Free radicals are highly reactive atoms or molecules that can damage cells and cause genetic mutation. Scientist today attribute many diseases, as well as aging of the body, to the damage caused by free radicals. The idea of antioxidants, substances that fight chemically reactive free radicals in the body, seems very modern, but natural healers have been using herbs for their antioxidant properties for thousands of years. Try these easy recipes an perform a complete body detox.
Free Radical Destroyers: Milk Thistle and Ginkgo Biloba
Pliny the Elder, the Roman naturalist, wrote about medicinal uses of milk thistle, which modern research indicates has potent antioxidant properties. It is particularly effective against free radicals because it has been proven to act in the liver, where poisonous chemicals are detoxified. Ginkgo biloba, the world’s oldest tree species, also contains powerful antioxidant properties. Both milk thistle and gingko biloba are effective for this use only if taken in standardized capsule forms. Drinking either herb in tea form may not bring the desired results. In the case of both milk thistle and ginkgo, the recommended dose is one 40 mg. Tablet, three times a day.
The North American Indians considered the sarsaparilla root to be one of their most valuable remedies and dug it up during July and September. They made teas from sarsaparilla root, chopping it finely and using the basic decoction recipe, as well as tinctures. To make the tincture, fill a bottle halfway with the finely chopped root, then add equal parts of water and pure lab-proof alcohol, filling the bottle all the way up. Let the bottle stand for fourteen days, shaking well every day. For serious cases of blood disease and skin eruptions, take four to five tablespoons a day plus one-half pint of the tea at the same time.
Boil four cups of water. Add one tablespoon of burdock root or seed. Simmer for twenty minutes. This makes three cups, which you should drink daily. This is particularly helpful for cleansing the blood and encouraging the kidneys to eliminate toxins.
Brew a tea from the fresh leaves, if possible. Drink one cup, three or four times a day, to cleanse toxins from the liver, gallbladder, spleen, bladder, and kidneys.
Chew the fresh berries to cleanse and tone the liver.
Make a tincture, combining equal parts of burdock seeds and sarsaparilla. Take thirty to sixty drops, three to four times a day.
Blood Cleansing Capsules
This remedy is especially effective in cases of blood poisoning and external infections.
Combine the following powdered herbs:
- 2 tablespoons goldenseal
- 4 tablespoons chaparral
- 6 tablespoons echinacea
Mix well and fill 00-size gelatin capsules. Take four capsules every four hours. As the conditions improve, reduce intake to three times a day for seven days.
Bitter Squash Leaf Tea (Mormodica Charantia)
An extremely popular medicine with Caribbean people, the leaves from this creeping herb are made into a tea and used for colds, as a laxative, and as a blood cleanser. Research is currently underway to evaluate its use against cancer. In Jamaica, it is only taken for nine days straight, only when necessary, as prolonged use can cause liver damage. A bitter squash bath is excellent for skin eruptions and acne. This herb should not be taken by diabetics as it masks the sugar content in the blood and urine. When very hot, the tea can also be taken for toothaches and mouth infections.
Blueberry Blood Cleanser
Mix equal amounts of blueberry leaves, thyme, watercress, and powdered sassafras bark. Pour one cup of boiling water over one teaspoon of the mixture and let steep for ten to fifteen minutes. Cover and cool, then strain. Take one cup, four times a day, with little food.
Blood Purifying Tincture
This blood purifying remedy is a wonderful aid in the treatment of cancer, drug addiction, inflammatory conditions, any skin infections, tooth infections, colds, flu, and any condition where toxicity is a factor.
Combine the following powdered herbs:
- 2 tablespoons echinacea
- 1 tablespoon ginseng
- 2 tablespoons chaparral
- 1 tablespoon goldenseal
- 1 tablespoon yellow dock
- 1 tablespoon ginger
- 1 tablespoon garlic
- 1 tablespoon licorice
- 1 tablespoon sarsaparilla
- 1 tablespoon poke root
- 1 tablespoon sassafras
Mix well and combine two ounces of herb mixture with one cup of lab-proof alcohol. Steep for several days, then strain. Take one teaspoon in one-half cup of warm water, three times a day.
Amish Blood Purifying Tea
Mix together the following herb powders:
- 4 teaspoons dandelion root
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 4 teaspoons burdock root and seeds
- 4 teaspoons red clover blossoms
Pour one cup of boiling water over two tablespoons of the herb mixture. Steep for ten minutes. Strain. Drink two table-spoons thirty minutes after each meal.
Liver Cleanse Tea
This formula is a good cleanser for hepatitis. Boil ten cups of water and add two tablespoons each of dandelion root, burdock root, and yellow dock root. Simmer for ten minutes, then add two tablespoons of nettle. Simmer for ten more minutes. Add two tablespoons each of red clover, alfalfa, and peppermint. Simmer for ten minutes. Drink five to six cups a day.
Rosemary Liver Stimulator
A turn-of-the-century physician who specialized in natural remedies recommended drinking rosemary tea throughout the day to stimulate torpid livers and as a tonic during the fall and spring months.
Brew chamomile and dandelion teas. Mix one part chamomile with two parts dandelion tea, and add one-half teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. Take one cup, three times daily. This tea also perks up slightly sluggish kidney function.
One cup a day of freshly expressed beet juice (made in a juicer or a blender with enough water added to make a juice) is great tonic and cleansing for the liver.
A variation calls for three ounces each of beet and carrot juice, combined with two ounces of celery juice.
Limeade Liver Cleanse
Combine the juice of two or three freshly squeezed limes with one cup of water and add honey to taste. Drink as desired.
This remedy is said to expel gallstones and prevent their formation. Take nothing but one cup of apple juice and hot water, every two hours for one or two days. The next morning, drink one cup of apple juice chased by a one-half cup of olive oil.
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