Every day we are living in a war zone but this tiny attack is usually unseen and unknown by most people. This insidious foe can be so small that the naked eye can not see it, but it is every bit as dangerous to our long term health as much larger and more visible threats. This unseen threat to our health is toxicity and chemical pollution.

Most people sail blissfully through life, totally unaware of this war being waged on them, until one day, when the body has reached the point of overload and the system can not cope with the amount of chemicals ingested, there is “meltdown”.

This can be a simple short term illness or something much more sinister such as Cancer or a Heart attack .

With something like 1500 or more new chemicals being introduced into the planet each year, many of them sadly entering our food chain, it would be a complete folly for us to think that our body's natural mechanisms for excreting such toxins would be able to keep up with such a volume of chemicals assailing us daily.

The following herbs have been used as cleansing remedies for many years, some of them for centuries, with great success.

Aloe Vera: This medicinal herb is often used as a laxative and cleanser, to expel intestinal worms, and to clean out the colon. Aloe has been used historically as a soothing balm.The most prized part of this plant is the inner heart.

Burdock Root: In the West, burdock is a well known cleansing agent and is useful for removing heavy metals such as Arsenic, Lead or Mercury in the blood. It can help in situations where there is:

  1. Exposure to environmental toxins such as cigarette smoke or air pollution
  2. Parasites in the blood
  3. Acne – It supports the liver in the function of cleansing the blood and can be useful in clearing up skin redness and blemishes.

Licorice Root: Licorice root is an awesome natural ingredient. It is a fantastic antioxidant and is useful as a laxative. It Promotes proper and regular bowel movements. You can also buy Licorice root at most health food stores.

Fennel seed: This is a herb which is great for cleansing the Colon. The fiber in this herb can help to prevent intestinal cancer by eliminating toxins and cancerous substances from intestines. Fennel is rich in potassium – an essential mineral which may lower blood pressure that can cause a heart attack.

Pau D'Arco: During the time of the Incas and sometimes even before, tribal people were using the pulverized inner bark of the Tahebo tree to make a cleansing tea. Pau D 'Arco has natural antiseptic, anti fungal, and anti parasitic properties which makes it useful in the treatment of intestinal parasites and yeast infections.

There are many good cleanses available on the market and some not so good ones. Choose one that nourishes your body while gently cleansing it , and check all of the ingredients on the label.

Do not fall for the single organ Cleanse or the quick juice fix – your body consists of more than a liver or a Colon so go for a full body Nutritional cleanse that works on a cellular level and preferably with some or all of the botanical listed above.

Toxins and chemicals come from many sources in our lives.

If you live in a city, you will probably be drinking and bathing in chlorinated and fluoridated water – the skin is the largest organ of the body and will ingest chemicals such as chlorine directly into the blood, bypassing the normal digestive system.

Other sources of toxins are the toiletries we use, deodorants, soaps, toothpaste and also household cleaners.

Be wary of the short term quick fix approach that you will find on the shelf in your local drug store or health food shop – one or two weeks of a colon cleanse is not likely to undo the damage, created over your lifetime.

You will get great long term health benefits from cleaning if you do it right – seek advice from a cleansing coach or nutritionist. Happy cleaning!