Detox Myths Uncovered
- Taraxacum officinalis (Dandelion): Dandelion contains bitter principles that have a beneficial effect on the liver and digestive system. Dandelion is also a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, D, C, various B vitamins, iron, lecithin, silicon, potassium, magnesium, zinc and manganese. It enhances liver and gallbladder functioning and may decrease high blood pressure due to its diuretic properties.
- Foeniculum vulgare (Fennel): Fennel has been used since ancient times as an appetite suppressant and was traditionally used to prevent “growling stomachs” during church services. Apart from its diuretic properties, Fennel also promotes the functioning of the liver, kidneys and spleen and is useful for acidic stomachs.
- Pelargonium reniforme: Pelargonium reniforme is a medicinal plant known to generations of Khoi/San descendants and Xhosa traditional healers for its health-giving properties. Also known as ‘Umckaloabo’, it is traditionally used for a range of therapeutic functions and is well known for its beneficial effect on liver functioning and as a digestive tonic. This species of pelargonium is indigenous to the Eastern Cape of South Africa and grows wild, sending out long bulbous roots deep into the ground. The medicinally active ingredients are found in the bitter tasting root of the plant.