Botanical Detox– TO PREPARE

In the 1980’s I requested this recipe from Ojibwe Elders for my father (personal story below).

I was taught to prepare this botanical (root, herb, bark) detoxification formula.

and have been doing so ever since. 

I have witnessed hundreds of people heal themselves while implementing this formula.


Burdock Root- 1part

Sheep Sorrel- 1part

Slippery Elm Bark- 1 part

Rhubarb Root- 1/4 part

Chaga- 1/8 part

I added Chaga to the original recipe and in so doing, named it Bear Root Botanicals- DETOX


 Use spring water- 1/4 cup botanical formula to 11 cups water. Bring to a boil in a non metal pot (ceramic is good) then simmer gently for a minimum of 20 minutes- stirring often with a wooden spoon.

During this time be present with the process. I was taught to ask the plant medicine what you require during this time. Being in gratitude is enough.

Cover and let steep overnight.


Use the remaining medicine again with a little less water, bring to boil and simmer again 20-30 minutes, to receive the full benefit of the plants.  This may be done 3X’s (or more). In this way we honour what the trees, roots, leaves, bark, fungi have given.

Store in glass (a mason jar) in the fridge.

When taking, add boiling water to chosen amount (decided by person taking) to make warm. It is pleasant this way.

Example- 2 oz of formula with 5 oz boiling water.

Start slowly as this is a powerful detoxification formula. 

Your current state of health determines the level of healing crisis one will experience.  

Drink sufficient amounts of spring water while cleansing.  This is important!

As with all cleansing and detoxification programs, increasing probiotic supplementation ensures continued healthy intestinal flora.

Personal Story
I have witnessed countless people heal themselves with the assistance of this formula, including my own father. My Dad was ‘given’ 3 months to live by conventional cancer specialists. He went to bed in a depressed state and prepared to die. It was then (upon request) that I was given this recipe from an Ojibwe Elder.  In the beginning, Dad experienced intense healing crisis that he was willing to go through- a lot of bowel movement as the body flushed toxins for many months. They were farmers who had always grown a lot of their own food, ate organically, free range, fermented, raw etc.- old school farming.  One of the problems though, was that the water supply (well) had been contaminated with chemical runoff from the onset of modern agriculture/farming methods, as well as declining air quality from near by oil refineries, etc.. They began drinking spring water, stopped eating white flour and sugar, took probiotics daily as well as taking this herbal formula daily, for years!

Dad fully recovered from 4th stage ‘multiple myeloma’ and he lived healthy, happy and pain free for nine more years. They travelled and fulfilled desires they had put off for their retirement years (not recommended). He passed consciously (wide awake) without pain or medication (cancer free).

In the 1980’s this formula was illegal in Canada.



Anything more than a three day fast is a spiritual calling, and requires wholistic preparations well in advance. This is to say, prepare the body physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Traditionally an Elder would guide and watch over the spiritual fast. Seek wisdom inside and out.

The Master Cleanser-  by Stanley Burroughs

In this day and age it is imperative to practice regular cleansing and detoxification of the body. Air, water, food qualities are continuing to worsen.  The Master Cleanser is a booklet outlining a detox formula developed and encouraged by a natural health enthusiast named Stanley Burroughs.

master cleanser

He recommended fasting while taking a specific formula of cayenne, lemons and maple syrup. I have done this fast many times, both short (3 days) and long term (10 days). In today’s increased chemical and industrial world, considering the quality of food, air and water, regular detoxification is advised.

The organs of elimination; skin, lungs/breath, urinary system, gastrointestinal, as well as the lymph and liver as filters and deliverers, need to be open for a successful detox.

Consult your wholistic health professional for guidance.


Detox Bathing

Salt, baking soda, ground mustard and basil oil baths assist the gentle eliminations of toxins through the skin. See detox baths. This induces sweating.

A oral (DETOX FORMULA) colon cleanse prior to a fast is recommended.

Enemas (liver detoxification) or colonics are recommended if in poor health.

Keeping the urinary system flushed by drinking sufficient amounts of good spring water.


Deep breathing practices each day, assists to detoxify through the lungs.

A brisk walk, dance, skipping, rebounder, etc. for lymph movement, helps to prevent stagnation while detoxifying.

Enzyme therapy is essential in the detoxification process, as is minerals. 

Fasting from meat, dairy, wheat, corn, soy, sugars, eggs, alcohol..and any other food/drink that is difficult to digest gives the gastrointestinal system and subsequently the lymphatic system a stress relief.

Eat light, with greens, avocado, vegetables, good fats (Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon is an excellent resource) not mixing fruit or fruit juice with anything else.

Follow any detox with concentrated probiotics to assist in reestablishing a balanced intestinal flora. 

Juicing celery is a great practice. Alkalizing and detoxifying.

A watermelon fast (organic and in season) with a minimum of 1/2 the body weight in oz. of good spring water in addition, is an alkalizing cleanse.

A concentrated spring and fall six week cleanse around the Equinox is traditional practice both East- Ayurvedic tradition and West- Indigenous people of Turtle Island (N&S Americas).

Prior to a longer ‘detox’ the organs of elimination may be opened through colonics.  This is highly encouraged when degenerative disease is present, as time is a factor. This decreases the stress on the body, and makes the cleanse more efficient.

In my personal practice, I assist the organs of elimination with supplementation year round. Taking great care to be hydrated, a must in the daily detoxification process.

1. Increased Enzyme supplementation that includes serrapeptase (away from food) during detoxification and fasting assists to eat up disturbed muco-proteins (accumulation in the lymph from undigested protein).

Points on Enzymes in The B.E. Guide.

2. Benfotiamine (a B1 vitamin) helps release excess sugars out of the system, using the urinary system to eliminate. Drinking sufficient water is essential to this process.

3. Milk thistle and burdock root make an excellent tea for liver cleanse.

Further nutrition and principles may be studied by reading How We Heal by Douglas Morrison.


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