January 04, 2021

Herbs that detoxify, or cleanse, are referred to as detoxicants.  They have the ability to help address toxicosis, the unhealthy accumulation of toxins within us that occurs by way of internal body processes as well as through exposure to environmental microbes and pollutants.   As a result of merely being alive, toxic build up in the body is unavoidable.  When, however, its level becomes pathological, disease arises.

The concept of cleansing the body, then, is not one based on creating a sterile internal environment.  Not only can we not render ourselves sterile, but the body is equipped to manage a certain amount of toxins.  According to Peter Holmes in his book The Energetics of Western Herbs, "The importance of the body's own bacterial and fungal hosts and the ultimately productive function of infections [has been] entirely misunderstood and therefore ignored in Western medicine today . . . the individual is seen in isolation from his environment with no interplay of microorganisms and energies between them."

We've learned over recent years of the importance of the gut microbiome.  In accordance with what Peter Holmes has written, certain of the microbes in (and on) our body are beneficial.  Others are not.  Striking a healthy balance becomes important lest the unhealthy microbes build to an overwhelming level.  Thus, the importance of being able to reduce accumulating toxicosis, wherever it is building, to a level manageable, indeed even usable, by the body.

In order to keep the body's level of toxins from becoming pathological, it's important to provide ourselves with the proper amount of good food and detoxicant herbs. By digesting and assimilating efficiently, we boost our metabolism and energy levels and support our eliminatory pathways.

Low-level toxicosis may result in such conditions as fatigue, sleeplessness, irritability, headaches, unhealthy skin, food intolerances, and a susceptibility to infection.  Gentle herbal measures used to stimulate the lungs, kidneys, bowel, skin, and liver and to support the urinary, digestive, and circulatory systems are applicable.

When toxicosis rises to a pathological level, stronger and more specific herbs may be used to address such serious conditions as chronic inflammation, allergies, infections, stones, or tumors.

Cheryl's Herbs' BURDOCK PURIFYING TEA is made of 5 resolvent detoxicant herbs.  Resolvent detoxicant herbs help address a wide variety of disorders by "altering and regulating the ground of disease."  They do not target the body with a single specific action, but rather are broad spectrum in their approach to toxicosis.  

BURDOCK ROOT - is a resolvent detoxicant herb that addresses eliminative deficiency in the kidneys.  Specifically, Burdock Root is indicated for bladder irritation, urinary incontinence, and urinary deposits.  By resonating with such urinary issues, Burdock Root also helps resolve  arthritis, gout, and rheumatism along with lymphatic congestion and a variety of skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, hives, and weeping eruptions.  The more toxic boil or abscess may also be resolved by this herb.

The remaining herbs in this tea (Violet Leaf, Nettle Leaf, Red Clover Blossom, and Lapacho Bark) provide essentially the same benefits as Burdock Root.

The aim of Burdock Purifying Tea is to assist the body in reducing toxicosis.  Insufficient urinary function, deposits such as stones, issues of arthritis, congested lymph, and skin conditions all stand to receive benefit from this pleasant-tasting combination of purifying herbs.  

SOURCE:  Peter Holmes' The Energetics of Western Herbs


Burdock Root, Arctium lappa, organic

Safe to consume when used appropriately.

Violet Leaf, Viola odorata, organic

Safe to consume when used appropriately.

Nettle Leaf, Urtica dioica, organic

Safe to consume when used appropriately.

Red Clover Blossom, Trifolium pratense, organic

Avoid during pregnancy.  Red Clover Blossom contains isoflavones, compounds that are structurally similar to the human hormone estradiol and capable of binding to estrogen receptors.  Some studies have indicated that Red Clover Blossom isoflavones have a greater affinity for the estrogen receptor Beta (found primarily in bone, brain, heart, and the vascular system) than estrogen receptor Alpha (found primarily in uterus, breast, ovaries, and adrenal glands).

Lapacho Bark (Pau D'Arco), Tabebuia avellanedae, wild crafted

Avoid during pregnancy or lactation.  Avoid with blood thinning medication. Large single doses of Lapacho bark decoctions may cause gastrointestinal upset and/or nausea.

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