This herbal coffee recipe uses minimal ingredients, is super easy, delicious, and perfect for anyone trying to ditch caffeine. If you’re on the autoimmune paleo diet, you’ll definitely want grab ingredients for it, stat.
Over the past year I’ve been heavily focused on supporting my body’s detoxification pathways. Back in April of 2019, we found out I was dealing with mold illness and heavy metal toxicity which was a huge missing piece to my health journey. Since starting a detox protocol, I’ve seen incredible improvements. My hair loss has subsided, my digestion is better, and I feel really energized.
Luckily, the herbal coffee recipe I switched to works double duty! It helps me feel like I’m drinking coffee while also supporting liver detoxification (insert victory dance here).
What is herbal coffee?
Herbal coffee is a blend of rich, delicious herbs that taste similarly to coffee. It has the same dark as coffee but it’s caffeine free and far less acidic. It’s a perfect coffee supplement for anyone trying to wean off of it or for those on the autoimmune paleo protocol.
What does herbal coffee taste like?
So, it doesn’t taste EXACTLY like coffee, but it’s nutty and bitter flavors definitely mimic our favorite morning beverage. I love adding a bit of coconut milk to cut the bitterness slightly, and when I do it tastes almost exactly like my old morning cup of coffee. It’s delicious!
How to make herbal coffee & where do I buy the ingredients?
Herbal coffee is so easy to make. You just need to purchase a few herbs, add them to your French press, top with boiling water, and let them steep for a while. The longer they steep, the more potent the healing properties of the herbs are.
Here’s what I put in my herbal coffee (with links to where I purchase mine!):
If you are just as focused on detoxing as you are on finding a perfect coffee replacement, I also recommend adding 1 tbsp of burdock root to your French press.
How does this herbal coffee help with detox?
Your liver is your body’s natural detoxifier because it cleanses toxins and produces bile to support healthy elimination. One thing I notice with a lot of my autoimmune clients is that they’re struggling with an over burdened liver. When the liver is congested, it can’t do as good of a job filtering out toxic substances. Unfortunately, because we live in an unavoidably toxic world, being able to properly eliminate toxins is of the utmost importance.
Luckily, the main ingredients in my herbal coffee recipe support your liver! Here’s how:
Dandelion root has been used in traditional Chinese and Native American medicine for centuries. It supports increased bile production and elimination to help the liver remove toxins quickly and efficiently, and is full of cell protecting anti-oxidants. Dandelion root may also remove excess fat stored in the liver.
Milk thistle seed is commonly used as a therapy for those who have liver damage. Studies have even suggested improvements in liver function after taking a milk thistle supplement.
Burdock root is something I’m kind of obsessed with right now. It helps support your lymphatic system, a network of tissues and cells that help rid your body of toxins. Burdock root also contains quercetin, a flavonoid with many health benefits including reducing inflammation and fighting free radicals.
Just like coffee, herbal coffee can dehydrate you
This coffee blend is a diuretic, meaning it increases your production of urine. You’ll need to be sure you’re replenishing with lots of filtered water throughout the day. I typically drink two cups of water for every one cup of herbal coffee and recommend the same to you!
Herbal Coffee Detox Recipe
- french press
- 1.5 Tbsp dandelion root
- 1 Tbsp milk thistle seed
- 2 Tbsp chicory
- 1 Tbsp Chopped Cinnamon or 1/4 tsp powder
- 1 tsp burdock root optional
- 20 oz boiling water
- Add all ingredients to a french press and let steep for 10-15 minutes
- Enjoy with milk of choice