Simply Nahala

Writer. Photographer. Soul Traveler.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Dry Brushing

Dry Brushing is a great way to remove dead skin cells, revitalize and cleanse the skin, move the lymph in our body and stimulate the immune system. Our skin is our largest organ, which releases toxins from our body on a daily basis. When our skin or lymph nodes get clogged, toxins get reabsorbed rather than eliminated. The lymphatic system is a network of vessels, organs, lymph and lymph nodes. Its primary function is to help rid the body of harmful materials. Unlike blood, which is pumped in a loop throughout the body by the heart, lymph flows in one direction towards the heart. Its upward journey depends on physical movement of the body.

I recently had a reaction to some medications that I was taking for post concussion syndrome. It worked wonders initially to help stabilize my mood and anxiety, but after just a couple of weeks; I started to notice joint/muscle pain then significant swelling of my lymph nodes. I'm highly sensitive and have always felt like a canary in a coal mine. The medications helped to numb my emotions. I didn't feel happy or sad. Just flatlined, which is what I needed to gain some stability in my life. Every experience serves a purpose. I'm relieved to say that with some help, I'm getting back on track once again. I've tapered off the drugs and now it's time to detox!

Part of my detox regimen involves dry brushing in the morning before I shower. The best way to brush is to start with your feet and work your way up your body, using long upward strokes toward your groin. I spend some extra time on my thighs and stomach because I'd like to lose some cellulite, which stores toxins that the liver can't break down. When brushing your stomach, start below the breast line and brush towards your groin. After brushing the bottom half of your body, start with your hands and brush towards your heart. Brush underneath your arms and around your breasts towards your heart.

When selecting a skin brush, make sure to select one with natural bristles. Synthetic bristles can be too harsh and cause skin irritation. I prefer to use a brush with a long handle because I can reach my back. For my face and neck, I use a smaller and softer brush. I also use baking soda or yucca root powder with a bit of water 2-3 times per week to exfoliate my face and increase circulation. You can purchase a dry brush at most natural food stores. If you moisturize after dry brushing, make sure the product doesn't contain synthetic fragrance or other harmful chemicals. Some of my favorite moisturizers are: cold pressed olive oil, coconut oil and aloe vera in the summer. Aubrey Organics Aloe Vera gel is my favorite or fresh aloe from a plant.

Below are some more of my favorite detox solutions:

Jumping rope or jumping jacks

The thymus thump

Walking or jogging

Drinking lemon/lime water

Castor oil liver packs

Jumping on a trampoline, also called rebounding

Infrared sauna or steam room that produces a nice healthy sweat

Lifting weights

Detox teas such as green tea, essiac tea, dandelion root, ginger tea, turmeric tea, tulsi tea etc.

Herbal bath tea

Avoid sugar and replace with plenty of raw fruits and vegetables

A high quality probiotic (good bacteria)

Body, mind and spirit healing

Get adequate rest

Minimize stress in your life

Get enough sunlight or take Vitamin D

Yoga or stretching

Detox juice or smoothie

Epsom salt bath with essential oils


Health and Wellness,


Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

No comments:

Post a Comment