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Homemade Detox Herbal Tea

For periodic colon cleansing or daily chronic constipation relief

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Homemade Detox Herbal Tea

Homemade Detox Herbal Tea featuring senna leaves, cascara sagrada bark, and fennel seeds are refreshingly tasty and effective. It is perfect for either periodic colon cleansing or daily chronic constipation relief.

If you are one of us who have been dealing with chronic constipation for a while and are seeking a clean, natural, and healthy way of addressing this issue, I am so glad you are here, read on.

Homemade Detox Herbal Tea

Why it is good for you to relieve chronic contipation using Homemade Detox Herbal Tea?

Many people suffer chronic constipation, me included. This recipe is truly is so close to home to me. If your situation became so bad that your doctor has prescribed you the stool softener medicine and asked you to take it daily, which happened to me, I am so glad you decided to take the matter into your own hands and came to the right place.

The bottom line is you do not need to take another medicine to burden our bodies. Instead, you can drink this nutritious detox herbal tea. It will soften the stool naturally and also remove the toxins from your body at the same time.

homemade detox herbal tea mix in the cup

Understand Chronic Constipation

Why Chronic Constipation Happens?

Chronic Constipation is indeed an oddball. Western medicine doesn’t have a complete theory of why it happens to some people vs. others. Especially we seem to be already doing the right things such as eating a diet that is rich in fiber, green leaf vegetables, doing regular exercise, etc. Traditional Chinese Medicine {TCM} theory believes it is a result of the body system’s overall chemistry imbalances.

TCM considers our body as a sophisticated cohesive living organic system. Our genetic heritage, the food we like to eat, things we like to do, the environment we live in, etc., over time, together may have contributed to the chemistry imbalances of our internal body systems.

In addition, some physical attributes, for instance, having redundant colons, which I found out during the routine colonoscopy, may also contribute to chronic constipation condition.

Homemade Detox Herbal Tea
Homemade Detox Herbal Tea

Why you should proactively address Chronic Constipation

Many people have chronic constipation. It doesn’t cause immediate harm to our bodies but is extremely uncomfortable. And if you let it go for too long, the cumulative toxins will cause all kinds of problems to our bodies. This not only may cause weight gain, but also damages to organs such as the liver.

Another example is hemorrhoids, which are swollen veins and tissues around the lower rectum. Over time, hemorrhoids may potentially cause bleeding, which also happened to me.

TCM classifies three types of body temperaments – the cool, the hot, and the neutral. Constipation usually occurred in those who have a hot internal body temperant.

“Qing Re Jie Du” {清热解毒}, which literally translates as “Release the Heat and Relieve the Toxins”, is a constant task for people who have a hot body temperament type. It is also important for people who live in a hot and humid environment to do so.

Hypertension and Chronic Constipation

I noticed hypertension and chronic constipation usually go hand-in-hand. Hypertension is another area Western Medicine doesn’t have a comprehensive understanding of why it happens to certain populations. If you ask me, perhaps the same kind of chemistry imbalances that caused chronic constipation may also have caused hypertension.

Both conditions usually get noticeably worse as we age.

Homemade Detox Herbal Tea

Why store-bought colon cleanse capsules are not a sustainable long term solution

Before I started drinking my homemade detox herbal tea, I had been trying all kinds of so-called plant-based colon cleanse capsules, like taking two capsules nightly. They sort of worked initially, but then I seem to hit a wall, which prompted me to take a deeper look into the ingredients.

I found out Lactobacillus Acidophilus, which is a bacterium found inside of our body is often used in these capsules. However, based on research, possible side effects of taking Lactobacillus Acidophilus as a probiotic supplement include constipation, gas, and bloating. Shocking! But this explains why these capsules stopped working for me after a while. I guess my body just got so fed up.

Off-the-shelf colon cleansing capsules also contain many sorts of ingredients including capsule shells, which actually may add additional burden and confusion for the already confused body’s digestive systems.

Homemade Detox Herbal Tea Mix
Homemade Detox Herbal Tea Mix

How to make simple, clean, healthy and tasty Homemade Detox Herbal Tea Mix?

When it comes to Homemade Detox Herbal Tea Mix toward relieving chronic constipation, absolutely less is more.

homemade detox herbal tea ingredients
homemade detox herbal tea ingredients

Our body systems already have a hard time digesting, the last thing we want is to burden our body with unnecessary stuff, such as the capsule shells, to digest. Or worse, to confuse the body systems with contradicting ingredients in the case of Lactobacillus Acidophilus.

All you need is organic senna leaf powder, wildcrafted Cascara Sagrada bark powder, and organic fennel seeds powder. Each herb plays a unique role here, I will explain more in the following paragraphs, together they do a wonderful job.

You really do not need more than these three ingredients. Simply give the body a simple clear signal and then let the herbal tea works with our bodies as it supposes to.

Senna Leaf for homemade detox herbal tea

Senna Leaf is from a large group of flowering plants in the legume family. Nowadays you can fairly easy to get organic senna leaf that is already in powder form. They look like yellow-green powder.

Since ancient times, people have been using senna leaf as a stimulant laxative. TCM {Traditional Chinese Medicine} uses senna leaf regularly too, called “Fan Xie Ye {番泻叶}” in Chinese.

organic senna leaf powder
Senna Leaf Powder

So how does senna leaf work as a detoxing agent?

It essentially causes intestinal muscle contractions in the colon which helps push the stools out.

Cascara Sagrada Bark for homemade detox herbal tea

Cascara Sagrada is a shrub native to western North America. The bark of this plant contains organic plant compounds known as anthraquinones which have impressive laxative effects.

I usually get the cut & sifted wildcrafted cascara sagrada bark, and then use a spice grinder to grind it into fine powder.

cascara sagrada bark, cut & sifted
homemade detox herbal tea ingredients

So how does Cascara Sagrada Bark work as a detoxing agent?

It actually does two things at the same time.

First, it acts as a stimulant laxative, like the senna leaf, which causes the intestinal muscle to contract.

What’s more, it actually also facilitates intestinal absorb more water and electrolytes. This helps the stool volume to increase as it takes more water, which softens the stool and increases the pressure within the intestine. The pressure will further stimulate the muscle to contract more in the colon and help push out the softened stool

Fennel Seeds for detoxing

Fennel is a hardy, perennial flowering herb in the carrot family. Called “Hui Xiang” {茴香} in Chinese, fennel seeds are ancient and superfood spice. They have an appetizingly pleasant smell and flavor with impressive health benefits.

fennel seeds
fennel seeds

Two of the most important health benefits of fennel seeds include detoxing the body and regulating blood pressure. They also smell and taste incredible. I incorporate a little fennel seeds powder into this recipe aiming to spice up the taste and flavor of the tea.

Read fennel seeds’ other powerful health benefits such as refreshing the breath and supporting skin anti-aging here.

How to use the homemade detox herbal tea mix at home

This tea is perfect for nighttime, say 30 minutes after dinner.

For daily use, add 1/2 tsp homemade detox herbal tea mix to a mug (12 oz.) and then slowly pour in boiling water while stirring and mixing. Then add 1 TBSP of organic raw honey if you’d like to, mix well and enjoy!

I like this tea to be steaming hot. I usually do not filter the powder either. Since the powder is super fine, it is OK to eat them along the way. I usually just re-fill the cup of tea with boiling water and drink and eat the powder.

Some food for thoughts for taking homemade detox herbal tea

It is important to understand your body. What kind of body temperant do you have? Cool, neutral or hot?

Do you have chronic constipation that can’t be resolved by eating oats porridge at night, having daily green leafy vegetables, taking quality prebiotic, and doing daily yoga exercise? I highly recommend you do all these too. Remember? Our body is a holistic whole system.

If you have a hot body temperant and have tried all the things listed above and still have a hard time passing stools, then this homemade detox herbal seems a good fit for you.

Nevertheless, our body systems are all different. It works for me doesn’t mean it will work for everyone. Please do your own research and take it small and slow to test it out.

Homemade Detox Herbal Tea

Homemade Detox Herbal Tea Recipe

Yield: 36 cups
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Homemade Detox Herbal Tea featuring senna leaves, cascara sagrada bark, and fennel seeds are refreshingly tasty and effective. It is perfect for either periodical colon cleansing or daily chronic constipation relief.


For Homemade Detox Herbal Tea Mix

  • 2 tbsp senna leaf powder, organic preferred
  • 1 tbsp cascara sagrada bark powder, wildcrafted preferred
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds powder, organic preferred

For Brewing a Cup of Homemade Detox Herbal Tea

  • 1/2 tsp homemade detox herbal tea mix
  • 1 tbsp honey, raw organic preferred, optional


Make the Homemade Detox Herbal Tea Mix In advance:

  • Grind cascara sagrada bark and fennel seeds respectively using a spice grinder. After one cycle is done, shake the grinder and do it again to create a super fine powder.
  • After both cycles are done, wait a couple of minutes to let the fine powder dust settle before opening up the grinder. Use a mini silicone spatula to scrape off the grinder. Store the powder in small glass jars.
    Grind fennel seeds for Chai Spice Mix
  • Add 2 tbsp senna leaf powder, 1 tbsp cascara sagrada bark powder, and 1 tbsp fennel seeds powder into a mixing cup. Mix well using a spatula.
    Homemade Detox Herbal Tea Mix
  • Store the homemade detox herbal tea mix in an air-tight glass jar.

Brew a cup of Homemade Detox Herbal Tea:

  • Use a kettle to boil hot water.
  • While waiting for the water to reach a boil, place 1/2 tsp homemade detox herbal tea mix in your favorite mug or cup. Have the honey handy if you decide to take it with honey.
    homemade detox herbal tea mix in the cup
  • When the water reaches a boil, slowly pour the water into the cup, while stirring and mixing. Add the honey and mix well if you decide to take it with honey.
    Homemade Detox Herbal Tea
  • Enjoy a refreshingly tasty detox herbal tea. Refill the cup with boiling water once or twice.


  • For daily chronic constipation relief, it is best to have this detox tea at nighttime after dinner.
  • It is OK to eat the powder for the maximum benefits. The purpose of refilling the cup is also to rinse the powder and drink it along with the tea.

Nutrition Information
Yield 36 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 2Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g

Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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