Are you loving your liver? If you are alive and kicking in the industrialized world, chances are your liver could use some loving, so how can you nourish and tonify this super important organ that is responsible for daily detoxification in an increasingly toxic world?
You might be like some of my clients, who prefer to rely on food as their first medicine, and ask me if there are ways to support their system without taking more supplements that come in a bottle.
Of course, there are ways, and whole food solutions are always my first recommendation! For millennia, the good herb doctors prescribed remedies, potions and concoctions for the people who came to see them, and many of these formulas have been passed down, and are time and use-tested. Here is one, a super tonic for your liver and gall bladder. People with slow digestion, bloating or constipation can benefit from this tea, as can anyone who has a history of alcoholism, tobacco or drug abuse, and folks with allergies and skin rashes such as eczema. You can make a batch, strain and refrigerate, then re-heat later. The herbs can be kept in the liquid decoction and will continue to steep and make for a stronger brew, which you can stretch by diluting. This tea relies upon the super medicinal powers of the lowly dandelion, along with yellow dock, burdock and licorice. It is an earthy brew, naturally sweetened by the licorice. Licorice is one of my favorite superfoods, as it is adaptogenic and calming for the nervous system that is continuously under stress. Take a cup before meals, up to 3 times daily, for therapeutic effect.
*As with any herb or medicine, licorice is not for everyone. Please omit the licorice from the recipe if you have high blood pressure. This formula is not a prescription and consumers of this beverage take full responsibility for their own health choices and outcomes. I recommend anyone with health concerns schedule an appointment for a personal health evaluation with a qualified professional. Prasad Nutrition offers Holistic Nutrition, Health and Life Coaching to bring you the very best in natural health care to meet your individual biochemical needs.
- 1 Tbs Dandelion Root
- 1 Tbs Yellowdock Root
- 1 Tbs Burdock Root
- 1 Tbs Licorice Root (can double this amount if you have low blood pressure)
- Place herbs in a 2 quart saucepan or pot, cover with a quart of pure water and bring to boil. Turn heat to low and simmer 20 minutes. Strain and drink 1/2-1 cup before meals.
- Remaining batch may be strained and refrigerated, then heated by the cupful. Stores well refrigerated for about 4 days. If you leave the herbs in, they will continue to steep and strengthen the tea, allowing you to add more water and stretch the recipe.