Fall is a season in which plants are drawing in their energy, creating reserves for the diminishing sunlight and harsh cold weather. They are in essence sloughing off anything that could hinder their journey through winter.
The changing season is a perfect time for us to do the same, to cleanse and lighten our burdened liver. It has over 500 different functions. One such action is filtering nearly 100 gallons of blood, cleansing it of toxins, dead cells, kidney waste, alcohol, bacteria and much more. As with any filter, they can become bogged down and over-worked, making detoxing and supporting the liver key in its healthy functioning and ultimately to our overall well-being.
Burdock and ginger root are powerful blood purifiers, liver aids and tonics. Ginger promotes increases blood circulation and it's anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties reduce oxidative stress on the liver, decreasing insulin resistance and inhibiting inflammation. About burbock root, herbalist James Green summarizes, "Burdock root works through the liver and kidneys to protect against the build-up of waste products and is considered to be one of the best tonic corrective skin disorders as well."
BURDOCK AND GINGER ROOT TEA
- 4-5 thin slices of fresh burdock root or 2 teaspoons of dried root
- 3-4 thin slices of fresh ginger of 1-2 teaspoons of dried root
- 1 tablespoon of wild honey
- Bring water to a boil, let stand for about 30-60 seconds before pouring into a mug
- Let steep for about 3-6 minutes. Add more honey if you prefer
Wonderful additions to this tea are turmeric root, dandelion root and lemon juice.
I enjoy this tea in the morning with lemon and at night with a little more honey.
Enjoy! And cheers to your liver.
-THE HERBAL MEDICINE-MAKER'S HANDBOOK, James Green