A well-functioning detoxification system that is within all of us, is essential for hormone balance, healthy skin and a strong immune system. Sadly, both our environment and certain genetic factors can sometimes cause our detoxification capacity to become sluggish. For example, approximately 30-50% of us have the MTHFR mutation, which can impair our natural detoxification system.
Thankfully, while optimizing the detox of our bodily systems may sound like a daunting task, there are things we can do frequently, even daily, to support our body’s natural detox mechanisms. This tea blends one of the superstars for detox support – yellow dock root – with nutritive and adaptogenic herbs. Let’s take a look at some of their benefits.
Yellow Dock Root – Main ingredient
Yellow dock (Rumex crispus) contains several unique herbal constituents that make it a powerful stage-2 liver detoxifier and digestive aid. It’s a bit bitter – which is one of the reasons it’s so good at its detox job – so when drinking it in tea form we want to combine it with some more neutral, yummy, but still helpful herbs.
Because herbs are plants and not pharmaceutical drugs there are no dosages. However, herbalists do share knowledge about what methods of consumption seem to produce a beneficial effect for most people, and for yellow dock a therapeutic amount is generally thought to be 1-2 tablespoons per day.
Licorice Root – Secondary ingredient
Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is an adaptogen, or herb that balance the stress response.
Five grams is the maximum amount of licorice that is considered appropriate for use should be used per day. The amount in this recipe is approximately 1-2 grams so well below the maximum.
- 1 tbsp yellow dock root
- 1 tbsp oatstraw
- 1 tbsp rosehips (deseeded)
- 1 tbsp hibiscus (crumbled)
- 1 tbsp tulsi (aka holy basil)
- ½-1 tsp licorice root powder (depending on how sweet you like your tea)
- 2 cups just-boiled water.
Pour water over the herbs, cover and allow to steep for about 20 minutes. Strain and sip throughout the day.