7 Effective Essential Oils for a Total Body Detox

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Throughout history, a number of religions & cultures have practiced detoxing & cleansing the body to achieve enlightenment.  In traditional medicine, the practice of detoxing for medical reasons can be traced back all the way 3500 B.C. when Ayurveda, or "The Science of Life", emerged from India.  According to Ayurveda, the prevention of illness & disease can be achieved through the elimination of certain foods from the diet.

Today, there are a number of products on the market that are designed to promote the detoxification & purification of the body.  Some popular methods can be uncomfortable & extremely stressful on the body which is why detoxing with Essential Oils & Aromatherapy is a healthier, & safer practice.

Essential Oils for Detoxing Your Body

Peppermint Essential Oil

Pure Peppermint Essential Oil can be extremely beneficial when taken internally, especially when it comes to detoxifying your body. To assist your body in ridding itself of toxins, try adding 1-2 drops of Essential Oil to peppermint tea or a glass of water. One of the many therapeutic benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil is it's effect on the digestive system. Peppermint will help relieve bloating, gas & upset stomachs.

When ingesting Peppermint Essential Oils, you must be sure you are using 100% pure Essential Oils.  Additionally, Essential Oils are highly concentrated, so don't over do it.  1-2 drops of Essential Oil into 250ml of tea or water, is all that is recommended.

Juniper Berry Essential Oil

Juniper Essential Oil is distilled using the berries from the Juniper tree.  These berries are rich in antioxidants.  Juniper berries have a long history of being used to ease the digestive system & can also be used as a diuretic.  Using Juniper Berry Essential Oil as a diuretic can help flush out toxins & reduce water retention.

Juniper Berry Essential Oil can be added to a glass of water, or a cup of tea.  Avoid ingesting Juniper for more than a week at a time, & never use more than 2 drops of Essential Oil when taking internally.  Juniper Berry can also be added to bath water or made into a massage oil using a carrier oil.

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit Essential Oil is one of the most powerful Essential Oils when it comes to detoxifying your body.  Grapefruit's natural anti-bacterial properties kill harmful bacteria in the body which may be causing problems with your digestion.  Grapefruit Essential Oil also acts as a diuretic to help flush toxins out of your system.

Grapefruit Essential Oil can be ingested daily.  When taking Grapefruit Essential Oil internally, limit yourself to 1-2 drops of oil in a glass of water or cup of tea.  

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary Essential Oil is great in assisting your body in cleansing itself of toxins, & is good for your all around health & well being.  Creating a massage oil with Rosemary can help your body with digestion, circulation, & mental alertness.  

Dilute 20-30 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil in to 100ml of Carrier Oil & massage on your abdomen & lower back for kidney support.

Laurel Essential Oil

Laurel Essential Oil is steam distilled from laurel leaves which are known to be rich in naturally occurring antioxidants.  Laurel is essential to the function of your digestive system, & the Essential Oil is a great alternative to ingesting laurel leaves.

Try adding 1 drop of Laurel Essential Oil to a glass of water or a cup of tea.  Laurel Essential Oil is also highly effective when diffused in your home to assist with respiration.

Mandarin Essential Oil

Mandarin Essential Oil is steam distilled from the rinds of mandarin oranges.  This highly concentrated oil has been show to have a number of purifying properties for your body.  Mandarin Essential Oil is extremely calming & relaxing & is great in any detoxifying blend of Essential Oils as it limits the amount of stress on your body.

Try diffusing Mandarin Essential Oil in your home to relax your mind & body.

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil works as a natural astringent which is great in promoting detoxification through your skin.  Lemon Essential Oil also aids your lymphatic system & is great for respiration.

Diffusing Lemon Essential Oil is your home is great way to detox your body.  You can also add 1-2 drops of 100% Pure Lemon Essential Oil to a glass of water or a cup of tea. 

Essential Oil Recipe for All-Natural Detoxification

The most effective way to use Essential Oils to detoxify your body & cleanse your system is to create a massage oil that doubles as a bath oil.  The following recipe is one that will support the detoxification of your body & should be diluted into 100ml of your preferred Carrier Oil.

  • 10 drops - Grapefruit Essential Oil
  • 5 drops - Juniper Berry Essential Oil
  • 3 drops - Mandarin Essential Oil
  • 3 drops - Lemon Essential Oil
  • 3 drops - Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 2 drops - Laurel Essential Oil
  • 1 drop - Peppermint Essential Oil

When used as a massage oil, it is best to avoid direct sunlight as citrus Essential Oils can cause sun-sensitivity.  You can also try mixing this solution with 2 cups of Epsom Salts & add to your bathwater for an even greater detoxification experience.

When using Essential Oils, especially if you are taking them internally, it is always best to consult an Aromatherapist.  Additionally, ensure that you are purchasing your Essential Oils from a reputable supplier who can guarantee 100% purity.

Where to Buy Essential Oils

When it comes to trying different brands of Essential Oils, here at The Essential Life, we've been around the block a few times. We've tried Essential Oils from every retailer you can think of. We've also tried Essential Oils from eBay, Amazon & a number of supplier based in China. Of all the oils we've tried, Spark Naturals is our favourite. Their Essential Oils are the ones I use in my own Aromatherapy practice, the ones I use on all of my Aromatherapy clients & their Essential Oils are the ones I recommend to all of my friends, family & clients. Why? Because Spark Naturals' Essential Oils are the highest grade of purse Essential Oils. What really sets Spark Naturals apart, however, is the affordability of their Essential Oils.

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