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Herbal Remedies to Support Detoxification

The winter season had many of us indulging in richer foods, spending time with loved ones and hopefully, getting lots of rest. We may be feeling heavier, with our immune systems having taken a hit during those colder months. As we shift into the bright energy of spring – a time of renewal – we can mirror the natural flow of the seasons within our own bodies. By leaning on herbal remedies that support detoxification, we can cultivate vital energy for what the warmer months have in store. 

While cleansing may sound like a modern-day fad, the practice of incorporating nutritive herbs, bitters and liver-supportive roots into our springtime diet is an age-old tradition. As herbalists, we continue to honour these time-tested practices by formulating herbal products that nurture the body’s own natural detoxification processes. 

Disclaimer: This blog is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice. Please consult your health care practitioner before adding any new herbs to your wellness routine. 

 

Supporting Your Internal Waterways 

Keeping the liver and kidneys in top shape means our bodies can efficiently flush out what no longer serves us. These herbal formulas are crafted with herbs that support and nourish the body’s innate detoxification channels. 

Liver TLC 

Liver TLC is packed with liver-protective herbs that promote gentle cleansing and detoxification. Dandelion is a bitter herb that stimulates liver function. It can combat free-radicals and prevent fibrosis of the liver from taking form (1). Milk Thistle contains an active compound called silymarin that is packed with antioxidants. It also works to soothes liver inflammation (2). Artichoke Leaf can slow the development of non–alcoholic fatty liver disease: the main cause of chronic liver disease worldwide (3). 

Klear Kidney 

Klear Kidney is powered by diuretic herbs, which help to flush out excess fluids and toxins from the body. This herbal formula bolsters kidney function and eases urinary tract discomfort. Juniper Berries and Uva Ursi can increase the rate of kidney filtration and urine output to help flush out toxins (4). Corn Silk can repair kidney damage and improve their function (5). 

Bio-Shield 

This formula was originally created to protect against the toxins in wildfire smoke. Bio-Shield features herbs that combat pollution and free radical damage while fortifying immunity. Nutrient-rich sea veggies like Kelp and Bladderwrack are packed with iodine and antioxidants. They support the body’s ability to protect against environmental toxins and flush out heavy metals (6). Ginseng gives the immune system a boost and enhances liver function (7). 

 

Fortify Your Natural Defenses 

Rebuilding immunity after the cold winter months means not having to back out of your exciting summer plans. 

Parasite Purge 

Parasite Purge was formulated to rid the body of parasites, intestinal worms and fungal infections. Garlic is known for its anti-microbial and anti-parasitic properties (8). Wormwood contains compounds that combat mites and parasites (9). Black Walnut Hull is an effective herbal ally for expelling tapeworms, intestinal parasites and ringworm (10). 

Turkey Tail 

This functional mushroom is known for its ability to enhance our gut microbiome and bolster immune function. Turkey Tail extracts are packed with compounds that can regenerate white blood cells to fortify our natural defenses. This mushroom nourishes cells that actively fight viral infection within the body (11). 

Chaga 

Chaga is packed with antioxidants that combat free radicals and restore immunity. The polysaccharides and beta-glucans within “The King of Mushrooms” modulate the immune system, reduce inflammation, and help ward off infection and viruses (12). 

 

Check out our Cleansing Wellness Collection and step into spring renewal. 

 

References 

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  2. Hackett, E., Twedt, D., & Gustafson, D. (2012). Milk Thistle and Its Derivative Compounds: A Review of Opportunities for Treatment of Liver Disease. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 27(1), 10–16. https://doi.org/10.1111/jvim.12002 
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  11. Buhner, Stephen Harrod. Herbal Antivirals: Natural Remedies for Emerging & Resistant Viral Infections. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing, 2020. 
  12. Seo, Hye-Kyung, and Seung-Cheol Lee. “Antioxidant Activity of Subcritical Water Extracts from Chaga Mushroom (Inonotus Obliquus).” Separation Science and Technology, vol. 45, no. 2, 21 Jan. 2010, pp. 198–203., doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/01496390903423899.

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