6 Spring Herbs for Detoxification

The days are getting warmer, the evenings grow longer, new growth has sprouted, and the wind blows in the new season of Spring. A perfect time to cleanse our body, build our immunity, and rejuvenate our systems from harmful internal and external toxins. This is the perfect time to help aid our organs including the liver, kidneys, lungs, and skin. When we don’t properly cleanse, our system goes into a state of overdrive constantly trying to keep up cleaning one mess after another. We can slow down leading to fatigue, digestive issues, skin issues, allergies, and a decreased immunity. So let’s give back to our hard working self with these 6 herbal detoxifiers that will help us filter, repair, and rejuvenate!

1. Burdock Root

This fibrous root belongs to the daisy family. The Daisy is a wonderful blood thinner and purifier helping to remove toxins and cleanse our circulatory system. Packed with antioxidants, this herb is used topically for common skin problems such as eczema, acne, and psoriasis. The burr heads are often prickly and can catch to clothing and animal fur, which is why the Turkish believe this plant was seen to ward off evil and was woven into fabric for protection.

2. Dandelion

This pesky weed never quits. Dandelion flowers are nutrient dense full of Vitamins A,B,C, and D. This herb is a diuretic, supplementing the kidney, liver, and gallbladder in their natural function to detoxify through the urinary system. High in iron, potassium and zinc minerals this plant will bring a breath of new oxygen into your cells and increase energy production. If you are allergic to ragweed, chamomile or daisies you should avoid this flower.

3. Milk Thistle

Also known as ‘Holy Thistle’ this plant is great for liver cell repair and cell growth. Researchers have seen this herb especially helpful for those with alcohol use, hepatitis C, and chemotherapy treatment. Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory, this herb was also reportedly used as an emergency antidote for mushroom poisoning, venomous stings, and snake bites.

4. Nettles

Nettle is a nurturing tea great for springtime allergies with natural antihistamine properties to relieve symptoms such as sneezing and itchy, watery eyes. It helps bring mucus out of the body both in the lungs, and bowels providing a mild laxative effect great for occasional constipation.   Eczema sufferers may also benefit from including nettle in their herbal repertoire.

5. Yellow Dock

The bright yellow bark of this invasive weed stimulates digestive function. By increasing stomach enzymes and the acid necessary for breaking down our food, this herb allows us to absorb and assimilate our nutrients fully, containing food in our digestive tract and reducing food particles from leaking into our bloodstream. Yellow Dock has been found to contain many Phyto-nutrients which help strengthen the blood and drain our lymphatic system. The young leaf can commonly be found in salads being called a “survival food” by Native Americans.

6. Cleavers

This sticky weed is great for women who suffer swelling due to edema or water retention in breasts, feet, and stomach. This herb has a natural slimming effect as it trims your waist through its diuretic influence to promote urination. Used topically this cooling, soothing, and astringent herb may be an effective addition to healing salves and ointments.