Article originally published on LivingTraditionally.com republished with permission.
The truth is, most people have never heard of lymphatic drainage or even the lymphatic system. This is because it is not often talked about, however, in 2012 researchers at USC made this statement: “… the lymphatic system is no less essential than the blood circulatory system for human health and well-being.” (1)
Researchers found that the lymphatic system is vital for both tissue repair and controlling inflammation in most organs of the human body. The improper drainage of the lymphatic system results in an impaired immune system or even tumors in the lymph nodes.
Even though you exercise your body daily, you also need to exercise your lymphatic system by helping it drain properly. Keeping your lymphatic system in great shape is necessary for optimal health.
Why You Should Support Your Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system cleanses the fluid that surrounds the cells in your body by removing impurities and waste products. This helps cells in the body to function properly.
An unhealthy lymphatic system can lead to serious health problems such as fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, obesity, aches, and pains, bloating and problems with digestion.
How to Drain Your Lymphatic System with Castor Oil
According to Dr. David Williams, who has traveled the world investigating natural treatments for almost every major health concern,“No drug exists that can improve lymphatic flow; however, the job can easily be handled through the topical application of Castor oil. ” (2)
The procedure is very simple.
- Apply the oil to different parts of the skin.
- For lymphatic stimulation, apply a castor oil pack to the lower abdomen.
- Take a cotton cloth folded in several layers and cold-pressed oil castor oil.
- Saturate the cloth in oil and apply it to the skin. You can leave it on overnight.
- The castor oil pack will increase circulation of lymphatic fluids, reduce inflammation and improve your digestive system.
Herbs to Help Drain The Lymphatic System
Herbs and teas can be used to purify the lymph. One of the most effective herbs to drain your lymphatic system is echinacea. It is believed to boost your immune and support lymphatic functions.
Echinacea is used to reduce inflammation and ward off bacterial, fungal and viral infections. Echinacea helps strengthen certain kinds of cells in the lymph nodes called macrophages, which excrete the toxins out of the lymph (3).
Sweat It Out in a Sauna
Perspiration is one of the best ways to get rid of toxins. Sauna baths raise our bodies temperature, thus stimulating sweat glands. Built up toxins such as copper, lead, sodium, mercury and other dangerous chemicals are excreted through sweat.
 Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine. (2012, April). The New Era of the Lymphatic System: No Longer Secondary to the Blood Vascular System. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
 Williams, D., Dr. (n.d.). How to Use Castor Oil to Boost Your Immune System. Retrieved from http://www.drdavidwilliams.com/
 WebMD. (n.d.). ECHINACEA: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/