Juniper & Celandine Cleanse

~ Juniper : cleanses the blood via the kidneys ~ Celandine : cleanses the body via the liver


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Juniper & Celandine Cleanse

The Juniper & Celandine cleanse is a particularly powerful way to cleanse the whole body via the kidneys and the liver. Before getting into some more practical details, there are two critical issues to get right in herbal medicine -- the right herb and the right dose.

Getting the right herb

Herbs are not made in factories and there is an enormous therapeutic difference between a herb that is grown, processed and stored with care compared to one that is chemically inundated, roughly harvested and carelessly stored.

You need to get the best quality dried Juniper berries you can find as well as the best quality Celandine liquid tincture or extract that is available. Large quantities are not required, high quality is.

Getting the right dose

Half the art of herbal medicine is getting the dose right. Too little -- nothing happens, too much -- you just create another form of stress, just right -- good things happen.

Start first thing

Take the Juniper and Celandine just once a day, the best time to take it is first thing in the morning before breakfast.

Build the dose up

However sick of being sick you might be, do not be tempted to jump in the deep end with these herbs and start at the higher doses from the beginning. Start on the first morning with 3 Juniper berries and 6 drops of Celandine tincture or liquid extract (if it's from a good, reliable, trustworthy source you should be fine with either).

On day two you take 4 Juniper berries and 8 drops of the Celandine first thing in the morning

On day three you take 5 Juniper berries and 10 drops of the Celandine... and so forth

Each subsequent day you take one extra Juniper berry and 2 extra drops of the Celandine tincture until you reach a maximum of 10 berries and 20 drops, this will take one week. At that point you stay with a daily dose of 10 Juniper berries and 20 Celandine drops for a further week, then take a break and repeat or simply finish, more about that below.

How to actually take them

It doesn't matter which of the two herbs you take first, try it both ways and see what you prefer.


Take the Celandine drops directly onto your tongue or place them in a little water and then drink them. It is ok to dilute the Celandine in water but I encourage you to try getting used to taking them straight. The taste is strong and bitter but it will help your body to recognise and understand what it is supposed to do with this medicine. Believe it or not, your liver knows what is good for it!


The Juniper berries may require a little more work because the longer the berries spend in your mouth the better but you may need to build up some tolerance to their taste to do this for long.

Ideally you will keep a few of the berries in your mouth and just gradually work off the 'fruit' between your tongue and your teeth until there is nothing left but the tiny seeds, which you can spit out.

The reason to do this is that you will rapidly absorb the therapeutic 'oils' of the Juniper directly into your bloodstream through the membrance of your mouth and if you can 'work-over' just three or four berries in this way, you will rapidly activate the action, and receive the benefit, of the Juniper. For the remainder of the berries, when you are taking more than just 3 or 4, it will work perfectly well to lightly chew them for a few moments and then swallow everything down with a big glass of water. You might want to do this first and then spend some time working the fruit off the seeds of the 3 or 4 berries you keep in your mouth.

However, do note that if for any reason you are not able to chew the berries, let alone keep them in your mouth for several minutes while you work over them, it is also perfectly okay to swallow them whole like little pills. You will still respond to the treatment, it will just take a little longer to work.

How long do you do this for?

Only do the Juniper and Celandine cleanse for two weeks before taking a break from it. This means that you will be taking the full 10 berries and 20 drops once a day for a whole week when you reach week two after you have gradually built the dose of both of them up during week one.

After completing two weeks of the treatment you should give yourself a week off and then, if needed, do a second round of treatment.

If you do repeat the treatment then, once again, start at the low end of the dose range and gradually buiild up as you did the first time. Do not be surprised if your taste buds and your body even more sensitive to the herbs the second time you do the treatment, -- that is normal and expected in herbal medicine where the longer you use something the stronger it works.

If you do need to take a second course of the Juniper and Celandine cleanse then again do not exceeed two weeks before taking at least one week off to see how everything settles and how you feel.

Some people may need to take a third round of this treatment -- especially if they have had some long-standing health issues or been unwell for some time. You can do a third fortnight of the cleanse but once you have completed a 3rd round you should stop for at least month and only repeat the treatment a 4th time if there are clear signs and symptoms from your body that this is truly what it needs. More likely, you will need to do other work in the healing cycle aside from cleansing, more about that here

Drink Water!

It is vital that you drink at least one full glass of water in the process of taking these two medicines and that you then continue to keep a high volume of water going through your body throughout the day.

I cannot overemphasise how important this is. Put frankly if you do not drink plenty of water then this treatment will almost certainly make you feel sick and sore. You should be needing to go to the toilet to urinate at least once every two hours. However, if you are going to pass urine more than once an hour it means you are overdoing it and should reduce the water intake.

Eat a clean diet whilst cleaning your body

Eat a clean diet whilst you are doing the Juniper & Celandine cleanse. People consistently report that they feel a great deal better for being on tbhis diet and that they find it very do-able, details here

How will this treatment make me feel?

It is possible that, after building up the herbs to around 5 or 6 berries and 10 or 12 drops i.e. by about day 3 or 4, that you will get some noticeable symptoms of cleansing such as increased bowel motions, some skin break-outs, some odd aches and pains that come and go, some hot flushes or odd temperature changes, some people also notice getting quite moody in this phase.

People respond differently and at different times but no-one feels nothing as their body moves into an increased state of cleansing. What follows this is usually an obvious clearing and brightening up of the skin, tongue and eyes and a marked uplift in mood. Every machine, even living ones, works better when it is clean.

Every traditional culture of medicine except for modern Western medicine regards cleansing as one of the most important things a person can do for their health. If you do this you will find out for yourself why we have always sought out and revered those herbs that can help us do this cleansing in a way that we could never do by diet alone...good luck and go well.

Please understand that I cannot personally advise you, including on products or dosage, without seeing you in my clinic but ideas on how you might find a good herbalist in your area are here.
This living 'book' is my labour of love so, wherever you are, I wish you peace & good health!



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