Unless you live in an area devoid of industry, you are without a doubt absorbing a glut of toxins and pollutants whether it be through the air you breathe or the food you ingest. These contaminants can have an overwhelming effect on our immune system as they make a home in our bodies. One way we can restore our bodies is through detoxification.
Our bodies were designed to eliminate normal amounts of toxins, but hectic lifestyles and constant neglect can tax our immune system. If these toxins are not dealt with, it can lead to a number of serious health conditions including cancer, immune disorders, allergies, hormone imbalances and many more.
Thankfully, there are natural substances like essential oils that can help give our bodies a big boost when it comes to combating and cleansing these harmful elements!
To many, cleansing is something you do periodically when you experience a health crisis. But, it should be a lifestyle and not something considered as an afterthought. There are three ways in which essential oils can be incorporated into your detox regime, topically, by inhaling and through safe and occasional internal use. Please note that there are a plethora of essential oil brands on the market, and not all are equal. I use Young Living and found them credible. You should never experience inflammation, hives or pain from using a natural product. Do your research.
Lemon is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine for its cleansing nature. Whether you use the fruit or the essential oil has natural detoxifying and rejuvenating properties that are beneficial liver and aid in bringing clarity to the mind and emotions. I like to squeeze a lemon every morning and drink before breakfast. But, it’s important to remember that the chemical constituency of the lemon rind – which the oil is made from – and the oil itself are quite different from the juice. Other benefits of this citrus oil are; chelates iron, it’s ability to treat stress disorders, fever, skin disorders, stomach issues, hair conditions, sleepless nights, cramps, fatigue and many more.
Suggested use: During your next cleanse add 1 drop of lemon oil to some honey and coconut oil and swallow.
Cloves is an aromatic spice that is another iron chelator and arguably the most potent antioxidant available on earth. Unlike other spices, cloves can be grown year around so its health benefits can be readily enjoyed. Because cloves essential oil contains an elevated level of eugenol, it has proven to be remarkably versatile and has been thoroughly researched as an effective alternative to many modern medical treatments. It’s effective in boosting energy, eliminating acne, killing parasites, improving blood circulation, reducing gum disease, killing molds and fungus, and is a natural anti-inflammatory.
Don’t let the appealing candy cane aroma of peppermint essential oil fool you, it’s popular oil that contains lots of health benefits. It’s beneficial at cleansing the lymphatic system, releasing weight gain and aiding digestion disorders. When applied topically peppermint helps support the gallbladder and decreases inflammation as well. Aside from being used individually, peppermint oil can be blended with other oils and agents to increase its potency.
Suggested use: Diffuse 2 drops each of ginger mint, spearmint, and peppermint for an invigorating energy boost during your next cleanse!
Myrrh – the Holy Oil
Studies have shown that myrrh has antioxidant, astringent, antitumoral, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiparasitic, antiviral, and pain relieving benefits. It can be used as a mouthwash to eliminate dental infections, a cold compress to relieve sores and wounds, for respiratory problems, digestive ailments, and strengthen the immune system.
Rosemary essential oil, with its characteristic woody fragrance, has been used for centuries for a variety of health and beauty benefits. It has analgesic, antibacterial, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal qualities. It improves memory, increases new hair growth, soothes digestive issues, detoxes the liver, lowers cortisol, and relieves muscle aches and pains.
Improve Memory – Mix 3 drops of rosemary oil with 1/2 tsp of coconut oil and rub on your upper neck or diffuse for 1 hour a day.
Hair Thickener – Put 5 drops of rosemary oil on scalp and massage in after showering.
Neuropathy and Neuralgia – Take 2 drops of rosemary oil, 2 drops of helichrysum oil, 2 drops of cypress oil and 1/2 tsp of a carrier oil and rub on area of neuropathy.
Tea Tree Oil
Indigenous people have used Tea Tree oil for thousands of years for its effective properties. Today, it’s known and used worldwide for a host of health-related issues. It’s great for acne, dandruff, lice, psoriasis and eczema, toe fungus and ringworm, killing mold, cuts and infections, and anti-cancer benefits. It’s also used in cosmetic and toiletries like toothpaste and deodorant. Please note that Tea Tree oil should NOT be taken by mouth for any reason. Tea tree oil is known to be poisonous if swallowed, according to the National Poison Center. Tea Tree oil can be used in a diffuser or applied topically after being diluted with a carrier oil like coconut oil. Use a 1:1 ratio before applying to your skin.
Laurel oil is rich in antioxidants which are effective in removing toxins. This fragrant oil is a diuretic, expectorant, carminative, can improve digestion, and asthma. It’s also used for flu symptoms and other viral infections. Being a natural sweating agent, it helps the body remove toxins and excess salt, water, and fat through sweat and urine.
Grapefruit essential oil is a potent extract derived from the grapefruit plant. Having lots of lots of health benefiting attributes, it’s been used for centuries to help beat inflammation, weight gain, sugar cravings and it’s considered a natural stress-fighter, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant food and anticarcinogenic. This oil is effective in protecting the body from harm done by toxins, including premature aging, degeneration of tissues, macular degeneration, loss of vision and hearing, mental dullness and physical lethargy, nervous disorders and other related problems. It boosts our immune system, fights free radicals, and stimulates the endocrine glands.
The health benefits of lavender essential oil include its ability to reduce anxiety and emotional stress, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems. It also improves sleep, heals wounds and burns, restores skin complexion and reduces acne, slow aging with powerful antioxidants, relieves headaches, and improves eczema and psoriasis.
Essential oils are powerful. Handle them with extreme care and ensure you are only using the highest quality organic essential oils.