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Herbs for a gentle cleanse

The best times of year to undergo a natural cleanse or detox are at the change of the seasons. Just as there are spring floods, with rivers overflowing, there are internal ‘floods’ in the body as the natural increase of heat in spring melts the build-up of congestion from the winter months.

While we wash away and eliminate waste daily, modern life throws so much at us that not all of it goes down the plughole. Taking time to do a cleanse will help the body to more effectively get rid of unwanted waste.

Try these eight hero herbs to help you naturally and gently eliminate toxins from the body and restore your health.


Nettle – a nutritious plant filled with vitamins, minerals and protein. Nettle is great at ridding the body of excess waste, making it the body’s answer to a ‘spring-clean’. Skin conditions and seasonal allergies are helped by this plant, thanks to the way it cleanses the blood.


Fennel   the ultimate way to give yourself a natural digestive detox. With its strong anti-inflammatory properties, it soothes an upset digestive system and clears toxins.


Lemon  effective in removing toxins from the blood and clearing congestion.

Green tea

Green tea – an effective way of getting antioxidants to the liver, which desperately needs them.


Turmeric - one of the all-time great liver-loving herbs. This renowned super-spice helps your liver work more efficiently and your blood a little cleaner, giving your skin a glow of health.


Dandelion  clears excess heat and toxicity in the liver. Dandelion is a traditional remedy for treating the skin and supporting liver.


Aniseed – a renowned herb for detoxifying, this sweet aromatic seed naturally relaxes and supports digestion.


Spirulina – an algae and complete protein, containing every amino acid (helps to build up cells, muscles and tissue) and is the only non-animal source of vitamin B12.


Chlorella – a great ingredient for a natural detox or cleanse – it’s reputed for alkalising cleansing the blood and boosting immunity.

Meet the author

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Katie Pande, Senior Herbal Advisor

Katie is a qualified Medical Herbalist, and member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), currently practicing in Shaftesbury. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine and a BSc (Hons) in Plant and Environmental Biology.

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