5 draining plants against water retention

There is no scientific basis for the term “draining”: it refers to an elimination function. In the absence of proof, the diuretic properties of plants are usage based, useful if you are prone to Water retention and at the cellulite. More not to eliminate extra pounds. Take the capsules, or tablets of plants for draining purposes with a large glass of water, for 15 days to a month depending on the plants, so as not to lose essential minerals (sodium, potassium) in the urine and in the long run, experience drops in blood pressure, fatigue, or cramps.

All these plants are contraindicated if you are pregnant, if you are breastfeeding or if you suffer from kidney problems: they are likely to cause overactivity which is tiring for an already weakened organ.


Ash, a diuretic plant © iStock

  • Why ? The diuretic activity would be linked to the presence of mannitol and potassium salts.
  • At what dose? 400 mg in dry extract, at a rate of one 200 mg capsule morning and evening. In infusion : 10 to 20 g of dried leaves in 1 l of boiling water, to drink during the day. In mother tincture: 5 to 15 drops per day, without meals.
  • For how long ? The cure should be limited to two weeks.
  • The product: Organic Herbiolys mother tincture, 50 ml, € 11.65. In organic stores, pharmacies and on the Internet.

La piloselle

Piloselle, a draining plant

The piloselle promotes renal elimination of water © iStock

  • Why ? Used for promote renal water elimination.
  • At what dose? Of them capsules about 200 mg of dry extract to be taken without meals. In infusion : 5 to 10 g of whole dried plant in 1 l of boiling water, one cup in the morning and another at noon, before meals.
  • For how long ? From 9 to 18 days. Repeat if necessary, after a minimum break of one month.
  • The product: Arkopharma Piloselle, 45 capsules, € 7.50. Pharmacies and on the Internet.


Orthosiphon, a draining plant

Orthosiphon against water retention © iStock

  • Why ? The effect is believed to be due to the potassium salts of its dried leaves and flowering tops.
  • At what dose? Dried leaf extract, take as two 200 mg capsules in the morning and late afternoon. In infusion : 6 to 12 grams of dried plant for 1 l of water, in several doses over the day.
  • For how long ? Do not exceed two weeks.
  • Avoid if… You suffer from heart problems or renal colic.
  • The product: Elusanes Orthosiphon, box of 30 capsules of 200 mg, 5-7 €. In pharmacies and on the Internet.

The queen of the meadows

The queen of the meadows

Meadowsweet, purifying and anti-inflammatory © iStock

  • Why ? This plant is traditionally used for promote renal elimination.
  • At what dose? In infusion (flowering tops and dried leaves), at a rate of 2 to 6 g per day in 1 l of water, to drink throughout the day. In dry extract in capsules : 800 to 1500 mg per day in total, to be taken with meals.
  • For how long ? Not beyond a month.
  • Avoid if… You are allergic to aspirin.
  • The product: Organic Reine-des-Prés ampoules, Super Diet, € 10. In organic stores, pharmacies and on the Internet.

Morello cherry tail

Cherry tail is a diuretic

The cherry tail has diuretic properties © iStock

  • Why ? The stems of the fruit of this shrub facilitate renal elimination and increase urine.
  • At what dose? In capsules, 1.5 g over the day, in two doses, one in the morning, one at noon. In decoction : for 10 grams of cherry stems (fresh or dried) in 1/2 liter of cold water, Drink up to 3 cups a day.
  • For how long ? Two weeks.
  • Avoid if… You are prone to urinary stones.
  • The product: Organic cherry tail, La vie enherbe, Naturalia, 20 g sachet, € 3.95. Naturalia and on the Internet.

Draining recipe “5 plants” from Dr Jean-Michel Morel, herbalist doctor
Leaves of meadow queen (Filipendula ulmaria), ash (Fraxinus excelsior), birch (Betula alba), blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum), nettle (Urtica dioica): 30 grams each. Count 3 c. at s. (a good handful) of this mixture for
1 l of boiling water, let infuse for 1/4 hour, filter. Drink it during the day, 5 days a week and three weeks a month, for a 15-day cure.

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