brings cleansing and rejuvenation. Most often the liver is the
target of a cleansing herbal regimen, since the liver is one
of the most important organs in the body. It processes our hormones,
contributes to proper digestion, cleanses the body of toxins,
and many other important duties. A good cleansing regimen, however,
will also cleanse and support other vital organs, such as heart,
kidneys, blood, and digestive system. It will also do wonderful
things for your spirit! It is vital to consume lots of water,
with lemon is ideal, and get fresh air to flush these toxins
out of your system.
Root can be made into a bitter tea (don't sweeten it, the bitterness
is how it works – you'll get use to it) as an excellent
tonic for the liver and blood purifier. Dandelion roots are
very high in vitamins and minerals. The common dandelion is
an unusually nutritious food. Its leaves contain substantial
levels of vitamins A, C, D, and B complex as well as iron, magnesium,
zinc, potassium, manganese, copper, choline, calcium, boron,
and silicon. Worldwide, the root of the dandelion has been used
for the treatment of a variety of liver and gallbladder problems.
Other historical uses of the root and leaves include the treatment
of breast diseases, water retention, digestive problems, joint
pain, fever, and skin diseases. The most active constituents
in dandelion appear to be eudesmanolide and germacranolide,
substances unique to this herb.
Thistle is the best in cleaning our blood and liver and is a
traditional way to get our health back on track and revitalize
and nourish our entire internal ecological system from the ravages
of winter. Milk Thistle is an excellent cleanser for the liver.
Cleansing is one of the more important roles of Milk Thistle
as it helps to prevent a host of problems our bodies can acquire
from internal and external toxic overload.
root helps to purify blood and restore the liver to aid in a
restful sleep. Helps to reduce build up of toxins in the skin
resulting in boils. Helps gallbladder functions and stimulates
the immune system. Seed forms are also used.
are invaluable as a food, rich in vitamins and minerals. Only
the young, tender tips are suitable for cooking, the stalks
and lower leaves are not edible. They can be cooked then pureed
for soup or vegetable accompaniment. Nettles make a valuable
tonic after the winter and are an excellent remedy for Anemia,
their vitamin C content ensures that the iron they contain is
properly absorbed. Nettles increase the quality of the blood
helping to give a healthy glow to the skin.
Dock is applicable to all the purposes for which the other species
are used. The root has laxative, alterative and mildly tonic
action, and can be freely used as a tonic and laxative in rheumatism,
bilious complaints and as an astringent in piles, bleedings
of the lungs, etc. It is largely prescribed for diseases of
the blood, from a spring eruption, to scurvy, scrofula and chronic
skin diseases. It is also useful in jaundice and as a tonic
to the stomach and the system generally. It has an action on
the bowels very similar to that of Rhubarb, being perhaps a
little less active, but operating without pain or uneasiness.
Rumicin is the active principle of the Yellow Dock, and from
the root, containing Chrysarobin, a dried extract is prepared
officially, of which from 1 to 4 grains may be given for a dose
in a pill. This is useful for relieving a congested liver, as
well as for scrofulous skin diseases.
used by the Indigenous North Americans who harvested the plants
for extensive use in the treatment of infectious wounds and
burns or eruptive skin complaints. It enhances the phagocytic
activity of white blood cells – identifying and retiring
bacterial, viral and fungal infections, in addition to the clearance
of these from the lymphatic system. Higher doses are often used
for affecting acute immune responses.
be used after colds or infection to rebuild immunity, Astragalus
is a sweet tasting herb effective in restoring both resilience
to future respiratory infections, and efficiency of metabolism
to ensure optimal nutrition for immune reserves to fight off
those spring colds. This herb is the best for restoring energy
to the body very quickly.
was worshipped by the ancient Egyptians, chewed by Greek Olympian
athletes and thought to be essential for keeping vampires at
bay! But it is also good for zapping bacteria, keeping your
heart healthy, warding off coughs and colds. Garlic is an antibiotic
that can actually kill infecting bacteria and at the same time
protect the body from the poisons that are causing the infection.
It is known that the most sensitive bacterium to garlic is the
deadly Bacillus anthracis which produces the poison anthrax.
Vapor from freshly cut garlic can kill bacteria at a distance
of 20 cms!
stimulates the immune system and the production of white blood
cells. It also soothes inflammation, slows production of mucus,
and reduces sugar levels in the body.
Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac
Therapies for healing mind, body, spirit