Controversy abounds about the benefits or otherwise of Detoxing,
with the medical profession saying it's a useless exercise
and the beauty industry making a fortune out of selling detox
Perhaps they both have a point. It's true that the body has
its own inbuilt mechanisms to keep the body free from toxins
without which we would be forever falling ill. Let's face
it; the world is hardly a clean place. The air, water and
food we eat are all less than ideal and without our organs
of elimination working away we'd all be very toxic indeed.
But Christmas feasting does put an extra strain on our bodies,
so perhaps a little extra tender loving care is called for?
The dose will depend on the product
you buy, so follow the recommendations. Take the full recommended
dose for a week and then slowly reduce the amount over the
next month. If your bowels need some help, sprinkle some psyllium
husk powder over your morning cereal, or take it in a glass
of water. Psyllium husk normalises bowel function and can
be taken for about a week. (If bowel problems persist longer
seek help from a herbalist). You can also support your liver
and kidneys by drinking herb teas. Why not mix a few from
the list below to make a couple of tea blends to your taste.
|So is there any need to spend your hard earned money on detoxing preparations and remedies? Well, not really. Everything you need to spruce up your body, your mind and to lift your spirits in the dark days of January is easy to come by.
Your first New Year's Resolution should be to drink lots of water. A litre a day should be enough to rehydrate after a boozy Festive season. Squeeze the juice of a lemon into your first glass of the day to add vitamin C and liven up your complexion.
To help your liver take Milk Thistle capsules. Milk Thistle
has been used for centuries as a liver tonic and is perfectly
safe for adults to take.
Returning to your normal diet should soon see the extra pounds
falling away. However, make sure you get your fruit and veg.
Over indulging can have an adverse effect on the immune system
so the anti-oxidants in these will help. If you can't eat
your vitamins, then take a good quality vitamin and mineral
tablet every day. Perhaps you should also resolve to walk
up the stairs rather than taking the lift. Every little helps!
Taking a relaxing and detoxing bath once a day during the
first week of your detox can be very beneficial. Make up herbal
bath bags using the recipe below. Epsom and sea salt both
draw impurities from the skin. When you get out of the bath,
wrap yourself in a large warm towel and get straight into
a warm bed. You will continue to detox during the night. Make
sure you have a drink of water as soon as you wake.
Finally, resolve to catch up on your sleep with a relaxing cup of herb tea before bed.
Teas to support the liver and kidneys; Dandelion, Ginger, Mint, Fennel, Marigold, Liquorice (as long as you don't have high blood pressure. If you do steer clear of Liquorice).
Teas to help you sleep; Lemon balm, vervain, chamomile, lavender.
Bath bag; Mix half a cup of Epsom salts or sea salt with a handful of lavender flowers and a few drops of lavender oil. Put the mixture in a cloth, tie it into a 'Dorothy bag' and hang it from the hot water tap whilst you run the bath. If you don't like lavender then use lemon balm, chamomile or a mixture of your favourite relaxing herbs.
DIY Iron Tonic
For those wanting a mid-winter lift try this tonic that is full of iron, calcium and vit C.
Fill a jar with:
1 part organic orange peel
4 part crushed dried nettle
4 parts dried chopped organic apricots
Cover well with organic red wine.
Method: Leave to stand for 3 weeks, strirring daily. Strain off and reserve the liquid. Squeeze the pulp through a muslin bag and add the resulting liquid to the rest. Store in dark bottles in a cool place.
Dose: 1 dessert spoon twice a day.
You can add a little hot water if you prefer. This is a really good tonic for mid-winter, helping with lethargy, anaemia and that down feeling that can come upon us after Christmas. It is safe and good for pregnant women. A teaspoon dose twice a day would be alright for children over 8 years old. (The alcohol in that amount is negligable.)