Now is a good time to plan a cleanse for early spring into summer. This helps the body to refresh and renew to prepare for allergy season and clean out toxins stored during winter. It is best to do a mild cleanse rather than a harsh fasting type. There are several recipes for cleansing teas for the liver and kidneys and respiratory and lymphatic systems available on the internet. These teas should be taken for at least 3-5 days for a simple cleanse and 5-9 days for a more extensive one. A diet of fruits, vegetables, grains with a little fish and chicken, but no processed foods, should be included during the cleansing period. The Five No No’s include caffeine, sugar, alcohol, flour/wheat & dairy.
In spring, focus on tender, leafy vegetables that represent the fresh new growth of this season. The greening that occurs in springtime should be represented by greens on your plate, including Swiss chard, spinach, Romaine lettuce, fresh parsley, and basil.
In early springtime, Mother Nature provides us with lots of greens that spring up with the soft rains. Dandelion, miner’s lettuce, sheep’s sorrel, beet greens, nettles, arugula, asparagus and many other herbs are ready to harvest as perfect diuretics for the kidneys, urinary tract and liver.
A lemon liver flush first thing in the morning during a cleanse is highly recommended.
Here is the recipe:
1 lemon, rind and seeds removed
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
½ inch chunk of fresh ginger
1 oz. grapefruit juice (optional)
Blend all of the ingredients in a food processor.
Take first thing in the morning and wait an hour before eating.
This liver flush can be followed with a gastrointestinal tea for maximum cleansing effect.
Ruth Madocks is the creator of Ruth’s Herbal Remedies, a line of products made from organic, all-natural plant extracts and essential oils.