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 using herbs for detox

April 2024

Four Herbs 4 Detox

  • Red Clover
  • Stinging Nettle
  • Yarrow
  • Cayenne

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In the past month, I shared with you three herbal actions that help support the three main organs that eliminate toxins from the body. 

  • Alterative herbs support the lymphatic system.
  • Diuretic herbs support the kidneys.
  • Bitter herbs support the liver and gallbladder.

When thinking about how herbs act in the body, you want to consider flavor as part of the herb’s story. Before laboratories, herbalists learned about herbs’ actions through their flavors. 

  • Herbs that support the lymphatic system are often sour.
  • Diuretic herbs are not surprisingly salty. 
  • Bitter herbs are… you guessed it, bitter. 

Diaphoretic herbs

Diaphoretic herbs disperse circulation and heat from the center of the body to the skin’s surface. By doing so, diaphoretic herbs make you sweat.

The skin is the largest organ in the body. The skin regulates the body’s temperature by opening and closing its pores. In the same way, regulate the temperature in your house by opening and closing the window. 

Although not as effective at processing toxins as the liver, the skin does have an important role in removing toxins through sweating. In fact, when the body’s toxic overload overwhelms the liver or if the liver is sluggish and congested, the body will try to rid itself of toxins through the skin.

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When the body compensates for a congested liver by detoxing through the skin, it might show up as eczema or acne.

Sometimes, clients stop at my booth looking for topicals to treat eczema or acne. I always tell them that the skin’s health reflects how well their liver handles toxic substances. 

Sweating to detox

The body clears excessive micronutrients, waste products of metabolic processes, and toxins from the body through sweating.

Inducing sweat through a sweat lodge or a sauna was practiced in ceremonies all over the world. Sweating was believed to purify a person’s body and soul and allow a rebirth. Like snakes that shed their skins to renew themselves, people used sweating to open the pores of the skin, shed toxicity, and renew. 

Diaphoretic herbs are usually pungent. Many of them were used in cooking because they improve circulation in the digestive tract. In the Mediterranean, herbs like thyme, sage rosemary, and oregano were used to improve digestion. In the Far East, cumin, turmeric, coriander, and ginger were used in Thai and Indian cuisine to feed the fire of digestion. In America, spicy peppers were revered for their role in stimulating circulation. 


Cayenne (Capsicum annuum),  a plant in the nightshade family, is a fiery red herb that warms the body and stimulates the circulatory system. Therefore, it is used in damp, congested, and cold conditions. 

Cayenne is beneficial for people who tend to feel cold. Their hands and feet are always cold. Their digestion might be cold, so they have a hard time breaking down the nutrients from the food, absorbing them, and eliminating waste ( AKA constipation).

Because of insufficient nutrients and toxic overload, these people might feel heavy, lethargic, and fatigued. Cayenne improves metabolism by increasing circulation in the digestive system, leading to better vitality and elimination. 

Cayenne has been shown to reduce blood glucose levels and improve heart health. It blocks substance P, a neuropeptide that relays pain sensations in the body. Cayenne can be used topically and internally to relieve many types of pain, including low-back pain, diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage), shingles, migraine headaches, backaches, and arthritis.

But don’t rush to eat Cayenne by the spoonful. The attributes that make Cayenne a beneficial herb to use in food and medicine also make it a herb that should be used in moderation with other herbs as part of a formula. 

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