Liver detox supplements can be a bit hit and miss. On the one hand, they can contain some side-effect free ingredients that will support your liver and aid with your overall wellbeing. On the other hand, there are those that contain dangerous ingredients that make promises they can’t keep and do things that may actually lead to harm.
That’s because the world of “detox teas” is not as straightforward as you might think, nor is it regulated. So, when you’re looking for a good, safe and effective detox tea, make sure you look at the ingredients and see if the following are listed. These are the healthy detox ingredients that should be included and if you find one that contains all of them, even better!
This is not a tea blend. It’s not a combination and it doesn’t come with a fancy name and a high price tag. But it does work, without fail, and that is the most important thing. Milk thistle is a flowering herb that has been used for centuries as an aid to digestion and a liver support supplement.
It is often added to other plants and herbs and then bundled into supplements branded as “Liver Supports”. But it’s the most effective ingredient in those supplements and teas, it has few to no side effects, and it can be consumed as a tea and as a tablet. On top of that, it’s also very cheap and you can buy a year’s supply of a high quality milk thistle extract for the same amount of money as a month’s supply of one of these brand name combinations.
We’re not telling you that you should take milk thistle and only milk thistle. Rather, we’re telling you that your first step upon looking at a supplement should be, “Does it contain milk thistle?” if the answer is no, leave it well alone. If the answer is yes, then you’re good to go and can continue looking at those other ingredients.
Speaking of which, what else should you be looking for in a liver detox tea?
The weeds that grow like crazy in your garden and seem to be nothing but a burden, are actually very useless as a detox substance. You can add dried dandelion roots to your tea in order to improve digestion and to help with frequent urination. This means that your body is processing fluids quicker and getting rid of excess water (and all of the toxins that are with them) in your body.
Dandelion root is a common food in countries like Greece, where they gather the dandelions wild, boil them and the add lots of lemon juice and olive oil. It’s somewhat of an acquired taste if you’re not used to it, but they love it in Greece and believe (rightly so) that it can aid with digestion, detoxing, and many other processes.
But before you go digging up the dandelions in your garden, it’s worth noting that wild dandelions may be contaminated with everything from animal urine to other plants and you also run the risk of gathering the wrong thing. Dandelion root sold in tea form is a concentrated, carefully dried substance that will not run this risk and is therefore much safer.
Another plant that grows wild, nettle is also very good at flushing excess water out of your body and a lot of research suggests that it could be a powerful weapon in the fight against many cancers, as well as diseases like arthritis. This is due to its anti-inflammatory properties. But because nettles are also a diuretic and antioxidant, they are fantastic as a detox product and are also often consumed in tea form.
Nettles grow wild all over Europe, Asia and North America, so you can buy them in many forms and from many regions. They can be added to tea blends as concentrated forms or they can be bought dried and drunk in a tea on their own. The best nettles, in our experience, are ones grown in hotter parts of North America and Southern Europe. And because there are suppliers of nettles operating out of everywhere from California to Italy and Greece, you shouldn’t have an issue getting them from these sources.
Licorice root is another diuretic. It adds a somewhat subtle flavor, but it’s a great addition nonetheless as it can support the liver and help the body to wash out those toxins. It’s cheap, it’s abundant and you don’t need a lot of it, which is why it’s one of the most common additives in detox tea blends.
This fiery spice is fantastic for helping your body to detox, but it can also add a kick of flavor, transform what would otherwise be a bland drink that is only good for its medicinal properties, into something you will be happy to consume for its flavor.
Ginger can help as an anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant, and there are also studies that suggest it could benefit you as a weight-loss aid and a digestive aid. It’s also cheap and available in several forms.
Lemon Balm and Juice
Let’s make one thing clear: lemon balm and lemon juice are two different things entirely. The first is a plant that just so happens to have the same name, the second is the fruit you know and love. However, both of these can support you through a detox, both are great for your digestive system and both can support your liver as well. They are fantastic, and on top of that they both provide an additional flavor, adding a citrus injection that can bring your detox tea to life.
It’s rare to find lemon juice in a packaged detox tea, of course, but you can add this yourself. They may also include lemon rind or dried lemon. If you can find something that contains lemon balm, to which you can then add a squirt of lemon juice, then even better, because that way you have the strong citrus flavor and you have the calming, soothing and detox properties that both of these substances bring.