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Reducing Your Toxic Load with Herbs & Spices

I love enhancing the taste of my food by adding herbs and spices. For many years I have been on a quest to reduce my toxic load as much as possible, so I can live a healthier and therefore happier life. You can imagine my delight when I discovered that many of those spices and herbs I was using help to do just that!

Parsley is an easy to grow herb that just about everyone is familiar with. Did you know it is also a natural diuretic helping to flush toxins out of our body?

Basil is an herb that provides several health benefits. Basil is helpful in re-moving toxins from the blood. Maybe that’s why Basil essential oil is so helpful with bug/insect bites. We just put one drop on topically.

Our bodies are exposed to heavy metals every day via food, water, pharmaceuticals, manufactured products,  pollution and more. When heavy metals accumulate to reach toxic levels, they can lead to an array of symptoms and chronic conditions. The chemical compounds in Cilantro act as natural cleansing agents, binding to toxic metals and loosening them for easier transport out of the body.
Commonly used in Mexican cooking, cilantro can be incorporated into all kinds of food — poultry and fish dishes, salads, salsas, blended smoothies and more. Many people find Cilantro very offensive and tasting like soap. For those I would recommend putting a drop of Cilantro essential oil into a veggie cap.
 
Turmeric is a powerful detoxifier for the liver and digestive system and is excellent for reducing inflammation. Along with its many other benefits, it has the power to prevent cell damage.
To get the most health benefit, you need more than an occasional sprinkle of turmeric, so a supplement may be the way to go. I highly recommend doTERRA’s Trumeric Dual Chamber Capsules. You get the advantage of both the Turmeric essential oil and Turmeric extract in  a dual chamber capsule, creating a uniquely powerful synergy of turmerones and curcuminoids, in order to maximize the effectiveness and benefits of both compounds for a healthy inflammatory response.* I have noticed a great improvement since adding this supplement to my daily routine.
Turmeric has an earthy taste enhancing pastas, grains, soups, eggs, beans and leafy green sautés. For a simple added boost of effectiveness, season your turmeric-containing dish with black pepper. A study published in Clinical Pharmacokinetics showed that ingesting curcumin in combination with piperin, the alkaloid in pepper, increased the bioavailability of curcumin by a staggering 2000%.
 
Cumin helps the digestion process. If you have sluggish digestion, it is keeping toxins stuck inside you and you may end up reabsorbing the toxins. That’s why it’s good to use spices like cumin so that your digestion can be running top notch and you’ll be able to expel toxins more easily.

Saffron helps your bladder and your kidneys, which is great because this will help you pass toxins through your urine. It also is beneficial to your liver, which is the most important organ you have for toxin defense. If you focus on nothing else, make sure that you’re taking in spices that will help with your liver, as it’s the motherboard for all of your other organs and systems.
 
Rosemary has a fantastic taste, and is also good for detoxing the body. It is an herb that you can add to your cooking, or that you can add to water with other detox spices to make a sort of detox cocktail or take a drop of Rosemary essential oil in a veggie capsule. Rosemary has strong antioxidants to help the body defend itself against free radical damage, and getting enough of them can lead to a reduced risk of getting some major diseases. It also makes your body work better overall.
 
Cardamom is a popular spice used in Indian cuisine. It goes to work on harmful bacteria in the body, without destroying the beneficial bacteria that you want in there. When used in conjunction with other spices that help with digestion you have a powerful one-two punch that can kill off these bacteria, and then whisk them out of the body. One happy side benefit of using more cardamom is that it acts as a natural antidepressant. Even if you’re not depressed it will help boost your mood, making it a great spice to introduce into your diet. I love adding one drop of Cardamom essential oil to my tea giving it an exotic flavor and aroma.

Cinnamon is a spice most often used in baked goods and specialty drinks. When it’s used in these ways, it isn’t going to have much of a detoxifying effect. Consumed cinnamon with other wholesome and natural ingredients. The best way to consume Cinnamon for detox is to put a drop of the essential oil into a veggie capsule. This gives you the most direct benefit and will yield the best results.
 
When you need more flavor, be generous with these herbs and spices in your next meal! Tell me 👇 which are you going to start using more?

Blessing for Health, Joy & Laughter,
Kathy



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