9 Useful Cleansing Teas

 TAHEEBO TEA, ESSIAC TEA, GREEN TEA,

GINGER TEA, PEPPERMINT TEA, CELERY TEA,

DANDELION ROOT TEA, MARIGOLD TEA,

WATERMELON SEED TEA

Pau d’Arco or Taheebo Tea

Pau d’Arco is the name of the bark that comes from the Taheebo tree, which grows in Argentina and Brazil.  Most health food stores carry the loose prepackaged bark.  In folklore, taheebo tea has been believed to have anti-microbial properties that act as strengthening and cleansing agents.

Refreshing tea, slightly bitter, but add maple syrup or honey if necessary. Great for controlling candida, boosting the immune system, as a general body detoxifier and as a general body tonic. Drink hot, or cold with ice cubes and a lemon slice.

  • 3 heaping tablespoons of dried bark
  • 10 cups water

Boil for 5-15 minutes and let cool.
Pour the tea (with bark) into a large glass container and store in the fridge.
Drink a cup of this tea two to eight times a day.

Essiac Tea

Blood cleansing Tea – See the Full Recipe Here

Rene Caisse, a very caring nurse from the town of Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada was one of the very first freedom fighters in the field of alternative healing. It was in the 1920’s. She fought the medical establishment, believing that there should be no suppression of non-toxic alternative therapies when established medicine’s toxic procedures have failed.

She never divulged her secret formula to the researchers and medical establishment, but tirelessly worked with patients in her own home including those that were referred to her by doctors. One MD said to her “Miss Caisse, I will not say you have a cure for cancer. But you have more evidence of a beneficial treatment for cancer than anyone in the world.”

She faced opposition, threatened with arrest and imprisonment. She said “I never dreamed of the opposition and persecution that would be my lot in trying to help suffering humanity with no thought of personal gain.”

Renee Caisse died in September, 1978 at the age of 90 years old. Her recipe has been handed down and this is a generally accepted version of it.  Essiac Tea Recipe Here.

Green Tea

A great Chinese tradition, as well as a highly acclaimed cleansing tea, used for disease prevention, anti-aging and longevity.

Some of the health benefits of this all-round cleansing Green Tea are:  antioxidant called EGCG (EpiGalloCatechin Gallate) which is more effective than Vitamin C and E and has been found to aid in reducing cancers of the bladder, colon, pancreas, esophagus, rectum and stomach as well as chronic lymphocytic leukemia,  lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol and improves the good cholesterol (HDL), reduces high blood pressure, lowers blood sugar, helps protect the liver, aids in dental health, and boosts immune function.

Here is how to brew a perfect cup of green tea.  The goal is to get the best flavor at the same time as retaining the maximum health benefits of the Green Tea.

  • Use 1-2 teaspoons of good quality green tea leaves
  • Fill the kettle (or pot) with cold water and bring to a boil
  • After turning off the kettle (or pot), allow it to stand for up to 3 minutes to lower the temperature a little
  • Pour the heated water over the tea bag or tea leaves, and allow to steep for up to 3 minutes.  If using a tea bag, remove the bag.
  • Allow the tea to cool for 3 more minutes.  Drink the tea.  You can drink 2-5 cups per day.

Tips on making cleansing Green Tea:

  1. Do not over brew the leaves
  2. You may make 2-3 more pots of tea from one batch of leaves.
  3. Do not pour boiling water on the leaves directly as the tea will be bitter
  4. For variety, add honey, sliced ginger, fresh lemon or mint.
  5. Try iced tea with honey and ice cubes.
  6. Best green tea is made with the dried leaf tea.  Avoid green tea bags if possible.

Ginger Tea (also a cold-cleansing tea)

Ginger tea has a spicy, invigorating taste, yet it is soothing and calming to the stomach.

Ginger has been used as a home remedy for flu and cold, to help with travel and motion sickness, indigestion, nausea, and also to ward off a sore throat. Ginger is also used in cleansing the kidneys.

Some other benefits of ginger is that it increases circulation, improves digestion, helps with the nervous system, and is a general immune booster. Teas that bring a host of health benefits like this are what we call cleansing teas.

The benefit of drinking Cleansing teas is that it helps to cleanse out the toxic residue from your system and aid the body in healing itself.

Ginger Tea Recipe

Ingredients:  Water – 4 cups
2 inch piece of fresh ginger root
Optional:  honey and lemon slice

Peel the ginger root and slice into thin slices.
Bring the water to a boil in a pot.  Add the ginger.
Cover and reduce to a simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Strain the tea.
Add honey and lemon to taste.
Note:  If you are making ginger tea as a home remedy during cold and flu season, sweeteners are not recommended.

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint has a fresh, lively taste. The dried leaves from your own herb garden make a wonderful tea.

Peppermint is naturally caffeine-free. Someone has called Peppermint  “The Ultimate Internal Body Workout”!!  The cleansing benefits are usually in the following areas:  improving digestion, soothing the stomach, helping diarrhea and intestinal colic, for a sore throat, heartburn, as well as antioxidant properties.  Here are some more areas that are reported to be helped:  toning of the internal organs such as the liver, intestines and nervous system, help with halitosis (bad breath, a sign of toxicity), dermatitis and itching associated with eczema, menstrual cramps, anti-viral (including herpes) and headaches.  No wonder drinking the tea is a great cleansing idea.

I personally drink peppermint tea as an after-dinner digestive aid, for stomach gas, as a breath freshener, and as a relaxer.

Peppermint Cleansing Tea

  • Place ¼ cup mint leaves in a pot
  • Pour boiling water over the leaves
  • Steep for 10 minutes
  • Strain out the leaves when you pour your peppermint tea.

Optional: add honey or maple syrup as a sweetener.

Celery Seed Tea (Kidney Cleansing Tea)

Celery Seeds are best known for being a great tasting herb in potato salad or grandma’s relish.  Celery Seeds have also been helpful for people suffering from kidney problems and acts directly on the kidneys as a natural diuretic (eliminates water from the body) and helps to eliminate toxic buildup in the joints.  Celery seeds have been used for Urinary Tract disorders because of its anti-bacterial properties, for headaches, and for gout.

Celery seeds are full of potassium and natural organic sodium, which help the body to cleanse wastes from areas such as the skin, bowels and kidneys.  It helps the acid-alkaline balance in the body and is helpful for cleansing from excess uric acid.  Do not drink this tea if you are pregnant.

Directions:
1 tbsp celery seeds (ground or cut)
1 pint of boiling water

Steep and then let cool.
Strain and drink.
Drink 3 cups a day for 3 days a week.
Best if made fresh.

Dandelion Root Tea: Get your Cleansing Dandelion Tea recipe here

Marigold Tea (Calendula Tea)

Calendulais used externally in salves and oils, for conditions like inflammation, burns & cuts, eczema and other skin conditions.  Calendula tea is used internally as a healthy tonic to aid in digestion, help with stomach ulcers, cleanse the body, reduce fevers and infections, and even help menstrual cramps. The flavonoids in the marigold petals are the active ingredients in this remedy.

This is a perfect tea for the Do-It-Yourself person.  Marigolds grow easily in the garden, and you can pick the petals fresh for tea, or use petals you have dried yourself.  Make sure your marigolds are not sprayed.

Method:

  • Place 2 teaspoons of fresh petals, or 1 teaspoon of dried petals per cup of water.
  • Place the petals in a cup and pour boiling water over.  Cover and let steep for 15 minutes.  Adjust the strength for your taste – add more petals if you like it stronger.
  • Strain and press the petals to drain the tea.  Add honey to taste and enjoy.  Drink 1 or 2 cups each day.

Note:  You could be allergic to this tea if you are allergic to daisies or ragweed.

Watermelon Seed Tea

(Recipe by Cayce)
Who could have thought that watermelon seed tea would be a great cleansing tea for cleansing and purifying the kidneys and bladder?  Now is the time to collect all those seeds and get ready to make your cleansing tea.

Cayce, a health enthusiast, recommended Watermelon seed tea for kidney stones, to stimulate under-active kidneys, and to help with circulation.

Instructions:
1 Tablespoon Watermelon seeds, ground or chopped up.  (Buy large watermelons and harvest the seeds)
1 pint of boiling water

Directions:
Steep.  Let it cool.
Strain and drink.

  • Make this tea fresh each time
  • Drink once a day, 3 days per week.

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