Mamahood & Me

Liver Support

Liver Support

The liver has over 500 physiological functions in the body, including filtering toxins from the body and removing excess circulating oestrogen.

Signs that your liver may not be functionally optimally or has become 'congested' include; disrupted sleep or trouble staying asleep, ache or eczema, lack of focus, and sudden allergies to food

In Chinese medicine the liver is the known as the organ responsible for emotions such as anger, anxiety and frustration. Therefore sudden outbursts of emotion may also be a sign of sub-optimal liver function. 

Sometimes the liver is overburdened and needs a little extra support. Herbs can be used to gently cleanse the liver in preparation for pregnancy.

You should refrain from trying to conceive during the period of liver cleansing.

Three foods to support the liver:


 Dark green leafy vegetables

Leafy green vegetables are rich in chlorophyl which

will flush out toxins and encourage the production of bile.  




Garlic contains numerous sulphur-containing compounds

that activate the liver enzymes responsible for flushing out toxins from the body.


Lemons support the liver by encouraging the production of bile


and flushing out toxins. Try squeezing a quarter of a lemon into

a mug of warm water to enjoy in the morning when you wake up. 

TOP TIP: use warm not hot water 

Turmeric and ginger are also great at supporting the liver. 

Three herbs to support the liver

  1. Dandelion Root (Taraxacum officinallis) supports liver health, encourages hormonal balance

    Make a decoction by gently simmering 10g of the dried root in 750ml of water for 15mins, cool slightly before  straining. Drink half and store the remainder in the fridge in a glass bottle for the next day. If you simply infuse roots in hot water, as you would leaves and flowers, you will not extract the full medicinal properties of the herb

    No harmful effect on fetus. No harmful effect with breast feeding when used in moderation

  2. Milk Thistle Seed (Silybum marianum) particularly good to detox the body from drugs, alcohol & chemical toxins

    Make a decoction by gently simmering 5g of seed in 750ml water for 15 mins. 

    No harmful effect on fetus. No harmful effect with breast feeding when used in moderation

  3. Yellow Dock Root (Rumex crispus) stimulates bile production & is supportive of liver health

    Make a decoction by gently simmering 6-9g grams in 750ml water for 15 mins. Makes enough to last 2 days. Store in fridge

    No harmful effect on foetus. No harmful effect with breast feeding when used in moderation, though prolonged use when pregnant and breastfeeding not recommended due to laxative properties


Purchase your herbs from Neal's Yard or for further advice on all the above herbs consult medical herbalist Julia Behrens