Summer. She is coming round the corner, and with her comes the fun and frivolity of the festive season. So how can we rocket out the other end of the vortex with our health unscathed…
There are two strategies:
- Simply control your indulgences. If control is not in your vernacular;
- Take steps to counter the onslaught that partying entails.
Head down to our Co-Op and reach for the positive plethora of health-giving teas. This week’s focus is Extox.
Reach for the Extox Tea Blend and you’ll have in your hands a great detoxifier of all things naughty and far too nice. Open the lid and your olfactory senses are roused by a tantalising aroma – a perfect testament to the tastiness of this detoxifying tea.
What makes Extox so good?
Extox is a clever blend of herbs that act individually and synergistically to pack a mean punch to any unwanted toxins.
- Burdock – a classic blood purifier as well as a diuretic and a diaphoretic (sweat inducer). So in 3 different ways it helps cleanse the body of toxins and wastes.
- Dandelion – heads the list of excellent medicine for the liver. It’s known for it’s ability to improve fat digestion and, as a potent antidote for excess sugar, it stabilises blood sugar levels for those with Type II Diabetes.
- Liquorice Root – another powerful detoxifier, it works in an extremely complex manner micromanaging vital blood salts, which in turn strengthen the adrenals. It also enhances the purity of the blood supply by protecting the body’s blood detoxifying plant, the liver.
- Nettle leaf – this humble plant is probably the most nutritious land plant known. High in chlorophyll and protein it’s also packed with many a detoxifying phytochemical to cleanse the blood, skin lungs and sinuses of nasty toxins.
- St Mary’s Thistle – a king detoxifier of the liver. It strengthens liver cell walls protecting them from invading toxins and supports liver regeneration. It’s proven effective in detoxing the liver of heavy metals, prescription meds, alcohol and environmental toxins.
- Lemon Peel –High in Vitamin C and calcium, alkalising to the digestive system and a powerful antioxidant, it protects the body from cancer. Always eat your lemon peel!
- Lemon Verbena – This pungently scented herb is helpful in relieving spasms of the digestive track and eases nervous tension.
- Red clover – Assists the liver with the detoxification process and is rich in vitamins and minerals. It’s believed to help prevent plaque in the arteries so a great herb for improving circulation and overall cardiovascular health.
- Calendula Petals – used to prevent muscle spasms, reduce menstrual cramps, and stomach ulcers. People wishing to lose weight by using detox teas sometimes suffer from muscle spasms as the body eliminates toxins.
- Rhubarb root – Often used for digestive problems like constipation and stomach pain. It’s thought to be beneficial for natural weight loss.
How to brew the perfect cup.
For the best results always use fresh, filtered water. Add 1tsp per 200ml and brew EXTOX with boiling water for 5mins.
Have 2-3 cups per day for maximum effect. If using a plunger – add 1-2 teaspoons and allow to infuse for 10-15 minutes.
Pop into the Co-Op and grab some Extox today. Bring your own jar or produce bag or grab one of our jars and newly re-stocked hand made bags… we have also pre-filled some jars with Extox goodness.
Written by Merrilee Linegar, Nutritionist and Herbalist
B.HSc. (Comp.Med), Dip. Nut., Ad. Dip. Herb Med, B.A. Communications.Member: ATMS