BOTANICAL SPA THERAPY: Whole Body Detoxification


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T’is the season to start considering detoxification. The new year will provide many opportunities for a ‘healthier you’ and many different detoxification strategies, especially after a season of merriment. Your liver and detoxification pathways may need some extra help.  Read my blog post MAINTAINING HEALTHY LONGEVITY: Keep Your Liver Happy in the Midst of Toxins, Distress and Happy Hour to learn more. If your olfactory bulb is offended by smells (you cannot stand the smell of scents even natural ones) or you have lost your sense of smell then you are probably showing the signs of body pollution and toxicant induced loss of tolerance.

The picture above displays some of my herb collection.  My study of the medicinal benefits of herbs while I was striving to recover my health, brought me the greatest gift.  After many trial and error detoxification strategies, mostly designed to be consumed; I had a light bulb moment one day while taking a bath. In my studies to become a nutritional consultant it was clear there were many body parts and systems involved in the detoxification process.  As a reviewed what I had tried so far to regain my health and the medicinal properties of herbs that I was drinking, I thought, ‘if my skin is my largest organ, why not use it to detoxify me more thoroughly?’ ‘What would happen if I used the medicinal herbs in a bath tea’?  Well the results were amazing.  The greatest gains that I made in my health recovery from body pollution and toxicant induced loss of tolerance (TILT) came from whole body detoxification using the botanical spa herbal therapy that I designed. The herbal bath tea mix was combined with sea salt, baking soda and apple cider vinegar.  You can learn about the individual detoxification properties of the botanical spa therapy bath ingredients in my book.  You will find the botanical spa therapy herbal bath recipe and instructions in Chapter 6, Detoxify, of my book.

My additional detoxification strategies now also include green drinks and herbal detox tea mixes.

Get started today on your detoxification plans for the new year for ‘a healthier you’!. Check with your regular healthcare practitioner before proceeding with any form of detoxification as there may be contraindications due to health, medications or other factors.

My study of medicinal herbs, included in my Nutritional Consultant course, was through the writings of Maria Treben, an Austrian herbalist and author of the books Health from God’s Garden and Health Through God’s Pharmacy. My library also hosts The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Herbs.  If you want to learn more about herbs I would recommend these books as your ‘go to’.

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Elisabeth Hines, C.B.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner,,

CILANTRO: A Powerful Heavy Metal Remover


Cilantro is one of those herbs that you either love or hate. When I was first introduced to cilantro I highly detested the taste. Now that I know it has powerful health benefits – I have acquired a taste for it. Research shows that cilantro is a powerful heavy metal and toxin remover. The chemical compounds in cilantro bind to the heavy metals, loosening them from the tissues, blood and organs allowing for easy elimination from the body. If you live in or commute through an area with air pollution or regularly eat fish – cilantro is a necessary ingredient to add to your diet.

According to the observations made by the internationally recognized medical researcher, Dr. Yoshiaki Omura, all cancer cells have mercury in them.

Benefits of Cilantro:

  • Powerful binding agent to heavy metals (e.g. mercury) and environmental toxins
  • Oils in cilantro aid digestion by promoting the production of  digestive enzymes, acids and juices.
  • Powerful anti-inflammatory
  • Antibacterial (salmonella)
  • Antioxidant
  • Disinfectant
  • Antiseptic
  • Antifungal
  • Hormone balancing
  • Blood glucose regulator
  • Boosts liver function
  • Immune system booster

Using Cilantro:

The reported health benefits of cilantro are based on using it raw. Organically grown cilantro is your best choice. Make sure to add it to your salads, dishes, soups and smoothies just before serving. It has a powerful taste that may take some getting used to for some people; so start with a small amount finely chopped and well blended.

In lieu of having a bunch of cilantro on hand at all times, you can add a few drops of cilantro essential oil to your recipes.  This is a cost effective way to have cilantro on hand at all times.  I add cilantro to my tartar sauce every time I have fish.  Contact me at for information on locating quality cilantro essential oil.

Cilantro Pesto

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup almonds, cashews, or other nuts
  • 1 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves and soft stems or 15 drops of cilantro essential oil
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea Salt to taste

Cilantro Dressing

  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped or 4 drops of cilantro essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon spicy mustard
  • 3/4 cup organic olive oil
Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.N.C.
Holistic Wellness Practitioner


February 2005 issue of the “Journal of Hazardous Materials.” (blood brain barrier, anti-cancer) (chemo – more cancer)

DETOXIFICATION: A Natural Body Process That May Need Some Help

“GOD made the earth yield healing herbs, which the prudent man should not neglect”.

Ecclesiastes 38:4


Detoxification is a naturally occurring process that takes place in the body automatically on an ongoing basis. So why is everyone considering detox strategies?  Should you? The finely tuned orchestra of detection, identification, communication and responding that are critical for optimum and effective detoxification can become compromised.  Interference, malfunction or damage resulting from multiple sources, including stressors, can seriously hamper natural detoxification.

There are many self-help strategies that you can implement to promote natural detoxification. I list these in my book, THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION. Adding herbs to your diet is one way to encourage detoxification of toxins and heavy metals from your body.

  • Horsetail binds with lead
  • Bladderwrack and turmeric bind with aluminum
  • Cilantro, chlorella and turmeric bind with mercury

Additional herbs bind with developmental toxins, hormone disruptors and carcinogenic chemicals. My research and study of herbs have provided me with insights into the right mix of herbs to synergistically remove body pollution common to your environments. With this information I have formulated BOTANICAL SPA THERAPY HERBAL BATH TEAS recipe; which use the body’s largest organ the skin, to promote detoxification through binding of harmful, foreign toxics. The bath tea approach can be more effective than taking internal supplements and cleanses. If the body’s detoxification systems, including the liver are compromised, the herbal bath tea method is the better choice.   Make your own herbal bath tea bags using the recipe in my book. Learn more about detoxification by visiting my webpage

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Make your own herbal bath teas using the recipe in:

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Consult your regular healthcare provider before using herbs therapeutically. It is important to be supervised by someone knowledgeable about body pollution as you transition through assisted detoxification. There may be contraindications due to health status, medications or other factors. Do not stop taken prescribed medication.

ENJOY better health today!

Thank you!

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner,

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