Spring Cleansing Tonic: Iced Nettle and Rose Hips Tea

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  1. Thank you! This is something I would really like to try. Where do you buy your dried nettle leaves and rose hips?


    1. Hey! Hope you don’t mind me chipping in here! 🙂 I buy nettle as well as a whole bunch of other herbs for tea (red raspberry leaf, alfalfa, peppermint, etc) from The Bulk Herb Store. Just google them to find their website. The have very informative pages on each herb and lots of good articles and recipes. And if you sign up for their email list they send out coupons each month on certain items. (I don’t get paid to say this! Just found their store through word of mouth and love it!)

    2. I got my current batch from Mountain Rose Herbs, but any company that sources high-quality ingredients (preferably wild-harvested or organic) would be a good choice.

  2. Thanks for the tip. I’m sipping some as I write this. How much is recommended as a cleanse and is it safe to drink daily? Thanks.

    1. Hey Ellen! I’m just about to start a batch, so I’ll be joining you soon.

      I wouldn’t think of it as the type of ‘cleanse’ that is so popular in the commercial market. Because it is a cleansing and nourishing food, it can easily be a daily part of your diet. I recommend drinking 2-4 cups a day as long as your body craves it and the ingredients aren’t contraindicated with medications you may be taking.

  3. I have had great results with some products that has a liquid herb mixture, that is already made up. It feels like taking a shower on the inside, nice and clean and more energy, plus as a side effect I released 30 pounds!

  4. Any chance of allergic reactions to these herbs? Nettles sounds like something that would make me itch 😉 If the smell of roses bothers me, should I be concerned about rose hips? I have so many strange reactions to things (reacted to the rice protein drink I was given during an elimination diet.) Allergic reaction to stevia (which I later found out is related to sunflower and I’m allergic to sunflower seeds.) Anyways, a cleansing tonic sounds like a great idea, I just want to make sure it doesn’t have the opposite effect. (And, of course, I realize that everyone is different… my reactions aren’t life-threatening, just annoying, so even your best guesses would be welcome:) )

    1. There’s a chance of adverse reactions to any substance, as you are unfortunately learning. You are likely to have a reaction to nettles because it helps to clear liver congestion. Allergens build up in the liver, and are released with detoxifying agents. As to the roses, you might be allergic to the scent molecules. It sounds like you might have Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) and that would cause you to react to aromas. Rose hips wouldn’t be related to that and could be safe for consumption. Vitamin C can cause healing reactions. It would be best to test yourself with both of them using this test: http://www.20somethingallergies.com/are-you-allergic-to-insert-food-here-test-yourself-for-free/.

      With an elimination diet, you shouldn’t be eating processed foods. You need nutrient-dense whole foods to fuel and repair your body. I would suggest trying the Autoimmune Paleo foods list (http://www.20somethingallergies.com/are-you-allergic-to-insert-food-here-test-yourself-for-free/) and rotating your foods when you feel like you can tackle it (http://www.20somethingallergies.com/rotation-diet-menu-plans/).

      If you would like more information on nutritional therapy and get some help, I would love to work together. Please contact me here: http://www.20somethingallergies.com/contact/.

  5. Would the antispasmodic benefits include muscle cramps? I get them in my feet at night. I take magnesium and drink a lot of water which helps, but sometimes they still plague me. Also, I have hibiscus flowers. Would those be a tasty option?

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