Essential oils have been used for centuries in the healing trades. They have become more popular in recent years and incorporated into everyday lives- most commonly through diffusers. Diffusers are very easy to use, and come in a vast array of options.
What most people don’t know about diffusing: if you are using oils for a therapeutic purpose, you should use a cold diffuser! When you use any therapeutic grade essential oil with heat, you are actually breaking down the oil in a negative way and losing most of the healthy properties. With cold diffusion, the integrity of the oil is preserved; when you take that nice, deep breath of your chosen blends, you can breathe easy knowing you’re getting more benefit from it.
If you’ve ever had a bodywork session, you’ve most likely heard your therapist recommend you “drink extra water to flush out the toxins.”
There are two the main reasons for this:
1. To help the body recover, especially if there were some spots where the therapist had to work extra-long in a particular area.
Muscles become “stuck” due to lack of hydration; the fibers stick together and form knots. Rehydrating your body while it’s still in a relaxed state helps to thin your blood a little bit so the nutrients in water can easily be captured by the muscle tissue.
2. To eradicate the toxins that have been released in your body.
This may sound a bit sinister, but when toxins are referenced, we’re talking about many things: the natural buildup of stress, hormones, self-inflicted toxins (smoking, soda, bad diet, etc.), lack of movement throughout the day, medications. When you receive a massage the circulation in your body is increased, and when those stuck muscle fibers release their tension they let go of those toxins into the bloodstream. Toxins then travel down to the kidneys to be filtered out of the body. So, you can see where water will help speed up the system!
A general recommendation for water consumption is half your body weight in ounces. So a 150lb person should consume 75oz a day.
There are easy ways to make water more tasty as well; you can add some fresh fruits & herbs (watermelon and mint – delicious!) or even some food-grade essential oils. Citrus water is very refreshing on the hot summer days!