Easy Essential Oil Detox

Easy Essential Oil Detox

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The change of the seasons is an excellent time to give our bodies a boost in energy and function, and an easy essential oil detox is an inexpensive and simple way to go.

These days our environment is swimming in toxins that our bodies were not designed to ingest and efficiently eliminate. Even if we pay attention to our diets and to limiting our toxic load, some ingestion of toxins is inevitable. Environmental pollution is so pervasive that it has tainted the very necessities of life: the air we breathe, and our food and water supplies.

Easy Essential Oil Detox

Prevention is the Way

When toxins accumulate in our bodies, our organs of detoxification become overworked, contributing to a host of conditions that can become chronic and debilitating:

  • Fatigue
  • Skin problems
  • Food sensitivities
  • Poor immunity
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Poor memory, brain fog
  • Digestive issues
  • Mood swings, and the number one biggy, tada…
  • Inflammation, causing pain and discomfort

A simple detox, a few times a year, can go a long way to cleansing the body of accumulated toxins, easing current health issues, and preventing future problems.

Easy Essential Oil Detox

Simple, Easy and Cheap

Doing a detox can be as complex or as simple as you like. Our aim here is for simplicity, and to take up as little of your time and dosh as possible.

We are focusing on a 14 day detox, to eliminate toxins and to tone and stimulate the organs of detoxification.

Why Essential Oils?

Essential oils are so versatile, and most of us, who are interested in natural health and remedies, have some essential oils on hand.

I am choosing two common essentials oils, Lemon and Peppermint, that you may already have, or that won’t break the bank if you need to buy them. Their properties are so numerous that they may have a beneficial effect in other areas of your life.

For example, although we will be using these essential oils for their detoxifying properties, they have a wide spectrum of action on various systems of the body, as is shown below.

Lemon essential oil traditional uses:

  • Tonifiying action on the liver, pancreas and digestive system
  • Strengthens the walls of blood vessels, and decreases cholesterol deposits
  • Water retention
  • Improves circulation and fluidifies the blood
  • Stimulates the lymphatic system and lymphatic drainage
  • Regulates the nervous system
  • Regulates the metabolism
  • Mental and physical exhaustion
  • Improves the complexion and repairs dilated capillaries
  • Acne and skin problems
  • Premature ageing
  • Purifies the atmosphere in diffusion
  • Obesity and weight loss – disperses cellulite and accelerates the elimination of stored fat
  • Regulates the production of sebum in the skin
  • Improves concentration
  • Halitosis
  • Ear, nose and throat infections

Lemon essential oil has numerous medicinal properties:

  • Antiseptic
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Antiviral
  • Anti-nausea
  • Digestive
  • Carminative
  • Aperative
  • Depurative
  • Choleretic – stimulates the production of bile by the liver
  • Cholagogue – stimulates the flow of bile into the duodenum
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Hepatic detoxifier
  • Diuretic
  • Blood thinner
  • Anxiolytic – prevents and treats anxiety

Easy Essential Oil Detox

Peppermint essential oil usages are almost too numerous to list! Here are its principal indications:

  • Rheumatism, arthritis, tendinitis, sciatica and nerve pain
  • Cooling effect
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Stimulates the liver and pancreas
  • Detoxifies the organs of elimination – liver, kidneys, intestines
  • Regeneration of liver cells
  • Aids digestion
  • Gastro-intestinal problems – bloating, nausea, vomiting, irritable bowel, diarrhea, inflammation, spasms, acid reflux, upset stomach
  • Motion sickness
  • Nerve tonic and general stimulant
  • Improves concentration
  • Ear, nose and throat infections
  • Coughs, colds, and fevers
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Accelerates elimination of stored fat
  • Hypotension
  • Mental and physical exhaustion
  • Regulates the menstrual cycle
  • Eczema, acne, chicken pox, urticaria, shingles, herpes
  • Dental pain – gingivitis, abscess, cavities
  • Freshens the breath

Peppermint essential oil properties:

  • Analgesic
  • Local anesthetic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antiviral
  • Anti-parasitic
  • Bactericide
  • Respiratory and tissue decongestant
  • Expectorant
  • Febrifuge
  • Vasoconstrictor
  • Antipruritic – relieves itching
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-nausea
  • Digestive
  • Carminative
  • Depurative
  • Choleretic – stimulates the production of bile by the liver
  • Cholagogue – stimulates the flow of bile into the duodenum
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Hepatic detoxifier
  • Anxiolytic – prevents and treats anxiety

Whew! And these lists are not exhaustive. But don’t you just love how you can use an essential oil for one issue, and potentially improve your well-being in so many other areas?

This is why essential oils have been my favourite treatment method for 30 years. So versatile, and powerfully therapeutic.

Here’s how to do your detox…

The Easy Essential Oil Detox Method

Take the following mixture every morning, before breakfast, for 14 days.

  • 1 tsp virgin olive oil
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil
You can substitute flax or hemp oil for the olive oil if you like, but don’t use that processed, refined oil that supermarkets sell. Go for organic if possible.

If, like me, you’ve got a massive stash of essential oils, you can do your easy essential oil detox with other less common oils that are also excellent:

  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Thyme Thujanol

Note that the above thyme oil is the thujanol chemotype (its principal chemical component is thujanol). Thyme thujanol is a powerful yet gentle oil with a wide spectrum of action, that is safe to take internally and is much better tolerated than the other thyme chemotypes which contain phenols (thymol). Phenols are dermocaustic and hepatotoxic, and should only be used under medical supervision. Do not replace thyme thujanol with other thyme oils.

Easy Essential Oil Detox

Power Up Your Detox

  • Drink lots of water throughout the day to flush out the toxins.
  • Soak for 15 – 20 minutes in a nice hot bath with the addition of a couple of cups of sea salt or epsom salt – the mineral rich salt will relax your body, promote a good night’s sleep, and improve your circulation and lymphatic drainage to release the toxins. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil if you have it, and be sure to rinse yourself off with fresh water when you’re done, as the salt can be drying.
  • Detox with the moon. Call me a lunatic (haha!), but doing your detox at the time of the waning moon, (the two weeks following the full moon) will aid your body to flush out the toxins. Just as the moon exerts its pull on the waters of the earth, so too does it affect the human body. When we detox during the waning moon, not only are there enhanced elimination and longer lasting effects, but you are less likely to experience unpleasant detox symptoms.

FYI, at the time of the waxing moon, from the new moon to the full moon, the body better absorbs and assimilates nutrients to renew its tissues.

But don’t let the timing put you off doing the detox entirely. Better to get it done, than to strive for perfection and not get it done at all.

So, there we have it! A low-cost, low-effort, easy essential oil detox.

Looking after yourself in this way, a few times a year, will raise your energy levels, tonify your internal organs, and generally refresh your being. So you can get on with your life, on good form, and do what matters most to you.

Drop me an email or comment below to let me know how you get on!

Contraindications – do not use this detox if you are pregnant, take blood thinning medication, have gallstones, or have allergies to any of the oils. Lemon essential oil is photosensitising, so do not expose yourself to strong sunlight during this detox. If you want to detox during a hot, sunny season, just use the peppermint. For adults only.

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