I often see products that claim they "Detox" to body, but how do they work and do they really work at all? Detoxification is “the metabolic process by which toxins are changed into less toxic or more readily excitable substances.”
Your body was designed by God to naturally remove toxins. Unfortunately, our toxic overload is only increasing. Polluted air, dangerous bath and body products, the water supply, food additives and pesticides are only a few we are commonly exposed to. In the specialty of essential oils, I have seen powerful body function assistance with using the correct oil in the correct way. Looking closely we see that some oils can assist the body's natural elimination process or excreting undesirable substances along by stimulation things like the lymphatic system, lungs, and liver.
Your body naturally excretes things like mucus to release toxic matter. Therefore expectorant oil like eucalyptus assist the body's detoxification process. Other examples of our body's natural defenses include the lymphatic system which naturally acts to clean the tissue of toxins and the liver function which detoxify the body.
There are quite a few oils exceptionally high in antioxidants which will naturally assist the body's function. One such oil is May Chang, which contains over 65% citral! Another example is Lemongrass, which contains over 75% citral - an extraordinary oil constituent to assist the body's natural detoxification process. You may simply add Add 4-6 drops of two citral-rich oils in your diffuser daily! TIP - Adding a few drops of Peppermint helps enhance the antioxidant dosage and creates an excellent odor killing scent as well! You may also dilute an oil like May Chang in Golden Jojoba Oil and apply to your lymph nodes to assist natural detoxification.
An excellent blend to cleanse the body and support the immune system is the Immune Boost Blend, which aslo contains pwerful anti-inflammatories to help reduce lymphatic congestion. (Always speak with your doctor first if you are under treatment) Oils in the Immune Boost assist the body in the following ways:
Studies have demonstrated that frankincense has immune-enhancing abilities that may help the bodies abilities to destroy bacteria and viruses. It can even be used to prevent germs from forming on the skin.
Palmarosa has been studied to be an agent against both gram negative and gram positive bacteria (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2839398/)
Lemon oil is high vitamin content, making it valuable for the body’s immune system. It further stimulates white blood cells, thus increasing your ability to fight off diseases. Lemon oil also improves circulation throughout the body!
Next, Copaiba is a strong antibacterial that can act as a major booster for your immune system. It can act as a shield for your skin, protecting any wounds from developing an infection. It also protects you by eliminating harmful bacteria and viruses and by reducing inflammation throughout the body.
Finally, lavender essential oil is a natural antioxidant that works to prevent and reverse disease. A 2013 study published in Phytomedicine stated that lavender oil increased the activity of the body’s most powerful antioxidants — glutathione, catalase, and SOD. Recent studies have indicated similar results, concluding that lavender has antioxidant activity and helps to prevent or reverse oxidative stress.
**** A side note, redness and irritation is NEVER a sign of detoxification from an essential oil. If an oil irritates the skin, stop using it and seek medical help if necessary.
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