The body’s lymphatic system is a network of organs and tissues in the circulatory system
that consist primarily of lymph vessels and over 600 lymph nodes throughout the body.
The tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus are all organs that work in correlation with lymph
vessels and lymph nodes to make up this system. The primary function of the lymphatic
system is to transport a clear, colorless fluid, called lymph, which contains white blood
cells that helps rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. Lymph organs,
vessels and nodes all filter the lymph fluid before it returns back to the circulatory system.
Unlike blood, which is pumped vigorously by the heart, the lymph system moves at a very
slow pace. This means that it has a greater potential of becoming sluggish, and this can
lead to chronic illness, weakened immune system, poor circulation, allergies, cellulite,
water retention, dark/puffy eyes, weight gain, thyroid issues, and much more. When lymph
glands become painfully swollen, this is typically an indication that the lymphatic system is
struggling in some way. Lemon essential oil (citrus limonium) is fantastic for encouraging
efficiency in the lymphatic system. It encourages stimulation and detoxification of the
lymph glands that helps them maintain optimum health. Whether you are experiencing
swollen lymph glands or not, you can certainly benefit from a lemon oil lymphatic boost.
How to use lemon oil for lymphatic cleansing:
Add 1-3 drops of lemon oil to a glass of warm water or directly to the back of the throat first
thing every morning. This helps to internally rouse the lymphatic system for the duration of
Mix a solution of 50:50 lemon oil to carrier oil (such as almond or jojoba). Massage directly
onto inflamed lymph glands or underneath the arms.
Place 3-5 drops of lemon essential oil directly onto affected areas. Cover with a warm
compress and repeat 2-3 times daily.
Place 10-20 drops in a warm bath at bedtime. Use a washcloth to disperse the infused water
and compress swollen lymph glands.
Essential oils can aid in stimulating and detoxifying the lymphatic system. When massaging
to improve lymphatic flow use a gentle light touch, the weight of a nickel in the palm of your
hand. You don’t want to press so hard as to compress the thin walled lymphatic vessels.
When massaging a specific lymph node, work in a circular pattern over the node gently.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe,
treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any
sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or
aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective
in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical
community is there to help us when oils can't.
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