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The Herbalist’s Guide to Lymphatic Vitality: Scrubs, Herbs, and Self-Care Rituals

Lymphatic brush and oil

The lymphatic system helps the body to remove waste products. The body is a network of lymph nodes and vessels. This system collects and carries a watery, clear lymph fluid, much like how veins collect blood from distant parts of the body and carry it back to the heart.  This fluid consists of proteins, salts, and water, as well as white blood cells, which help fight infection. This fluid can also help the body move hormones throughout the body.

Understanding Your Lymphatic System: Nature’s Waste Disposal

Think of the lymphatic system as the body’s little super highway. The lymphatic system can become congested. It can be filled with traffic from waste and then the important proteins and white blood cells can’t get to their destination they are needed. This can cause all sorts of problems. The congestion can be caused by an overpopulation of hormones, and other byproducts.

Navigating Traffic Jams in Your Lymphatic System

In most cases, only one area of nodes swells at a time. When more than one area of lymph nodes is swollen it’s called generalized lymphadenopathy. Some infections (such as strep throat and chicken pox), certain medicines, immune system diseases, and cancers like lymphoma and leukemia can cause this kind of swelling. A common cold or flu can cause swelling in the lymph nodes as well. Common areas where you might notice swollen lymph nodes include your neck, under your chin, in your armpits and in your groin. If swollen lymph nodes become hard dont move when you push on them, are painful, have appeared for no reason, and have been present for more than two weeks, it’s time to contact a doctor. But there are things you can do at home to keep things moving and staying healthy!

Unlike your circulatory system, which relies on a heart to pump blood around, the lymphatic system has no pump. That means you’re in charge of moving lymph throughout your body with daily exercise, massages, deep breathing, yoga, and herbal protocols that include herbal lymphatics. These techniques stimulate the flow of lymph, helping to remove toxins, waste products, and excess hormones from the body.

By improving lymphatic drainage, we can support the body’s natural detoxification processes and promote hormone balance. This can help alleviate symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances and improve overall well-being helping to maintain a state of homeostasis.

Jumpstarting Your Lymphatic System: Exercise, Yoga, and More

Using a herbally infused lymphatic scrub helps to activate the lymphatic system just below the skin. This can help to move congested lymph throughout the body. This will help stimulate the decongesting of the lymph nodes. Here is a link to the herbal lymphatic scrub I make and use:

Herbal Lymphatic Scrub

A herbal scrub created with a natural blend of finely grounded salts and infused organic olive oil with seasonal herbs grown in my garden. Herbs are selected to enhance the skin’s vitality, improve circulation, and activate the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system lies just below the skin, it is easily activated by gentle massage. This system helps rid the body of metabolic waste.

herbal lymphatic scrub

Using a dry brush before showering can help to move that lymph under the skin as well. Here is a you tube tutorial on how to use it:

A gentle yoga practice can also help with clearing away the lymphatic waste. Here is a nice example to try at home:

Nature’s Helpers: Herbs for Lymphatic Wellness

Finally taking lymphatic herbs internally can help to move things from the inside. There are lots of herbs available that can work with your body’s unique constitution. Talking to an herbalist is always suggested, since the cause of lymphatic stagnation can be different from one person to the next. I am available to answer questions here, so don’t hesitate to ask or book a consultation! But here is quick little run down of my favorites and their uses:

echinacea flower

Echinacea: is an awesome way to get the dirty lil viruses and infections out of the body. Its lymphatic qualities reduce glandular swelling, then enhance the removal of waste, and enhance the movement of virus attacking cells to the sight of infection.  Take during the first stages of a virus or infection and the final stages, to keep the lymph clear and working at its full potential. Should only be taken when dealing with a virus or infection. This herb can be taken in a tea, or tincture.

Red root: This powerful lymphatic helps to reduce lymphatic swelling in the throat, armpits, and groin. Used as a long term tonic for swollen breast tissues, and aids in treating benign breast cysts, as well as breast tenderness and swelling before menses. This herb is best taken as a tincture, and should be used once consulted with an herbalist.

Calendula: is a gentle lymphatic that can help reduce swollen glands. It is best used in combination with other lymphatics for more congested lymphatic symptoms. It can be used on its own in a tea for as gentle daily lymphatic support.

Red Clover: is a deeply nourishing herb that can be drunk as a tea. It helps to get the lymphatic system moving by reducing glandular swelling. It has the unique ability to attract xenoestrogens out of the body. This is a good herb to use for hormonal imbalances in the body that can be causing a slowing of the lymph flow. It can be drank daily as a nourishing tonic.

Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic drainage offers a range of benefits. It can help boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, improve circulation, balance the hormones, and promote relaxation. Regular lymphatic drainage can also aid in the prevention of cellulite and support healthy skin. It’s a simple act of self care that often goes overlooked. Creating a practice to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Bringing love and light into our lives with yoga, feng shui, and herbal remedies!

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Rachael Vallerga

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