Aromatherapy oils can make the process of toning and detoxing your body more enjoyable and beneficial. If you increase the amount of exercise you do to tone muscles and get rid of cellulite, oils with muscles-relaxing qualities such as lavender and chamomile are worth using. Oils that stimulate circulation to ensure good blood flow and drainage of the lymphatic system such as black pepper and ginger are also good to use.
A Cure for Every Symptom
As you moderate intake of sugary and fatty foods and alcohol your body is encouraged to expel toxins already built up within. Detoxing in this way causes you to feel lethargic and may result in muscle aches, headaches and skin problems. Fortunately, you can use the appropriate aromatherapy oils to treat these symptoms as well.
Blending Oils for Toning and Detox
Aching Muscles and Circulation
Dry Skin Brushing for Detox
Dry skin brushing helps to stimulate the circulation, encouraging the flow of blood and lymph as well as lymph drainage. It is therefore a technique that can come in handy when toning and detoxing.
If you are working on an area of cellulite, dry skin brushing using a bristle brush can be particularly beneficial when performed before bathing or showering. Strokes should be long and sweeping and flow towards your heart.
Go once over all parts of your body, except for areas of cellulite, which should be brushed twice. Afterwards, rub in a few drops of an oil blend to combat and reduce the cellulite. Alternatively, use a blend to reduce aches.
To soothe muscles, blend:
- 60ml sweet almond oil
- 5 drops chamomile
- 5 drops clary sage
To combat cellulite, blend:
- 65ml sweet almond oil
- 5 drops geranium
- 5 drops juniper
- 3 drops grapefruit
- 3 drops black pepper
- 3 drops ginger
Aromatherapy Facial Scrub
Dry skin brushing is not a technique to use on softer areas, such as skin on your neck, face and breasts. Use a wet exfoliation method for more delicate areas.
Wet exfoliation helps to remove old, dead skin on the surface, which tends to remain there in clumps. Removing it helps to improve the texture and appearance of your skin. Rub the scrub all over your face and throat (or other sensitive areas) and rinse it off carefully with luke-warm to cool water. Finish by patting your skin dry.
For an exfoliation blend, add a few drops of tea tree oil to a handful of medium ground oatmeal. Mix them together until the oatmeal becomes glutinous. Use a little bit of water if necessary.
Alternatively, if your skin is suffering from an eruption of spots as a result of detoxing, try using a drop or two of geranium oil to a handful of oatmeal. Prepare and use in the same way.
Massage with Essential Oils
Massage is a wonderful way to help your body shake off the effects of toxins being excreted while you are detoxing. Whether someone else massages you or you are performing the strokes on yourself, it is still very beneficial.
Massage can help to stimulate your muscles and encourage circulation, therefore helping to prevent sluggishness and fatigue. It promotes the excretion of toxins through the skin, can help you overcome tiredness and is also very soothing for those occasions when you have a headache or are feeling a bit hungover.
To stimulate your muscles when you are tired, blend:
- 100ml grapeseed oil
- 10 drops black pepper
- 10 drops grapefruit
- 5 drops ginger
- 5 drops pine
If you have overindulged and are suffering, blend:
- 100ml sweet almond
- 10 drops lavender
- 5 drops chamomile
- 5 drops sage