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3 Ways to Move Lymphatic Fluid for Detoxification

By Jodi Cohen

A small bottle of "vibrant blue oils" intended for body balance, specifically for lymphatic support, placed alongside a delicate pink flower and smooth black stones on a neutral wooden background.

The lymphatic system is critical for moving metabolic waste, toxins and infections out of the cells via the lymphatic fluid.  The lymphatic system also helps carry nutrients, oxygen, hormones and other healing substances into every cell. Lymph for detoxification is an oil that can be used to help you move toxins out of the body.

Our lymphatic system permeates every part of the body, serving as a complementary system to our circulatory system.  It draws fluid from the cells and carries it through a series of lymphatic ducts and nodes back to the circulatory system, establishing the link between the smallest blood vessels – the capillaries – and the cells.

Lymph for Detoxification

Unfortunately, the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump and lymphatic fluid can accumulate and stagnate (learn more about the Lymphatic System here).  This stagnation can be due to an overload of acidity, animal protein, gluten, infection, toxins or adhesions of the connective tissue, such as scars.

Lymphatic congestion is at the base of many health problems including:

  • Cellulite or excess water weight
  • Pain, including Fibromyalgia, Back Pain, Joint Pain, Headaches or Migraines
  • Hormonal Imbalance, Thyroid Issues or Infertility
  • Respiratory, Digestive and Skin Issues
  • Skin Diseases
  • Tinnitus
  • Diabetes
  • Irritable Bladder/ Prostate Irritations
  • Sore throat
  • Chronic sinus problems.
  • Earaches, ear infections and Tinnitus
  • Breast swelling and tenderness
  • Metabolic Imbalances
  • Attention Deficit Disorders, Concentration Difficulties

One way to determine if lymphatic circulation is sluggish is to depress the skin on the back of the hand with the thumb. If the skin takes three or more seconds to return to normal color after being depressed, the lymphatics are probably sluggish.

Moving Lymphatic Fluid is Critical to Health

3 Ways to Move Lymphatic Fluid with Essential OilsImproving lymph flow throughout the body is critical to helping the body release toxins deep in the cells.  It’s interesting to note that the lymphatic system works in conjunction with our connective tissue and fascia.  For example, nutrients are transported by the lymphatic fluid through the connective tissue from the capillaries to the cell.

Our connective tissue also serves as a buffer zone for any kind of stress like excessive nutrition, excessive animal protein, toxins and infection leaving the vascular system.  Many of these toxins and microbes are accumulated in the connective tissue. Lymphatic flow can mobilize these toxins and microbes, as well as helping to release emotional and mental trauma stored deep in our tissue.

When our connective tissue and fascia contract – from issues like acidity, infection, inflammation, toxins, scars or unresolved emotional issues conflicts – it impedes both detoxification efforts and ideal provision of nutrients into the cells.

 

Fascia and the Lymphatic System

Your lymphatic network is located within your fascia right under the skin.

The fascial system is essentially a glide system that forms a continuous web surrounding and connecting your body’s muscles, vessels, nerves and organs. The lymphatic is designed to glide within the fascial system.

Your lymphatic system relies on our body’s movement by the muscles and fascia to squeeze the lymphatic vessels and push the lymph through the system like a low-pressure hose.

When the fascia is healthy, hydrated, flexible, supple and unrestricted, your tissues can move freely and helps the lymph can move more easily through the lymphatic vessels towards the neck for removal.

If the fascia is bound and restricted because of dysfunctional postures, injury, surgical scarring, inflammation, or removal of lymph nodes, this can create roadblocks in the system.

How to Move Lymph for Detoxification

The following Essential Oils in combination with lymphatic massage, can play a critical role in detoxification.

Lymph:  The lymphatic system needs to be functioning optimally in order for toxins to leave the cells and the body.  Congested or stagnant lymphatic movement can impede toxins from draining and leaving the system.  To enhance lymphatic flow and drainage, generously apply Lymph™ around the sides of the neck, under the arm pits and along the bikini line.

Fascia Release™: The Fascia Release™ blend helps support lymph drainage by helping to stimulate the lymphatic system, release adhesions and fascial restriction, increase circulation, decrease swelling in the tissue. By supporting the fluid dynamics of the fascial system, this blend may help ease a congested lymphatic system and decrease swelling. Since fascia lies just below the skin so topically applying essential oils onto the skin allows for easy and immediate access to the fascia. The skin is your largest organ and is relatively permeable to fat-soluble substances like essential oils.

Essential oils soften the myofascial tissue, allowing the deep and constrained tissue to stretch and move as it is designed to function.  They also have an analgesic effect, relaxing the muscles and reducing pain. Essential oils can be used to revitalize and de-stress the fascia and muscles, working quickly to break down inflamed, fibrous tissue, removing toxins from the painful area.

Essential oils help with collagen production by reducing free-radical damage. The antioxidant properties of essential oils may also promote collagen growth by both reducing free radicals and increasing collagen cell growth and formation. Essential oils with detoxing properties help reduce inflammation that may weaken collagen fibers.

The essential oils in the Fascia Release™ blend are uniquely formulated to unravel deeply held tensions, constrictions and energetic blockages in your tissues to reduce pain, improve blood and lymphatic circulation and release fear, repressed emotions, and tension held in the body (organs, muscles, tendons, bones and joints) or the mind.

Anti-Inflammatory™:  To help relieve contraction and inflammation of the connective tissue and fascia, Anti-Inflammatory™ can be topically applied to the bottoms of the feet, abdomen and other areas of the body where tissue feels tight and contracted.  This blend contains several essential oils known for their anti-inflammatory properties.  It is designed to reduce inflammation and encourage regeneration of damaged or stressed cells and tissues that have been chronically inflamed or acutely inflamed.

 Parasympathetic®: Helps to activate the vagus nerve to trigger the Parasympathetic rest and digest state of the autonomic nervous system.  The vagus nerve travels down both sides of the neck and is most accessible behind the ear lobe on the mastoid bone.  Topically applying Parasympathetic ™ blend on the vagus nerve behind the on the neck can help reset the autonomic nervous system for optimal function, allowing muscles to relax and setting the stage for the optimal detoxification state.

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About The Author

Jodi Cohen

Jodi Sternoff Cohen is the founder of Vibrant Blue Oils. An author, speaker, nutritional therapist, and a leading international authority on essential oils, Jodi has helped over 50,000 individuals support their health with essential oils.