One of the best ways to reap the many benefits of circulation-enhancing essential oils is through dry-brushing. Our lymph system craves gentle stimulation in order to help it absorb nourishment and eliminate waste and toxins from the body. Dry brushing with Lymph+Tonic activates the entire lymphatic system while also stimulating the endocrine, circulation, immune, and detoxifying systems.
A happy lymphatic system helps support overall immune response and circulation. Lymphatic fluid exists close to the surface of the skin and bathes all of the cells of the body in oxygen and beneficial nutrients.
Unlike blood, which is pumped through the body by the heart, lymph is recirculated throughout the body after being filtered through the lymph nodes. Swollen lymph nodes are actually the body’s way of fighting an infection.
Use Lymph+Tonic regularly to support this incredibly vital system. Dry-brushing, exercise, conscious breathing, hot/cold plunges, and proper hydration will also help maintain a healthy lymphatic system.
To unleash the full potential of dry brushing, add 1-2 drops of Lymph+Tonic to the palm of your hand. Glide the bristles of a dry brush across your palm, saturating each bristle with our essential blend. Begin dry brushing your entire body, starting with the feet and working your way upwards. Remember to always brush in the direction of your heart.
Cypress (Cypress sempervirens) provides structure and clarity, and supports the lymphatic system by helping it nourish cells and excrete wastes from the body. Strengthening and tonifying, cypress encourages forward motion, grounds the spirit in practicality, and protects the delicate connective tissues of the nervous system.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) stimulates the lymphatic system, clarifies the body and refreshes the mind. Rosemary also increases blood flow to the brain, enhances the firmness and luminosity of skin, and improves memory function.
Laurel (Laurus nobilis) is an ancient tonic that has long been associated with nobility and grace. Laurel is particularly renowned for its incredible effects on both the immune system and lymphatic system.
In Advanced Aromatherapy, Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt praises the effects of laurel on the lymphatic system:
"Rubbing a few drops of bay laurel on swollen lymph nodes may have an immediate, noticeable effect. The positive and pleasant effect of this oil is so distinct and strong that one application will normally suffice to convince the most hardened skeptic to use it."
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) supports the lymphatic system by protecting it from bacteria and viruses. It’s also a wonderful stimulant that contains antimicrobial and pain relieving properties.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)is a rich, deep blue oil that contains incredibly high levels of Azulene, a potent anti-inflammatory agent. Yarrow revitalizes and strengthens the skin, veins, and all of the body’s major systems. In Chinese medicine, yarrow epitomizes the perfect balance between yin and yang.