SPRING – A TIME OF RENEWAL A SIMPLE WAY TO REV UP YOUR SYSTEM FOR THE WARMER MONTHS AHEAD! Spring is the time for renewal – we see it all around us in nature. We experience it with an increase in physical and mental energy, that produces a surge of grand intentions to put our home, and body in order. This simple regime focuses on the lymphatic system and the organs of elimination - the skin, the kidneys and the liver. SKIN BRUSHING The skin, often called “the body’s master detoxifier,” eliminates 25% of the body’s waste products through perspiration. If the other organs of elimination (kidneys, liver and large intestine) aren’t working in tip-top order, the skin shoulders this extra burden. Regularly dry brushing the skin enhances the flow of lymph and removes dry, dead skin cells, thereby improving the skins function and texture. It is important to give your skin a rest, dry brush for two days, taking a day’s break, brushing for another two days, taking a break and so on. Here’s the technique: before showering or bathing, brush your entire body with a long handled, natural-fibre bristle brush. Start from the soles of your feet and work upwards along your legs (front and back), your torso, your arms and hands, across your chest, shoulders and neck. Always brush towards your heart, never away from it. SALT SCRUB The next step is a salt scrub, which removes those dead skin cells not released by dry brushing. Jump in the shower and before you get too wet, scrub a handful of coarse sea salt vigorously all over the skin, except for the face, which needs something gentler. MASSAGE When you finish showering, lightly towel your body and while your skin is still damp, massage it with the following: 100ml Grape Seed Oil 20 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil 20 drops Rose Geranium Essential Oil 6 drops of Lemon Essential Oil Shake well to blend ingredients.
daily for seven days and you should feel invigorated and on top of the world. A NATURAL DIET For the two weeks you follow the bathing/massage routine, do your best to eat a natural diet. Focus on fresh produce and avoid refined foods. Enjoy plenty of fresh fruit, eat the whole fruit rather than juice, for many of the nutrients are stored in the fibrous parts, which are lost in the juicing process. Eat a variety of fresh vegetables, especially lots of the green leafy variety for the chlorophyll they contain. The vegetables can be raw or steamed, but winter-sluggish digestive systems will prefer them steamed. Asparagus, which is abundant in springtime, is another traditionaltonic for purifying the kidneys. Other kidney-tonic foods include parsley, cucumber, beetroot, fresh cranberries, grapes and watermelon. GENTLE EXERCISE Over the two weeks of skin detoxing, perform nonpunishing exercise such as yoga, tai chi, walking, dancing, cycling or jumping on a mini trampoline. Avoid chemicalsaturated swimming pools because you are ridding your body of toxins and not wanting to take more on board. THE HARD-WORKING LIVER The liver is both the largest internal gland and hardest working, charged with some five hundred tasks. One very important function is transforming toxic metabolic byproducts into harmless substances, that can be removed from the body by the organs of elimination. When you have poor liver function, a range of physical and emotional symptoms can manifest. These include, allergies, concentration problems, constipation, depression, fatigue, headaches, indigestion, irritability, menopausal problems and PMS. The liver will love you and return to optimal functioning. Your overall health will benefit significantly as a result.
This invigorating blend stimulates the lymphatic system, making sure you massage behind the knees, around the groin, the elbows, armpits and around the breasts. This massage will encourage the lymphatic response to detoxify the body via the kidneys. Drink plenty of water and do this
Cherie de Haas
Community Newspaper Issue 131, Sep 2019