The liver performs over 500 essential functions to keep the body healthy, including removing harmful toxins and absorbing nutrients from the foods we eat. This homemade liver detox tea recipe is a herbal blend made with herbs that cleanse the liver and help provide the nutrients needed for the liver to perform its essential functions.
Disclaimer: This post is intended for informational purposes only. I’m not a qualified practitioner and I’m not encouraging anyone else to implement this. This is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for medical advice. Please consult a qualified medical practitioner if you have any health or medical concerns and before starting to drink this tea. This post contains affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you I will earn commission if you click on a link and make a purchase. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. See my full disclaimer here. First published: 21 May 2021. Last updated: 12 May 2022.
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- Importance of supporting the liver
- Ingredients and benefits
- Equipment needed
- Step by step instructions
- Variations and optional ingredients
- Frequently asked questions
- Dietary requirements
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Importance Of Supporting The Liver
We’re exposed to over 700,000 chemicals everyday, more than ever before (1). The liver performs over 500 essential functions to keep our body healthy. It’s one of our 6 drainage pathways, constantly cleansing and filtering our blood, removing harmful chemicals, hormones, toxins and heavy metals. It also produces bile to help digest and absorb nutrients from our food and allow these toxins to be removed from the body (2).
We need to get the nutrients needed for these processes to take place from the foods we eat and drinks we consume (2). Not providing our bodies with the nutrients it needs can impair the liver and other detox pathways (colon, kidneys, lymphatic system & skin) ability to remove toxins. If the amount of toxins we’re exposed to exceeds the amount being eliminated, then toxins begin to accumulate and be stored in the body, which increases inflammation, impairs normal function and can cause numerous symptoms, including fatigue, dizziness and pain (2).
One way of consuming the nutrients needed to support the liver is drinking this liver cleanse herbal tea.
Ingredients and Benefits
- Milk thistle, dandelion root and burdock root. These bitter herbs improve liver function by stimulating the production of bile to help remove toxins (3).
- Hibiscus and rosehips. Both are high in antioxidants and vitamin C, which supports the immune system and protects the liver and body from free radical damage (4, 5).
- Ceylon cinnamon sticks (UK Link/US Link). This balances blood sugar levels and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which protects the liver from damage (6). Regular cassia cinnamon contains a high amount of coumarin which can damage the liver in high amounts (7). Ceylon cinnamon is higher quality than Cassia cinnamon, contains only a trace amount of coumarin and has a more delicate and sweeter flavour (8).
- Filtered water. Filtering tap water, using for example a Brita water filter, removes harmful heavy metals, toxins and other contaminants, which helps reduce the burden on the liver (9).
Please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the full ingredients list.
I ensure the equipment used is 100% ceramic, glass or stainless steel, rather than plastic, aluminium, copper or teflon. Aluminium, copper, plastic and teflon leach toxins and heavy metals into the tea when heated, which increases the stress on the liver and is harmful to our health. 100% ceramic and glass are free from toxins, while stainless steel is safer than aluminium, copper and teflon (13).
My other posts – 10 tips for a non toxic kitchen, 15 ways to create a non toxic home and 6 free ways to start non toxic living – have further ways of reducing your toxin and chemical exposure to help reduce the stress on the liver.
Step By Step Instructions
- Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan,
- Turn the heat down to low, add all the herbs and let simmer for 10 minutes,
- Strain into a mug with a tea strainer and enjoy!
Variations & Optional Ingredients
The following ingredients also help support the liver and can be added to the tea, if desired, for variation:-
- 1/2 inch fresh turmeric. This contains curcurmin which helps reduce inflammation and is a powerful antioxidant, which helps support the liver and protect it from damage (10).
- Ground black pepper. Just a pinch increases the absorption of curcurmin in turmeric by 2,000%! (11).
- 1/2 inch fresh ginger. Ginger contains a high level of antioxidants to help protect the liver from damage (12).
This tea is best drunk straight away as the flavour can reduce the longer it’s left after being strained. However, it can be left covered at room temperature for up to 8 hours. Alternatively, after being left to cool completely, it can be stored in a glass airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. It can be drunk cold or reheated in a small saucepan on a low heat until warmed through and the desired temperature is reached.
Frequently Asked Questions
The European Medicines Agency recommends to limit consumption to 2-3 cups per day maximum (14, 15, 16, 17). However, it is important to consult a medical practitioner before consuming herbs and drinking this tea, especially if you have any health concerns, medical problems or are taking any supplements or medications.
Yes you can. I find the Ceylon cinnamon adds a delicate sweet flavour which eliminates the need for any additional sweetness. However, if you wish to make the tea sweeter, there are 3 different options you could use which are refined sugar free:-
– Raw manuka honey (UK Link/US Link), which has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.
– Sweet freedom syrup (UK Link/US Link). For a vegan and plant based sweetener, sweet freedom syrup is a great option. It’s a natural sweetener made from fruit extracts, with a low glycemic index.
– Medjool date (UK Link/US Link) for a whole food plant based sweetener. After making the tea, place the strained drink in a blender with the date and blend on high until fully combined.
Yes, this recipe makes 1 cup of tea. However, the ingredients can easily be scaled up to make multiple servings and then stored following the above storage instructions.
This liver detox herbal tea is:-
- Gluten free
- Dairy free
- Wheat free
- Lactose free
- Soy free
- Egg free
- Nut free
- Grain free
- Nightshade free
- Refined sugar free
- Oil free
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Homemade Liver Detox Tea Recipe
- In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil,
- Turn the heat down to low, add the milk thistle, dandelion root, burdock root, hibiscus, whole rosehips and ceylon cinnamon sticks and let simmer for 10 minutes,
- Remove from the heat. Strain into a mug with a tea strainer and serve straight away.