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6 Jamaican Herbs For Detox

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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

When was the last time that you had a detox? There are many methods to detox, but here in Jamaica, our go-to is by drinking herbal teas. So today, I am going to share with you some of our most popular detox herbs. But first, what are some of the reasons you might want to take a detox:

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Why Should You Detox?

  1. To Get Rid Of Toxins:  To flush out the daily toxins and give your body a spring cleaning.
  2. To Energy Boost: Detoxing can amp up your energy levels by reducing the load on your system.
  3. For Immune Support: Less toxins mean more attention for your immune system, helping you stay healthy.
  4. For Glowing Skin: Detox helps to gives you a radiant complexion by kicking out the stuff that messes with your skin.
  5. For Better Digestion: You'll be giving your gut a breather and promoting healthier digestion.
  6. For Weight Management: While not a magic solution, detoxing can be part of a weight management plan.
  7. For Mental Clarity: You'll clear the mental fog and feel more focused during and after a detox.
  8. To Break Bad Habits: You can use a detox as a reset button to break unhealthy cycles, especially before starting a new diet or health journey.
  9. To Improve Sleep: Detox will help you break the stress-toxin-sleep cycle for better quality sleep.
  10. To Make Healthy Choices: Detoxing often goes hand-in-hand with making better food choices, setting you on a path to long-term well-being.

1. Duck Flower

The Duck flower is known for being a strong and efficient cleanser! They claim that it aggressively detoxifies the body. When taken, the duck flowerโ€™s components eliminate extra mucus from places they shouldn't be and in over four to eight hours, completely cleanse the intestines.

Most people will usually have either vomiting or diarrhea as a result of it. However, the former seems to be a more common occurrence. Additionally, it gets rid of intestinal parasites and other waste, lessens bloating, boosts vigour and energy, improves mental acuity, enhances sleep quality and encourages weight loss.

2. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera, our go-to for soothing sunburn, has many benefits and detox is one of them. It aids in detox by cleansing the digestive system and boosting nutrient absorption. It cleanses the intestines, bladder, bowels, and kidneys. For a complete body cleanse, the gel of the plant is mixed with egg whites and freshly squeezed orange juice.

3. Burdock Root

This plant makes an excellent cup of tea, whether the leaves or the roots are used. It's an effective a blood and lymphatic system-focused cleansing elixir. It eliminates impurities and leaves you feeling renewed and invigorated, much like a natural detox.

4. Hibiscus

While we use Hibiscus to beautify our homes, this flower's cleansing qualities are amazing; It pull pollutants from the liver and encourage general detoxification, providing your body with a revitalizing internal wash.

5. Neem

Traditionally, Ayurvedic medicine has employed neem as a blood purifier. The blood is cleansed, toxins are eliminated, and a healthy circulatory system is supported by its detoxifying qualities. Plus, taking neem tea or supplements regularly can help lower the risk of cardiovascular illnesses by enhancing blood quality overall.

6. Turmeric

Turmeric is not just for the colour in our curry dishes. Curcumin, the magic ingredient in turmeric, fights toxins and inflammation. By assisting your liver in modifying, inactivating, and removing toxins and excess chemicals (including hormones) created by the body, turmeric aids in detoxification.

For instance, an excess of estrogen can cause weight gain, PMS, painful and heavy periods, and hormonal imbalance, using turmeric can help to control these symptoms.

7. Cerasee

Cerasee, known for its bitter taste, is a highly popular herb here in Jamaica. I doubt you will ever meet a Jamaican who can tell you that they have never had to take cerasee at some point.

Typically, the stem and leaves are boiled or made into a tea and used to treat a variety of conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, intestinal worms, stomach discomfort, and blood and body detoxification.

Cerasee is high in iron, phosphate, and vitamins A and C. Consequently, cerasee functions as a mild detoxifier. It works wonders for detoxification because of its blood-purging qualities and capacity to ease constipation.

When cerasee is consumed as a tea, it is generally advised to take it for seven to nine nights in a row before taking a break.

These herbs are great for detox and they do work, but they wonโ€™t perform a magic trick overnight. A holistic approach, including a balanced diet, hydration, and regular exercise, is the real key to supporting your body's natural detox processes.

Remember, while detoxing has benefits, it's not a cure-all. Approach it as part of an overall commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Listen to your body, stay hydrated, eat well, and throw in some of these Jamaican herbs for that extra kick.

And since we are on the topic of wellness, our E-book, 101 Jamaican Wellness Secrets, is loaded with traditional gems that you need to know. So remember to grab yourself a copy.

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References & Sources For Jamaican Herbs For Dextox

  1. Gluck, S. (2019) Warm up with turmeric, Marion Gluck. Available at:,painful%20periods%20and%20weight%20gain (Accessed: 03 February 2024).
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