In the most recent lesson in my Herbalism course, we learned about the herbs that work best for the urinary system and the homework was to create a kidney tonic and drink it everyday for a week.
To be honest, I put this one off for a while. The herbs that work best to help the kidneys don’t always taste the best. In fact, they’re pretty gross.
So, I had to take a few days to really think about what flavorings to add in order to make the tea taste good. Since it’s fall, I thought it would be nice to make a seasonal flavor that would be reminiscent of a holiday drink.
Last year, I picked up a 4 pack of a local craft soda that was a cranberry orange flavor mixed with cinnamon and cloves. And since that is one of my favorite fall flavor combinations, I copied the idea and came up with this Cranberry Orange Kidney Tonic.
But, before we get to the recipe, let’s talk about all the goodness that’s in here…
Cranberry Orange Kidney Tonic Ingredients
Marshmallow root is a diuretic which promotes cleansing of the kidneys and bladder. Plus, it contains mucilage that helps reduce inflammation from cystitis, as well as, urinary tract infections and kidney stones.
Corn Silk is a wonder for the urinary system and has been used since ancient times to reduce kidney stones. Like marshmallow root, corn silk is a diuretic and helps to increase urination.
Dandelion is an amazing plant, from the root all the way to the beautiful yellow flower. Like the others, dandelion leaf is a diuretic and it works well to stimulate the kidneys and get things moving properly. However, the root works best to stimulate the liver and help rid the body of toxins.
Dehydrated Oranges are packed full of Vitamin C which is amazing for the urinary system and I put a little bit in to add some flavor. However, oranges are not always the best choice for those with severe kidney disease. The amount of dehydrated orange in this recipe is likely negligible, but, I would recommend checking with your medical professional before trying this tea!
Dehydrated Cranberries are also added for flavor, however, cranberry is a wonderful kidney tonic in itself! It is packed full of vitamins, plus, cranberry is known to prevent urinary tract infections and reduce inflammation.
Ginger is a wonderful herb for the kidneys, especially in fall and winter, because it is a warming herb and increases blood circulation. It is also anti-inflammatory and can help boost kidney function. Plus, it just tastes good!
Cinnamon, like ginger, is a great anti-inflammatory herb that helps warm the body and increase blood circulation. Some studies have even shown that cinnamon may help reduce blood sugar levels, which is always a huge benefit to the kidneys.
Cloves are packed full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that cloves may reduce the signs of cirrhosis and fatty liver disease. Plus, the are an excellent source of Vitamin K, Potassium and Beta-carotene.
So, now that you know all the good stuff about the ingredients…are you ready to make the tonic?
Awesome! Let’s head to the kitchen…
Cranberry Orange Kidney Tonic
The herbs you’ll need:
- Marshmallow root
- Corn silk
- Dandelion root and leaf
- Dehydrated orange
- Dehydrated cranberries
Now all you have to do is blend all these herbs together in a bowl.
Scoop a spoonful into a tea infuser and cover with boiling water.
Let it brew for a little while and then, drink up!
You can serve this kidney tonic hot or cold – it tastes great either way!
- 2 parts marshmallow root
- 2 parts corn silk
- 1 part each: dandelion root and leaf
- 1/2 part dehydrated orange
- 1/2 part dehydrated cranberries
- 1/4 part ginger
- 1/4 part cinnamon
- 1/8 part cloves
- 1 cup boiling water
- Combine all of the above ingredients in a small bowl.
- Scoop 1 teaspoon of the herb mixture into a tea infuser.
- Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the herbs and cover.
- Allow the herbs to infuse for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Drink 3 to 4 cups daily to soothe and energize the kidneys.
1 part = 1 teaspoon
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Vanessa Hamlin is the owner and founder of Food Life Design and VLHamlinDesign. With her passion for frugal living and homesteading, Vanessa loves to write about easy recipes, making money, gardening, home remedies and everything else that a good life entails! When she’s not writing for Food Life Design or creating products for VLHamlinDesign, you’ll find Vanessa reading, drawing, gardening, cooking or spending time with her family.