Equal mixture of the 3 roots for Dr. Hulda Clark’s Kidney Cleanse Tea: Hydrangea, Marshmallow, and Gravel root.
How to Prepare Kidney Cleanse Tea:
Prepare as a decoction, as follows:
- Soak the dried roots in water overnight.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes.
- Strain and drink. Each serving is about 3/4 cup.
- Keep the extra tea in the refrigerator to gently heat up later. (It may also be drunk cold, but warmth aids the digestion.*)
Benefits of the Herbs:
All three of the herbs in the kidney cleanse tea are diuretics, which means that they all act to increase the production of urine and facilitate the removal of waste products from the kidneys and urinary tract. In addition, each of the kidney herbs has multiple uses for health, but only those important to the kidney cleanse are listed below.*
Hydrangea root (Hydrangea arborescens):
- The root and rhizome of hydrangea (yes, that beautiful flower bush) appears to help the body put calcium back into solution in the system, thus taking the sharp edges off calcium-type kidney stones and making them easier to pass. This property also means that hydrangea root may help dissolve bone spurs or calcification of muscles.*
- Alkaloids in the hydrangea plant have an anti-inflammatory action, which is useful for kidney infection and inflammation, as well as for arthritis or other inflammatory conditions.*
Gravel root (Eupatorium purpureum)
The gravel root plant is also known as Joe Pye weed, in honor of the native American who used it for healing New Englanders with typhus fever. In addition to its action as a diuretic, gravel root is useful in the kidney cleanse tea for two reasons*:
- Since it contains the solvent euparin, which dissolves urinary calculus, gravel root can help avoid the formation of stones in the kidneys and gallbladder (and possibly also to shrink existing stones).
- As an astringent, it soothes inflammation of the urinary tract.
Marshmallow root (Althea officinalis)
Tea made from marshmallow root acts both as a diuretic and as a demulcent, which is a thick and slimy substance that soothes the urinary tract.*