Cleansing Juice Recipes

Most of us are familiar with the saying, ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’. To the early 20th-century traditional health practitioner, this adage also applied to internal hygiene. Almost a century before ‘detox’ regimes came into fashion, detoxification was already a key practise of natural medicine.

Modern pollution, toxic waste, chemically treated and processed, packaged food make a cleansing regime more vital than ever for good health. By drinking Cleansing Juices, practising simple fasting and avoiding foods that overload the system, you can achieve dramatic results in your overall well-being. Clear eyes and skin, improved digestion, loss of surplus fluid, even a clearer mind… these are just some of the most quickly perceived benefits of inner cleansing. All the juices in this section are designed to improve the efficiency of the body’s natural ‘housekeeping system’. The recipes use the gentle power of natural foods to stimulate specific organs and functions. The juice of citrus fruits stimulates saliva glands, aiding the digestive process right from its beginnings in the mouth. Herbs and spices increase production of the stomach’s digestive juices to ensure the proper breakdown of food and availability of vitamins, minerals and micro-nutrients.

Some Cleansing Juices also gently stimulate natural contractions of the bowel, thus helping to efficiently eliminate waste. Jerusalem artichokes, radishes and dandelions all increase the flow of bile, activate the liver and improve the digestion of fats. In other recipes, celery, parsley, dandelion leaves, lettuce and chicory are used to stimulate the kidneys and deal with fluid retention. Carrots cleanse the skin from the inside outwards. Once you’ve experienced the feeling of lightness, alertness and inner cleanliness these juices produce, you’ll be a firm detox fan. Soon, you’ll feel confident enough to tackle our complete ‘Detox Juice Diet’. Whether it’s a specific problem such as spots or fluid retention, or just a general bloating, sluggishness or malaise, Cleansing Juices make the ideal rescue remedy.

 

‘Minty morning’

A variation on what has to be the most popular breakfast juice of all. By combining the health-giving properties of oranges with the natural oils present in mint (the best digestive of all the herb family), this juice makes a powerful digestive aid and cleanser that gets to work right from the start. If you’re making this juice in a citrus-fruit juicer, just halve the oranges, juice them, chop the mint finely and stir into the juice. If using a regular juicer, peel the oranges, remove most of the pith and feed small bunches of mint leaves into the machine between each two or three pieces of orange.

Oranges 4 large, peeled, but leaving pith behind

mint a generous sprig, with stems

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamin C. Contains potassium, calcium, folic acid and bioflavonoids.

Oranges boost overall resistance and are good for the heart and circulatory system. In natural medicine, they are also considered beneficial to the intestines, as they make it difficult for unwanted bacteria to survive. They also help with unpleasant problems such as constipation and wind. Like most citrus fruits, oranges stimulate the flow of saliva.

Dandelion delight

When Grandma said picking the dandelions would make you wet the bed, she wasn’t exactly kidding. Dandelion leaves are a powerful diuretic, and they are hugely popular as a salad vegetable in France, where they are sold as pis en lit salade. When combined with the natural fibre in the apple juice and the skin-cleansing properties of carrots, this juice makes a perfect cleanser.

Dandelion leaves 6, well-washed (or a handful of parsley if unavailable)

carrots 3, unpeeled; unless organic, remove top and bottom

apples 2, unpeeled, uncored and quartered

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamin A. Rich in vitamin C. Contains iron.

Definitely not to be taken just before leaving home! The effects of Dandelion Delight may be apparent within half an hour and last for two. All of which makes this is a good Cleansing Juice for women around period time, as it helps eliminate general puffiness and painful, swollen breasts.

Waterfall

Another powerful diuretic juice. Waterfall’s combination of celery and parsley will help ease even the most stubborn fluid retention. Although English curly parsley is fine for this recipe, the European flat-leafed variety has a richer, fuller and slightly smoother flavour and is, if anything, an even better diuretic.

Carrots 3, unpeeled; unless organic, remove top and bottom

apples 2, unpeeled, uncored and quartered

Celery 2 sticks, with leaves

parsley 1 handful, with stems

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamins A, C, E and folic acid. Rich in potassium and magnesium. Waterfall is a powerful medicine. As well as its strong diuretic effect, it’s also a Superjuice that will benefit the skin and is ideal for anyone with high blood pressure or heart disease, since it is very low in sodium. It also makes a safe and excellent Cleansing Juice for use during pregnancy.

Prune-light express

Prunes have something of a bad press, but they are a ‘natural’ natural ingredient to include in any cleansing regime – and they taste terrific. This Superjuice boasts a slightly sweet-and-sour edge and gives off that wonderful aroma of pears.

To make it, juice the pears and cooking apple – the sharpness will counteract the sweetness of the prunes. Remove the stones from the prunes and liquefy in a blender with four fluid ounces of water. Add to the juice and stir well.

Prunes 4, pitted, soaked overnight in water

pears 2,unpeeled

cooking apple 1 medium, unpeeled, uncored and quartered

Vital statistics:

Rich in Vitamin C. Contains a large amount of soluble fibre in the form of pectin from the apple and pears. The gentle bulking activity of the fibre, combined with the laxative properties of prunes, makes Prune-light Express a good all-round cleanser. Its stimulating effect on the digestive system makes it a gentle laxative, and the vitamin C it contains is always good for the immune system.

Women’s wonder

When ‘that time of the month’ rolls around, it’s time to down a glassful of this Superjuice. Women’s Wonder is a powerful cleanser and, thanks to the fennel, contains phytoestrogens (plant hormones) which help regulate periods and bring some relief from PMS and menopausal symptoms. While this juice has been designed with women in mind, it’s fine for men, too!

Apples 2, unpeeled, uncored and quartered

Carrots 2, unpeeled; unless organic, remove top and bottom

chicory 1 head

fennel ½ bulb

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamins A and C. Rich in folic acid and potassium. Contains a good amount of iron.

The cleansing power of Women’s Wonder is due to the influence fennel and chicory exert on liver and kidney functions – perfect for easing the bloating that often accompanies periods. For women going through the menopause, its phytoestrogens act as a natural ‘hormone replacement therapy’ to help prevent bone loss and subsequent osteoporosis.

Jerusalem juice

If you’ve embarked on a cleansing regime that involves a day or so of restricted food intake and cleansing juices, then this is the Superjuice to start off your morning. Besides its general cleansing properties, it’ll keep your blood sugar on an even keel, and the coriander helps suppress the rather flatulent effects produced by the artichokes.

Jerusalem artichokes 3, unpeeled, well-scrubbed

Carrots 2 unpeeled; unless organic, remove top and bottom

pear 1, unpeeled

coriander 1 handful

Vital statistics:

Rich in Vitamin A. the combined effects of the pectin from the pear, the inulin from the artichokes and the cleansing aromatic oils from the coriander make this a real powerhouse of a Cleansing Juice. Jerusalem artichokes are the richest source of inulin: a type of sugar. While inulin is not converted into energy, it is a great Stimulant of the immune system -a valuable asset while detoxing.

Watermelon man

Naturopaths regard melon as a cooling cleanser, and in Indian Ayurvedic medicine it’s used as an effective diuretic. It is also cooling to the body and soothing to the digestion. The addition of watercress, broccoli and the tart cooking apple make this ‘green juice’ a perfect cleanser for men, because it has a testosterone-enhancing effect. It’s gently laxative and a powerful immune booster.

cooking apple 1, unpeeled, uncored and quartered,

green melon, 1/2 peeled and deseeded

brocolli florets 3 oz, without thick stems

watercress 1 handful

Vital statistics:

Rich in Vitamins A, C and E. Contains folic acid, magnesium and potassium.

This juice is particularly suitable for physically active men who enjoy regular sport (of course, women can take it, too). The mineral content will also replace losses experienced through sweating. As a regular cleansing juice taken once or twice weekly, the watercress and broccoli ensure a substantial intake of cancer-fighting nutrients.

Rainbow cocktail

This mixture of orange, pink, green and yellow-skinned citrus fruits is both a liver and intestinal cleanser. Its clean, tangy, wide-awake taste also makes it a favourite anytime drink. Use the Rainbow as an excellent start to the detox cleansing day. And if you are unfortunate enough to wake up with a hangover, then this cocktail works better than the hair of any dog!

oranges 2, peeled, but leaving pith

lemon 1, with peel if thin-skinned

lime 1 peeled (unless key lime)

*pink grapefruit 1, peeled, leaving pith behind

*lf taking prescribed medicines, consult your doctor before drinking large amounts of grapefruit juice

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamin C Rich in Vitamin A. contains a useful amount of potassium and calcium.

The acidity of all these citrus-fruit juices helps remove some of the unwanted bacteria from the digestive tract and encourages the growth of beneficial probiotic bacteria. Besides tasting terrific, the Rainbow Cocktail is a real digestive aid, which should be drunk for two or three days after a course of antibiotics to get your system back in good running order as soon as possible.

Lemon express

Grapes are one of Nature’s great cleansers. Because of their high natural sugar content, they should always feature in any detox regime. If you’re cleansing your digestive system and reducing food consumption, the extra sugar will keep your energy levels up. The combination of grapes, soluble fibre in the apples and the gentle diuretic effect of the lemon makes this juice particularly effective.

Apples 3, unpeeled, uncored and quartered

lemon 1, with peel if thin-skinned

white grapes 4 oz

Vital statistics:

Rich in vitamin C. soluble fibre and natural sugars. Contains antioxidant bioflavonoids and potassium.

The pith of lemons is rich in a natural substance called limonene. Now believed to have anti-cancer properties. For this reason, when making the Lemon Express, it’s best to peel the lemon first, leaving on the white pith and then put it through your juicer, rather than using a citrus-fruit juicer which leaves all the helpful pith behind.

Pepper purifier

In need of a powerful Superjuice to purify the system? Then look no further than the Pepper Purifier – a particularly important juice to be used after periods of illness that necessitate medication. Taken on alternate days for a week, it will help the body dispose of any drug residues.

Carrots 3, unpeeled; unless organic, remove top and bottom

beetroot 1 small, unpeeled, with leaves

red pepper ½, deseeded

parsley 1 handful, with stems

Spinach 1 handful of leaves

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamins A, C and E. Rich in folic acid and potassium. Contains useful amounts of some B Vitamins. The legendary diuretic powers of parsley stimulate the kidneys, while the fibre from the carrots and red pepper stimulate the normal contractions of the large bowel, hastening elimination. The combined blood-purifying benefits of beetroot and spinach add the final touch to this superb Cleansing Juice, which also replenishes the body’s stores of essential nutrients.

Ginger spice

Ginger Spice is a gentle cleanser which benefits from the powerful volatile oils zingiberene and gingerol present in the ginger, as well as the cleansing and digestive benefits of carrot, apple and orange. This Cleansing Juice has powerful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits and is perfect to use at the onset of a cold or fever, or immediately after a bout of food poisoning.

Carrots 2, unpeeled; unless organic, remove top and bottom

apple 1, unpeeled, uncored and quartered

Orange 1, peeled, leaving pith behind

ginger 1 oz, peeled and sliced

Vital statistics:

Rich in vitamins A, c and fibre.

Ginger is one of the most versatile and valuable of spices. The ancient Greeks used it for digestive problems and as an antidote to poisoning, while medieval herbalists valued its warming properties highly. In the many ginger recipes you’ll find in this site, it also provides an invigorating lift.

Radish revolution

The radish is a much overlooked and highly valuable vegetable – so valuable, in fact, that the ancient pharaohs used them (along with garlic and onions) to pay the workers who built the pyramids! A member of the cabbage family, radishes also contain anti-cancer nutrients. Combined with the diuretic power of dandelion (or parsley) and the cleansing benefits of carrots, this sharp, peppery juice will revolutionise your cleansing programme.

Carrots 6, unpeeled; unless organic, remove top and bottom

dandelion leaves 6, well-washed (or a handful of parsley if these are unavailable)

radishes 4 medium-sized

Vital statistics:

Rich in vitamin A, potassium and Sulphur. Contains some vitamin C and selenium.

As part of this Cleansing Juice, radishes stimulate the gall bladder to increase the release of bile, as well as stimulating the liver. These properties combine to make Radish Revolution a real fat-buster – a Superjuice not to be missed from any detox programme.

The florentine

Although Florence fennel (to give it its full name) has been grown for more than 2,000 years, it is more commonly used in England for its pale green fronds which go so well with fish. Yet with its unique taste and aroma of aniseed, the fennel bulb is also a gentle diuretic and digestive aid. Combined here with the sweeter carrot and fruit flavours, it makes a delicious and therapeutic mixture.

Apples 2, unpeeled, uncored and quartered

pears 2, unpeeled

Carrot ½, unpeeled; unless organic, remove top and bottom

fennel 1 medium bulb

Vital statistics:

Rich in vitamins A and C. potassium, and pectin. It is the volatile oils of anisic acid, fenchone and anethole that

give fennel its unique flavour as well as its diuretic, cleansing and digestive properties. Although fennel itself isn’t bursting with nutrients, it more than makes up for this deficiency with its role as a potent purifier.

Quartet in ‘c’

The calorie-conscious know that lettuce is 95 per cent water and has hardly any calories – yet its nutritional value is enough to surprise anyone.

It harbours some vitamin C, beta-carotene; calcium, potassium, a little iodine, a little iron and substantial amounts of folic acid. Since it is also cleansing, cooling and mildly diuretic, lettuce makes this a special Cleansing Juice that is an ideal tonic for the digestive system, eyes and skin.

Carrots 3, unpeeled; unless organic, remove top and bottom

Cos lettuce 1 (smallish)

coriander 1 small bunch

Chives 1 small bunch

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in vitamin A and carotenoids. Rich in potassium, folic acid. Contains useful amounts of Vitamin C, B vitamins, iron and iodine.

The antiseptic and antifungal sulphur compounds in the chives, the diuretic and calming oils in lettuce and the unique digestion-promoting constituents of coriander make Quartet in ‘C a highly potent mixture – the perfect ‘note’!

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07. August 2013 by Sue
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