With the rise in popularity of these detox and slimming teas and tisanes, it got me thinking, why not just make your own?

diy detox drinkBy making your own, it’s customized to what you want it to do for you, for example, increase energy, ease defecation, reduce water retention, supply extra nutrients, cleanse or strengthen the liver, balance stress levels, fight free radicals, and more.

Plus, it’s way more fun to play with and learn all the herbs yourself, and much cheaper than big brands like Skinny Teatox, Tiny Tea, Skinny Me Tea, and Teami Blends.

Based on your goals, you choose different herbs and optionally pair them with tea.

To increase energy

  • Mate
  • Green Tea
  • Asian Ginseng
  • Hemp Seeds

Ease Defecation

  • Senna (caution: habit forming; use sparingly!)
  • Cassia Seeds  (don’t use if pregnant)
  • Yellowdock (don’t use if pregnant)
  • Aloe Vera

Reduce water retention

  • Nettle
  • Poria
  • Horsetail (don’t use if pregnant)

Supply Extra Nutrients

  • Nettle
  • Alfalfa
  • Oat Straw

Cleanse the Liver

  • Yellow Dock or Burdock Root
  • Celery Leaf
  • Dandelion and Root

Strengthen the Liver

  • Milk Thistle
  • Licorice
  • Turmeric

Balance Stress Levels

  • Gynostemma (Jiaogulan)
  • Eleuthero
  • Schisandra

Fight Free Radicals / Anti-oxidant

  • Green or White Tea
  • Aronia or Gouji Berry
  • Cloves

Relieve bloating and indigestion

  • Pu-erh Tea
  • Mint
  • Fennel

Depending on how many ways you would like your detox tea to serve you, you can choose 1-2 of the herbs listed in each category. Know that the more herbs you select to combine togther, the smaller their actual contribution to the whole is, so you’ll need to drink your tea more often.

In this regard, you may decide you want two different detox blends–one to clear the system and one to strengthen and restore it. Always be careful not to combine too many laxative- or diruetic-inducing herbs in one blend to avoid digestive upset and dehydration (this also one of the downfalls of many commercially available detox teas).

Mint TeaTo improve the taste, mint is always a good choice, while tea can help with balancing flavors. For added sweetness, consider more licorice, gynostemma (safer than licorice), or stevia leaf.

Mixing herbs is fun! You can think of it as learning to cook from scratch. Try out different combinations to see what flavors you like and which have the effect you want. It’s a fun way to explore and learn about all the wonderful plants nature has provided for our health and longevity.

If you don’t know where to start, you can ask your favorite herbalist for their suggestions or look in some of the fantastic herbal guides for recipes.

And, if all of that seems like too much, I’d recommend just starting each day with a glass of warm lemon water, which helps to release all that the body has cleaned out overnight.

Another good option for people on the go, who just want a super easy drink mix for anytime of day or night (like after a heavy meal, or the morning following an indulgent day) is “Clean.” Clean contains many of the herbs mentioned above in a tasty, quick-dissolve powder. (Buy here)

(Necessary Disclaimer: If you are taking any medications or have any health conditions for which you are under the care of a physician, then you should ask your doctor before taking any herbs.)

So there you have it, how to DIY and make your own detox tea or tisane (caffeine-free herbs only).

Let us know in the comments below, what are your favorite herbs to add to a detox drink and why do you choose the ones you do?