The heat of Summer and sometimes even early Spring can worsen air pollution, which is often invisible. Here are 4 teas or infusions made from 100% natural ingredients, which look after the liver, the equivalent of our body’s engine filter, as we leave the wintry weather behind.
1) Dandelion tea – cleansing
Dandelion can be consumed raw or cooked, or in a soup. It has numerous medicinal properties which are still not very well known by the wider public. For example, dandelion tea can help cleanse the bile duct and the kidneys and eliminate uric acid and cholesterol.
2) Nettle tea – purifying
Nettles are sometimes eaten raw in salads, or cooked in soups, mixed with potatoes and/or other vegetables.
This plant has purifying benefits, it helps with blood regeneration and is also an anti-anemic, anti-rheumatic and a stimulant.
If you have a juicer, drink 100 mls of nettle juice per day to prevent internal and external haemorrhages, haemorrhoids and enteritis (inflammation of the small intestine), or simply to be in top form.
When you collect nettles, it is best to cut only the upper shoot with a scissors, so as to allow it to grow back.
3) Plantain infusion – for the respiratory passages
Plantain grows easily in Spring time. It is an excellent natural purifier and an ingredient known to have unexpected benefits in the case of serious respiratory illnesses. Boil 100 g of plantain per litre of water for 2 to 3 minutes and leave it to infuse for 10 minutes. You can drink 3 to 5 cups per day.
4) Linden infusion – for kidney stones
Linden sap is an effective natural remedy for dissolving kidney stones or gall stones, as well as cleansing the liver. You can find it in the form of small bark chips which you soak in water. Boil 30 g per litre of water for 15 minutes and leave it to infuse for 15 minutes. You can drink 1 litre per day.
Caution: these recommendations do not replace the advice of a medical specialist or an alternative therapist (a naturopath or aromatherapist) in order to check the correct doses for treating your particular ailment, all the while being careful of contra-indications.