Resorting to certain herbs for liver detox is becoming the preferred choice for many people these days. As you know, excess fatty foods, medication, or environmental pollution can overload the liver.
For this reason, it is possible to make depurative cures to help cleanse the liver and better eliminate toxic substances.
These are plants that can act in different ways: increasing the secretion of bile or facilitating its expulsion from the gallbladder, helping to regenerate liver cells, or reducing liver tissue inflammation.
Because of their diuretic properties, the following herbs for liver detox listed in this article would help eliminate retained liquids through urine and possible pathogens lodged in the renal apparatus and contribute to liver detoxification.
A key organ
The liver is one of the body’s vital organs because it is responsible for such essential functions as filtration of toxins, hormone production and proteins, and glycemia control.
This organ is one of the largest in the human body, weighing between 1.5 and 2 kilograms in adulthood.
At any given stage, it is estimated to contain about 10% of the blood of the whole organism and pump about 1.4 liters per minute.
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Although the liver can detoxify (or rather, purify) itself, some people today believe in supporting its functions by consuming natural foods as well as supplements. They generally do so as a complement to a healthy lifestyle.
In addition to hydrating, stimulating urination, and giving us a certain sense of well-being, hot drinks (teas and infusions) can help lead a healthy lifestyle.
Nowadays, it is possible and safe to detoxify the liver with medicinal plants.
Do you know what these plants are and how to prepare them to take advantage of their benefits? Here it is:
8 Best herbs for liver detox
1. Milk thistle (Silybum marianum)
Properties: Milk thistle seed contains silymarin, a hepatoprotective substance.
It is good for regenerating liver tissue in acute and mild hepatitis and treating hepatobiliary insufficiency and jaundice. It helps detoxification and early stages of cirrhosis due to alcohol abuse.
How to use: The tender leaves without thorns and the hearts of the fruit can be eaten raw in a salad, as some people normally do in Africa.
It can also be taken as an infusion or decoction, at the rate of three cups daily; or 0.5 to 3 g daily of standardized dry extract containing 70-80% silymarin. Consult your doctor first if you are taking antidepressant or hepatic medications.
2. Boldo (Peumus boldus)
Properties: Boldo is a great digestive remedy, and its greatest virtue is, without a doubt, that it stimulates the production of bile, hence its hepatoprotective and digestive capacity.
How to use: There are pharmacy preparations in granules or digestive powders, but the most common way to take it is the tisane, for which its aromatic leaves are used.
Its flavor is delightful. Boldo essential oil should not be ingested.
Properties: Turmeric, one of the spices from which curry is made, has a warm, very discreetly bitter, and aromatic flavor.
Its root, rich in curcuminoids, detoxifying and liver-protective substances, is used for cooking and medicinal purposes.
It is anti-inflammatory, favors the elimination of carcinogens, and reduces degenerative liver disorders. Read more about turmeric…
How to use: 500 to 1,000 mg extract per day after meals.
Properties: Cynarin, a biologically active chemical component of artichoke, has a hepatoprotective effect.
It helps to recover the filtering functions of the liver after intoxication or hepatic disorders such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, jaundice, etc.
It is rich in minerals, trace elements, and an acid called cynarin that liquefies the bile and helps to emulsify fats.
How to use: You can use the artichoke leaves and their long tails. As a supplement, between 6 to 10 g of leaf powder, before meals.
5. Garden angelica (Angelica archangelica)
Properties: It is depurative, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and analgesic. It is helpful to restore the liver after digestive excesses.
How to use: The root is normally used, but the leaves and fruits can also be consumed. It is mainly taken as a decoction, although it can also be found in tincture, liquid extract, and powders.
Garden Angelica essential oil can be neurotoxic if ingested.
Properties: Dandelion is another great plant. Its therapeutic action is due to its richness in flavonoids and terpenoids.
It is more diuretic and depurative than regenerative, making it more suitable for detoxifying cures, improving constipation, and eliminating liquids.
How to use: It can be taken in the form of dry extract (500 to 2,000 mg), liquid (15 to 20 drops three times a day), or decoction (2 or 3 cups daily, after meals).
Properties: This medicinal plant is known in tropical and subtropical regions of America, Africa, and India, where it is used in traditional medicine.
It is antiviral and detoxifies heavy metals. It regulates transaminases and regenerates liver tissue.
How to use: 10 to 20 ml daily of liquid extract, or 500 to 2,500 mg in capsules.
8. Aloe vera
Properties: Aloe vera provides optimal nutrients for the liver and participates in neutralizing free radicals and inflammatory responses.
How to use: Dissolve 10 to 30 ml daily in water or juice.
Herbs for liver detox: Additional remedies
There are several natural preparations with substances that act synergistically to promote good hepatic purification and the work of hepatocytes.
The body doesn’t always produce this nutrient in the necessary quantities. Its main function is to protect against the effects of toxic metals.
It is appropriate in cases of hepatitis and to increase vitality. The daily dose ranges between 100 and 150 mg.
Its cleansing action lowers blood bilirubin. It has glucoraphanin, a phytochemical that the liver transforms into raphanol, with cholagogue, choleretic and detoxifying properties.
It is usually found in liver protective formulas or in synergy with artichoke extract for a more specific action on the gallbladder.
The usual dosage is between 280 and 320 mg per day in two or three doses.
Other nutrients that can help
- Taurine and methionine: sulfur molecules essential for detoxification
- Vitamins B6 and B9: prevent the accumulation of homocysteine, a toxic metabolite
- Selenium and zinc: antioxidants and detoxifiers
Herbal teas to improve fat digestion and absorption
Some plants exert a specific action on bile production and help to digest fats better. The following infusion blend includes several of them.
When the bile secretion is scarce, it can be stimulated by performing a seven-day cure with the following tisane:
- 20 gm of boldo
- 30 gm of mugwort
- 20 gm of mint
- 30 gm of licorice
- 10 gm of rosemary
Pour a cup of boiling water over a teaspoon of the mixture, cover, and let stand. Strain and drink in small sips after lunch and dinner.
12 natural remedies for fatty liver disease
- Make a juice with 2 oranges, 1 lemon, 2 grapefruits, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, remove the peel, extract the seeds, blend until you get a homogeneous mixture and drink every morning for 2 weeks
- Make a drink with dandelion, onion, garlic, apple, and ginger; prepare this infusion with 1 handful of dandelion, 1 cup of water, 4 apples, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 slice of onion and 1 tablespoon of ginger, and blend everything to drink
- Take a a spoonful of apple cider vinegar with a little warm water, add honey and drink 2 times a day for a month
- Take a couple ounces of lemon juice 2 times a day
- Boil ginger with 2 tablespoons of honey, rest and take 2 times a day
- Milk thistle- prepare the infusion with several leaves and drink 3 cups a day
- Make a juice with loquat fruit and take it every day
- Licorice- prepare an infusion with ½ tablespoon of root, rest, strain, add honey and take twice a day
- Consume beets at least once a day for a month. You can add it to salads or make a juice
- Artichokes; either cooked or baked 2 times a week
- Milkweed; both purple and ground seeds with 1 tablespoon of lemon and take 2 times a day
- Drink more tea! you can drink it 3 times a day. For liver improvement we recommend green tea, fenugreek, rosemary or verbena tea
Licorice root and anise infusion
While licorice root is known for its extraordinary digestive benefits, it is a great ally for liver disorders.
This is due to its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and especially antiviral properties; in fact, there is a study conducted by the University of Beijing that proves the benefits of its consumption to collaborate significantly in the treatment of inflamed liver, caused by viral hepatitis.
This drink is a powerful remedy, as it also contains star anise and boldo. These are considered two key ingredients to improve liver function.
As we mentioned earlier in this article, boldo is considered one of the most powerful medicinal plants to purify the liver of bile, helping, in turn, to eliminate fats from the body.
In fact, it is highly recommended for people who have jaundice, cirrhosis, inflamed and fatty liver.
Let’s make some!
- 500 ml of purified water
- 2 tablespoons of licorice or one medium piece
- 1 handful of star anise
- 1 tablespoon of boldo
- heat half a liter of water and when it comes to a boil, add the two tablespoons of licorice, along with the star anise
- Let it boil for 5 minutes
- Then reduce the heat and add the boldo leaves
- Cover the infusion and let it rest for 5 minutes
The ideal is to consume after the main meals. You can also consider a cup during fasting (sugar-free); it is excellent.
Nowadays, ginger is considered one of the most powerful medicinal spices, and it is related to extraordinary health benefits.
It stands out for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power; specifically, its depurative power improves liver function thanks to its properties to cleanse the liver of fats and toxins.
Furthermore, it’s also powerful in reducing inflammation and helping it to return to its original size.
The lemon adds a nice touch. This citrus fruit contains great medicinal power making it the perfect ally to alkalize the blood, enhance the elimination of toxins and lodged fat. It is a powerful tonic to purify the liver deeply.
Let’s make some!
- 1 liter of purified water
- 3 fresh lemons
- 1 medium piece of ginger
In a small pot with little boiling water, add the peeled and thinly sliced ginger. Allow its properties to be released and reserve the liquid.
In a pitcher, add the freshly squeezed lemon juice, the ginger reduction, and pour the water. Mix well and allow to cool.
If desired, add a slice of lemon and additional ginger pieces.
Enjoy throughout the day.
Herbs for liver detox: Conclusion
The following is a list of recommendations aimed at keeping your liver and other organs in top form:
*Healthy diet, plenty of water, balanced weight, reduce dairy products, eat fruits and vegetables, take fiber, avoid processed foods, avoid alcohol, no smoking, avoid sugar or carbohydrates, get hepatitis vaccine, physical activity, exercise, reduce non-essential medications, phytotherapy and regular visits to your doctor.
Nevertheless, since each person is different, it is important to talk to your doctor first before taking any actions regarding your health.