14-Day Herbal Cleansing

14-Day Herbal Cleansing

by Laurel Vukovic


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14-Day Herbal Cleansing by Laurel Vukovic

In only 14 days, any reader can easily detoxify each of their bodily systems. Herbal medicine is used in conjunction with nutrition advice, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, yoga, and visualization. This whole-body approach achieves results for every body system, for example: reverses the signs of aging, improves circulation, relaxes and rejuvenates, sharpens mental focus, and more. Illustrated. 288 pp.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780136025740
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 05/28/1997
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Cleansing: The Key to Optimal Health


chapter one 3

How Cleansing Can Improve Your Health

Why Health Breakdowns Occur 3

How Our Bodies Cleanse 4

Ancient Wisdom for Radiant Health 6

Creating Your Own Health Spa at Home 7

Cleanse to Prevent Disease—From Colds to Cancer 8

Housecleaning for a Healthy Body 9

The Powerful Simplicity of Cleansing 10

How Excess Contributes to Disease 11

Cleansing: The Perfect Remedy for Eliminating Excess 12

Detoxify to Accelerate Healing 13

Health Check-Up Self-Test 14

chapter two 18

The Physical, Mental, and Emotional Benefits of Cleansing

Cleanse to Look Your Best 18

Detoxify to Achieve Your Ideal Weight 19

How Toxins Cause Aging 20

Reverse the Signs of Aging through Cleansing 21

The Mental and Emotional Benefits of Cleansing 21

Detoxify for Bright and Creative Mental Energy 22

Improve Your Memory Through Cleansing 22

Cleanse to Relieve Depression and Anxiety 23

Stabilize Mood Swings Through Detoxification 24

Cleanse and Clear Negative Thought Patterns 24

Your Body's Natural Healing Intelligence 25

Listening to Your Body 26

The Benefits of Paying Attention 27

The Best Form of Health Insurance 28

chapter three 29

14-Day Herbal Cleansing and Rejuvenation Program

Outline of Activities 30

chapter four 43

Creating a Healthful Lifestyle

Reducing Your Exposure to Toxins 43

Creating a Healthy Environment 44

The Five Essential Principles of a HealthfulLifestyle 44

Principle #1: Eat Organic Foods 44

Principle #2: Drink Pure Water 48

Principle #3: Breathe Clean Air 50

Principle #4: Avoid Other Common Toxins 54

Principle #5: Reduce Stress 58

chapter five 60

Seven Powerful Ways to Help Your Body Cleanse

Cleansing Principle #1: Detoxify with Herbs 60

Cleansing Principle #2: Eat a Cleansing Diet 61

Cleansing Principle #3: Exercise to Enhance Detoxification 62

Cleansing Principle #4: Purify with Breathing Exercises 63

Cleansing Principle #5: Detoxify with Hydrotherapy 64

Cleansing Principle #6: Massage Away Toxins 64

Cleansing Principle #7: Detoxify Your Thinking 65


Your Body's Pathways of Detoxification


chapter six 69

The Liver

Your Body's Master Alchemist 69

The Key to Liver Rejuvenation 71

Potent Liver Cleansers Straight from the Garden 72

Bitter Herbs for Liver Health 74

chapter seven 77

The Large Intestine

Your Body's Master Eliminator 77

Fiber: The Key to Colon Health 79

Healing Foods for the Large Intestine 81

Abdominal Massage for Intestinal Health 83

Stimulate Cleansing with Castor Oil Compresses 83

Herbs for the Large Intestine 83

chapter eight 85

The Kidneys

Your Body's Master Purifier 85

Signs of Kidney Distress 86

How to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy 87

Cleansing Foods for the Kidneys 89

Stimulate Kidney Function with Ginger Compresses 90

Kidney Purifying Herbal Tea 92

chapter nine 92

The Skin

Your Body's Master Detoxifier 92

Protecting Your Skin 93

Foods for Healthy Skin 94

Eliminate Toxins with Saunas 96

Salt Scrub for Glowing Skin 98

Herbs for the Skin 98

chapter ten 100

The Lymphatic System

Your Body's Master Blood Cleanser 100

Lymphatic-Purifying Diet 101

Exercise for a Healthy Lymphatic System 102

Enhance Lymphatic Flow with Massage 103

Footbaths to Increase Lymph Circulation 104

Lymph-Purifying Herbal Tea 105

chapter eleven 106

The Lungs

Your Body's Master Oxygenator 106

Diet for a Healthy Respiratory System 107

Exercise for Healthy Lungs 108

Oxygenate Your Body with Deep-Breathing Exercises 109

Soothing Herbal Inhalation 110

Mustard Plaster to Relieve Lung Congestion 110

Herbal Tea for Healthy Lungs 111


Creating a Cleansing Program


chapter twelve 115

Herbs: Potent Allies for Cleansing and Rejuvenation

Seven Powerful Ways Herbs Promote Cleansing 115

Creating Herbal Cleansing Formulas 123

Making Herbal Preparations 124

Herbal Formulas to Enhance Digestion 126

Herbal Formulas for the Liver 128

Herbal Formulas for the Large Intestine 130

Herbal Formulas for the Kidneys 130

Herbal Diaphoretic Formulas 131

Lymphatic-Cleansing Formulas 132

Lung-Cleansing Formulas 133

Whole Body Cleansing Formulas 134

chapter thirteen 135

Rejuvenate Your Body with a Natural Cleansing Diet

The Basics of a Cleansing Diet 135

Purifying Diet Principles 136

Creating a Cleansing Diet 138

Purify Your Body with Fresh Vegetables and Fruits 138

Eat Complex Carbohydrates to Speed Cleansing 140

Rejuvenate Your Body with Protein 141

Protect Your Health with Essential Fatty Acids 142

Nineteen Cleansing Foods from the Garden 144

Special Detoxifying Foods 150

Guidelines for a Health-Enhancing Diet 154

Fasting 155

Sample Fasting Program 157

Purifying Juices 157

Recipes for Health 159

chapter fourteen 184

Exercise to Increase Detoxification

The Cleansing Benefits of Aerobic Exercise 184

Making Exercise Fun 185

Enhancing the Benefits of Aerobic Activity 186

Using Your Mind to Change Your Body 187

Stretch to Purify and Renew Your Body 188

Energizing Stretches 188

Rejuvenating Yoga Postures 191

chapter fifteen 201

The Healing Benefits of Hydrotherapy

Guidelines for Hydrotherapy Treatments 202

Aromatherapy: Fragrance for Purification
and Rejuvenation 203

Twelve Purifying Essential Oils 205

Healing Applications of Essential Oils 206

Hydrotherapy Treatments 207

Detoxify with Saunas and Steam Baths 218

Natural Beauty Treatments 219

A Spa Day at Home 229

chapter sixteen 231

How to Use Breathing, Massage, and Rest to Eliminate Toxins

Purify Your Body with Your Breath 231

The Rejuvenating Benefits of Massage 235

Lymph-Cleansing Massage 237

Aromatherapy Massage Oils 240

The Restorative Benefits of Rest 242

Napping for More Energy 242

The Healing Power of Sleep 243

chapter seventeen 245

Support Cleansing with the Power of Your Mind

Journal Writing for Emotional Detoxification 245

Relaxation Exercises 246

Meditation 250

Healing Visualization 252

A Compendium of Purifying Herbs 255

Resources 284

Index 289

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