichoke leaves in a cup of boiling water, together with a small piece of licorice root, you get an ideal drink to purify yourself after large meals. It is also possible to add a teaspoon of fennel fruits, to add a deflating and digestive action to a purifying herbal tea for the liver. All spracitate herbal teas can be sweetened to taste with the addition of sugar or honey.

Herbal teas for the prevention of gallstones


One of the most used herbs in the prevention of gallstones is certainly the dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), also commonly known by the name of Dandelion. The root contains numerous bitter substances, able to stimulate the activity of the hepatic gland, promoting bile secretion. The dandelion is thus able to act on the predisposition to the formation of gallstones, especially if the intake takes place for medium-long times (4-8 weeks). By putting 1-2 teaspoons of pulverized dandelion root to infuse for 20 minutes in a cup of boiling water, you will get an herbal tea to be taken twice a day for at least a month. It will guarantee an effective purifying and preventive action of stones, as well as increasing renal function, with a consequent diuretic and draining effect.

Liver purifying herbal teas: Tips for the preparation of purifying herbal teas


Very often, the hepatic purifying action must always be accompanied by a digestive and regularizing action of intestinal transit. For this reason, it is good to add plants that have these activities to the classic purifying herbs for the liver. For example, the action of peppermint, fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) or cumin (Carvum carvi) can be added to a cholagogue mixture, containing Milk Thistle and Dandelion. Or, if the aim is also to combat constipation, it will be possible to add laxative herbs such as senna (Cassia angustifolia) or frangula (Rhamnus frangula). In the latter case, however, it is good to reduce the time taken for taking these herbal teas, to avoid the phenomenon of addiction to laxatives. Furthermore, it must be remembered that,

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