Toxic America We are bombarded with toxins, whether in the foods we eat (pesticides and processed foods), the health and beauty products we use or in over the counter drugs we take. Our liver and kidneys can filter out a certain amount of toxins, but many toxins are stored in our fatty tissues and other major organs, even our brain. Aluminum has been found in brain tissue of Alzheimer’s victims, dioxin in breast tissue and synthetic musk (from cologne & perfume) in the cord blood from newborns. Many synthetic chemicals like those found in products with synthetic “fragrance” are stored in fatty tissue. Your body will not let go of fatty tissue until the toxins are cleansed from the body. Essential oils can help with that cleansing process.
Green Up Your Home One place to start cleansing your body is to eliminate any chemical laden household cleaners, air fresheners, unnecessary over the counter drugs and health and beauty products containing “fragrance” in the ingredients. Use only therapeutic grade essential oils to scent your body and home. Next, assess your food intake. Try and eliminate as many processed foods as possible and replace them with whole fruits and vegetables and whole grain products. Simply drinking lemon essential oil or peppermint essential oil in your water is gently detoxifying your body. Simply eating fruits and veggies for a couple of days is a gentle way to start cleansing your digestive system. Digestive enzymes may help keep the bowels regular so toxins can be eliminated quickly and comfortably.
Naturally Detoxify Citrus oils like lemon and grapefruit are especially beneficial to cleansing the body. These citrus oils can be applied directly to the skin and massaged into areas with cellulite. Combine 2-3 drops of therapeutic, food grade essential oil with a teaspoon of V-6 carrier oil and massage directly to area. The essential oils will help to increase circulation and gently detoxify the tissues.
Citrus oils can cause photosensitivity, so avoid direct sunlight 12 hours after applying citrus oils to exposed skin.
Simple Cleanse Ingesting food grade essential oils like grapefruit in particular can help to combat cellulite as well. The natural limonene in citrus oils will also help to boost the immune system as it gently detoxifies and may help decrease fat stores when combined with regular exercise and a diet based on whole foods. Drinking 6-8 glasses of purified water with citrus essential oils each day will help move toxins out of tissue and boost your energy. Simply add 1 drop of citrus oil of choice to an 8 ounce glass of pure water. You can refill this glass several times without adding more oil. You could also add 4-5 drops of lemon or orange oil to a 64 ounce glass pitcher and keep this in the refrigerator to drink throughout the day. Just 1 drop of peppermint essential oil can infuse a large pitcher of pure water as well.
Make sure to use only glass for oil infused water, many of the oils will dissolve plastics into your water.