Monday, October 29, 2012

medicine chest building ~ blood, liver and adreanal

Sassy Root Tonic

This is a stong, rooty-tooty, flavorful, hearty blend that nourishes the liver, adreanals, and blood. It's a particularyly great tea for the autumn and winter months.

1 part sarsaparilla root
1 part Siberian ginseng root
1 part Panax Ginseng root
1 part yellow dock root
1/4 part freshly grated gingerroot
1/8 part cinnamon chips
1/8 part licorice root
1/8 part sliced fresh organic oranges **

In a large pot, bring 1 quart water to a boil

In a bowl, mix together all ingredients except orange slices. Add 1/2 cup of the mixture to the boiling water. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for at least 1 hour. Remove from heat, add oranges, and steep 10-15 minutes.

To use: Drink 1-3 cups per day, as needed.

** Leave seeds and peel intact only if using organic oranges


Borage Adreanal tonic

Borage has been found to stimulate the adrenal glands. Adrenalin is released in the blood
stream and this gives you extra energy.

Put 1 tablespoon each of the flowers and chopped
leaves of borage in 2 cups of boiling water.

Steep 10 minutes, then strain and sweeten with honey. Drink several cups daily for 1 week.

Adreanal Respiratory Tonic

This tones up the respiratory tract and also stimulates and nourishes the adrenal glands.

Mix together
2 tablespoons each of horehound, hyssop, licorice root, and marsh mallow root.
Add 4 cups of water.

Simmer until the liquid is 1/4 reduced. You should have about 3 cups of the tonic. Strain and dose with 1/2 cup of the liquid every couple of hours for 1 day of every
week for a month.


Dandelion liver tea

Dandelion tea is excellent for cleansing the liver and kidneys of toxins. It's the best diuretic there is, as it negates the necessity for potassium, it doesn't deplete, it adds potassium. Medicinal diuretics are notorious for depleting potassium and causing other problems.
Cleanses The Liver and Kidney If you live in warm climates and suffer from liver complaints, dandelion is said to give very marked relief. A broth of dandelion roots, sliced and stewed in boiling water with some leaves of sorrel and the yolk of an egg, taken daily for some months, has been known to cure seemingly intractable cases of chronic liver congestion.

 take 2 ounces of freshly-sliced dandelion root, and boil in
2 pints of water until it reduces to 1 pint;
then add 1 ounce of compound tincture of horseradish.
Drink from 2 to 4 ounces.


Liver Tea

Of course, one of the best things you can do for your liver—and your general health—is to go easy on alcohol consumption. If you do overindulge, however, there are herbs that seem to help the liver. For example, ginseng can lower the alcohol level in your blood in 40 minutes, according to research on alcohol-lowering enzymes done by the Korean Ginseng and Tobacco Research Institute. Gamma linoleic acid (GLA) from evening primrose, borage and black currant seeds may prevent hangovers and poisoning and depression from alcohol, and may ease alcohol withdrawal. According to Brian Leonard, Ph.D., a researcher at the University College in Galway, Ireland, GLA also encourages regeneration of alcohol-damaged liver cells. Also, many herbalists have found that fennel seeds help reduce alcohol's effects.

1 teaspoon each dandelion root, milk thistle seeds and roasted chicory root
½ teaspoon each sarsaparilla root, licorice root and ginger rhizome
1 quart water

Combine ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for a couple of minutes. Turn down heat and let steep for about 15 minutes. Strain and drink at least a cup a day.

Liver kidney brew
This recipe is said to cleanse both the liver and kidney.
Combine 1 ounce of broom tops, 1/2 ounce of juniper berries, 1/2 ounce of dandelion root, 1 1/2 pint water.
Boil for 10 minutes, then strain and add a small quantity of cayenne. Take 1 tablespoonful three times a day.
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