Dry Skin Brushing
& Skin Health
The skin is the body's largest organ. It receives one third of all the blood that is circulated in the body. Therefore the skin should eliminate about one third of all the body's wastes each day. The skin is a main organ of detoxification, when other organs involved with the elimination of toxins are overburdened, the skin will become overloaded and this will show as eruptions or discharges.
If the blood is full of toxic materials, the condition of the skin will reflect this, with problems such as eczema or boils. Skin problems can indicate problems with the organs that eliminate toxins from the body, such as the liver or colon. So skin problems reflect internal ill health. Chronic skin problems are an indication of a problem inside the body.
For my clients with skin problems, I recommend herbs aimed at clearing up the underlying problem for that condition. Although a cream or ointment used on the skin can offer some relief, herbs must be internally as well. Herbs to tone and regulate the organs that keep the blood clean should be used. Herbs may be chosen to cleanse the liver, kidneys, lymphatic system, and/or bowels depending upon the client's specific needs.
Sweating helps to cleanse the lymphatic system, and can help arthritic conditions (especially the hot Epsom salts baths). When suffering from a cold, sweating helps the body eliminate toxic materials. When using any kind of sweating therapy, increase the amount of fluids taken in, to replace fluids lost through sweating.
Offensive body odor from sweating indicates problems with the body's internal health, such as constipation, faulty elimination, or a diet high in animal fat or processed foods.
For those who do not sweat as readily as they should, diaphoretic herbs (herbs that encourage sweating) can be recommended. Sweating can be increased through the use of sauna, hot tubs, or hot baths with Epsom salts (detoxifying). Use one to two cups of Epsom salts, in a very warm bath, remaining in the bath as long as possible, or until sweating stops. Check with a health care profession first to decide if sweating therapy is safe for you. Drink plenty of water or herbal tea afterwards.
Instructions for Dry Skin Brushing
Dry skin brushing should be done on dry skin before taking a shower, or before using an Epsom salts bath. It needs to be done regularly for several months for full benefits. Begin by brushing in long sweeping strokes from the feet upwards, and from the hand towards the shoulders, and on the torso in an upward direction. Always brush towards the heart. Avoid any areas where there are skin problems, or sensitive areas. Do not do the face, use the smaller facial brush when cleansing the face.
Exfoliating gloves or a loofah sponge can be used on the body in the shower. This helps to keep the skin exfoliated and increases circulation to the skin. Just using soap on your skin can clog the pores.
BENEFITS FROM REGULAR USE OF DRY SKIN BRUSHING:
1. It will help to remove dead layers of skin, improving the health of your skin.
2. It will increase the blood circulation to the skin and the underlying organs and tissues.
3. It will help the skin's abilities to eliminate toxic materials.
4. Helps with muscle tone and more even distribution of fat deposits.
5. Increases lymphatic circulation.
BRUSHING YOUR FACE:
You can do dry skin brushing on your face as well.
Buy a good quality boar bristle shaving brush for this!
Any information presented here is for informational purposes only and not intended to take the place of diagnosis and treatment by a medical practitioner.
Dry skin brushing stimulates the lymphatic system to drain toxic matter into the colon. Dry skin brushing is good for anyone to do, but especially those who do not sweat readily (therefore don't eliminate toxic material through the skin efficiently), those who have problems with over acidity, such as arthritis, or rheumatism, those with poor circulation, dry skin, or swollen lymph nodes.
A natural bristle brush should be used. Nylon brushes should not be used, as they can damage the skin. Natural bristle brushes come with a long handle.
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