I am in here in Toronto at the end of February waist-deep in snow on the coldest day on record. Grump. It is hard for me to imagine the generous warmth of spring but from what I can see on Instagram, flowers are shooting up all over the world and people are shedding their layers. When that happens, our bodies leap to life. It is essential to open detoxification pathways to help our bodies be as productive as possible in this time of transition. Of course, I turn to essential oils to assist me.
Here are some ways to use essential oils to be your most juicy moving into spring. Viva!
After a long, cold winter, we can all feel a little sluggish. Dry brushing is one of the most effective ways to move stagnant lymph fluid, detoxify the body and help your skin be oh-so-soft. It also boosts energy and mental clarity. Dry brushing is best done before the shower with a stiff, natural bristle brush (found at the health food store). I love to add a couple drops of essential oils to my brush to deepen the practice and help boost my mood.
- Place 1 drop of a Lymph essential oil blend in the palm of your hand.
- Rub your hands together and then rub the dry brush with your hands to anoint the bristles.
- Start by tapping your main lymph nodes under your armpits, on the stomach, on the groin and at the inner ankles.
- Place the bristles of the brush on the bottom of the feet and brush up your body.
- Always brush in the direction of your heart.
- Be sure to cover all parts of your body including the stomach, buttocks and back. (There are many lymph nodes in the stomach area.)
Make a blend of the oils below and use 3-5 drops. Some of the oil combinations I adore for dry brushing are:
- Cypress, Black Spruce, Red Cedar, White Cedar, Sage
- Lemongrass, Rosemary, Thyme Linalool
- Juniper berry, Fennel, Eucalyptus, Lemon
- Cinnamon, Cardamom, Rose Absolute, Vanilla *sexy time blend too
- Rosemary, Lime, Douglas Fir, Laurel
Sweat your way to better health. If you don’t have access to a sauna (preferred method), a bath can easily help rev your detoxification engines and take the edge of out the last remaining days of cold.
In a medium-hot bath, pour 1 cup of Epsom or sea salt, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil (we all need a little luxury), and up to 10 drops of: rosemary, cypress, douglas fir, juniper berry, lemon, lavender in a blend or individually. Luxuriate in a bath for 20 minutes. Once out of the bath, cover your warm, wet skin with coconut oil.
Boost Your Water
Drink warm water with the addition of either a few drops of aromatherapy hydrosols or 1 drop of food grade GRAS essential oil. Essential oils will boost your immune system, clean your blood, boost your mood, and make water even more enjoyable to drink. Warm water is easier to assimilate. Some of my favorite oils for this method are:
Rose otto (oil or hydrosol)
Lavender (oil or hydrosol)
Ylang (oil or hydrosol)
Make a Blood Cleansing Pesto
With the near absence of fresh vegetables during winter, it’s difficult to keep our blood and circulatory systems functioning optimally. One of my favorite spring-time hobbies is to pick fresh, wild leeks and make them into a potent, kidney-cleansing pesto. Due to the fact that the ground is very frozen right now, I invite you to try cilantro pesto with essential oils instead. This is a really easy, very detoxifying recipe.
1 clove of garlic
¼ cup of organic hemp seeds
1 bunch of cilantro, washed and cleaned
½ bunch of flat leaf parsley
½ a lemon juiced
¼ cup of olive oil
1 drop of rosemary essential oil
1 drop of thyme linalool essential oil
Salt to taste
Optional: raw parmesan cheese
In a food processor, add and pulse each ingredient in the order that they appear. Slowly add olive oil to emulsify the blend. Eat on brown rice, on gluten-free crackers or right off the spoon. Take that winter! Store in the fridge for up to five days.
Sensual lovers, I invite you to explore essential oils and their potent healing powers. The more you use them, the more they will reveal their secrets to you. In terms of detoxification, they are a powerful addition to any protocol and smell delicious to boot. Follow me on Youtube to get free weekly videos where I share more on using EO’s to create vitality in your life.
What’s your favorite way to slough off the winter and supercharge your body? Please share your ideas in the comments below.
Let’s get healthy. Beach season is around the corner.