Which Essential Oils Can Help You Detox?

In today’s bustling world, it’s not unusual to be bombarded with pollution, synthetic chemicals, and toxic energy. We can find ourselves stressed out, anxious, overwhelmed and frustrated even on the best of days. If you’re not feeling like yourself, you may need to release some of that toxicity and start fresh. 

Detoxifying with essential oils is an easy way to reset and declutter your emotional and physical health. Although our bodies have a natural detoxification system, using essential oils to support detoxing can have tremendous effects. Essential oils can help eliminate toxicity (both physical and emotional) and stimulate your lymphatic, circulatory and immune systems. That’s why we formulated our Detox essential oil blend. It combines the best and complementary essential oils for emotional and physical detoxing.

Whether you’ve been downing cheeseburgers for the last month or just went through a rough breakup, essential oils are here to help. As always, make sure your essential oils are 100% pure, undiluted and free of any additives or synthetic fragrances. You wouldn’t want to add any ickiness to your beautiful body. 

Signs You May Need A Physical Detox

Staying in tune with your unique body is one of the best ways to identify when you’re due for a detox. Your body might be telling you to detox if you’re experiencing excessive tiredness, skin issues, unexplained aches and pains, or stomach problems. Again, there are ways to support and stimulate your body’s natural detoxification systems. 

Signs You May Need A Physical Detox

Physical and emotional health are naturally linked according to numerous studies. One example is the way anxiety can prevent restorative rest which in turn can weaken your immune system. If you’re experiencing excessive worry, self-doubt, irritability, fear or low mood, you might need to emotionally detox. 

To be clear, we believe that you are entitled to your feelings and emotions at all times, whenever you need to feel them. We don’t label certain feelings good or bad. They just are. That said, if you feel emotionally hijacked or overwhelmed by your feelings, we’re here to tell you that you deserve hope and health. Essential oils are not a cure for anything but when used safely, they can offer tremendous health benefits. 

The Very Best Essential Oils For Detox 

Reclaim your glowing skin, natural tenacity and unstoppable energy with our favorite  essential oils for detoxing. Generally, citrus oils are the MVPs of detoxification for their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and stimulating properties but there are a few others on our list that encourage full-body revitalization. If we missed any of your favorites, feel free to email us at hello@aromawest.com

Lemon Essential Oil 

Thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, Lemon can help boost blood circulation and stimulate the lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system helps eliminate waste and toxins from your body’s connective, epithelial, muscle and nervous tissues. Lemon’s high levels of antioxidant activity can help neutralize free radicals to help prevent and even reverse oxidative damage to your skin. It also has uplifting qualities that can help you tap into your joy.  

Bergamot Essential Oil

An essential oil determined to make you feel brighter, lighter and happier, Bergamot is one of the most effective oils for giving you an emotional lift. A 2017 pilot study found that Bergamot essential oil helped improve the positive feelings of people waiting at a mental health facility. So how does Bergamot help you detox? By helping you to release negative thinking so you can feel like yourself again: peaceful, strong and resilient. 

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Three cheers for Grapefruit! This powerful citrus oil helps support the digestive and lymphatic systems to help your body clear what you don’t need. Its antibacterial properties support bright, glowing skin and overall radiance. If you’re experiencing breakouts or pimples, try swapping out your moisturizer for a few drops of Grapefruit (diluted at 1%) mixed with a non-comedogenic carrier oil (like Safflower oil). 

Lemongrass Essential Oil 

If to release emotional distress, Lemongrass essential oil is your new best friend. It's endlessly relaxing, calming and restorative. Packed with antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, Lemongrass can help remove free radicals and other damaging environmental factors. Add a few drops of Lemongrass to a hot salt bath and soak in its restorative properties. Bonus: jump in a steam room after your soak to sweat out any other excess. Spa day! 

Peppermint Essential Oil

Talk about stimulating. Peppermint is one of the most energizing and refreshing essential oils out there. A small 2013 study determined Peppermint essential oil helped exercise performance and decrease fatigue. Its minty, cool scent also can help relieve feelings of nausea. If you need a quick boost, gently inhale Peppermint and get moving and grooving. . 

Orange Essential Oil 

Feeling a little lackluster? Orange essential oil can help you reclaim your sparkle. Its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can help ward off environmental and emotional toxicity. It’s wonderfully uplifting and can help you balance your stress levels and feel good all day, every day.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Overworked muscles and soreness are no match for Rosemary’s anti-inflammatory properties. It has long been used to help alleviate body pain and headaches. Interestingly, Rosemary essential oil has been shown to improve memory and cognitive performance. When you feel overwhelmed or foggy, inhale Rosemary to find clarity. 

In addition to these essential oils, there are numerous other ways to support a physical or emotional detox. Some of our favorite methods include getting outdoors, including fruits and veggies with every meal and carving out time to meditate or relax. Although detoxing can mean sticking to strict diet or adhering to some other code of conduct, we believe detoxification can simply mean giving yourself a break from the busyness of life. So go ahead, detox the worry and reclaim the good. 

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