Let’s face it, stagnation is not a good deal. It means you are stuck. This really is true in all aspects of our lives, including your lymph system.
Your lymph system is set up to help your body rid itself of toxins. If your lymph system is clogged or not working it can lead to disease. You want to keep your lymph moving so that the rest of your organs can do their job.
There are lots of ways to move lymph and a few of them are very easy to add to your daily routine.
1.) Dry Skin Brushing
Skin brushing is a method of moving lymph and getting rid of dead skin cells. This allows your skin to breath better and help get rid of the toxins in your body. (I like this how to video for more detailed instructions.)
I have only been skin brushing since the beginning of the new year and there is such a difference in my skin! (Truth be told, it has gotten rid of quite a few stretch marks that I thought I was stuck with after nursing my babies!)
It only take a few minutes a day to do before your shower but it can make an impact on getting the fluid moving. It also feels great. All you need is a brush made of natural bristles. (Affiliate code)
2.) Getting moving!
Moving your body is going to get lymph moving! It doesn’t take a lot but you should be doing some form of exercise each day to help your body filter toxins. T Tapp is great for moving lymph. It is also a good start for those that aren’t used to exercising on a daily basis.
Rebounding is also wonderful for getting the lymph system flowing. Jumping/bouncing a few minutes each day is great for all the muscles in your body.
3.) Drink water.
We need water for some reasons, one of which is to help flush your systems. Putting water in your body will help your organs move toxins through them more effectively.
While I don’t think you need to take herbs on a daily basis to keep your lymph system clean, but if you are having lymph issues herbs are a great way to help get things moving again. Red root is a good one for moving lymph fluid but not one to take just ‘in case’. For just a gentle cleanse, red clover or astragalus root are a better choice in my opinion. They are more gentle on the system.
As with any herb, do your research. You know your body best and can find an herb that fits your needs.
5.) Essential Oils.
Essentials oils are also a good way to stimulate the lymph glands. I have found them very beneficial during times of illness that cause lymph back up, like ear infections and sore throats. Gently massaging diluted oils along the lymph glands can be a fast way to get some relief.
Lemon and peppermint are favorites as they help move lymph and reduce swelling. There are some great ideas here, but please know that I do not advocate taking essential oils internally. I think they work well enough just applied to skin with the proper dilution.
Trilight also has a great lymph rub. I have had it take away a sore throat very quickly.
There are other great ways to keep the lymph system active, I really have just touched upon a few that I have found helpful for myself and family.
How do you keep your lymph system moving?