Been choosing cocktails and late nights over your green smoothies lately? We have the antidote. Little Wildling Co – REHAB (Cleanse & Detox) is your very own herbal organic rehab prepared just for you, aimed to give your liver a helping hand, re-hydrate, support clear skin and get you feeling like yourself again.
Why it’s important to support our liver and our whole body in general, is the liver already has mammoth job to do, not just breaking down alcohol or environmental toxins which ends up taking priority over the regular functions it has, adding pressure and slowing things down so they become “sluggish”.
Its responsible for making several hormones, regulating our energy levels, helping our immune systems function properly, making bile so we can digest our food, producing and breaking down proteins, and the list goes on.
Herbs are a beautiful way to support our detoxication pathways, and sipping on a little REHAB means hello hydration, clearer skin, better digestion, and a spring in your new ‘health goddess’ step.
Read below for more on the health benefits for REHAB:
- Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
The humble dandelion deserves so much more credit than it receives. It may be a stubborn weed, but what it offers us both as a food and as a medicine is a true gift and makes up for it in spades.
It is a bitter herb which means it’s all about giving our digestive system some love, especially our livers and gallbladders which proper function is essential for detoxification and maintaining digestive homeostasis, as well as supporting rheumatic and chronic skin conditions due to its alterative and anti-inflammatory actions. This nutritive plant is packed with minerals like potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc, manganese, copper, and choline, vitamins A, C, D, and B’s, as well as beta-carotene, phenolic acids sesquiterpene lactone, triterpenes, and inulin. The dried root makes a for a great caffeine-free alternative to coffee with the added benefit of all those active constituents and nutrients, what’s not to love about that?
- St Marys Thistle (Silybum marianum)
Happy liver, happy life. Or so the saying should go. It wouldn’t be a detox tea with this baby!
The liver has the ability to regenerate, and that’s where our beautiful Silybum comes in to help it do just that. St Marys Thistle has several active constituents which act as powerful antioxidants in the body. Its these antioxidants that exert its protective effects on the liver by competitive inhibition of certain toxins from binding and being taken up by the liver cells, reducing oxidative stress and inflammation, and reducing the recirculation of toxins through bile flow.
- Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Our adrenal loving Licorice really is a jack of all trades (hence why you’ll find it in so many of our blends) with its medicinal use of the ‘sweet root’ well documented since approximately 2500 BC.
The most studied of its active constituents are several triterpenoid saponins – glycyrrhizin, glycyrrhetinic acid, and flavonoids and have demonstrated a laundry list therapeutic actions on several body systems such as endocrine, GIT, and immune systems.
Its particularly soothing to our digestive system thanks to the anti-inflammatory, mucoprotective qualities, it may also help with respiratory ailments, as well as having anticarcinogenic, anti-viral, anti-ulcer, immunomodulating actions.
Its specific indication is as an adrenal trophorestorative and therefore used in the treatment of Addison’s disease and adrenal fatigue in Western Herbal Medicine. Topically it has shown to have benefits for a variety of skin conditions including eczema.
Of course, it also makes everything taste amazing because of its naturally sweet flavour!
- Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Nettle is a depurative and is high in Vitamin C which is a natural antioxidant. Nettle can help remove waste and toxins from the body that can build up by supporting our lymphatic system, our bodies ‘sewage system’ which drains excess fluid away from tissues and escorts toxins out of the body. A must have herb for anyone who shows liver sluggishness on their skin.
- Burdock (Arctium lappa)
Burdock root is a powerful anti-inflammatory and blood detoxifier used therapeutically in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and across Europe and North America for hundreds of years.
Studies have shown that burdock root consumed as a tea had a significant effect on decreasing inflammation and oxidative stress, and it may also help to improve many inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis due to its ability to promote circulation to the surface of the skin. The root contains an army of active components that when consumed, unleashes a powerhouse of antioxidants to scavenge for free radicals and remove toxins from the bloodstream, so all we need to do is sit back with a cup of herbal tea and glow from the inside out!
- Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
Peppermint tea has always been one of our favourite ways to get the senses firing with its familiar cooling quality and its ability to invigorate, recharge, and give our tummys some love if we have overindulged with bonus extra hydration if you are someone who struggles to get your 2 litres of water in a day.
Peppermint leaves are packed with powerful essential oils which can aid digestion particularly when there is cramping or colic, dyspepsia (indigestion), nausea, IBS, and gastritis. And that’s not all! Peppermint also contains lovely flavonoids (such as Luteolin) and Tannins which have an antioxidant, anti-allergic, antimicrobial, and diaphoretic effect so its also not a bad idea to brew a pot if you starting to feel a bit congested.
- Lemon Myrtle (backhousia citriodora)
Lemon myrtle leaves are among the traditional ingredients used in Australia and that have also become popular around the world in the form of tea. Aside from the flavour, there are also a lot of health benefits due to the high concentration of citral in the leaves which comprise 90-98% of the essential oils. Some of the health benefits of citral include antifungal and antimicrobial agent, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory.
- Marshmallow root (Althea officinalis)
This soothing medicinal herb has been used since ancient times to heal and protect due to Marshmallow’s mucilage content. The demulcent effects seem to work across several body systems including respiratory, gastrointestinal, and urinary systems. It’s also a used topically as a soothing emollient providing relief for dry and itchy skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis and is soothing to the digestive tract particularly when there is inflammation.
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