Recently I introduced a new routine to our nightly schedule – Happy Liver Tea. We live in a world full of environmental toxins. In fact, during a recent thermography the nurse practitioner detected an increased level of estrogenic activity in my breasts. Excess estrogen theoretically should be eliminated by the liver, unless the liver is already overburdened. This was disappointing to me as I am already eating a clean diet, avoid using harmful products on my body, and even doing daily detoxes. But I can’t afford giving up, so I’m now going an extra mile with a few new routines. This tea is part of that. I made up the name in the hopes of sending good vibes to the most important filtering organ in my body.
I love sipping on it in bed while I am curled up with a good book or my new writing project. It has two powerful herbs: Oregon Grape root and Dandelion root – bitters that stimulate the liver to improve production of bile and enzymes.
I have discovered that the earthy bitter taste helps with the sugar cravings I sometimes fall victim to around 8 pm. I’ve shared it with my friends and husband and they all love it so I thought maybe you would too. It’s the simplest recipes in the world!
- One teaspoon of Oregon Grape root
- One teaspoon of Dandelion root
- 2 cups of water
Pour hot water over it and let it steep for 10-15 minutes. Discard the roots and drink the infusion.
I drink this at night but you can really drink it any time of the day – whenever your liver needs an extra boost!
Word of caution: Do not use if pregnant or struggling with chronic gastrointestinal irritation. Exercise caution when serving children. Do not take if you have hyperthyroid issues.