Promoting Lymphatic Drainage

Our lymphatic system plays a huge role in detoxification process in our body, keeping your lymphatic system healthy is crucial for not only for detoxification, but also for immunity, and overall health. If you have been living with an unresolved health issue, one area you might want to address is detoxification.

What is the lymphatic system and how does it work? 

The lymphatic system, runs parallel to the circulatory system, and it contains a hundreds of lymphatic vessels and nodes which are all throughout the body. This system carries a clear fluid, known as lymph around the body. This lymphatic fluid works to deliver vital white blood cells throughout the body in order to help to fight infection and disease.  This ymph fluid is also where toxins are deposited from the body which are then filtered by the lymph nodes.

The lymphatic system is also a vital part of our immune system, and when it becomes overloaded and the lymph fluid isnt able to flow freely it impacts our immune system enabeling toxins to build up. Toxin overload then leads to infection and disease. 

Signs that your lymphatic system is overloaded include: 

  1. Swelling in your fingers/rings fitting more tightly
  2. Brain fog
  3. Digestive issues, bloating, constipation 
  4. Depression
  5. Sinus infections
  6. Skin problems/dry and or itchy skin
  7. Enlarged lymph nodes
  8. Chronic fatigue
  9. Feeling sore or stiff  in the morning
  10. Excess weight
  11. Cold hands and feet
  12. Constipation
  13. Food sensitivities
  14. Increased illnesses such as colds and flu and respiratory infections. 

Some tips to help get your lymhatic system moving again include: 

  1.  Dry body brushing

  2. Drinking warm water with lemon first thing in the morning 

  3. Excercise/Movement. Walking, Yoga, Strength Training 

  4. Drinking plenty of water 

  5. Deep breathing

  6. Detox baths with epsom salts

  7. Lymphatic Massage 

  8. Acupuncture 

You may also want to support the detoxification process with herbal remedies, herbs that support lymphatic detoxification include: 

Cleavers (Galium aparine)

Cleavers enhances the function of the lymphatic system and improves its ability to flush out toxins, decrease congestion, and reduce swelling.

Calendula officinalis (Pot Marigold)

Calendula cleanses body tissues, and contains anti-inflammatory purposes, it is mainly used for swollen lymph nodes.

Dandelion (Taraxacm officinale)

Dandelion is an excellent detoxifying and purifying agent.  It is great for cleansing the lymph system of any built-up waste.

Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)

Primarily used as an anti-inflammatory, goldenseal also boosts the cleansing process of the lymphatic system.