Spring is officially in full swing! In Ayurvedic medicine, every change of season should be a time of transitioning, and this entails shedding the old to make way for the new. That means more targeted detoxing is preferred during the week of a season change. Strategic areas you should focus detoxing are the lungs, kidneys, liver, colon and blood.
A gentle way to detoxify is by using essential oils topically on certain parts of the body. You can amplify detoxification with additional skin brushing before application. Dry skin brushing helps to move lymph fluid and boosts blood circulation. A true winner for boosting detoxification.
- Grapefruit to Detox the Liver
The liver is the most important detoxifying organ! It is responsible for detoxing everything in our toxic world from the environment to the foods we consume. CPTG grapefruit essential oil is such a strong liver detoxifier that you must be mindful not to ingest this oil close to taking prescription medication. However, using it topically performs a gentle detox you can safely apply daily.
Liver Detox Protocol: Skin brush from feet to neck in the direction towards the heart before showering. Dilute grapefruit essential oil with a carrier oil and apply on the skin above the right rib cage, over the liver. Apply nightly before bedtime daily.
- Juniper to Detox the Kidneys
The kidneys are responsible for filtering all the liquid elements in the body. That means urine, sweat, saliva, tears, discharge, puss, breast milk, amniotic fluid, etc. Winter is also the time of the kidneys, which means the kidneys work overtime during this season. It could be tricky to apply essential oils on your back, so I recommend using a roller ball bottle for application.
Kidney Detox Protocol: Skin brush before your daily shower. Combine CPTG juniper berry essential oil with a carrier oil such as jojoba in a 10ml roller bottle, apply directly above the kidneys located on both sides of the the mid spine and try to massage gently in circular motions towards the heart, not away. Apply after your nightly shower or before bedtime.
- Thyme to Detox the Lungs
The lungs are responsible for metabolizing oxygen in order to provide energy to ever cell of your body, then detoxes it into carbon dioxide when you exhale. Josh Axe of draxe.com explained in an essential oils summit how thyme can regenerate mucosal lining of the lungs in order to support healthy respiratory function. Detoxifying the lungs also means less airborne illnesses which can be very common during the winter and spring seasons.
Lung Detox Protocol: Use an an essential oil air diffuser and add a few drops of thyme. Diffuse throughout the night while sleeping.
- Geranium to Detox the Colon
The colon is responsible for storing waste matter that was metabolized by the organs above in order to be excreted out of the body daily. If we do not excrete waste daily every morning, you are at a higher risk of re-intoxicating yourself due to toxic waste lingering in the colon for long periods of time. This excess waste puts extreme pressure on every organ in the body to work overtime. In order for essential oils to reach the intestines adequately, it’s preferred to use an enteric coated capsule in order for it to bypass the harsh acids of the stomach.
Colon Detox Protocol: Combine 3 to 4 drops of coconut/olive oil with 1 to 2 drops of CPTG geranium essential oil into an empty enteric coated capsule. You can also freeze the pre-made capsule in order to ensure the capsule will be intact as it goes through the stomach.
- Cilantro to Detox the Blood
The blood is what transports heat, vitamins, minerals and toxins to every part of the body. CPTG cilantro essential oil in particular is known for removing heavy metals in the body which we may be subjected to daily unbeknownst to us. Cooking pans, aluminum antiperspirants, aluminum foil, air pollution, cheap jewelry, mercury amalgam teeth fillings, braces, etc. can all leach heavy metals into our blood stream. Heavy metals will then lodge into our tissues, especially fatty tissue where they can linger for long periods, thus accumulating over time. This can cause a whole host of health complications, especially neurological disorders. Many people have a heavy accumulation of metals in the body which should not be released all at once due to toxicity, so it is extremely important to go slow and steady with detoxing heavy metals.
Blood Detox Protocol: Skin brush from feet to neck in the direction towards the heart before showering. Dilute cilantro essential oil with a carrier oil and apply on the feet before bedtime daily. You can also add one drop of CPTG cilantro essential oil in a cup of warm filtered water once a week for a stronger effect, however be mindful of prescription medication and/or a weak immune system, in which case stick to topical application only.