Detox your green smoothies with herbs


Our bodies are in a constant battle of fighting processed foods that contain harmful toxins. We have systems set in place inside of us that filter out these toxins so we can stay clean and healthy. Though it is tough to avoid harmful toxins altogether, it is important not to ingest high amounts that can cause build-up and stress to the organs that work to keep us in good health. So, how can we help out our filtering friends? Detox with herbs— which is your challenge for the week.

Detoxifying herbs clean our bodies’ filters, and they are healthy foods with lots of nutrients. This also means we aren’t putting harmful toxins and gunk into our bodies in the first place. When we help our bodies’ filters and eliminate our harmful toxin input we set ourselves up for a clean and healthy life. To help you detox we have made a list of our favorite herbs, what each of them does for your body, and how you can use them in a simple green smoothie.

Health benefits of herbs:

Basil specifically targets the kidneys when it comes to detoxification. Kidneys play a major part in removing waste product and toxins from our blood stream, and things like high-processed foods place a heavy work load on our never-resting kidneys. By eating basil, we are taking in nutrients that help to clear up any gunk that is stuck in our kidneys and also toning them to work well in the future. Basil is easy to grow at home, and has a warm flavor that will strengthen your green smoothies and kidneys.


You may know cilantro from a variety of cultural dishes, but we encourage you to make it known to your green smoothies. This herb is known for a variety of nutrients, but its detoxifying affects are found in its ability to bind to heavy metals and remove them from our bodies. Toxic heavy metals usually enter our body in small amounts through food, water, and anything else we consume. It is near impossible to completely avoid ingesting toxic metals, so it is important to incorporate foods that eliminate them. Cilantro’s ability to remove toxic metals and its distinct flavor are a great addition to your tangy, citrus fruit smoothies.


Toxin build-up can occur in the stomach and colon when improper digestion takes place, and that is why a healthy diet of mint leaves is a must when looking to detoxify. Mint leaves help to flush out those nasty toxins in a timely manner, and they do it in a way that prevents build-up from happening in the first place. Some have even believed mint leaves to have an ability to flush out toxins through the skin. This herb will add a cool kick to your smoothie, which makes it a must-have on mid-afternoons.


There are three main filters in the body–bladder, kidneys, liver–and parsley is here to assist them all in the detoxification process. Kidneys help to filter out waste products and toxins from our bloodstream. The bladder filters fluids and flushes them out of the body. The liver is another blood stream purifier. It is important for all three of these filters to not build-up with gunk and toxins so they can work properly. Parsley specifically targets any build-up in these filters and helps to flush it out of the body. This is another herb with a distinct flavor that can liven up any green smoothie.


Detoxifying your body with herbs helps your bodies’ natural filters work better for you, as well as keeping you from ingesting harmful toxins. While doing this challenge, think about using water as your liquid base. Water naturally helps to flush out any gunk in our bodies, and at the same time doesn’t add any harmful toxins. It is important to keep your filters working properly, and to learn healthy eating habits that keep you clean and healthy. Feel free to experiment with all of these herbs. Find what works well for your body, and what tastes good. Doing a one-week detox is simple and easy!


Join the conversation!

What’s your favorite herb? Share your favorite green smoothie recipe with herbs in the comments below.

123 Responses to “Detox your green smoothies with herbs”

  1. Jacki DeVaney 11.29.2015 at 1:02 pm #

    This is not a comment per se. It is a question that I hope you can answer for me. I froze a lot of flat leaf parsley from the garden this year. I am beginning to think that it is the parsley that is making my green drinks taste VERY bitter! Do you think that is the case? Does frozen parsley turn bitter? When using it fresh I use the stems and all, so that is how I have been using the frozen parsley. I really hope to hear from you about this. Thank you so much

    • SGS Rawkstar 11.30.2015 at 9:00 am #

      Hi Jacki,

      You’re right. Freezing herbs can result in a slightly bitter flavor which might be effecting the flavor of your green smoothies.

  2. Venu 6.29.2015 at 9:03 am #

    Most Indians/Hindus use Tulasi (Ocimum tenuiflorum) or Holy basil in some of their daily routines. Tulasi is more medicinal than Basil, with lot more health benefits.

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.30.2015 at 5:03 am #

      Hi Venu,

      Thank you so much for sharing! Cheers :)

    • Brittany 11.7.2015 at 11:08 am #

      Venu, I LOVE India Organic’s Holy Basil tea. It’s one of my favorites and SO good for you!

  3. Gaylene Bissonette 6.19.2015 at 11:04 am #

    I have been reading all the Q&A’s. I want to join. It sounds like a very supportive group. You answer each and every question. I’m impressed. You don’t find that kind of customer service much anymore. So my question is…I know the basic smoothie, 2 cups, 2 cups and 3 cups. How much of the booster stuff or herbs do you add. What is the ratio of each. Thank you I love love this site.

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.19.2015 at 2:28 pm #

      Hi Gaylene,

      Thank you so much for the compliment! We love adding boosters like nut butter + oats to our smoothies because they make smoothies the perfect meal replacement!! Our best fat + protein booster combinations can be found here…

      Welcome to our community! :)

  4. Jihane 4.24.2015 at 9:06 am #

    After spending all a week out of office because of a flu caused by a virus that made me so tired, I woke up this morning and decided to go to the market to buy herbs for a detox. As I am leaving in Tunisia (Mediterranean climate), there are a lot of variety of herbs and of course, organics. It is funny because I made this decision before discovering this site and I am pretty proud of me to be on the right way 😉 (sorry for my english, not my mother tongue). So, here is my recipe :
    – 8 leaf of basil
    – a cup of parsley
    – a granny smith apple
    – a half-squeezed lemon
    – 3 cup of water

    I already drink two glasses of this green smoothie today and I hope it will help me to make an end to this flu :)


  5. Kelly 3.18.2015 at 11:13 am #

    Can I use all these basil, cilanto, mint, parsley to make a smoothie

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.18.2015 at 3:14 pm #

      We prefer one at a time, to enjoy the flavors of each, but if you would enjoy those, go for it. :)

  6. Caroline 3.14.2015 at 11:52 am #


    Thanks for your site!

    How about the dried versions of basil and parsley are they eqally healthy?

    • Chantal 3.15.2015 at 11:24 am #

      Thanks for your site ! i got my Vitamix in August and thanks to your fabulous recipes and the 30 day-challenge I am forever saved from boring breakfasts…( fifteen years of oatmeal…. mostly left to dry out on the countertop….could not swallow even a teaspoon anymore)
      As for smoothies with green herb , this is one of my new concoctions that i adore:
      3 handfuls spinach ( or any leafy green on hand )
      2 handfuls italian parsley ( i can’t stand cilantro )
      2 handfuls carrot tops
      3-4 of those slender carrots that come with tops
      1 large or 2 smaller celery ribs
      1 frozen banana
      1 pear
      1 apple
      ice cubes because the frozen banana is not enough to make it cold
      could of course add some lime but i did not and I thought it was divine and the colour amazing !

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.15.2015 at 5:37 pm #

        Cheers, Chantal.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.15.2015 at 5:33 pm #

      Hey Caroline.

      Feel free to use them. But we like to say fresh is best, but it might leave chunks in your smoothie.

  7. John Chandler 2.16.2015 at 10:19 am #

    I just started the green smoothies. I make enough for breakfast, about a pint, and a pint to replace another meal. I am using the following: hand full of walnuts, 1/2 frozen banana, 1/4 avocado,1/2 green apple, hand full, or more, of spinach,1/3 large cumber and 2 sticks of bok-choy.
    Is this a good recipe? How much parsley should I use in the mix?

    Thank you,
    John Chandler

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.17.2015 at 9:33 am #

      Hi John.

      Thanks for reaching out. We like 2 cups of leafy greens, 2 cups of liquid and 3 cups fruit or veggies. If you want to add herbs we suggest 1/2 cups herb in place of some of your leafy greens. (1.5 cups of leafy green + 1/2 cup of herbs) Hope that helps. You recipes looks great!

  8. Eileen 2.16.2015 at 12:08 am #

    Dose anyone know how to Detox your Lungs for someone with COPD ?

    • Theresa 2.26.2015 at 4:36 pm #

      Mint effective in relieving seasonal allergy symptoms also helps break phlegm and mucus

    • sc 3.5.2015 at 8:03 am #

      There is no such thing as detoxing your lungs. I’m a biology PhD. Best friend (MD specializing in COPD) concurs. Look to “Wellness Letters” (e.g., from UC Berkeley and Harvard Schools of Public Health) or PubMed ( if you want medically relevant nutritional information.

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.6.2015 at 9:55 am #

        Thanks, SC. :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.6.2015 at 9:54 am #

      Hey Eileen,

      We would suggest speaking to your doctor, for what is best for you. :)

    • Huckle 4.4.2015 at 5:32 am #

      There is research that juicing carrots can help with memory when you have COPD. I started juicing carrots with a fruit for my mother in law and she thinks it has helped.

      • SGS Rawkstar 4.6.2015 at 7:24 pm #

        Thanks for the information, Huckle!

  9. Jasmine 2.11.2015 at 4:26 pm #

    What is the best green drink for weightloss

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.11.2015 at 6:25 pm #

      Hi Jasmine.

      Thanks for reaching out. Berries are naturally sweet immunity boosters, low-calorie, and full of antioxidants. Kiwi is packed with vitamin C and an amazing fat-burning citrus fruit. We always keep several bags of frozen berries in the freezer— which is perfect for this recipe.

  10. Linda 1.30.2015 at 5:23 pm #

    Hi there how many smoothies do you drink in one day?. I have lost my large intestine can’t really eat my fruit and vegetables they go right though me doctor told me to try green smoothies which I have and love them but they are also making me go more often and lots of gas too which makes me to more. I have been drinking 2 a day should I go down to one or stay on 2 maybe my body will adjust

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.30.2015 at 8:05 pm #

      Hey Linda.

      Thanks for the comment. Since we are not doctors or nutritionist, please keep in touch with you doctor, they will know whats best for you.

    • Zulma 5.26.2015 at 8:48 am #

      Hi Linda! Don’t know if someone answered your ? Try making your smoothies with warm water. It is an acquired taste, but it might be the solution to your problem. Also try adding powdered glutamine to your smoothies.

  11. Kim 1.26.2015 at 9:01 pm #

    When using the herbs in smoothies, do you use just the leaves or can the stems go in as well?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.27.2015 at 6:11 am #

      Hey Kim. Feel free to remove any large stems, but thin parts of the stem should blend well.

      • Kim 1.27.2015 at 12:01 pm #

        Thank you!!!

  12. jlo 1.2.2015 at 12:22 pm #

    Just one herb per smoothie?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.2.2015 at 8:06 pm #

      I like to do half herb + half spinach. :)

  13. jlo 1.2.2015 at 12:16 pm #

    Can these herbs also be frozen and then added to my smoothie?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.15.2015 at 7:56 pm #

      If you would like, go for it. :) I enjoy fresh mint in my, almost daily. :)

  14. Dio 12.11.2014 at 7:00 pm #

    Hey Ladies super stoked about the challenge January 1st, I’d like to know how to use the green smoothies as a meal replacement. Do they have the nutritional values to replace a meal as is, or do I need to add ingredients?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.12.2014 at 7:18 am #

      Hi Dio.

      If you drink green smoothies as meal replacements, make sure to add a protein boost (plant-based protein powder, nut milk, nut butter), or snack on some nuts or a hard-boiled egg 30-60 minutes after you drink your green smoothie.

  15. BonnieB 11.16.2014 at 12:07 pm #

    @Jan Bull – A banana thickens/binds…& sweetens.. Try part (?1/4) of an avocado to thicken/bind; doesn’t taste much; or protein powder. Keep remaining avocado in crisper & don’t worry about browning/drying, just slice off. I don’t use lemon or anything, it often hardly browns at all. Cut avocado in half, leave pit in the one half. Or…mash remaining avocado with 1, 2 or 3 dashes of cayenne pepper & eat – yum!

  16. Rose 9.16.2014 at 12:03 am #

    Hi, I am a newbe from UK, what is a weight equivalent to a cup measure?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.23.2014 at 2:42 pm #

      Hey Rose.

      Thanks for the question. Here is a link that helps in more details:
      You can pick what you want to convert; for example spinach: 1 cup = 30g

      Liquid: 8oz = 1 cup. :) Hope that helps.

    • mb64970 9.29.2014 at 12:59 pm #

      Hi Rose,

      Unfortunately, the response from the SGS team is wrong. 8 fluid oz equals one cup, but weight will depend on the type of ingredient you use. A good measurement for a cup would be a very big handful.

      Also, just search online for how much different ingredients weigh if you are concerned with precise measurements. In my experience, exact measurement isn’t necessary when making smoothies.

      Hope this helps!!

    • sarah 10.3.2014 at 12:55 pm #

      Hi rose,

      If you actually read and click on the link provided by the SGS staff you will see that in the upper/mid right corner you can search your ingredients and as the SGS staff mentioned you can Pick what you want to convert.

      It’s really easy: her example was spinach but you can see the variety when I searched Avocado: which was 230g in a cup.

      However, as mb64970 replied you probably don’t have to be this exact unless there’s other motivation or your healthcare provider says different.

      Have a great day :)

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