Dry Brushing: will it help my autoimmune issues?

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Dry Brushing – can it make a difference?

dry brushingMost of us grew up with a bar of soap and a washcloth for washing up. But did you know there is actually a better way to cleanse and nourish our skin not only for appearance but for our overall health and wellness too?

Dry brushing is a popular topic right now. It kept popping up in my news feed until I decided it was time to take a closer look and see how it could benefit me with my rheumatoid arthritis.  Honestly I thought it was kinda weird at first – but I thought that about oils too…. And well, your skin is the largest organ of your body, so it really deserves our attention.

Not only does dry brushing help shed dead skin cells and other impurities, it promotes cell rejuvenation, improves moisture balance (so it helps dry AND oily skin), and softens and improves your skin’s texture, but get this – it can help break down fatty deposits under the skin. Goodbye cellulite. But the benefits of dry brushing go way beyond skin health. 

What it benefits

We’ll go into the how it works in a minute – but check out these additional benefits of dry brushing that should make all of us Spoonies take note:

When we dry brush, we increase blood circulation and stimulate the lymphatic system both of which are extremely helpful for a healthy immune system. It also supports detoxification actions of our internal organs (think liver, kidneys….) 

Some of you are probably wondering how our circulatory and lymphatic system make a difference with our immune system. Don’t feel bad, I had to do some studying too. 

Lymph is a fluid in our circulatory system that contains white blood cells (hence its involvement with our immune system) Lymph picks up things like bacteria, toxins and other waste and filters it through the lymph nodes where the bacteria is destroyed.  

The lymphatic system primarily consists of lymphatic vessels, which are similar to the circulatory system’s veins and capillaries. The vessels are connected to lymph nodes, where the lymph is filtered. The tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus are all part of the lymphatic system. It works with the circulatory system to make sure your body’s tissues can get what they need and get rid of what they don’t need. As people with chronic issues, it’s vitally important that we are ridding our bodies of toxins as well as well helping our whacked out immune systems function better.

What brushes do I use?

Dry Brush setI choose a firm, natural bristle brush set with 3 different brush options. It comes with a long handle, which allows me to reach my entire back as well as a facial brush that is much softer for gentle use on the face. I purchased mine from Amazon (if you choose to get this one through this link, thank you! I earn a small commission) 

So how do you Dry Brush?

Dry brushing is done preferably in the morning before showering. Start with a light touch – it should hurt! Soft pressure is all you need! Work up to a firmer brush and more firm pressure over time.

To start with, brush your feet and up legs in long, smooth strokes. I typically brush each section of skin 4-5 times. Always brush toward the heart/chest area where the lymph system drains. Repeat the same process with the arms, starting with the palms of the hands and brushing up the arm toward the heart, repeating 4-5 times. 

Brush the abdomen in a circular clockwise motion and avoid sensitive areas 😉  On the neck and chest, brush towards the lymph nodes in the arm pits. For the back, move from the buttocks up to the shoulder blades. Adapted from wellness mama.

Adding essential oils to the dry brush process gives us added benefits. I simply add a drop or two of oil to the palm of my hand and run the brush over it to coat the bristles.  You have lots of options of which oils to use, but they can help relieve stress, ease anxious feelings, further stimulate and support the lymphatic system and naturally increase your energy.  Plus oils smell amazing.

So which ones to choose?

dry brushingTwo blends that stand out are Slim&Sassy and Zendocrine. Any of the individual oils would work as well, I just love both the aroma and benefits the blends bring to the table.

Zendocrine is tops on my list. It combines Rosemary, Cilantro, and Juniper Berry, known for their detoxifying properties and ability to support healthy liver and kidney function, while Tangerine and Geranium have purifying effects against unhealthy substances. Zendocrine helps cleanse the body of toxins and free radicals that can slow the body’s systems down, leaving a heavy, weighted feeling. You can see why this is the perfect combination of oils to compliment and enhance the benefits of dry brushing

Slim & Sassy  is another great option. It contains Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, Ginger, and Cinnamon. Slim and Sassy promotes a healthy metabolism, boosts energy, and supports your circulatory system. Many people find it also helps reduce the appearance of cellulite, so if that’s one of your primary goals, I’d definitely add this to your brush. 

Other good individual oil choices? Here are some suggestions – your nose knows too – use what your drawn to. (Learn more about how to get oils HERE)

Oils for Circulatory Support: Cypress, Peppermint, Eucalyptus

Oils for Lymphatic Support: Lemon, Wild Orange, Frankincense,

Oils for Skin Health: Lavender, Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Frankincense, Myrrh,

It’s important to use only essential oils – not a carrier. The carrier oil can coat the bristles and mess up your brushes. 

After you brushdry brushing - beautiful mist

After you dry brush, bathe or shower and then make sure to moisturize – but choose your moisturizer wisely. We don’t want to counter all the good dry brushing can do by putting harsh or harmful chemicals on our skin afterward. I recommend the Beautiful Body Mist or the doTERRA unscented lotion plus your favorite oil. Both will continue to nourish and support healthy skin and overall wellness. 

(The Beautiful Body Mist will make you feel like you just left the spa. Don’t doubt me on this one)

If you’re in need of oils to dry brush with, here’s a package with everything you need – Zendocrine, Slim&Sassy and the Beautiful Body Mist (plus you’ll get a 25% discount on all purchases for a year & some other fun bonuses, pretty sweet!) Everything can be customized, so let me know if you’d like help putting your own unique set together.

I’m really enjoy adding this to my routine. My feels softer, I have more energy, and I’m gradually seeing many additional benefits. If you’ve got questions you’d like to talk through about how you can incorporate this, schedule a free call today

What’s your favorite part about dry brushing?

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