Cilantro Detox Juice recipe

Cilantro Detox Juice

Cilantro is a super food full of healing properties and incredible phytonutrients. In addition to chelating heavy metals from the body, cilantro helps to build healthy skin and hair, and reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Cilantro also contains antimicrobial properties (this is likely why it’s been widely used in cooking for cultures in warmer climates, prior to the development of refrigeration).

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll notice that I often post photos of my healthy green juice. I’m often asked for the recipe, which is why I’m sharing my Cilantro Detox Juice. I drink a quart of this green juice every day. I began this ritual of daily juicing in 2004 when I was diagnosed with heavy metal toxicity. Rather than doing medical chelation, which my doctor and I thought would be too hard on my body, he suggested that I eat large amounts of cilantro, which has chelating properties. Since I wasn’t sure how I would consume an entire bunch of cilantro each day, I decided to start juicing it.

For this healthy juice recipe, I use all of the cilantro (leaves and stems). I have made this a regular practice in both juicing and cooking as I find this stretches my food dollars, and reduces both prep work and food waste. I also find that the stems of cilantro taste every bit as good as the leaves! Here’s my special Cilantro Detox Juice recipe. I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me.

Cilantro Detox Juice
Serves: about 1 quart
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 2 fingers ginger
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 3 large cucumbers
  1. Push cilantro through juicer
  2. One at a time, push ginger, lemon, and lime through juicer
  3. Push cucumbers through juicer
  4. Serve

When it comes to juicing some people worry about losing the fiber from the vegetables. If that is your concern you may wish to blend your veggies in a high-speed blender such as a vitamix or blendtec.

I eat many servings of vegetables each day, far more than the USDA recommended 2.5 cups, so I get plenty of fiber and that is not a concern for me when it comes to juicing. We munch on chopped vegetables before dinner (typically cucumbers, celery, yellow and orange peppers, and different types of radishes). I eat salad or cooked vegetables with each meal, and often snack on homemade kale chips. You get the idea, I eat a lot of vegetables, thus I have loads of fiber in my diet.

Then why do I juice? For me juicing is a supplement, similar to taking a vitamin. Juice is not a whole food, but that does not mean it isn’t extremely healthy. Pushing super foods through the juicer gives me an extra supply of micronutrients that my digestive system would not have the space to process given all of the other vegetables that I eat each day. Additionally, because we live in a society where our soil is depleted, the food that is grown in it can have diminished nutritional value, even when organic. For this reason, I think it’s important for me to go above and beyond the 2.5 cups of vegetables per day that the USDA recommends we consume. Juicing helps me far exceed that quotient. Juicing may not be for everyone, we’re all different, but it is perfect for me!

This Cilantro Detox Juice has dramatically lowered my heavy metal burden and keeps my liver enzymes at very healthy levels. I feel fabulous after I drink it –I’m not sure why but I get completely energized after downing my quart of juice each day; this drink is a natural mood booster for me.

When making this juice I leave the skins of the limes and lemons on, I do not remove them. I use a Breville juicer and when I spoke to the company, they advised me not to do this as the juicer is not made for it. You may decrease the life of your juicer, or it may break if you do this. My juicer seems to “jump” a little each time I push unpeeled citrus through it, though I still leave the skins on, as I want all of the bioflavnoids found in the citrus skin.

I do not tire of this Cilantro Detox Juice, however, if you are looking to add a bit of variety to your juicing regimen try these juices too!


  1. erin says

    You know my brother has been using this detox method. He keeps telling me to try it! I think I just might.

  2. Christie says

    From what I have read, cilantro mobilizes heavy metal in the body but does not help eliminate them, and it is important to also eat something that will bind the heavy metals and carry them out of the body. Chlorella is often recommended to take with cilantro for this reason. Bentonite clay is another supplement that is recommended for the same reason. Do you take either of these when you drink your cilantro? What do you recommend?

  3. Lisa says

    Could I throw this all in a nutribullet? That’s what I have for blending at the moment. Maybe not the rinds though?

      • Kristina Reynolds-Haney says

        Did you ever get an answer to your question? If not, I’ll try to help. Do you live in the U.S.A.? If so, you can find the “Oh SOOO FABULOUS Cilanto in the Produce Department of you local grocery store. Cilantro has another name: Coriander! Silly, I know! The section of Cilantro is usually placed next to the Parsley. Don’t get confused! There are usually 2 types of Parsley: Italian Flat Leaf Parsley and Curly Leaf Parsley (the kind you usually find as a garnish lying on the side of your plate). The Curly Leaf variety is still edible. Then, next to these beauties, your requested Cilantro (Coriander) will be located! All of these green leafy herbs look VERY similar! If perhaps, these are not labeled (or you’re just not sure) the “True Blue” way to distinguish Cilantro from the others is . . . to SMELL them! Cilantro has a VERY intense, aromatic, fragrance to it, MUCH diferent than the VERY mild Parsley! I hope this helps! Good luck! You may even want to try your hand at growing Cilantro (Coriander)in pots inside your home! I do! I LOVE it! Feel free to contact me if you have ANY questions OR would like some GREAT recipes incorporating Cilantro! ?
        Have a GREAT day!

  4. says

    Very interesting re: the chelating effects of cilantro. I will definitely be looking into that as a gentler approach to overcoming heavy metal toxicity. Amazing suggestion and great recipe to get started with. I too would be very stumped about how to pack my diet with cilantro!

  5. Beth says

    Thank you so much for helping our family stay healthy, one delicous recipe at a time! My children are now away at college, hate the food, and love to come home to your chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and soups. My daughter will soon be moving in to her own apartment and will be using your blog and your recipe books I will be purchasing for her as her house warming present. SHE WILL BE THRILLED. I can’t begin to tell you as a mama how deeply grateful I am to you. Anyway, I do have a question..You said you drink a quart of this a day. Does this recipe make one quart? Thank you again so much! May God Richly Bless You Always!

  6. Jen says

    I love juice, but have recently been enjoying green soup made in a vitamix. Very easy, satisfying and warm in winter. I use romaine, cilantro, celery, carrots, cherry tomatoes, some spirulina, kelp powder, hand full of hemp seeds and/or cashews, add some hot water, healthy salt and some herbs like oregano, garlic powder, etc, other seasoning you enjoy. And a splash of evoo. Blender up until its’ smoooth and steaming and you have a healthy healing detoxinfying soup! Love it so much I had to share.

    • Jen says

      Also add a spring onion and some avocado. Maybe other people already do quick soups like this, but it’s new for me and has been a big discovery. Excuse the typos above. Just was happy to share this. Love the juice recipe and information. Thank you Elana, warm wishes…

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