• Peppermint – carminative (relieves gas) and antispasmodic (can reduce spasm of bile ducts / gastrointestinal tract, helps to relieve gastric reflux and indigestion and helps relieve symptoms of IBS).
• Clivers – Lymphatic and kidney support. When supporting any organs of elimination (liver, bowels, kidneys, lungs, skin) it is wise support all, rather than one, to facilitate overall clearance from the body, relieving the strain on any one pathway. Lymphatic support helps clearance through the kidneys. As such it is also helpful for swollen glands and urinary tract problems.
• Licorice – Hepatoprotective (liver protective), anti-inflammatory, gastroprotective (soothing to the lining if the digestive tract) , anti-inflammatory and healing action on gastrointestinal ulcers and general GIT inflammation and a gentle, mild laxative (dose dependant).
• Burdock – a traditional cleansing herb, burdock is a depurative (blood cleanser – by supporting the function of the liver and gallbladder). It is anti-inflammatory for the gastrointestinal tract and is also commonly used for gout and arthritis and skin conditions such as acne and eczema.
• Dandelion Root – a bitter tonic and cholagogue, meaning it stimulates the production of digestive acids and bile. A nourishing digestive and liver tonic herb that is also a mild laxative (via stimulating the liver and bile production). Traditionally used for gallstones, gallbladder disorders, liver toxicity, jaundice, constipation, indigestion and difficulty losing excess weight.
• St Mary’s thistle- Hepatoprotective and cytoprotective (protects the liver and cell from toxin exposure), it improves the production and flow of bile and is a liver and digestive tonic. Traditionally it is used for liver insufficiency, liver toxicity, gallbladder disorders, hepatitis, jaundice and high blood lipids / cholesterol.
• Fennel – traditionally used for mild indigestion, bloating and flatulence.