With Brittany Darrah, CNP

greensmoothieFor optimal lymphatic drainage it is recommended to consume one meal in the form of an alkalinizing and nourishing green smoothie. Replacing plant milk or water with herbal tea often increases the healing properties of smoothies. Cleavers is a herb commonly used for detoxification of the lymph system; it can be purchased by request as an organic loose tea at Innate Wellness. In addition to cleavers, pineapple provides anti-inflammatory properties, digestive benefits, and enzyme content that improve lymphatic function to promote natural, everyday detoxification.



–       1 cup chopped pineapple

–     1 tbsp. of lime juice

–       3 leaves of romaine lettuce, rinsed and torn

–       1/2 cup frozen ripe pear (used instead of banana as a lower glycemic thickener)

–       1 cup cleavers tea

–       1 serving of preferred greens powder (optional)


Brew the cleavers tea in advance, allowing it to steep for 10-15 minutes. Chill in the refrigerator. You may wish to make tea in bulk and drink it on its own, or incorporate it into other beverages over the course of a few days.

Put ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a large glass or mason jar and enjoy!