Detoxify your body through natural treatments! We propose you five very useful plants in every detoxification diet. Enjoy a cup of hot tea and rid yourselves of your toxins! These five plants are very useful in your detoxification diet, especially if you got some digestive problems after the holidays. See their benefits, how to use them and how to prepare them!
1.CENTAURY (CENTAURIUM UMBELLATUM)
Has a cleansing effect, it is a good detoxifier, it is refreshing, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and it stimulates the gastric secretions. It is recommended against biliary dyskinesia, influenza, colds and fever, hypo-acid anorexia, flatulence, intestinal colic, gastritis, bloating, constipation, intestinal parasites, liver disorders, anaemia. Do not use if you suffer from hyper-acid gastritis or gastric ulcer. Internal use: as an infusion – a teaspoon of minced plant per cup of water. Drink two cups daily before meals. It falls into the category of medicinal plants. It is used as tincture for treating anaemia.
2.PARSNIP (PASTINACA SATIVA)
Has moderate therapeutic effects, because it has to be used in reduced dosages. It has a chemical composition similar to parsley, and it is rich in Potassium salts, vitamins A, B1, B2 and C, and volatile oil.
Its energetic value is low (40 kcal per 100 g root). It is a good tonic appetizer, slightly diuretic. It eliminates the toxins from your body, it adjusts the menstrual cycle and it is highly suggested against rheumatism.
Internal use: you eat it as such in your meals. You can prepare a decoction from 50 g roots boiled in one litre of water for 20 minutes. Filter and sweeten it. Drink two-three cups a day.
3.TOADFLAX (LINARIA VULGARIS)
Has a diuretic, perspiring, and laxative effect. It engenders the elimination of toxins out of your body. It is an effective vermifuge. It was used in the past in treating infectious eczematous dermatitis and cancer as well.
It is effective against spleen, liver and urinary conditions, haemorrhoids, large intestine inflammations, acne and leucorrhoea. It does not have any contraindications, if the prescribed dosages are observed.
Internal use: prepare one infusion – one teaspoon per cup of water. Drink one or two cups a day.
External use: you find them as ointment in standard products with toadflax extract. You can prepare it at home and apply it locally: boil one spoon of its flowers in one litre of milk for 10 minutes.
4.DANDELION (TARAXACUM OFFICINALE)
Purifies the intoxicated body caused by an unbalanced diet. It helps lower the glycaemia and the cholesterol. It has a beneficial effect in cases of biliary indigestion. Due to its high content of Potassium salts, it is useful in cases of kidney stones. Because it is a diuretic, dandelion has good results in liquid retention.
It is recommended against painful digestive conditions, hepatic insufficiency, and bile duct inflammation.It is contraindicated to those suffering from gallbladder micro calculi and to those suffering from peptic ulcer.
Internal use: prepare one infusion from two teaspoons of the whole plant (root, stem and leaves) per cup of water and drink two cups a day. You can prepare a salad with its leaves.
5.APPLE (MALUS PUMILA)
Due to its moderate acidity, the apple aids digestion, increasing the secretion of saliva and gastric juices. If eaten with its peel, it is slightly laxative and absorbs the toxins and microorganisms found in the intestines.
It helps eliminate the uric acid from the bloodstream; therefore the apple is highly beneficial in treating rheumatism and gout. For children, shaved peeled apples are, together with carrots, a good remedy against diarrhoea.
Internal use: the fruit as such, shaved or squeezed.
External use: you can apply boiled fruit (brought to a proper and tolerable temperature) against earaches. In sylvan therapy, walking through apple orchards is considered a remedy against cancer.