The Lymph system is the body’s drainage system. The lymph system helps to pick up waste, toxins, pathogens, and even cancer cells to take back to the blood stream, for removal from the body. It also helps distribute oxygen and nutrients to the cells of the body. The Lymph system does not have a pump of its own. Retaining fluid causes congestion where the nutrients do not move to the cells, and the waste is not filtered out.
1. Lymphatic Cleanse Bath Recipe
(from a friend, Gail)
1 cup baking soda
1 cup Epsom salts (USP Grade)
Tub filled with hot water – as hot as you can comfortably soak in.
Soak in the tub for 20 – 30 minutes.
When you come out, relax and sweat it out.
Helps your lymphatic system, blood circulation, and skin detox.
When you get out of the tub, wrap in a blanket and let your body sweat and detox even more.
2. Epsom Salts Cleanse Bath Recipe
(from a mother of an autistic child)
1 cup Epsom salts (USP grade)
Tub filled with hot water – as hot as you can soak in
Soak in the tub for 20 – 30 minutes
This bath is a simple, effective way to supply the body with magnesium and sulphur, which are absorbed well through the skin.
It is great for autistic children in that they are generally lacking in magnesium and sulfur, and have difficulty metabolizing them.
Try this bath if you have cramps or restless leg syndrome.
Take it right before bed time.
May help with insomnia.
3. Skin Brushing – Dry Brush Massage
Brushing your skin is both cleansing and detoxifying to your lymph system, and also increases circulation. Brushing your skin also removes dead skin cells and debris that clogs your pores.
Some have called the lymph system the body’s “third lung”. The lymph system works along with the kidneys and liver to flush out toxins and wastes from the body. It does not have a pump of its own like the heart, so it needs to have exercise and induced circulation to help it to work properly. Oxygenation from dry skin brushing and exercise makes the lymph system work. Dry skin massage also makes a difference to the quality of the skin of your entire body. Every time I have done this, my body feels fresh and rejuvenated.
Dry brush massage is done before you wash, bathe or shower. Also, the brush and the skin are both dry when you do the dry brush massage. Don’t make the mistake of trying to brush in the shower like I did! The bristles were getting soft, and I wondered why it wasn’t working quite right!
You use a long-handled, natural bristle brush, which is usually found in the natural food store or health section of your department stores. By the way, a long-handled dry brush makes a nice gift for a special occasion, or in a gift basket. I received my first brush as a gift from my daughter!
A brush is a personal item, and usually not shared with other members of the family. You need to wash the brush every few weeks.
How to brush the skin:
- Do not brush your face or other sensitive areas of your body.
- Circular brush strokes will be focused towards the heart.
- Starting at the soles of your feet, work your way up your body.
- Brush your legs, your front and your back.
- Brushing should be done as vigorously as you feel comfortable.
- Brush your hands and your arms.
- Brush your neck (back and front) and your scalp.
Why brush your skin?
- dry brushing keeps your pores open and removes dead layers of skin
- stimulates your circulation and your nerve endings
- helps to make you look and feel younger!
- Deep Breathing – Reduce stress at the same time! Deep Breathing is great because it can act as the pump for the lymphatic system, and help in moving out the toxins and transports oxygen and nutrients to the cells. Method: Breathe deeply into the diaphragm. Think – below your lungs, expanding your rib cage as you breathe in. Hold it, then gently breathe out while you contract your rib cage to expel all the air. Begin deep breathing again and continue for 5 minutes – every day. I personally practice this while walking.
- Rebounding – This is useful for those who cannot walk. A small rebounder is like a mini trampouline, and if you cannot bounce gently yourself, someone else can even bounce you as you sit on it.
- Regular Aerobic Exercise and Walking – 1/2 hour per day is great for the lymphatic system.
Other Tips for Lymphatic Cleansing
- Laughter – This is another form of deep breathing. Watch a funny movie, invite fun friends over and really laugh, or find a way to laugh deeply and heartily. It will help enhance blood circulation and deep diaphragm movement that will help the lymph flow.
- Castor Oil – Castor Oil can help the the lymph fluid to flow and help with clogged lymph nodes. Castor oil applied topically is known for enhancing circulation and also affects tissues and organs under the skin. Make a castor oil pack by soaking a few pieces of cloth or flannel in castor oil. Place it on the body, cover it with a piece of plastic, and then a hot water bottle on top of that for warmth. Leave it on for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Areas of the body that typically respond to castor oil packs are the liver area or abdomen, painful joints like the knees or muscles, or to help digestion or constipation. You can re-use the castor oil pack many times, but keep it in the refrigerator between uses. Wash off the body gently after applying the castor oil pack using a diluted baking soda and water solution.
- Underwire or Tight Bras – avoid tight and constrictive undergarments. Switch to sports bras and looser clothes that allow your body to breathe and lymph to flow. When the lymph system is restricted through tight clothing the lymph system cannot move properly. Recommended reading on this topic is the book “Dressed to Kill”. I suggest this especially for those with breast lumps and cancer.