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Alleviate Pain and Inflammation with Lymph Support

By Jodi Cohen

A digital medical illustration showing a human torso with its skeletal and lymphatic systems. The bones are represented in white, while the lymphatic system is highlighted in green. The background is black, making the anatomical structures stand out clearly.

Pain and inflammation can be significantly reduced by supporting lymphatic drainage.

When lymphatic drainage is impaired it can create stagnation that causes painful swelling and inflammation. The lymphatic system serves as your body’s waste disposal system, eliminating bacteria, viruses, metabolic debris and other harmful substances.

If the body can’t rid itself of cellular waste due to stagnation or congestion, the toxins stay in the tissues triggering inflammation and causing pain. Here’s what’s going on: Tissues can become inflamed and painful when circulation slows and inflammation builds. In other words, poor fluid flow or stagnation will present as pain. It’s interesting to note that when you are injured, fluids build up in the damaged area, which is why throbbing and pain occur.

Fluid flow becomes compromised with the occurrence of trauma (physical or emotional). This causes the tissues to contract, twist and compress which obstructs fluid flow. When blood and lymphatics flow freely, the tissue can perform their physiologic functions without impedance.

According to research, your lymphatic vasculature plays a crucial role in regulating the inflammatory response by influencing drainage of cellular fluid and inflammatory mediators.

If the fluid surrounding your cell is toxic, your cells cannot breathe or access healing nutrients and oxygen.

A healthy lymphatic system helps deliver nutrients and oxygen to the tissues and nourishes muscle, joint and other tissue. Lymph vessels have tiny openings that let interstitual fluid and nutrients pass through to surrounding cells and tissues.

Research demonstrates that when you break up lymph congestion, flush excess fluid from within tissues and allow cells to release toxins, “significant improvements were found in lowering pain intensity.”  What’s more, improving lymphatic drainage has been shown to reduce inflammation severity in models of rheumatoid arthritis, skin inflammation, and IBD.


Essential Oils for Lymph Drainage

Essential oils possess anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that can help reduce swelling in tissue, enhance blood circulation and stimulate the lymphatic movement, helping to detoxify and decongest lymph, relieving edema and stagnation.

Essential oils help keep plants healthy by moving vital fluids and energy. They transport water from the roots to the leaves and perform similar functions in your body, helping to move energy, flush toxins like viruses and heavy metals, and prevent stagnation.

Essential oils can help open drainage channels like those in your lymphatic and circulatory systems to improve the flow of energy and toxins through the blood, into the detoxification organs, and then out of the body.  By stimulating the lymphatic system, stagnancy is relieved; lymph is moved and pain is reduced.

Essential oils are known to have diuretic properties, which can further assist the body in ridding itself of lymphatic waste via the urinary tract.  Oils are also known for moving stuck energy as well as supporting lymphatic drainage and immunity.

Science magazine reported that certain types of anesthetics, or substances that reduce sensitivity to pain, dramatically increase the space between your cells so fluid can flow more easily to help wash the brain. Many essential oils have been found to have anesthetic properties, which helps explain their value in brain detoxification.


Lymph™ Essential Oil

Lymphatic drainage can be enhanced with the application of stimulatory essential oils that can be topically applied to congested lymph nodes in any area of the body or over the lymphatic organs.

Lymph™  is formulated to keep lymph flowing to move toxins out of the body with a proprietary blend  of the following organic and/or wild crafted  essential oils:



as a cooling, anti-inflammatory nature. It is a gentle stimulant and mild muscular tonic to the endocrine system and can be used to encourage lymphatic drainage, help stimulate sluggish digestion, normalize the thyroid, relax tight muscles, reduce or prevent liver toxicity and warm the body.

Research on the “Investigation of the dermal sensitization potential of various essential oils in the local lymph node assay” evaluated the dermal sensitization potential of palmarosa and other essential oils on lymph nodes.  A 2020 study found palmarosa’s antimicrobial and antioxidant properties may be due, in part, to the rich source of geraniol monoterpene in the palmarosa essential oil.  This high geraniol content allows your skin to retain more moisture in the tissues and maintains the moisture balance throughout the body, which is supportive for the lymphatic system. Geraniol stimulates cell memory and thus improves your cells ability to recover – it can even be used to help repair damaged DNA cells which encourages faster cell growth.

Palmarosa  has been found to help stimulate cellular regeneration, re-establish the physiological balance of the skin, treat intestinal disorders (including bacteria, viral and yeast infections).  Palmarosa helps calm excessive emotions. It also helps treat many anxiety disorders as well as nervous exhaustion, stress related conditions, morning fatigue, and basic irritability.



Spearmint is a minty herb contains a large number of antioxidant compounds – including rosmarinic acid, flavones and flavanones like limonene and menthol – and other beneficial plant compounds that may help calm the stomach, reduce swelling and balance hormone levels.

Spearmint is known to be refreshing to muscular, nervous, and glandular systems. It helps stimulate your blood circulation. One of the active components of spearmint is carvone. Research shows that carvone has an antispasmodic effect in the intestines.

Spearmint is high in rosmarinic acid, as a natural analgesic which may help reduce pain severity. Research supports the use of spearmint essential oil as a pain killer, which reduced stiffness and physical disability

Spearmint is used for digestive disorders including gas, indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, upper gastrointestinal tract spasms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bile duct and gallbladder swelling (inflammation), and gallstones.


Vitex Berry 

Vitex Berry helps  reduce inflammation, swelling and edema and improve lymphatic function. It similarly helps regulate the liver and intestines to function properly. It is known to possess diuretic properties, which helps you rid your body of excess water or fluid making it helpful for lymph drainage.

Vitex Berry is known to relax nerves, soothes muscle spasms, and relieve pain and  edema.  Vitex Berry is believed to regulate female hormones by working directly on the pituitary gland and helps lower serum estrogen and increase progesterone levels. This oil has traditionally been used when treating female hormonal problems. It helps regulate menstrual bleeding, and helps relieve cramps and PMS depression. It also helps relieve breast pain and swelling.


Ylang Ylang 

Ylang Ylang is known to calm the mind and soothe the nervous system. It has strong antidepressant properties and it helps to bring the emotions into proper balance. It helps relieve mental fatigue, anxiety, and tension headaches and help balance the equilibrium and function of the heart and lungs, slowing down fast breathing and heart palpitations.

To enhance lymphatic flow and drainage, liberally apply 2 to 3 drops of Lymph™ over the lymphatic organs and key lymph nodes located under the arms, and around inguinal ligament (bikini line area—think where your leg creases when you lift it) to ensure optimal drainage and health.


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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.