By Katherine Huether
There a few schools of thought when it comes to performing detoxes. Some people simply don't do them. Others prefer to follow an extreme fast at least once a year. And there are the types of cleanses that fall somewhere in the middle. The following tea blend is ideal for any of these stages. I personally don't follow strict cleansing fasts. I prefer to prepare cleansing blends and follow a healthy diet. I like to use this blend in the fall because it contains ingredients such as rosehips which can help strengthen the immune system and are a good source of Vitamin C.
* Note: all the herbs listed in this blend are dried.
Shop for the ingredients. I like to either purchase my herbs from a reputable supplier (I like Mountain Rose Herbs) or pick or grow my own. If you pick your own, make sure you give the herbs a chance to dry.
When it comes time to make the blend, add all of the ingredients to the bowl. Stir with the wooden spoon until well combined.
Your best bet is to pour the blend into an airtight amber glass jar. However, if you can't find an amber glass jar, any airtight container will do. Just make sure to store the tea away from heat and light.
When it comes time to make the tea, use 1.5 tsp. of the dried blend with each cup of hot water.
Things You’ll Need:
• 1/2 cup stinging nettle leaves
• 1/2 cup dandelion leaves
• 1/4 cup burdock root
• 1/4 cup spearmint leaves
• 1/4 cup rosehips
• Medium mixing bowl
• Wooden spoon
• Airtight container