Master Cleanse Recipe

Squeezing juice from lemon with fork
Justin Lambert/Digital Vision/Getty Images

The Master Cleanse, also called the lemonade diet, is a liquid fast that advocates say will strengthen your overall health, detoxify the body, and promote weight loss.

Developed in the 1940s, the diet involves fasting for up to ten days and drinking a homemade lemonade beverage made of lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water. A salt water (or warm water) drink in the morning is said to “flush” the system, and an herbal laxative tea is typically consumed at the end of the day.

After the ten-day period, solid food is added back gradually. Find out more about the Master Cleanse and what it involves.

The original recipe and detailed information about the diet can be found in the book, The Master Cleanser, by Stanley Burroughs. According to the diet guidelines, people drink between six to 12 glasses of the lemonade drink each day. Some variations on the basic recipe include substituting the maple syrup with agave syrup or honey.

Adapted from The Master Cleanser

One serving

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp organic grade B maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/10 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 10 oz purified warm or room temperature water

Directions:

Combine the lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne with the water. Stir.

Six servings (about 1/2 gallon)

Ingredients:

  • 12 Tbsp organic grade B maple syrup
  • 12 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 60 oz purified warm or room temperature water

    Directions:

    Combine the lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne with the water. Stir.

    Store tightly covered in the refrigerator. Shake gently or stir before each serving. Use within 1-2 days.

    12 servings (just over 1 gallon)

    Ingredients: 

    • 360 mL (12 ounces) organic grade B maple syrup
    • 360 mL (12 ounces) freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
    • 3.6 L purified warm or room temperature water.

    Directions:

    Combine the lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper with the water. Stir well.

    Store tightly covered in the refrigerator. Shake gently or stir before each serving. Use within 1-2 days.

    Before You Make the Master Cleanse Recipe

    If you're considering trying the Master Cleanse diet, it's important to talk with your primary care diet to weigh the pros and cons of the diet for your health. 

    Related:

    Beet, Carrot, Apple and Ginger Juice Recipe

    Flaxseeds and Lemon Water for Digestion

    Source:

    Burroughs, Stanley. The Master Cleanser. Burroughs Books, 1976.

    Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

    Continue Reading