The Lymphatic System and Herbal Allies
I have been fascinated with the lymphatic system for a few years now; like, really fascinated. Did you know that this system is the largest circulatory system in your body? Did you know that the health of one’s lymphatic system can affect the condition of one’s blood? I have learned (and keep learning) so much about this system, how to nourish it, how to honor it, how to keep it moving.
I would like to feature the work of one of my greatest teachers, Rebecca Altman with King’s Road Apothecary and Cauldrons and Crockpots. You can sign up for her email newsletter Here. Do eet. You will love her.
On an herbal note:
These are the herbal allies I have explored while working with the lymphatic system, and I have to say I love them all.
- Local herbs: Chickweed, Cleavers, Calendula, Red Clover, Poke (low dose or a few berries at a time), Plantain, Bee Balm (for a little tasty gut support)
- Herbs from other sources: Red Root, Ocotillo, Alder, Echinacea with Astragalus (reduces swelling and congestion in the lymphatic system)
- Liver loving support: Burdock Root, Dandelion, Milk Thistle Seed, Yellow Dock
Calendula, red clover plantain, rose and bee balm make a FANTASTIC lymph support tea.
Lymphatic Support Suggestions:
Please please please do not “Detox”. Please. I mean it. Your body is made to detox on its own. Consider nourishment and supportive measures instead. Here are some lymph loving suggestions (beyond herbal consumption):
- Eat mostly local foods that are available in season.
- Consume home made bone broth (lots).
- Learn lymphatic massage techniques, get an awesome lymphatic oil from Kings Road Apothecary or myself and give yourself a wonderful massage.
- Dry brushing is awesome to stimulate circulation, remove dead skin cells and stimulate the lymph.
- Move yer ass!
- Do some deep breathing.
- Keep your body well hydrated with WATER. <– plain-good-for-you water. If you don’t like the taste of plain water, that’s too bad. Drink it anyway. Your body loves it.
- Lymphatic breast massage is also very important, ladies; especially if you wear a bra more than a few hours a day.
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