Your lymphatic system is responsible for removing toxins from the body. However, slowed digestion and excessive stress or toxic build up can put a strain on your liver and that can create stagnant lymph. I find that many of my clients experience stagnant lymph, especially in the glands around the neck. This can lead to lowered immunity, puffy eyes, and other skin issues like breakouts.
Lymphatic drainage massage is highly recommended in each facial treatment for those experiencing stagnant lymph. In between facials, however, there are several ways to keep your lymphatic system healthy!
Dry brushing: I talk about this all the time! Dry brushing daily before each shower or bath is the simplest way to keep the lymphatic system in good shape. It also aids in diminishing cellulite – if you needed an extra reason to do it!
Essential Oils: this is one of my very favorite ways to enhance my home beauty and health routines. Essential oils are natural, gentle yet potent ingredients. Tiny enough to travel through the pores and into the bloodstream, when you apply them to the surface of the skin. My healthy lymph blend includes Orange, Grapefruit, Cypress and Frankincense. Added to a roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil, this blend can be applied directly over any grouping of lymph nodes (like underarms and on sides of neck under earlobes.) You can also add these to body oil or lotion after bathing to aid in healthy skin! *The only essential oils I recommend using are Young Living essential oils because they are superior in quality and purity.
Regular aerobic exercise: this is important for many reasons, one of them being healthy lymph drainage. It encourages movement of the lymph to help with detoxification and reduce stagnation. Jumping, swimming, running, brisk walking, and skating are just a few ways to get things moving!
Plenty of water: Lymph is fluid, so in order to maintain healthy function, you need to stay well hydrated. Lots of water throughout the day ensures healthy lymphatic fluid. Aim for 2-3 liters each day, drinking half the amount before lunch.