Hi there. If you clicked this link, then it means you're having a rough time with fighting off cravings. Cravings are the hardest part of getting sober, and anything can cause a craving. A certain scent, a memory, having idle hands and boredom, or just the general need for whatever you're craving. When you crave, there's always a chance for relapse. Many of your most violent or urgent cravings have much to do with the substance still being in your body. Whether you quit a few days ago, or if you've been clean for a few weeks to a month, the chances that your preferred poison is still circulating some where in your body. If it was something you inhaled or ingested, chances are your poison is still in your digestive track, which can still release the chemicals inside your body - enough to make you have craving fits. And it's hard to have "mind over matter" when your body is fighting you every step of the way. If you have just recently gotten out of a bad habit, then it's time to detox your body. And I don't mean with those store bought or prescription detoxes or laxatives. If you have just gotten out of a bad habit, it's best to go for an organic approach. An organic herbal detox tea can help you cleanse your body gently, and thoroughly. As a Cherokee medicine woman, my goal is to help everyone, and usually for my substance abusers who are trying to get sober, I start with a good detox of their house, body, mind, and spirit. On here, I can only do so much, but at least I can provide you with a recipe to help detox your body so that you can over come the hardest part of sobriety. Detox Tea Goal: To have two cups of this tea a day, for seven days for a full digestive track/colon clean out. This is a week long process, and it's meant to be gentle and gradual instead of sudden to avoid stomach cramping and diarrhea. Ingredients: (This recipe is designed to make 2 cups of strong tea depending on steep time time) 2 spoons of senna leaf 1 broken up Anise star 2 spoon of peppermint 2 spoon of chamomile 1 spoonful of cascara sagrada half spoon of anise seed a half spoonful of dandelion root 1 spoonful of hibiscus root 2 spoonfuls of psyllium husk 1 teabag of regular tea (optional) Method: Mix all of these ingredients together (except the psyllium husk)well and brew them in a tea. Using a tea ball or whatever you like to use, brew and steep for about 3 to 5 minutes in boiling water. The tea should look a deep red due to the hibiscus. The first cup you take, place 2 spoonfuls of psyllium husk in the mug after brewing. You will want to make the first cup cool enough to drink quickly, as the psyllium husk tends to thicken like oatmeal and if you do not drink it down quickly, it will be like drinking oatmeal. Once you have 'skulled' the first cup down with the psyllium husk, make another cup without it, and sip it slowly. You may put whatever sweetener or additives you like in this. If you like lots of sugar, go ahead, if you like lemon, that's fine (in fact, lemon is super good for you so I encourage it!), if you like English tea with cream or milk, that's great too. Make it so that you can drink it. None of these things will react poorly with the tea. What the tea does: The tea itself is a detox. It softens your stool, helps push through old fecal matter build up inside of your colon/digestive track, and gently removes the waste from your system. The psyllium husk is an amplifier. The herb will actually grab onto the fecal matter sticking to your digestive track walls (you know, the stuff that's probably been there for years!), and remove it. The best way to describe this is an organic draino for the body. It acts much like Draino does for clogged sinks. Farmers actually give Psyllium husk to horses to keep them from getting colic, for those of you that understand that better. Getting a hold of ingredients: This part can be tricky, but my preferred sites are Monterrey Bay Spice Company of San Francisco Herbs and Natural Foods (sfherbs.com). If you have a homeopathic store near you, usually you can find these individual herbs there.