Improve the health and vitality of your lymphatic system by using these essential oils for lymph nodes.
Don’t Forget About Your Lymph Nodes!
People rarely think about their lymph nodes. That is, until they get swollen or painful!
The lymph nodes are tiny bean-shaped glands that are found all over the body. The largest clusters of lymph nodes are found in the neck, armpits and groin regions .
This army of hundreds of lymph nodes is part of a very important system in our body called the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system carries nutrients and waste products from the blood stream to the body tissues, and the body tissues to the bloodstream. It is constantly at work, and it is the place where our white blood cells spend most of their time. It’s obvious that there is a strong correlation between the lymphatic system and the immune system. An unhealthy lymphatic system can mean an unhealthy or weak immune system. This is why the health of your lymphatic system is of paramount importance.
Essential Oils for Lymph Nodes
There are several essential oils for lymph nodes that work so well! They work so well because they are highly stimulating, warming and anti-inflammatory, among others. Here are the top 10 essential oils for lymph nodes:
- Peppermint (where to get it)
- Ginger (where to get it)
- Black pepper (where to get it)
- Wintergreen (where to get it)
- Lemon grass (where to get it)
- Rosemary (where to get it)
- Lavender (where to get it)
- Bay Laurel (where to get it)
- Angelica (where to get it)
- Frankincense (where to get it)
How to Use Essential Oils for Lymph Nodes
Here are the best ways you can use essential oils to improve the health of your lymph nodes:
- Detox Baths : Once a week, treat yourself with a detox bath containing 1 cup of Epsom salts, 1 cup of bentonite clay and 25 drops of your essential oil of choice. This will help stimulate detoxification and boost lymphatic drainage. Detox baths do wonders for your health, you just can’t skip it! You can relax in your bath for 20 minutes to 30 minutes, but not more than 1 hour.
- Hot Compress : There are plenty of tools you can buy on the market to help you perform a hot compress. But the simplest way is to use a good ol’ bowl of hot water and a wash cloth. Drop in up to 8 drops of essential oil into your bowl of water. Simply dip the wash cloth into your bowl of hot water and wring out the cloth. Now apply the cloth to the area of your body where you experience lymph node swelling or tenderness. This is a sure fire way to foster smooth lymphatic drainage and reduce swelling.
- Lymphatic Massage: By far, my favorite way to tackle lymphatic swelling is massage. Mind you, massage is not just reserved for swollen lymph nodes. Total body massage can stimulate your entire lymphatic system and keep you healthy and in prime condition. Simply mix your favorite carrier oil with the appropriate amount of essential oil and firmly massage your entire body. For swollen lymph nodes, be gentle and stroke the inflamed area with less pressure.
Other Natural Remedies for Lymph Nodes
The most common problem with lymph nodes is enlargement of the glands, or swelling. This happens when the lymphatic fluid has not drained well. To treat lymph nodes naturally, just keep 3 things in mind: you need to eat anti-inflammatory foods, detox your body and stimulate lymphatic drainage.
Here are some other natural remedies to reduce lymph gland swelling:
- Apple Cider Vinegar : Take 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in 1 glass of water, along with raw honey or Himalayan pink salt, for those who are diabetic, or averse to sucrose. Drink this 3 times a day, before meals.
- Garlic : Garlic is not just anti-inflammatory but is also important for detox. It also supports the immune system. The best way to incorporate garlic in your diet is by throwing a few bulbs into a pot of soup. It adds to the taste and is great for your lymphatic health.
- Herbal Help : These herbs are known to cleanse the lymphatic system: astragalus, echinacea, and goldenseal. Typically they are not available in their fresh form, but capsules are available on Amazon.com.
How have you improved your lymphatic health with natural remedies? What are your favorite essential oils for lymph node swelling, drainage and stimulation? Share so others can benefit!