Today is the first day of the new semester. We went to bed at 8:30 last night hoping to get a good night's sleep. At midnight, I woke up and put my son back in bed and there was a storm going on. I went back to bed and this storm had thunder like I had never heard. I couldn't go back to sleep for a whole 3 hours! Yep, I'm tired today. Yesterday I went through all my previous classes and created a document of the discussion posts for here so I don't have to go looking for them each day. It should make these posts a bit faster for the next few days. I'm going to get off here and get breakfast taken care of and go into my new classes and see what the work-load looks like fr the week. Today, I will leave you with a post on detoxing. I find the subject very important. Have a great day!
Required Topic: Herbal Detox
Find an herbal detox formula and analyze the ingredients. You can use something you have used or have on hand, explore your local health food store, or find a product on google. For the formula, discuss:
In the process of this assignment, I was surprised to discover not ONE of my 12 herbal/aromatherapy books outside text books for this class mention the topic of detoxification. I looked for colon cleanse and didn't find that either! The herbs used in this recipe are ginger, cinnamon, and cayenne. In addition it uses lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. The recipe explains why these are in this drink but doesn't describe any safety warnings.
Mills and Bone say exceeding 4g of ginger in a day could cause issues with people using blood thinners. Some patients have skin reactions. I was surprised to see a pregnancy warning since so many I know used this herb while pregnant, myself included. The bottom line of pregnancy and lactation appears to be inconclusive as the book says don't use it while lactating and the very next paragraph says it's okay! There is also a potential spice allergy that must be taken in to account.
I was also surprised to see a potential skin reaction to cayenne pepper. A friend was actually prescribed a cayenne skin product by the VA to help with pain and I don't recall him mentioning any potential side effects. He did say it helped. Clark pointed out the obvious that this herb is to hot for use in young children.
Clark says cinnamon in excess of ½ teaspoon or 2g “may cause convulsions, delirium, hallucinations, and even death in adults (34)”. FC&A Publishing also cautions this herb may cause canker sores where it contacts the skin (tongue, mouth, and cheek) (52).
Between the herbs, the apple cider vinegar and the lemon juice, I do think this recipe would make a person feel better. The page says it will help energize the person drinking it. Apple cider vinegar has so many positive effects there is a whole book about it.
This recipe is a “from time to time” recipe rather than having a protocol. There are many forms of detox and this one is not meant to me a “deep” detox but simply to fight the occasional toxicity from things that inadvertently get in our food.
I have not tried this product yet but I might. I'm actually getting ready to try something else but I think this is a product I might use if I'm feeling a bit sluggish.
Clark, D. (2011). Herbal Healing for Children: A Parent's Guide to Treatments for Common Childhood Illnesses. Healthy Living Publications.
Mills, S. & Bone, K. (2010). The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety. Elsevier Limited.
(2008). Nature's Prescriptions: Foods, Vitamins, and Suppliments that Prevent Disease. FC&A Medical Publishing.
This is a simple beverage recipe that takes only minutes to prepare and includes key ingredients for natural detoxification, including lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, ginger, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. It’s both refreshing and energizing, so give it a try today for the little boost we all need from time to time.
Why Drink the Secret Detox Drink?Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to avoid the everyday chemicals that threaten your health, especially when they’re hidden in our clothing, furniture, soaps and shampoos. On top of that, we are constantly exposed to environmental pollutants, and dangerous chemicals in our foods like heavy metals, pesticides and preservatives.
In order to avoid toxic overload that will leave you feeling fatigued, moody, bloated and achey, it’s a great idea to use detox drinks to help cleanse and purify your body.
My secret detox drink contains some of the best ingredients for detoxification. Apple cider vinegar has shown to improve your metabolism and digestive function, while working to cleanse your liver and lymphatic system. (1)
Lemon juice has an alkaline effect on your body and helps to regulate your pH levels. Drinking lemon water, or adding it to your drinks and juices, can help to boost your energy levels, detoxify your body and help improve immune function. (2)
Cinnamon, cayenne pepper and ginger contain therapeutic compounds that help to reduce inflammation, aid digestion and boost your metabolism. That’s why drinking ginger tea, for example, is so popular. It contains valuable compounds that boost your health and promote detoxification. (3, 4)
An optional ingredient for your detox drink is raw honey. I like to add raw honey to many of my health drinks and smoothies because it’s a nutrient-dense natural sweetener. It adds a little sweetness to this drink while upping the antioxidant count, too. (5)
Secret Detox Drink Nutrition FactsOne glass of my secret detox drink made using this recipe (with the honey) contains roughly the following: (6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
I am currently a student at American College of Healthcare Sciences earning my Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine. This blog is my journey of juggling mom-life with student life. My husband is a truck driver so I'm essentially a single mom all but 3 days a month. It's a challenge but we will get through this. I complete this degree on 18 December 2019 and will take one additional semester and then be done for a while. My children need more attention from their mommy but I can't wait on getting this education done. I will do what I must for now.