Since we live in a polluted environment – it is important to detox the body – cars release gases we inhale into through our respiratory tract, bath and body products like toothpaste contain fluoride and other toxic chemicals. Even our water supply contains chlorine. With toxic substances entering our bodies daily, chances are we will be effected and could become ill.
This is why it is important to detox the body as often as possible for a healthy life. The good news is there are essential oils that make it easy to detoxify our body. In addition to doing simple things like drinking clean water to help the liver and kidneys excrete toxic products, exercising often can help you accelerate the flow of the toxins outside of your body through perspiration and waste.
Aromatherapy is another way to cleanse the human body of toxins while helping you enter into a state of well-being.
There are two ways you can use essential oils to rid the body of toxins: Inhalation and massage. Essential oils entering the human body through massage or inhalation, gets into the nervous system and affects the hypothalamus. This part of the brain influences the hormonal system of the person which in turn influences the mood, the stress level and metabolism of a person. Essential oils help the body release the right amount of certain hormones that in turn can help the body cleanse itself.
Some of the oils used for inhalation that help with detoxing are Rosemary, Mandarin, Lemongrass and Juniper Berry.
When using essential oils In massage blends, the molecules are able to pass through the skin and get into the bloodstream. With a few hours of massage the body is completely detoxified. How you ask? Through the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system is the part of the human body that makes sure that toxic products inside the body are flushed out. With the assistance of essential oil, the functioning of the lymphatic system is improved and the body finds it even easier to cleanse itself.
There are several different oils that are used to achieve this. Here are some of them.
Lemongrass: The oil extract from the plant lemongrass can be used to deal with inflammation. When the human body is affected by certain toxins it becomes inflamed and that is when lemongrass essential oil can help. This oil also has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties so it can be used to kill germs and clean wounds.
Mandarin: If you are dealing with a skin problem this oil may be of help. It is used to rejuvenate the cells of the skin. Your skin is exposed daily to all types of agents, some artificial, some natural. At the end of the day your skin can be affected. Mandarin is effective for fighting all kinds of skin infections. Even those suffering from stretch marks and acne can use mandarin essential oil to help heal it.
Rosemary: One of the most popular essential oils used in aromatherapy is Rosemary because it has so many health benefits. Rosemary helps people suffering from bad breath and gives the skin a better tone and relieves dryness. You can also use this oil to clear your respiratory tract. This oil can also be used for respiratory problems like flu, allergies, sore throat and cold. Paracelsus a physician, involved with herbal medicine in the sixteenth century, believed that rosemary oil had the ability to heal organs such as liver and even the heart.
Juniper Berry: The Juniper Berry oil has been used for centuries from the time of ancient Egypt to the Time of the Greek Empire. Today it is used to heal illnesses like arthritis, rheumatism, gout, menstrual problems and many others. A good massage with this oil can help relieve mental tension, anxiety and drowsiness.