Delicious Liver Detox Tea: Move the Qi and Support the Lungs

  1. 1 liter H20

  2. 1 Orange (juice)

  3. 1 Lemon (juice)

  4. 1 teaspoon of grated lemon peel

  5. Handful Mint

  6. 2 Tablespoon Honey

Boil water with mint leaves for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and let the water return to room temperature.

Strain mint leaves out of the water.

While you are waiting for the water to cool, squeeze orange and lemon juice.

Once cool, add lemon juice and peel, and orange juice to mint water.

Add honey to taste. Enjoy!

This recipe is a unique and flavor filled beverage that can help cleanse the body and remove unwanted liver build up.

Citrus is high in Vitamin C and is one of the most powerful antioxidants.

In TCM there are three categories this recipe falls into:

  1. Yin (fluid nourishing)

  2. Cooling

  3. Neutral

*Oranges are high in vitamin C, which fights inflammation, and prevents cardiovascular disease, eye diseases, and immune system deficiencies.
*Lemon circulates qi, circulates blood, clears heat, eliminates toxins, resolves phlegm. In TCM, Lemon is known for its ability to promote Qi circulation, regulate blood circulation, clears heat, eliminates toxins, and resolves phlegm. In general the ancient Chinese medical texts cite that it enters the Lung, Spleen, Kidney, Liver, and Gallbladder. The flavor of Lemon is sour, and it is considered to be cold in temperature.
* In traditional Chinese medicine, mint is considered to have pungent, aromatic and cool properties. It is associated with the Lung and Liver meridians, and is used to expel wind heat (sore throats, dry burning cough), clears the head and eyes, clear up rashes, and remove Liver Qi stagnation. Taken orally, mint is used to treat diarrhea and painful menstruation, promote perspiration and dissipate body heat.
* Based on the principles of TCM, honey has sweet and neutral properties, and is associated with the Lung, Large Intestine, Spleen and Stomach meridians. Its main functions are to tonify (support) digestion, restore Qi, and to prevent lung dryness.

* Function of herbs taken from Acupuncture Today.
* Recipe from The Daily Post.