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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.

48 Responses to “Detox your green smoothies with herbs”

  1. Kathleen 4.22.2014 at 6:56 pm #

    You mentioned not using any artificial sweetners, and I totally agree, but I was wondering about stevia? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.23.2014 at 7:46 am #

      Aren’t big fans of it, Kathleen. If we ever used sweeteners, honey and maple syrup would be the first things we’d go for. Hope this helps!

  2. Ann 4.18.2014 at 4:59 am #

    My friend, Lisa got me to try the “smoothies” and although skeptical at first, I can say, I’m hooked. Have been doing them for just 1 month and have lost 10lbs. Yes, 10 lbs. I’m so thrilled. Have tried everything out there and this is the only thing that has allowed me to loose weight. (& being in my 60′s, I’ve tried a lot). The “bigger benefit” is that I feel so much better. Very hard to explain, but physically & mentally in such a more positive place.
    Have been doing 3 smoothies a day and 1 main meal. Not hungry at all
    and have just about lost all cravings for the “junk food”. I am a true
    believer that “mainstream fast food” and all the preservatives are the main culprit of obesity issues.
    Thank you to Lisa, and to you 2, for encouraging healthy and fun eating.

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.18.2014 at 9:02 am #

      We’re so thankful that Lisa pointed you this way, and that you’re a part of our green smoothie lovin’ community :-) Keep it up!

  3. Jennifer 4.5.2014 at 10:29 am #

    Hi there!

    I grow some herbs at home and want to use them in my smoothies. Can I throw a bunch in, stems and all, or do I need to pluck all of the leaves off individually? In the case of basil, it is so much easier to just snip off a stem and thrown the whole thing in the blender, but I am not sure if that is bad, good or neutral when it comes to getting all the nutritional benefits. Any advice?

    Thank you!

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.6.2014 at 1:59 pm #

      Hi Jennifer!
      If you’re fine with the stem, then go for it :-) Your choice!

  4. cocoa 3.28.2014 at 4:25 pm #

    I don’t know if I confirmed being a member but I was wondering what I can do to help with tummy fat? I’m not that much over weight but I would like to reduce tummy fat along with me doing pilates twice a week.

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.31.2014 at 8:13 am #

      Try drinking a 16-20 ounce green smoothie in place of one meal each day. If you are doing that and pilates then you are headed down the right track!

  5. cocoa 3.28.2014 at 4:23 pm #


  6. Whitney 3.16.2014 at 7:02 am #

    Hi guys !!

    I just started these green smoothies a week ago and I LOVE IT !!!!!!!!! I was wondering is it ok to eat other things while doing the green smoothie challenge and does it help you lose weight ?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.17.2014 at 8:35 am #

      Hi Whitney!
      Yes, you can eat other things! The challenge is to drink one green smoothie a day for 30 straight days, while eating normally the rest of the time. For most people, substituting a 16 ounce green smoothie for a meal helps with weight.

  7. Katie 3.4.2014 at 12:40 pm #

    Do you use these herbs in place of the greens or in addition to?

  8. Nicole 12.11.2013 at 2:04 pm #

    Hi guys, I’ve actually read that cilantro, while good at flushing toxins from cellular walls etc, should actually also be taken after (maybe a half hour) ingesting a food that has the ability to bind with toxins in the digestive and intestinal tract. This is because cilantro will cause the toxins to get flushed into the small intestine, where the toxins can get reabsorbed if not bound by a food that binds with toxins such as chlorella.
    This might be worth researching.

    • Jadah and Jen 12.12.2013 at 9:50 am #

      Thanks for the tip, Nicole. We will check this out. :)

  9. beatriz 12.10.2013 at 5:34 pm #

    oh ok im new at this so so far I’ve been likeing the whole green smoothie thing (: thank you

  10. beatriz 12.9.2013 at 1:02 am #

    how many green smoothies to drink a day?? if I want to lose weight? of course exercising and eating right helps too.

    • Jadah and Jen 12.10.2013 at 12:11 pm #

      Hi Beatriz!
      If you’ve never had a green smoothie, then we suggest starting with one 16 ounce serving :-) You can replace it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. After a bit you can work your way up to two if you’d like!

  11. Danielle 10.18.2013 at 5:55 pm #

    I’ve never tried lavendar in a smoothie but someone mentioned it. Would you have a smoothie recipe with lavendar? Is it only the flours that are used or the leaves too? Thank you, I love your recipes.

    • Jadah and Jen 10.19.2013 at 7:52 pm #

      Try it, Danielle. I’ve had lavender cookies and I cook with herbs d’provence which has lavender in it and it’s soooo good. Just use the flowers. :)

  12. joanna 10.18.2013 at 1:48 pm #

    I love your smoothie recipes and I find a lot of your information helpful, but I’m confused about the statement that our bladder is a filter. One’s bladder just serves as a collection point (work of kidney) – our body filters are liver, kidney, spleen and lympatic systems. Looking forward to adding herbs!!

    • Jadah and Jen 10.19.2013 at 7:51 pm #

      Hi Joanna, thanks for sharing. We hope you start adding lots of yummy detoxing herbs! :)

    • Lisa 12.28.2013 at 8:20 pm #

      Had my first green smoothie today and pretty excited about trying more! Intrigued by adding herbs and hoping to try a smoothie including strawberry & basil (I already make a yummy dessert with those two together!).
      But just thought I’d write regarding the statement “The bladder filters fluids and flushes them out of the body.”
      I found this statement jarring, because I would not suggest that the bladder is a filter. Like Joanna said, I would include the lymphatic system as a major filtration for our bodies.
      Otherwise excited about smoothies with herbs!

  13. mary 10.10.2013 at 7:04 am #

    Hey everyone I’m following the 30 day challenge. Only 11 days in and i am feeling amazing and 10lbs down!! For all of you looking for a mint recipe, 1 cup spinach, 1 cup water, 3 leaves of fresh mint, half a squeezed lime(2tbls juice), 1/2 cup fruit of choice( peach has been best)…. I call it THE GREEN MOTTO MOJITO:-) hope everyone enjoy it

    • Jadah and Jen 10.10.2013 at 2:05 pm #

      Hi Mary! You are a RAWKSTAR! We will keep this recipe and might be able to feature it sometime! Keep em coming :)

  14. Devin 10.2.2013 at 12:55 pm #

    How much is considered one serving?

  15. Amy 8.23.2013 at 8:22 am #

    I just tried the almond milk, strawberry, banana and basil smoothie-I also added spinach-It was awesome!

  16. Rebecca 8.18.2013 at 10:55 am #

    Is it okay that i drink 2 servings? lol i store them in big mason jars and sometimes i drink it all in one day :/

    • Jadah and Jen 8.19.2013 at 8:42 am #

      Hi Rebecca!
      We recommend not to drink two servings at once… But everybody is different :-) If you drink two servings at two different times during the day then that is great!

  17. Maria 7.22.2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Hi! I’m new. Actually just found out about you guys a couple of hours ago. I’m gathering a list of ingredients to start up. I’m not feeling well lately and I know it’s because of the foods i’m eating. I hope to start tonight and will be starting with the beginner’s luck recipe… _/|\_ Any help/motivation/inspiration is greatly appreciated! <3

  18. Cheryl 7.15.2013 at 8:28 pm #

    I have been doing the Nutribullet and love it, but all this new info will help take me in avenues I’ve never explored. I so appreciate all this information and new recipes! I can really take this to new heights now!!!

  19. Kathleen 7.7.2013 at 2:54 am #

    I love lavendar, it enhances the flavor of many fruits.

  20. Jessica 6.30.2013 at 6:19 am #

    Is there a specific recipe with all these herbs to help detox or do I just add them in all my smoothies ?

  21. Gina 6.25.2013 at 1:08 pm #

    Hi! How much of each herb do you suggest adding to accomplish the detoxing benefits?

    • Patricia 8.7.2013 at 3:54 am #

      Thanks for asking this Gina…. I was wondering the same thing. I’m very new to this, and not a great cook…. so I’m horrible at guesstimating! I’m worried about overwhelming the smoothie since I believe any of these herbs, on their own, can be pretty potent. Looking forward to the answer :D

    • Jadah and Jen 8.7.2013 at 6:49 am #

      Thank you for asking, too, Patricia! Gina, we are so sorry we missed this comment… We try our hardest to catch them all! A good rule of thumb is to stay around 1/4 cup of herbs for a green smoothie :-)

  22. annette 6.25.2013 at 12:01 pm #

    thanks – that does sound good!

  23. Sara 6.25.2013 at 9:53 am #

    Basil, cucumber, kale, kiwi, water, and lime….soooo tasty!

  24. Annette Cook 6.23.2013 at 7:36 pm #

    I have made smoothies with parsley and cilantro but not basil. Any good ingredient combinations you would suggest?

    • Jadah and Jen 6.24.2013 at 7:50 am #

      Try using strawberries, bananas, coconut/almond milk, and basil :-)

      • Alisa 7.2.2013 at 11:33 pm #

        I made this combination today, and it was AMAZING. Used coconut milk and frozen berries as I had no fresh strawberries, they’re so expensive right now.

  25. Jadah and Jen 6.21.2013 at 5:44 am #

    Hy Cyndi! We don’t currently have any listed that include mint, but we love adding it to smoothies with strawberries :-) There are probably lots of other combinations it would go well with, too!

  26. Cyndi 6.20.2013 at 6:24 am #

    Hi there. I’m new to the whole green & juicing thing. Really want to feel my best & be a healthier & more fit me… Heard alot of good vibes about it from a friend of mine & decided to go out & buy myself a juicer. I was wondering if you have a greenie for mint. I’d really like to try, but not sure what it’ll blend well with. thank you!

  27. Katesha 6.7.2013 at 5:11 pm #

    this info is so helpful… thanks…

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