Even if the learned herbalists knew that weight loss required an essential dietary adjustment, they acted at the same time on the blood, hormonal or nervous aspects, and stimulated the organs of elimination. Here are the 8 slimming herbal teas according to Solange Renard, herbalist and dietician.
- Fucus (Fucus vesiculosus), is a real general tonic by its richness in minerals, especially iodine, and essential amino acids. Iodine, known for its slimming effect, is a thyroid activator with an action on slowed metabolism.
- Senna follicles (Cassia senna) act on intestinal motility. Let’s not forget that a lazy gut promotes storage.
- Ragwort (Senecio vulgaris) is little used today because of its alkaloids potentially toxic to the liver and kidneys. It can be replaced by the fragrant asperulus (Asperula odorata) which has a mild and tonic diuretic effect on the liver.
- Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), tonic of the digestive sphere, activates liver secretions (choleretic action).
- Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), very pleasant to the taste, activates digestive secretions.
- Sage (Salvia officinalis) acts on fat melting, on the hepatic sphere and improves blood circulation.
- The red vine (Vitis vinifera) and witch hazel (Hamamelis virginia) are two plants that improve blood circulation. Where blood stagnates, so does fat!
- Finally, the scraper (Galium aparine), a diuretic and digestive tonic, is hard to find today. That is why it is replaced by the ash leaves (Fraxinus excelsior) that gently drain the kidneys.
Here is finally an updated formula to develop yourself or to have prepared in pharmacies: Fucus vesiculosus 20 gr, senna follicle 20 gr, ash leaves 5 gr, mugwort 5 gr, licorice 10 gr, sage 5 gr, red vine 5 gr, witch hazel 5 gr, fragrant asperulus 5 gr.
Please note: If your intestinal transit is normal or slightly constipated, you can reduce the amount of senna, with a laxative effect, and increase the amount of ash leaves. Preparation of the herbal tea: put 1 tablespoon per bowl of plants in the cold water that is made, heat until simmering. Turn off and cover for 10 minutes. Drink 2 bowls a day for 3 weeks, stop for a week and then resume 3 weeks.
Is this the right herbal tea for me?
This slimming herbal tea is intended for those who have a slowed metabolism with a slow transit. If in doubt or in case of need for personalized advice, consult an expert. Caution: avoid licorice in case of hypertension, bladderwrack in case of thyroid dysfunction (hyperthyroidism) and senna on a field of chronic inflammatory digestive diseases.
If you can not prepare this herbal tea, here are other “slimming” plants present on the market. In capsules (bladderwrack), baccharis (Baccharis trimera) a fat destocking plant or sea crist, a depurative plant. Hydroalcoholic extract: ash, artichoke, rosemary or dandelion, if possible by combining at least two of them.