Our lymphatic system is one of the most important components of detox in the body. Not only does it cleanse away the metabolic wastes produced by cells, tissues, and organs, it also carries away the excess toxicity we accumulate on a daily basis. Since our lymphatic system cannot flow on its own, it’s extremely important that we get in regular movement throughout the day to stimulate healthy lymphatic circulation. We can also support and detox the lymphatic system through the use of essential oils.
How to Detox the Lymphatic System Using Essential Oils
You may be wondering why the lymphatic system is so important, I mean, who really talks about it right? But I can assure you that it’s vital to your health and overall well-being.
The lymphatic system is responsible for:
• Absorbing and transporting fats and fatty acids from the digestive system
• Neutralizing, dissolving, and destroying/removing debris and waste products which in the body
• Preventing edema (fluid-retention)
• Removal of excess interstitial fluids
• Supporting the immune system
• Transporting white blood cells to the lymph nodes for immune response
The body can contain anywhere from 600-700 lymph nodes throughout the body that facilitate these essential functions every day. But here’s the kicker, it doesn’t have a pump system to make it move and flow. In order for the lymphatic system to actually carry out its duties, it solely depends on gravity to pull it down and regular bodily movement to pump it back up. If you have a sedentary job or lifestyle, chances are your lymphatic system is really backed up and needs a good detox.
A toxic lymphatic system will inevitably overburden the liver until it is no longer able to cope with the overabundance toxins. These toxins are then diverted towards every mucus membrane in the body as well as other emergency elimination pathways like the lungs, intestines, skin, eyes, and kidneys. This causes chronic inflammation in the mucus membranes which is responsible for every type of “itis” that occurs in the body.
So, how can we better support healthy lymphatic circulation?
1. Detox baths
2. Dry brushing (this is the drybrush I use)
5. Taking lymph stimulating herbs like cleavers (you can read more about lymph supporting herbs here)
6. Using a mini rebounder
7. Using essential oils
Think of the lymphatic system as your body’s sewage treatment plant. Stimulating it is vital for the maintenance of your overall health. If it fails, your body becomes overloaded with toxins, you can develop chronic pain and inflammation, lose energy, and become more susceptible to disease. Keeping your lymph flowing prevents it from becoming sluggish and inefficient. Incorporating one or two of the above methods into your daily routine will help support a healthy and robust immune system, a happy liver, and prevent the stagnation of toxins in the body.
Essential Oils for Detoxing the Lymphatic System
The good news is, essential oils can help amplify lymphatic flow and are simple to implement into your daily routine.
Alteratives, Blood Purifiers, Depuratives, and Detoxifiers
Essential oils with these characteristics will help stimulate “phagocytosis” – the ability where white blood cells devour and clean up microbes and toxins in the body. This makes the job of the lymphatic system easier as it helps eliminate excess waste.
Essential oils with these properties include:
Stimulating healthy circulation will also stimulate the lymphatic system to flow.
Essential oils with this property include:
These oils are especially useful in a message oils in small amounts.
These essential oils help stimulate lymph and tissue fluid circulation.
They include oils like:
Peppermint in particular has an affinity for the blood, tissue fluid, lymph, and spinal and cerebral fluid. Its cooling properties positively influence lymphatic flow and the cleansing of mucous membranes.
Lymph Stimulating Massage Oil Recipe
One of the best ways to detox the lymphatic system is through gentle massage. Not only is it effective, but it’s also an enjoyable treat you can include after a shower that takes just a moment to do.
Here’s what you’ll need:
• A 1oz dropper bottle
• 2TB carrier oil like sweet almond, fractionated coconut oil, grapeseed oil, etc.
• 5 drops geranium essential oil
• 5 drops tangerine essential oil
• 2 drops helichrysum essential oil (can sub rosemary or cardamom)
Loving Preparation – Lymphatic Massage Oil Recipe
• Add the essential oils to the dropper bottle
• Next, add the carrier oil
• Cap closed and roll between your palms to mix
After a shower, apply a thin even layer of lymphatic massage oil over the body, gently massaging towards the heart as you apply it.
You can mix and match any of the essential oils listed in the article, just be careful with the circulatory oils as they are considered to be “hot oils”. I recommend using just 2 drops for a total of 6 drops in 1oz of carrier oil. You can try that out and adjust it as needed.
I also want to mention that tangerine and mandarin are generally considered safe to use on skin that may be exposed to sunlight but the other citrus oils ARE NOT. If you take a shower in the morning, avoid using citrus essential oils in your massage oil blend. If you take a shower at night, this is not an issue as the phototoxicity of essential oils does not usually last longer than 12 hours. You can read more about phototoxic essential oils here.
What has been your favorite way to detox the lymphatic system? Please share in the comments below!
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