It’s likely that you will see “Detoxifying” treatments being offered, from foot baths to FAR infrared saunas, through to cleansing diets and aromatherapy massage, if you open an alternative health magazine, read the signs in the windows of a spa or health food store, or look at the website of your local health practice. Traditional detoxification methods are found in every culture, including herbal teas, sweat lodges, saunas, fasting, hot springs, and mud baths.
These customs enhance the detoxification processes already carried out by our bodies. Our digestive, urinary, integumentary (skin), circulatory, respiratory, and lymphatic systems all function to continuously remove toxins from our bodies.
Traditional detoxification methods aim to strengthen these innate defenses. It appears that humans have always looked for and created ways to rid their bodies of unwelcome food byproducts, particularly those from cooked and smoked foods, stress and fatigue leftovers, sporadic encounters with natural toxins, and sporadic episodes of intentional intoxication like those brought on by fermented beverages and other substances like narcotics.
We are built to handle naturally occurring toxins, but since the turn of the 20th century, denatured foods and drinks, regular alcohol consumption, pesticides, cigarette smoke, herbicides, petroleum byproducts, and air and water pollutants have increased the amount of new toxins that are exposed to human bodies.
Constipation, gas, bad breath, low immunity, hormonal imbalances, menstrual, menopausal, and fertility issues, as well as skin issues, poor circulation, mood swings, depression, and a buildup of mucus, can all be indicators that the body needs additional detoxification support.
Essential oils, like herbs, can be powerful plant aids in the detoxification process. Traditions correctly identify detoxifying plants, and many of them, including lemon, grapefruit, apple cider vinegar, ginger, bitter greens, and hot peppers, are frequently found in our diets and folk remedies. It’s not necessary to consume detoxifying foods as essential oils; in fact, you should never consume an essential oil unless a doctor has prescribed it.
It is neither necessary nor advisable to use a few drops of the essential oil in place of a tablespoon of lemon juice in warm water every morning to assist the liver in detoxifying.
Every day, the skin helps the body expel up to 1 pound of waste. Maintaining an open skin that can release waste products effectively makes sense. Exercise regularly, switch to deodorant from antiperspirant, and take advantage of saunas and steam rooms whenever you can because sweating serves a variety of purposes, the most important of which is the removal of waste. In fact, the body depends on a straightforward activity like daily, 30-minute walks to circulate lymph in the lower half.
The removal of dead skin cells and improved lymphatic circulation can both be achieved by simply brushing the skin of the entire body in the direction of the heart from bottom to top. It’s also beneficial to use a salt or sugar scrub in the same manner, then take a bath in the scrub’s dissolved form.
Cypress: The diuretic properties of Cupressus sempervirens work to tone blood and lymphatic vessels and decongest the lymph.
Lemon: Citrus limonum is effective against viruses like the flu and stimulates white blood cells to protect the body from infection. through the liver and blood, detoxifies.
Grapefruit: Citrus racemosa is a diuretic and an antifungal that also has diuretic and toxins-elimination properties. Detoxifies through the lymphatic system, liver, gallbladder, skin, and urinary tract.
Fennel: Foeniculum vulgare dulce is a diuretic that also promotes healthy digestion and parasite removal. Detoxifies through the digestive system, kidneys, and skin.
Fir Balsam: Abies balsamia detoxifies the body through the adrenal glands and has antiseptic and cancerous properties.
Frankincense: Through its calming effects, Boswellia carterii gently regenerates tissues and the nervous system.
Juniper berry: In addition to being antiviral and diuretic, the juniper berry’s ability to remove toxins from fatty tissues and flush the body of uric acid can help reduce cellulite. detoxifies through the urinary tract, skin, and kidneys.
Peppermint Essential Oil: Never use peppermint in a bath or directly on mucous membranes, as it has strong anti-infective and anti-toxic properties. Through the digestive and respiratory systems, detoxifies.
Rose: Rosa damascena is so gentle and calming that it is believed to be able to regulate hormones and boost the immune system just by combating stress and its byproducts.
Rose Germanium: Pelargonium odorantissium, also known as graveolens or rose geranium, improves circulation, balances hormones, particularly during menopause, and fights yeast while safeguarding beneficial bacteria. strengthens the liver, pancreas, and spleen while detoxifying.
Rosmarinus officinalis: a herb, boosts circulation. respiratory system is detoxified, and mucous is removed.
ylang ylang: Cananga odorata, also known as ylang ylang, has a potent calming effect and detoxifies the nervous and digestive systems.
Remember the adage “as above, so below”; botanicals that help the body get rid of toxins also help get rid of bad feelings and thoughts. Most importantly, take advantage of the chance to indulge in yourself during a self-guided detoxification program. Savor the taste of pure water, the textures and colors of fresh foods, the satisfaction of physical activity, and the sensory delights of homemade essential oil treatments. Reduce, Relax, Refresh, and Relish is the golden rule when it comes to toxins!