Today I am sharing my daily routine, and a DIY lotion featuring our July oil of the month – Juniper Berry.
This routine will stimulate your lymphatic system to move fluid out and energize your body.
A little bit about the lymphatic system…
Your lymphatic system has a pretty tough job. It helps your immune system remove and destroy waste, dead blood cells, pathogens, and toxins. It also absorbs fats and fat soluble vitamins from the digestive system, delivering the nutrients to blood cells. All while moving in an upward motion, with no pump to push it through your body.
When lymph cannot flow freely it becomes stagnant, making it hard for your body to release toxins. That is when waste and toxins begin to build up. Fatigue, bloating, cellulite, brain fog, and stiff joints are just a few signs of lymph congestion.
So how can we keep that lymph flowing?
- Movement: One of the key things to keep your lymph flowing freely is movement. Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system has no pump. It relies on muscle contractions to push lymph upward through the lymphatic system. Physical activity helps move lymph by compressing tissues which send the fluid through the lymph vessels. Any form of exercise is ideal, just get moving!
- Reduce stress: Without getting too technical here, stress creates inflammation in your body which can injure blood cells and create even more waste for your lymphatic system to clean up. Yoga, massage, and meditation can help reduce stress as well as create those muscle contractions needed for proper lymph flow. Just be sure you are breathing deeply when meditating to create strong muscle contractions in your abdomen.
- Dry brushing: This technique is excellent for lymphatic drainage. By brushing your skin gently every day for 5-10 minutes, it will help increase circulation and encourage movement of the lymph. Check out this step by step guide if you need further instructions.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: Proper hydration is key to keeping that lymph flowing freely. So, drink plenty of water! Bonus points if you add lemon to your water. It will help flush out toxins, aid digestion, and the vitamin C will give your immune system a boost.
My daily routine…
It’s pretty much everything I listed above! I exercise 5 times a week, drink a lot of water, meditate daily, and dry brush my body every day before showering.
If I feel like I need an extra boost, or have recently been sick, I also add this lotion into the mix.
Lymph Love Body Lotion
10 drops Juniper Berry essential oil
15 drops Geranium essential oil
8 drops Cypress essential oil
4 drops Grapefruit essential oil
3 drops Fennel essential oil
4 ounces unscented lotion
Add all ingredients to a 4 ounce jar and stir well.
This blend is full of oils that will help stimulate the lymphatic system and help reduce fluid retention. The bonus? It will also help ease anxiety and tension, as well as give your mood a boost (remember what we learned about stress?).
Use this lotion daily, after you dry brush and shower, for a week. After one week, use 2-3 times a week for maintenance.
I hope you found this to be helpful! And, if you make the lotion let me know how you like it!
Disclaimer: The information provided here is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or cure any disease. It is intended for educational purposes only. Any information provided should not be taken as individual medical advice. Please consult a physician with questions regarding a medical condition.