Today we are going to chat briefly about three power packed wild greens that very few people are juicing, nor are they using in their diets, yet these three little greens can seriously help detoxify your kidneys, liver and purify your bloodstream.
Don’t know what these greens are?
Have you ever taken a walk in the park during Springtime and seen wild dandelion leaves and Stinging Nettle leaves growing randomly in the park? I remember those crazy wild yellow flowers from the Dandelion Greens that seemed to sprout up overnight, and who can ever forget the powerful nettle leaves that sting so badly, it would take 24 hours to get the pain to go away?
Drinking them in tinctures and/or herbal infusions are quite different from juicing them. Just make ‘sure’ you know your greens. This is why we say, purchase them from stores, instead of randomly picking them up in the open fields, parks or forests.
Miraculously these three different greens pack a powerful punch when they are juiced. And no, the stinging Nettles do not get into your throat when you juice them! And no, the yellow flowers that accompany them are not suggested for juicing.
How do we find Comfrey, Stinging Nettles and Dandelion Greens?
Most all Farmer’s Markets carry them, and Co-ops have them in the summertime. Ask your grocer, and ask your farmer’s market people. If they don’t carry them, they will most likely know where you can go to find them.
What’s the best way to select them?
Dandelion Greens are best picked when they are young. The older the leaves, the more bitter they will taste. Jay and I love the kinds of Dandelion Greens that have a red stem to them. They have a bit more iron in them.
Helpful information: Dandelions support digestion, reduce swelling and inflammation, and treat viruses, jaundice, edema, gout, eczema and acne, also aids in liver detoxification and strengthens kidney function.
Comfrey leaves follow the Dandelion Greens as far as picking goes. But if you don’t have them growing in your neighborhood (we don’t really suggest doing this because people use pesticides on their lawn and also pesticides for spiders) so we suggest buying them from the Health Food Stores, Co-ops and other Farmer’s Markets.
Helpful information: Helps liver detoxification, kidney weakness, abd soothes irritable bowel syndrome and bronchitis.
Stinging Nettles ~ follow the same course. The larger they are, they more bitter they are. Buy them (wrapped) so that your hands do not touch the leaves.
Helpful information: An effective tonic for gout, weak or overburdened liver/kidneys, nettle is also good for the symptoms of hay fever, scurvy, PMS, and helps heart patients.
Here are some fantastic juice combinations Jay and I have been using for the past six or seven years:
(Just as an FYI….these greens are very potent, and we suggest you start slowly, and don’t drink more than 8 ounces at a time) because you may incur a bit of diarrhea, intestinal cramping or nausea. This recipe will give you 8 ounces, whereas you can juice this tonic once a day for ten days without having any kind of negative reaction. If you want to amp it up a bit, then double the recipe for one person, 16 ounces.
Wild Dandelion Greens! (recipe for 2)
4 small Dandelion Leaves
6 ribs Celery
1 Lime with skin
1 green Apple
1 cup baby Spinach
Wild Green Nettles (for 2)
6 small leaves (about 3 inches long) Nettles
1 Green Apple
1 large Cucumber with skin (no wax)
1 Lime with skin
1/2 Beet with its greens
Wild Comfrey (for 2)**
4 Comfrey Leaves (medium sized)
1 Large Green Apple
1 large Lime with skin
1 large Zucchini
1 cup baby Spinach
**Comfrey cannot be used for women who are pregnant or lactating.