Essential Oils for Body and Mind Detox

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Cleansing is a hot topic;

it is thrown around in more conversations than you would believe…in natural cure books and newsletters,  magazine articles, best selling books and all over the Internet.  Why do you suppose cleansing and detoxing are receiving so much attention?

Well,,, we do live in a pretty toxic world;

the soil where our food is grown and the air we breathe are both bombarded with chemicals, pesticides petrochemicals and the like.

Pharmaceutical drugs and processed foods are commonplace. The facts about our hazardous environment can be overwhelming and scary.

There is a choice to be made: we can take control of our lives, our health and our happiness, or Either be intimidated, continue to suffer from illness and take drugs to make it worse, or we can take action to protect ourselves.

There are many sources all over the internet, social media, books, publications and specialty sites that give many suggestions for this proactive approach to regaining and maintaining our health.

Here’s a couple articles I wrote on the subject:

  • Essential Oil Recipes for Detoxing the Body

    Recipes for: Skin and Internal Organ Detox Blend, Immediate Detox Blend, Cleanse & Detox Blend, Super Detox and Cellulite Buster Blend, Liver / Lymphatic System Detox Blend, Mind-Detox Blend and Stress Relief, Purify Your Space Blend
  • How to Use Essential Oils for Detoxification

    Detoxifying the body using essential oils is one of the best ways to clean out the harmful toxins laying stagnant in our bodies. Find out which essential oils to use for detoxing the body, and different ways to detoxify the body, mind and spirit.

About Colon Cleansing / Detox

(click here to read more Associated Content articles on detoxing)

Is the average American colon really full of undigested material? Sometimes, but not always. Do we need colon cleansing? Once again, yes and no. What we really need is a healthy diet full of fiber to keep the colon free of bad bacteria. People who eat plenty of fiber, whole grains, fruits and veggies have colons that are clean as a whistle. Want a true detox diet? Eat healthy! It keeps the colon clean without natural health trend flushes and crazy diets. Your magic pill is eating right.

But today, we’re targeting one of the most efficient and effective ways to heal our bodies and lighten the toxic overload:

Internal Cleansing.

Girl Eating  CarrotCleansing, also called detoxification, is our body’s normal process of elimination, a function that occurs daily through our colon, liver, kidney, lungs, lymph and skin. The most obvious forms of elimination are sweat, urine, and bowel movements. Other organs also eliminate, though you do not actually see this process. Despite the fact that we eliminate continuously, our bodies are having difficulty keeping up with the demand because we are accumulating an unnatural amount of toxins daily. This toxic overload prevents our overworked organs and colon from finishing all their assigned tasks and as a result, the toxins collect within our system. The most common symptoms of toxic buildup include: stress, constipation or failure to have a regular daily bowel movement, feeling sluggish or low energy, lack of motivation, strong food cravings, high sugar consumption, caffeine dependency and unidentifiable illness.

Unfortunately, many of us do not drink enough pure water or eat quality organic foods (foods that are not factory-made or laden with chemicals). We may not exercise, sleep well or wake rested. It is obvious that an individual with these habits would incur a greater toxic load than someone who is practicing a healthier lifestyle. The sad truth is, however, that no one is safe. Even those with good eating and living habits are exposed to an excess of environmental toxins. This excess becomes embedded in our tissues, our organs overload and we may feel sick from the buildup. Our bodies do the best they can with this stressful buildup by storing the extra toxins in our cells, fat and mucus to protect us from further or deeper damage. How each individual’s body compensates for this toxic overload is unique and shows up as a wide variety of symptoms that undermine us in every way imaginable. It is clear this compensation affects our overall health, energy and ability to heal. These toxins make us ill, fat, constipated, congested, uncomfortable in our bodies, depressed, drug dependent, diseased and powerless to make important changes that we need to make in order to be well.

Still not sure you need to cleanse your body? Consider the following questions to help you get clear: Do you sleep peacefully and wake up most mornings feeling rested with clear nasal passages? Are you pain and symptom free? Is your digestion smooth and well functioning, allowing you to have a satisfying bowel movement each morning?


Do you wake up stiff, lethargic, congested, disoriented? Do you need coffee, or worse, medication, to even begin thinking? Do you rush out the door, stressed about the upcoming day, without a proper bowel movement or breakfast?

Do you have plenty of energy throughout the day and evening? Are you drinking at least two quarts of pure water everyday? Do you enjoy a healthy lunch, perhaps a fresh green salad and a small serving of quality protein? Do you have fresh food to snack on like fruit, nuts and veggies?


Do you feel tired, dull, sluggish, just going through the motions, needing coffee or other stimulants to stay energized? Do you eat whatever you can grab, using sugar or processed food as your fuel until you can get something truly nourishing (which often does not happen)? Are you stuck inside all day long and afterwards go home and veg-out for the rest of the evening?

Do you experience vibrant health and well-being? Do you take good care of yourself? Is your body limber, allowing you to enjoy a variety of activities such as walking, yoga or dancing? Do you exercise consistently? Are you happy with your weight? Is your memory clear and your mind sharp? Is your skin blemish freae and fresh looking? Are you able to cope with life’s many stresses?


YogaDo you have a health problem that you suspect might be related to your diet or lifestyle choices? Do you expect your doctor to make key decisions regarding your health? Are you putting off exercise? Do you have frequent headaches, body pain, sinus or respiratory problems? Is your cholesterol problematic? Do you have indigestion, constipation, gas or bloating? Are you over or underweight? Do you get frequent colds or flu? Is your skin dull, a far cry from the glow of your younger years? Are you irritable and tired for no apparent reason, making daily coping and relationships more difficult?

If you answered negatively to these questions, don’t feel bad. Your situation is not hopeless and you are not helpless. You can and will heal. Consider some of the many benefits of cleansing:

  1. Improved digestion, better elimination, less constipation, gas, bloating and indigestion
  2. Freedom to breathe more deeply
  3. Less allergic or reactive responses to foods. You will likely experience less mucus and congestion and a clearing of sniffles and coughs.
  4. More energy, better nutrient absorption, overall improved health
  5. Balanced pH; improved alkalinity, less acidic
  6. Weight loss and the realization that you can enjoy a lighter style of eating
  7. Sense of satisfaction, greater vitality and a desire to choose better foods and develop better eating habits, permanently
  8. A deeper understanding of how to take care of yourself with these new found skills.

Essential Oils for Body and Mind Detox

As well maintaining good health and physical and emotional well being, some essential oils have been known to be powerful detox aids both for the body and the mind.

Detox essential oils can be used separately or in combination, diluted and applied directly onto the skin, in the bath, or inhaled. When using oils in your bath, wait until the bathtub is full before sprinkling 8 to 30 drops of your chosen oil or oils, as they tend to evaporate quickly. Avoid immersing yourself completely, as the oils should not come into contact with your eyes. It’s preferable not to use soap in an essential oil bath as some soap might interfere with, and neutralize the essential oil action.

Essential Oils known for their detoxifying properties;

  • Rose,
  • black pepper,
  • cypress,
  • carrot seed,
  • grapefruit,
  • bitter orange,
  • lemon
  • juniper berry,
  • fir
  • fennel,
  • coriander,
  • helichrysum
  • parsley,
  • sage,
  • frankincense,
  • nutmeg

(Always mix essential oils in neutral base oil such as almond or vegetable oil before applying to the skin.)

Detox Blends

A blend of essential oils believed to have powerful detoxifying effects on both the skin and the internal organs is a mixture of lemon, juniper berry, seaweed, and fennel oils.

Another potent detox blend is fir, fennel, hyssop, patchouli, and helichrysum, mixed with neutral base oil. It has an immediate detoxifying action. Middle and lower back pains are often related to liver toxicity, and headaches sometimes result from excess toxins too. This blend is extremely cleansing for the body and should be applied directly onto areas of toxicity. If you’re not sure of the source of the problem, apply to areas of weakness or use it to massage your feet and soles.

A Liver and lymphatic system detox blend is geranium, rosemary, Roman chamomile, fennel, carrot, German chamomile, helichrysum and blue tansy. This combination cleanses the liver and the lymphatic system of high levels of toxins. It assists in the process of breaking up any anger and hate that is stored in the liver. Apply over liver, solar plexus or use for whole body massage.

For mind/body balance; and stress relief, The BODY SPECTRUM HARMONIZER a mixture of lavender, geranium, sandalwood, ylang ylang and blue tansy and other harmonizing e.o.s.

This blend helps release emotional trauma from the body. It assists in the freeing of cellular memory of various past traumas and experiences. It’s also very effective for detox of the liver. It’s a great blend to use in case of emotional distress. Generally the solar plexus, liver and forehead are good areas to work on. You can also use it to massage your feet.

Please avoid using the blends above or any other essential oil before seeking medical advice if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

Essential Oil Feel Good Recipes

Anti-ageing Elixir: Mix 15 drops of Ylang-ylang essential oil with 5 drops of geranium oil into a 50ml vegetable oil base. Massage into face and neck before sleep. Use on the scalp once a week for 15 minutes before shampoo.

Anti-stress Bath: In 100ml of neutral bath base, mix 50 drops of lavender oil, 50 drops of Ylang-ylang essential oil and 50 drops of mandarin oil. For tonifying add 50 drops of rosemary oil and 60 drops of lemon oil.

The Detox Bath is another type of bath which encourages the body’s capacity to eliminate excess fat and toxins. Practised regularly, the Detox Bath will boost your health and energy, help you maintain a lean and trim figure, improve your digestion, eliminate bloating, sleep more soundly and have a glowing complexion…

Ayurveda recommends a program of internal cleansing at every change of seasons to clear the channels of the body of toxins that may have built up over the previous season. Detox is particularly recommended each spring, because in the spring, your body’s natural cleansing and rejuvenating mechanisms kick into high gear in tune with all of nature.

A complete at-home ayurvedic detoxification routine involves three phases–preparation, cleansing and post-cleansing. Here we offer brief practical guidelines for each phase. For a comprehensive discussion on ayurvedic cleansing, read our newsletter – Ayurvedic Detoxification–How to Detoxify Safely.

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Cleanse and Detox is a regulating nerve and blood tonic. It powerfully stimulates blood circulation and lymph drainage for effective internal cleansing, toning and detoxification.

JUNIPERBERRY ( Juniperis communis ) A powerful detoxifier Juniper berry astringent action uplifts and strengthens the spirit during times of low energy and weakness and has a clearing and cleansing effect on the mind and emotions. Use Juniper berry in your aroma lamp to neutralize negative habits, beliefs and attitudes and to effectively purify the atmosphere of any room and to assist with meditation.

LEMON ( Citrus limonum ) Energizes and refreshes your body and mind. Its powerful astringent action enlivens your brain and uplifts your spirit. A strong germicidal cleanser Lemon is highly antiseptic and has strong antibacterial properties. Use Lemon oil in your aroma lamp to purify the air, or in your household cleaning spray to disinfect surface areas. Lemon’s antiseptic properties will last for up to twenty days!

CYPRESS ( Cupressus sempervirens ) The most powerful astringent action in aromatherapy. Cypress oil strengthens the Heart energies and has been used for ritual cleansing and to promote health since ancient times. It was considered a symbol for life after death and in the ancient temples of Egypt was burnt along with Juniper to cleanse the atmosphere.

HYSSOP ( Hyssopus officinalis ) A powerful regulating oil Hyssop has a fresh smelling medicinal aroma with a subtle sweet under note. Hyssop’s regulating effect on blood and lymph circulation makes it a nice addition to any detoxifying blend. When you have a chest cold or bronchial spasms use Hyssop to soothe bronchial spasm and loosen mucous secretions. Hyssop oil relieves a dry, hacking cough and its stimulating properties promote mental clarity and alertness.

BITTER FENNEL ( Foeniculum vulgare ) A natural diuretic Fennel relieves the discomfort associated with fluid retention, premenstrual tension and bloating. Due to its powerful cleansing and tonic action Bitter Fennel is often recommended as a hot compress for treating cellulite and digestive system complaints such as weak or sluggish digestion, or flatulence. Helpful the morning after a night of overindulgence in alcohol, tobacco, or other toxic substance. Makes a wonderful detoxifying bath alone or in a blend!

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Disclaimer: The benefits cited above are for information only. Please consult a qualified aromatherapist or holistic health practitioner before using essential oils.
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