Lymphatic drainage... Has definitely become a lifestyle! The lymphatic system is so over overlooked. Our skin health is closely related to the functionality of your lymphatic system, as it plays a large role in detoxification, and can cause fluid retention and puffiness if it is stagnant. Over the past year Gua Sha I has opened up an entirely new approach in healing the skin for me. I've learned how and where each of the muscles on the face connect, (knowing the insertion, origin and function), but also understanding that there are so many other networks underneath the skin (besides the muscles), like the fascia, the meridians, the nerves, the bones that breathe, and the lymphatic system. Lymphatic drainage is not a trend it has been around for years.
LYMPH NODES -
Lymph Nodes play such an integral part in our over-all well being, including our skin health. Our lymphatic system filters and removing toxins from our bodies. Sometimes, our lymphatic system needs a little extra love to get going since it doesn’t have a pump of its own, our lymphatic systems counts on us to manually stimulate it. Below, I’m shared all my tips and tricks on how to get your lymph nodes unclogged and add some extra glow to your skin. Not sure if your lymph nodes are functioning efficiently? Here are some signs your lymphatic system is asking for help! - Fluid retention (puffiness under the skin) - Skin conditions like rashes & acne - Sinus infections - Frequent headaches & migraines - Chronic unexplained fatigue - Constipation - Sore breasts - Ear popping, ringing, and infections.
LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE TIP #1 - Eucalyptus essential oil. Your lymphatic system works closely with your circulatory system, so anything that stimulates your circulatory system will in turn also stimulate your lymphatics. Use 3 drops on the bottoms of your feet to boost your immunity and increase circulation in your lymphatic system. Rosemary or peppermint work great also.
TIP #2 - Echinacea tea. Echinacea is such a beautifully healing herb for many reasons. It’s commonly known for its anti-bacterial properties and immune support. I think of it as one of natures best antibiotics. However, it’s healing powers don’t stop there! This flower also helps promote healthy drainage of toxins from the lymphatic system.
TIP #3 - Self massage! You guys know how I feel about daily facial massages. Facial tools are a great way to stimulate the lymph!! https://www.shopstephanierachelle.com/collections/beauty-1
TIP #4 - Drybrushing. This is the simplest trick in the book, but this is really the easiest thing you can do to impact and stimulate your lymphatic system in an enormous way. All this takes is 3 mins in the morning! Dry brushing may also help with the reduction of cellulite by evening the distribution of fat cells. There isn’t any ‘wrong’ way to brush, just make sure your movements are upwards and towards the heart.
TIP #5 - Stop wearing wired bras. I haven't done this myself but it is something that I think about daily. Breast tissue is home to a large part of our lymphatic system. Underwire bras can put pressure on the tissue beneath the breasts, constricting drainage of the lymph nodes along the top and bottom of the breast and between the armpit and sternum. When wearing bras with underwire, circulation is hindered and this can cause the lymph tissue to become stagnant and gather toxins.
TIP #6 - Hot and cold showers. Hot water dilates blood vessels and muscles, while cold water constricts them... creating stimulation and movement in the lymphatic system! Hot & cold showers also help reduce any build up of fluids in the lymphatic system (from poor circulation) and it eases inflammation. Not to mention it’ll do wonders for your skin. Dry brush your body and hop in the shower for a rejuvenating water meditation. When the water is hot, envision any negativity or stress melting away from your muscles. And when the water is cold, imagine yourself in the warm sun on an island in Hawaii; it’s fun to explore the power of your mind - Let me know if you try this !!