7 Best Detox Teas for Health & Enjoyment

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

Drinking detox teas is an excellent way to boost your health in a number of ways, and regardless of your purpose for using them, it is important to know a bit about their purpose and guidelines.

What are Detox Teas?

Detox teas are typically herbal preparations or tisanes that are consumed for a specific purpose, such as increasing liver function, their laxative effects, improving weight loss efforts, or recovering from some other overindulgence, such as alcohol or drugs. While there are many different reasons why people might turn to a detox tea, their nutritional density and notable effects on the body make them very popular around the world.

However, when dealing with such powerful active ingredients, antioxidants, enzymes, minerals, and volatile compounds, it is important to understand these substances before relying on them to improve your health.

A cup of tea with a lemon slice in it next to dried daisy flowers, honey, and ginger

There are many different types of tea that can help you detox. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Best Detox Teas

The most popular and effective detox teas include burdock tea, red clover tea, milk thistle tea, burdock tea, ginger tea, cayenne pepper tea, garlic tea, and lemongrass tea, among others.

Red Clover Tea

Rich in vitamin C and vitamin A, as well as a wide range of antioxidants, this detox tea has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine. This tea is believed to clean the blood and improve the function of the liver, thus detoxifying the body. It is also an expectorant, which enables those who drink it to eliminate the phlegm and mucus in their respiratory tracts, where many infections can thrive. [1]

Milk Thistle Tea

This tea is both a stimulant and an anti-inflammatory compound that is widely used to treat liver conditions and weakness. Silymarin is the compound in milk thistle tea that makes it so effective, and if you suffer from chronic inflammation of any kind, this tea will be able to provide you with relief. [2]

Burdock Tea

Brewing this tea is an excellent way to stimulate the immune system in the body, as it can not only purify the blood of toxins but also possesses antibacterial and antifungal properties. By stimulating circulation, this tea is also linked to cleansing toxins near the surface of the skin, such as those that can cause acne and other skin irritation. [3]

Ginger Tea

If your gastrointestinal system is giving you trouble, the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and detoxifying properties of ginger tea can certainly help. It is known to act as a diuretic, while also balancing the bacterial environment in your gut, helping to expel any toxins in the gut that may threaten your immune system. [4]

Cayenne Pepper Tea

Although people don’t always think of tea being spicy, adding some cayenne pepper tea to your detox diet will help to kickstart your metabolism and improve circulation. This will mean additional energy, while also speeding up your body’s ability to burn fat, thus helping with weight loss concerns. [5]

Garlic Tea

Garlic is packed with antioxidants and sulfuric compounds that have been linked from cancer prevention to improved digestion and everything in between. When it comes to detox teas, however, garlic tea works to stimulate the function of the liver, thus cleaning the blood more effectively. [6] [7]

Lemongrass Tea

This herb can stimulate digestion and also increase urination, both of which will improve the overall health of your gut and lower the level of toxins in your blood and body. There are also natural anti-inflammatory properties of this herb. [8]

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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