A toxin can be classified as any external matter that causes disease and we’re being attacked by those every day. Gratefully, God has given our bodies an effective system to keep us from much harm. It’s essential to learn the natural ways to detox with essential oils.
Toxins And The Body
Topics such as detox are very popular and people are getting confused about what it really is. Our culture is having a toxic overload and it is essential to be aware on how to prevent these toxins effectively.
Let’s walk through this issue and share some basic steps on how to use essential oils for detox.
Two essential things about the body’s capacity to handle toxins:
1. Your body was intended to remove toxins.
2. If there are too many toxins in the body, they are more likely to cause problems.
When a body is healthy, the immune and detoxification systems are functioning well, but our environment is slowly being polluted and this can literally overpower the healthiest person.
Sources Of Toxic Exposure
Our world is getting more toxic each minute but we don’t
Some toxins in our environment include:
Genetically modified food
Despite the major developments in the elimination of lead from common household items, older homes are still contaminated. If your house is near industrial plants, there’s a high chance for added risks. Moving to a new place isn’t always an option, so be cautious and take action if necessary.
Mercury ranks on top of the list of heavy metal exposure. Manufacturing production is also a common source of heavy metal toxins and if changing jobs isn’t an option, work location can be a source of health disorders like infertility especially for men. 1
Possible toxins in our food are massive, according to a 2002 study:
“…toxic compounds find their way into food during manufacture, storage, or transportation. These include largely the industrial contaminants, persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, heavy metals, and toxins of fungal and bacterial origin. Migration of compounds from packaging materials into packaged food like contamination with lead from solder in certain metal cans is well known.” 2
Detecting Toxin Accumulation
Monitoring an overload of toxins isn’t as simple as identifying blood plasma. Health care providers need to have a good understanding of toxic exposure and build-up. It is essential to consider stored toxins and conduct a series of tests.
How To Tell If You’re “Toxic”
Toxic overload has no certain test and can be an issue for people with unexplained symptoms. Dr. BJ Hardick is a detox specialist; he points out that you should focus on these risk factors:
Living in an old home, smoking and eating
Drinking unfiltered water and regularly taking aspirin for heart disease- High Risk!
Working in a manufacturing plant, cooking with Teflon-coated pans and living under power lines- High Risk!
Common signs of exposure to risk factors:
Every symptom should have a good reason, especially if you’ve been assessed by a medical doctor. Chronic toxic exposure can be the reason if you don’t know the root cause. Do the first level of testing your blood work which measures the level of toxins in the blood. This can give you an idea of the metals hidden in the body.
Symptoms Of Heavy Metal Exposure
The Environmental Protection Agency notes these signs of lead poisoning.3
Decreased kidney function
Seizures and death
Symptoms of mercury poisoning:4
Disturbances in sensations
Diseases Linked To Toxicity
There are two main types of toxin reactions: acute and cumulative. For example, if you’ve spilled pesticides onto your skin, you’ll most likely suffer from acute or immediate problems. Some side effects of low-level toxins may take some time to develop.
Americans with nasal allergies are reported to be in the 50 million range! 5 Scientists who studied this topic in 2014 said they’ve successfully drawn links between environmental toxins and allergies.
Diet, stress, and tobacco are all main causes of cancer. In a 2008 study, they reported that only 5-10% of cancers are caused by genetic conditions and the rest can be prevented by a change in lifestyle. 6
Allergic disorders can reduce your immune system. A functioning immune system keeps us from getting sick and staves off chronic inflammatory disorders. Exposure to toxins can easily toss you out of balance. Workers who are exposed to high levels of toxins are strongly connected with autoimmune problems like arthritis and lupus. 7
Our body systems are connected to each other, and our endocrine and immune systems are especially affected by toxic metals and chemicals. 8 Exposures to lead within “safe” levels are connected to higher occurrences of depression and mental health concerns, and in children, both mercury and lead are known to impair cognitive function and intelligence.
Arsenic is one of the heavy metal toxins that is responsible for metabolic concerns. A study
True Heavy Metal Poisoning
Heavy metals are all over the world and related with health risks, with lead and mercury being most dominant. 10 If you think you have been exposed to these toxins, immediately contact your health care provider.
The Detoxing Effect Of Essential Oils
Essential oils are a great tool for detoxing your system and detoxing should be a part of your daily life. This is how essential oils make the difference:
Daily Aromatic: Inhaling antioxidant-rich oils can help fight free radical toxicity.
DIY Topical Application: Homemade body care products can help to protect your skin.
Internal Use: Safe internal use may help for a short period of time if it’s diluted or
Detox Reactions Of Essential Oils
Take note that your skin should NOT break out when using essential oils safely. Some claim that breaking out in spots is “natural,” but nothing that hurts is natural! If you suffer from swelling and itching, immediately discontinue using essential oils.
Essential oils and lifestyle
Everything we put in our body will either help our body to detoxify or contribute to our toxic burden. If you’re not willing to change your lifestyle, detoxing will be useless.
According to research, essential oil compounds can actually prevent toxicity and even cancer cells. 11 This is where using essential oils can be very helpful.
The following 9 oils are shown to be the most promising:
The first 4 are essential oils with the most citral content 12
1. Lemon Myrtle (90-98%)
2. Lemongrass (75-85%)
3. Lemon Teatree (80%)
4. May Chang (65-74%)
Application: 5-6 drops of citral-rich oils for an aromatic detox!
The remaining 5 include:
Lemon detox drinks are popular in the health community. But the chemical constituency of lemon rind and oil itself is different from the juice. Lemon peel has been used to detoxify the liver and the lemon itself has been widely used in Ayurvedic medicine.
Application:1 drop of lemon oil in honey and coconut oil
Rosemary essential oil is proven to protect DNA. 13 Studies show rosemary has beaten other detox oils like oregano, thyme, sage, and clove.
Application:1 drop of rosemary oil in honey and coconut oil
Clove essential oil is also an iron chelator and researchers discovered clove as one of the highest valued antioxidants. 14
Application: Antioxidant: cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lemon, orange and rosemary. 1 drop of the blend oil in some honey and coconut oil
8. Mint Family
Some of the oils in the mint family have been shown to detox our body, with ginger mint extract being the most prominent.
Application: Diffuse 2 drops each of ginger mint, peppermint and spearmint for an energy boost
Myrrh emulsion shows an antioxidant effect that is strong enough to essentially protect the liver that is attacked with toxins every day. 15
Application: Detoxifying ointment:3 drops myrrh, 2 drops frankincense, 2 drops spikenard, 1 drop valerian with 1-ounce coconut oil and 1 tablespoon pure aloe.
Essential Oil Sourcing Consideration
Scientists have a great interest in the chelating activity of essential oils based on phenology. Phenology is the study of intermittent plant and animal life cycles and how plants are influenced by seasonal climate. Studies on thyme oil propose that the flowering and vegetative stages do not affect the metal chelating activity of the essential oil, but the geographical location does. 16
Tips On How To Detox With Essential Oils
You can find different ways to detox with essential oils but safety must be your priority. You must not drink drops of essential oils in water every morning just because you see someone doing it.
Remember that essential oils are powerful detoxifying agents and must be handled with care.
Here are some effective ways to use them:
Regular detox baths: 2-3x/week.
Oil Pulling with essential oils: 3-4x/week.
Immune boosting: 1-2x/week.
Lemon juice+water detox: 1 drop of lemon oil, 2-3x/week.
For a special 1-week detox: 1 drop of lemongrass+1 drop of clove+1 drop of rosemary in a capsule, every morning for 7 days. Be sure not to do this for prolonged periods.
For every serious case of toxic overload, essential oils can’t cure you alone. It would be advisable to work with a detox specialist that can prescribe a customized protocol to help your body heal.
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