I find that at this time of year a lot of my clients are asking me about Detoxing and Essential oils. This isn’t some new fad dreamed up by advertisers. Every culture features traditional practices that help our bodies detoxify; sweat lodges, saunas, fasting, massage and yes Essential Oils.

These traditions accelerate the ways we continuously eliminate toxins through our digestive, urinary, integumentary, circulatory, respiratory and lymphatic systems. Human bodies are designed to process naturally occurring toxins, but since the 20thcentury, we have been increasingly bombarded with new manmade toxins.

The foundation of any detox program is drinking filtered water and herbal teas (I recommend 3 litres a day) and eating a variety of green, raw and naturally fermented foods each day.

It also makes sense to keep the skin open and able to release waste products efficiently as it’s through the skin that the body eliminates up to 500g of waste products every day. Sweating can be encouraged through daily exercise, using deodorants rather than antiperspirants and taking saunas and steam baths. Skin scrubs (especially those enhanced with Essential Oils) and body brushing are great for removing dead skin cells and increasing lymphatic circulation. A good 20-minute soak in a hot bath, best of all combined with an Essential Oil bath blend is another great way of Detoxing with Essential oils as it allows you to sweat out waste products while you relax.

Not forgetting Aromatherapy Massage of course, which is a great way to kick-start, your body’s natural cleansing process.

These are some of my top detoxifying Essential Oils.

Everlasting (Helichrysum angustifolium DC.)

Everlasting helps drain the lymph glands and purify the blood. It is well known as a stimulant to the liver, gall bladder, kidney, spleen and pancreas – the organs responsible for detoxifying the body.

Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)

Grapefruit oil helps to get the lymph moving supporting the body in expelling unwanted toxins. Its diuretic properties assist with relieving water retention.

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)

Geranium oil is a diuretic and has a stimulating effect on the lymphatic system. It is beneficial for treating cellulite, fluid retention and oedema of the ankles.

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

Peppermint oil has a special affinity with the blood and lymph and its refreshing effect on all the tissues lies in the liberating influence on the lymphatic system. It is one of the most effective oils for the digestive system and helps to stimulate a sluggish digestion.

Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)

Juniper berry oil is well known for its diuretic and lymphatic decongestant properties. It is recommended for clearing toxins and reducing the levels of uric acid in the body.

Fennel, Sweet (Foeniculum vulgare)

Fennel is a diuretic and lymphatic decongestant, assisting the body to eliminate toxins. It is often used for treating fluid retention, cellulite and obesity.

Carrot Seed (Daucus carota)

Carrot seed oil is highly regarded for its hepatic, depurative and diuretic properties. It is an excellent regenerator of liver cells.