Detox Tea, based on Yogi Spiced Tea, made from things you might have in your spice shelf. Use equal parts of the following, mix all the dry ingredients together in a jar:
black peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, clove buds, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, hawthorn berries, horsetail, juniper (these three I found in the health food store), roasted chicory, roasted dandelion root (as in dandelion tea or coffee), licorice root (we grow this, but it is available as licorice tea), carob pod ( we used to have carob trees, but now it is difficult for us to find carob pods as they are used for stock feed, however they add a very sweet malty and delicious note to this tea, so try to find one!)
The fresh ingredients are ginger, orange peel, and parsley. To make the tea, soak two tablespoons of the herbs and spices in 600ml water overnight. I add the fresh things then too. In the morning bring it slowly to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes, tightly covered.
Strain and drink while it is hot, place the herbs back into the pot, add another tablespoon of the dried mixture plus some more parsley, ginger and orange peel. You can do this for three days before throwing everything out and starting again. I sometimes put a big spoonful of honey in my tea, just for the wow factor!
According to herbalist Kitty Campion this tea is “stimulating to the digestion, and soothes the stomach, it is mildly cleansing for the blood, skin, liver and gall bladder…. it is a mild diuretic and disinfectant for the kidneys and bladder … best of all it is an excellent coffee replacement and tastes very nice”
Fill one quarter of a large pot with thickly cut potato peelings then add the same amount of carrot peelings and whole chopped beetroot, chopped onions and garlic, celery and greens. Add hot chilli peppers to taste. Add enough water to cover the vegetables and simmer on a very low heat for up to two hours.
Strain the liquid, drink as much as you like, the rest can be stored in a glass jar in the fridge for up to two days. Put the vegetables in the compost, dont feel guilty, you only want the broth.
Once again quoting Kitty Campion ” it makes a delicious addition to any cleansing program and will flush your system of unwanted salts and acids while flooding the bloodstream with a concentrated amount of vitamins and minerals”
I found these recipes in Kitty Campion’s book Menopause Naturally about twelve years ago, and have been using them ever since, because they really are delicious and very satisfying. My previous post is about juicing.