If you’re anything like me, these last couple of months have been spent over-indulging on Halloween sweets, pumpkin pie and candy canes. Between office and class parties, visiting family and friends, and other festivities, it’s easy to splurge a little too much this time of year.
Although it’s nice to treat yourself every so often, it’s important to keep your body as healthy as possible and free of harmful toxins. But don’t worry, there are many essential oils that can help cleanse your body when you do decide to have that second (or third) glass of Egg Nog.
Ginger is my go-to for upset stomachs and other digestive issues (I’ve been known to recommend Ginger tea as a cure for almost anything). When trying to detox, it’s important that your digestive system be settled since it plays a vital role in the elimination process, and this oil is great for just that. Ginger helps with mild cramping, indigestion and nausea. Combine up to 12 drops with 2 Tbsp. carrier oil and apply to abdomen.
Like Ginger, Cumin aids gastrointestinal problems such as mild bloating, gas and indigestion. Since these conditions are often the reason why we look to detox, this oil is highly beneficial. Add a drop to your favorite detox-friendly recipe and enjoy!
There’s a reason why Lemongrass is often included in detox-friendly smoothies and drinks: antioxidants. It’s also a fantastic diuretic, which means that it helps release built-up toxins through urination, in addition to removing excess gas from the intestines. Add to unscented lotion and apply throughout the day as needed.
Mandarin is an uplifting oil that can help stimulate liver function. It’s a helpful oil to use when preparing the body for detox, as it relaxes the nervous system. Mandarin is also a very sweet and pleasant smelling oil that can be inhaled to stave-off hunger. Use a few drops in a diffuser.
More essential oils for detox: Cajeput, Carrot Seed, Celery Seed, Cypress, Geranium, Grapefruit (detoxifying foot soak recipe), Lemon, Lime, Palmarosa, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Rosemary, Turmeric, Wintergreen
*For informational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.