LIVER LOVE | Healing Herbs
I briefly mentioned milk thistle and dandelion root in my previous liver detox post and I wanted to expand a little more on some targeted herbs for liver health. You do not need to incorporate all of these herbs into your daily life – I suggest finding a palatable tea that contains one or more liver-loving herbs or investing in a few single tinctures. You can drink your tea every day or just consume the following herbs during a liver detox. The point is not to overwhelm yourself with supplements or daily rituals. Try a few different things and if they stick, then that means they are right for you!
Liver supportive herbs fall into a few categories depending on their primary effect on the body, including alteratives, hepatics, hepatoprotective, and bitters. (Many of the herbs fall into more than one of these categories.)
Alterative herbs are your “blood cleansers,” and the herbs you generally think of when it comes to liver health. They support elimination via the liver and kidneys, helping the body to gently detoxify thus restoring balance. Liver-specific alteratives include burdock root, dandelion root, red clover blossom, nettle leaf, yellow dock root, and alfalfa.
Hepatic herbs work in a variety of ways to support the liver, including by increasing the flow of bile from the liver and gallbladder. They are very nourishing to the liver. Hepatic herbs include alfalfa, yellow dock, dandelion leaf and root, burdock root, Oregon grape root, goldenseal root, and many others. It’s a very broad category and includes almost all herbs that affect the liver.
These herbs protect (surprise!) the liver and their high antioxidant content helps to repair liver damage and prevent future damage from exposure to toxins. If you have a close relationship with alcohol, then these herbs are your best allies. Hepatoprotective herbs include milk thistle, turmeric, goji berry, licorice, chicory, and fennel seed.
These multi-tasking wonders help to stimulate digestion AND the flow of bile. They also promote liver detoxification. Bitters are best taken before a meal (and great in tincture form!) and include yellow dock, dandelion leaf and root, Oregon grape root, goldenseal root, barberry root, turmeric root, glove artichoke, and chicory root.
• Traditional Medicinals Roasted Dandelion Root Tea
• Urban Moonshine Healthy Liver Bitters
• Restorative Rites Spring Greens
• Wooden Spoon Herbs Sacred Sister Herbal Tea