When you detoxify your body, toxins must first pass out of your cells through your extracellular matrix – the area surrounding and connecting your cells together – through your lymph to your organs of elimination.
If your extracellular matrix is congested, it can impair your ability to detoxify. Essential oils, with their ability to permeate the walls of your cells, can be a powerful tool to help decongest and detoxify your extracellular matrix.
What is Your Extra Cellular Matrix?
Your extracellular matrix (ECM) is a three-dimensional network that surrounds all the cells and tissues in your body, providing a structural and biochemical scaffold, which helps your cells assemble into a network and bind together. Your ECM also serves as a highway that facilitates communication between cells, regulating a number of cellular functions, such as cell plasticity, cell behavior, operations related to the life cycle of the cell, immune cell recruitment and modulation, as well as the utilization of many of the body’s growth factors. Read more HERE.
The ECM forms a complex meshwork of proteins and carbohydrates that provide rigidity to soft tissues and bone. It serves as a reserve for minerals and helps repair damaged tissue, providing structural integrity during the repair, as well as acting as a foundation for cell adhesion and migration. The interactions between your cells and your extracellular matrix also promote rapid wound closure, minimizing affect the level of inflammation and risk of infection when tissue is damaged.
Extra Cellular Matrix Congestion
Your extracellular matrix is the most neglected aspect of detoxification as various toxins can lead to damage and destruction of the extracellular matrix.
Unfortunately, extracellular matrix congestion or dysregulated extracellular matrices contribute to many diseases, impairing cell communication, compromising cell adhesion to the EMC, cell function and integrity, and contributing to cell death and disease states.
For example, dysfunction of the extracellular matrix can be seen in many chronic illnesses such as diseases related to fibrosis, joint hypermobility syndromes, autoimmunity, osteoporosis and arthritic diseases. Fibromyalgia, viral infections, Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), autism spectrum disorders, motor neuron diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases all may involve a dysregulated or compromised ECM. A dysfunctional extracellular matrix is also a hallmark of connective tissue diseases, as well as hypermobility syndromes.
Heavy metal and chemical toxins, like glyphosate, drugs like fluoroquinolones as well as mycotoxins and mold toxicity, and various pathogens can damage the ECM through the activation of inflammatory cytokines that then compromise cells adhesion to the ECM. This can lead to apoptosis (cell death) as the ECM plays a critical and role in the function of your cells.
For example, the function of many of your body’s essential growth factors and cytokines are dependent upon the functionality of the ECM. These growth factors have governing effects on immunological homeostasis, as well as vascular function, oxygen delivery, stem cell differentiation, muscular functions, blood vessel formation, and growth and development. In other words, a polluted ECM throws all of your cells out of balance.
Given the importance of the ECM for normal physiological function, any degree of compromise to the ECM will predispose you to enhanced toxicity and disordered cell behavior.
3 Essential Oils to Clean Your Extracellular Matrix
Essential oils can help modulate and support the extracellular matrix, its functions and relationship to cells. In fact, research has shown that essential oils possess properties that may help support a healthy extracellular matrix. Read more HERE.
The following essential oil blends may help clean and regenerate the ECM:
Lymph™: The ECM is comprised of lymphatic vessels which run through connective tissues. The lymph system acts as the sewer system of your body, removing metabolic waste and toxins from cells and the ECM. When toxins are carried out of the cells, they first pass through the extracellular matrix to your lymph, and then on to your organs of elimination. When your lymph is congested or stagnant, toxins can build up in your extracellular matrix, which can cause a worsening of symptoms.
To enhance lymphatic flow and drainage, generously apply Lymph™ around the sides of your neck, under your arm pits and along your bikini line. You can also apply Lymph™ around the gut so that the rest of the lymph in the body can flow to the gut for elimination.
Histamine Balance™ – Histamine is released from mast cells in response to a toxic exposure, such as mold, in your ECM. Mold can trigger a degradation of the extracellular matrix, allowing pathogens to infiltrate immune cells through the ECM.
Research reveals that histamine may activate cell growth and extracellular matrix reconstruction.
Histamine Balance™ may help balance and stabilize mast cells to clean and heal inflammatory responses in your ECM. Histamine Balance™ blend is uniquely suited to modulate excess histamine excretion; balancing histamine levels and helping to reset the immune response and reduce allergic reactions are decreased. Blue Tansy, in particular, is known for neutralizing histamine and helping to control allergic reactions.
Read More about Essential Oils to Balancing Histamine Responses HERE.
Circulation™: Your ECM controls growth factor and a specific kind of growth factor – vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) – delivers oxygen to tissues, and is essential in repair processes like recovery from exercise, blood vessel formation, and muscle integrity and function. Dysfunctional ECM often present as symptoms like poor circulation, hypoxia to the extremities and muscle fatigue. Improving oxygen flow to the ECM with essential oils can help clean and repair the ECM.
Essential oils can help improve circulation by relaxing the blood vessels and improving the health of the blood vessels. This helps more blood circulate through them, improving circulation in the process. Essential oils can also be used to help the veins contract, stimulating blood flow. Read More about Essential Oils for Circulation HERE.
Circulation™ may help deliver oxygen and nutrient rich blood to the body and the brain.
Formulated with several oils known to be high in sesquiterpenes, including Black Pepper, Ginger and Frankincense that deliver oxygen molecules to ECM and the cells. This increase in oxygen helps the ECM heal. Apply 2- 3 drops of Circulation™ on the sides or back of the neck, over the left clavicle, on the wrists or ankles.
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