How to Cleanse Your Lymphatic System: 5 plant-based solutions

In addition to using the properties of certain natural plants to clean our body, we also have to follow a balanced diet and avoid harmful toxins, such as alcohol or tobacco, to take care of our lymphatic system 
How to Cleanse Your Lymphatic System: 5 plant-based solutions
Leonardo Biolatto

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Written by Editorial Team

Last update: 15 December, 2022

The lymphatic system forms part of our body. In short, it’s similar to the circulatory system, but unlike the circulatory system, it only goes one way: it starts in the body’s tissues, continues through the lymphatic vessels and ends in the blood. That’s why it is extremelly important that you cleanse your lymphatic system.

This system is responsible for eliminating toxins, but can weaken over time and needs a cleanse every once in a while. If you notice any changes you should see a specialist; turning to plant solutions is also a great option.

Today, we’d like you introduce you to five solutions to cleanse your lymphatic system.

What is the lymphatic system?

The lymphatic system is an essential part in our body that is made up of thin vessels called lymph vessels, which extend throughout the entire body. These vessels distribute a transparent liquid called lymph, which contains white blood cells called lymphocytes.

This system mainly works to:

  • Maintain osmotic balance,
  • Help boost and form the immune system,
  • Collect chyle (a product with a high fat content),
  • Control protein concentration,
  • Control volume and interstitial fluid.

5 plant-based solutions to cleanse your lymphatic system

cleanse your lymphatic system

When your lymphatic system runs into problems, you should see your family doctor.

However, nature always offers some solutions, as well. Below, we’ll introduce you to five plant-based solutions to cleanse your lymphatic system.

1. Burdock tea

Burdock tea

Burdock is a medicinal plant that’s popular for its purifying properties. It’s great for cleansing your lymphatic system and blood as well as for eliminating toxins through urine and sweat.

At the same time, burdock also prevents infections, diabetes, cystitis and hepatic problems among other conditions.


  • 1 tablespoon of burdock (15 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)


  • Heat up the water. When it comes to a boil, add the burdock and cool.
  • Drink at least two cups of burdock tea a day.

2. Walnut leaf tea

chopped walnuts

Walnut leaves are a great medicinal plant for cleansing the lymphatic system thanks to their diuretic and detoxifying properties. Their components allow them to break down toxins and reduce tissue inflammation.


  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon of dried walnut leaves (15 g)


  • Add the tablespoon of walnut leaves to the water and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat, let cool for 10 minutes and strain.
  • Drink two cups everyday: one on an empty stomach and another before going to sleep at night. Use this remedy for a time period of at least 20 consecutive days.

3. Pokeweed tea

A cup of tea on a wooden bench

Pokeweed is a beneficial herb for lymph flow. People often use it to treat conditions such as laryngitis, tonsillitis, the mumps and even for glandular inflammation.

Note: This is a potentially toxic herb, which is why you should use it under medical supervision. It’s not recommendable for pregnant or breastfeeding women.


  • 1 tablespoon of dried pokeweed root (15 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)


  • Cook the dried pokeweed root over low heat in a cup of water for 15 minutes.
  • Turn of the heat, let cool and strain.
  • Drink a cup a day for one week.

4. Lemon, turmeric and ginger tea

Tubers such as turmeric and ginger are popular thanks to their powerful properties. Paired with the lemon, they benefit the lymphatic system by destroying toxins in addition to providing the body with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Ginger tea


  • 1 tablespoon of grated ginger (15 g)
  • ½ tablespoon of ground turmeric (5 g)
  • The juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 cups of water (500 ml)


  • Boil the the ginger and turmeric in a pot for 5 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat, strain and add the lemon juice.
  • Drink every day on an empty stomach for one week.

5. Cleaver tea

Cleaver tea

Cleavers (Galium aparine) are a plant that boast wonderful detoxifying properties for the blood and urinary tract. They also help the lymphatic system run more efficiently and reduce tissue inflammation. You can combine them with pokeweed for even better results.


  • 2 tablespoons of cleavers (30 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)


  • Boil the water.
  • Add the tablespoons of the dried herb and leave to infuse for a few minutes.
  • Drink one cup at least 3 times a day.

Frequently catching colds, tiredness and weight fluctuation are all signs that indicate a failing lymphatic system. If you don’t treat it in time, the problem could develop into lymphedema.

80% of your lymphatic system is located in your intestines, meaning that you should watch what you eat in order to strengthen both your lymphatic and immune system. When you have a problem in your lymphatic system, you can use these natural remedies as a natural solution.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.