We’ve talked about essential oils for gorgeous skin and staying healthy, but now that it’s January we’re all thinking about detoxing and getting rid of holiday excess. Adding essential oils to your daily routine can help your body repair cells and remove toxic waste from the body. Quality matters here so make sure your oils are pure grade “A” essential oils (I’ve been getting mine from DoTerra). Here are 10 essential oils that support the natural systems of elimination in the body including liver, colon, lymph, skin, and kidneys.
I’ve included three essential oil blends that I’ve tried and liked (affiliate alert!) that contain more essential oils in one than I could ever afford to buy on my own. And as always, please talk to your doctor before using essential oils if you’re pregnant.
TOP 10 ESSENTIAL OILS FOR DETOX
This citrus oil stimulates white blood cells to defend the body against infection. Its detoxifying and regenerating properties are beneficial for the liver and aid in bringing clarity to the mind and emotions.
Everyday use: Add 2 drops of lemon to my water every morning to aid the lymphatic system. If you are not comfortable with ingesting essential oils (more info on that here), then simply add 1-2 drops of lemon oil to the bottom of your feet to enhance liver detox and the lymphatic system.
Lavender essential oil has a calming scent, which makes it an excellent tonic for the nerves. Therefore, it helps in treating migraines, headaches, anxiety, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. The refreshing aroma removes nervous exhaustion, restlessness, and increases mental activity. However, this is also great for digestion, sleep, and even pain relief.
Everyday use: Put two drops on the wrists twice a day to support the adrenals or apply to the soles of the feet before bedtime.
Grapefruit is antiviral, antiseptic, diuretic, and can aid the digestive system and skin. It refreshes the mind, relieves anxiety, is reviving, uplifting, and helps disperse negative energy. Grapefruit is ideal for supporting the body in decreasing unwanted mucus during detoxification.
Everyday use: Add to homemade body was or to carrier oil for an Ayurvedic massage that gets the blood and lymph moving.
This is a fabulous oil for cleansing the lymphatic system, releasing weight gain and a sluggish digestion. When applied topically peppermint helps support the gallbladder, and decreases inflammation as well.
This is a powerful anti-bacterial oil; many of us are harboring pathogens, bacteria, parasites and more. This oil is high in antioxidants and wonderful at combating bronchitis, candida, parasites, and Strep throat.
Everyday use: Add a drop into a teaspoon of honey to soothe a sore throat or add to coconut oil for an instant hand sanitizer.
Lemongrass is essential for drainage within the body. Some of the therapeutic properties of lemongrass include: analgesic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, astringent and sedative.
Everyday use: Also a great beauty essential oil, lemongrass can be applied directly to the skin or added to your body lotion or other carrier oil.
7. WILD ORANGE
Cold-pressed from the orange peel, wild orange is excellent for energizing and revitalizing. It is also commonly used as an effective tool for uplifting mood, as well as for its wonderful citrusy aroma. For aromatic, topical, or dietary use.
Everyday use: Place 2-3 drops in a glass of water, then swish and spit or add 2-3 drops to a bowl of hot water for a steam inhalation to help colds and coughs. Orange oil also makes an excellent household cleanser.
Ginger is a well-known stomach soother often use to aid digestion and eliminate motion sickness and nausea. You can find ginger essential oil in Slim & Sassy, which includes grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, ginger and cinnamon essential oils and is safe for internal use. The blend is ideal for cleansing the liver, balancing blood sugar, and improving metabolism.
Everyday use: Add 8 drops of Slim & Sassy to 16 ounces of water and drink between meals throughout the day to help manage hunger, calm your stomach and lift your mood.
Juniper helps the body to throw off toxic wastes, improves elimination and supports liver function. Can be found in the Zendocrine essential oil blend of tangerine, rosemary, geranium, juniper berry, and cilantro essential oils that supports the body’s natural ability to rid itself of unwanted substances.
Everyday use: Add 2 drops to wrists twice a day to detox the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs and skin.
Fennel helps with nausea, flatulence and constipation and is wonderful as an afternoon tea. Can be found in DigestZen, a blend of anise, caraway, coriander, fennel, ginger, peppermint and tarragon that helps alleviate congestion, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, indigestion, motion sickness, nausea and stomach aches.
Everyday use: DigestZen can be taken internally as well as applied topically to the abdomen when stomach upset occurs and can be used safely by the entire family.
Stress is a major contributor to illness and disease. Bergamot creates a sense of well-being and relaxation and also regulates craving and lifts spirits.
Everyday use: Apply to the bottom of the feet at bedtime to promote restful sleep or add to a warm bath.