In part-1 of this two-part blog series by Hilde Larsen, she will share about the many ways to kick your pain to the curb naturally.
When we are in pain, we are blessed by the body’s own language. It is speaking to us. Telling us something needs to be done. It needs to heal. A true blessing, really. Not listening, and masking any form of pain will only dig a deeper hole of despair. I always say pain is my best friend. What I mean by that is that through it, the plan, I am able to connect with my body. On a one-on-one basis, I am able to connect with what is going on in my physical and emotional bodies. We can team up and find a solution. We can grow closer as I listen and change.
Pain is always about acid. Be it toxins or trauma, it is about the acids. Even nerve pain has a root in the body not being able to eliminate ad regenerate. Simply by cleansing our bodies through detoxification, the pain will be carried out with the rest of the waste. A process that requires discipline and diligence, but the reward is beyond belief. Nothing feels as God as feeling good feels, right?
There is a significant difference between pain and suffering. Pain is inevitable, suffering is a choice.
While working together with your body, here are some easy tips to pull you through episodes of pain:
Epsom salt bath:
This is such a blessing, and can easily become your best friend when detoxing. The Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate), has its name from a bitter saline spring located at Epsom in Surrey, England. These minerals are very powerful and can aid the body in cleansing and relaxation. Both magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin and into the body’s bloodstream. It is believed that by soaking in a strong mineral base such as Epsom salts, it creates a process called reverse osmosis. This process will pull salt and harmful toxins out of the body, and at the same time allow the magnesium and sulfates to enter into the body. It will replenish the magnesium level in the body, and at the same time aid in building healthy joints, skin and nervous tissue.
When you are in pain or feeling a toxic overload, an Epsom salt bath can do wonders. It will help with inflammation and pain, and relax the whole body while you are still detoxifying and healing. The bath will also stimulate the lymph, and the pancreas will make more enzymes needed for detoxification. I added some essential oils for further calming and healing benefits. Look in the essential oils chapter to learn how they can be of service.
Fill the bathtub with warm water and add:
- 2 cups of Epsom salt
- 6 drops peppermint essential oil
- 6 drops lavender essential oil
- Take a shower afterward
Spend about 45 minutes in the bath, or until you feel you are done. Repeat as needed. This is a great evening practice, as it will relax you and get you ready for sleep.
An ancient practice for beautiful glowing skin is being revisited for many health benefits. It is just as simple as it sounds, but don`t let that fool you. Skin brushing is very powerful, both as a free-standing health aid, and a detoxification helper. It is also called dry brushing, as the brush is dry, and so is the skin. This is an excellent part of any morning routine, and the 20 minutes will be well spent. Once you get the hang of it, no more than 5-10 minutes will be needed. It is also a go-to practice for an overloaded toxic system, to open the pores of the skin – letting more toxins find its way out.
The are many benefits:
Exfoliating the skin will allow the old dead skin to loosen and be removed. This is giving the new skin cells some fresh air and light. Your skin will feel amazing!
- Stimulating the lymphatic system is important for detoxification. By brushing the skin with a firm natural bristle, you will assist in improving vascular blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. The body will be encouraged to discharge of metabolic wastes and deeply stored toxins.
- Because it increases circulation, it also increases energy. A side effect will be a loss of cellulite.
- It will rejuvenate the nervous system by stimulating the nerve endings.
- It might even help with muscle tone, and your skin will look and feel firm and fresh.
You need a soft or firm (see what you like the best) natural bristle brush with a long handle. This will allow you to be able to do your back as well. Some have removable handles with a strap so that you can find the technique that fits you the best. This is best to do right before a shower or a bath, on completely dry skin. You can find bristle brushes in any health food store.
How to skin brush:
- Always start with your feet. Brush upwards towards your hips, and use gentle but firm strokes. Do one leg at the time, from under your feet, upwards towards the heart. The lymph is flowing upwards, so this is important. You can do each section about 10 times.
- Do the arms in the same way as the legs. Brush towards the armpit, with firm strokes. Keep doing each section 10 times.
- When brushing the torso, it is said to always brush towards the heart. I have found that brushing towards the kidneys makes more sense. The lymphatic waste is drained through the kidneys.
- Brush the abdomen from the right side to the left. This is the natural directional flow of the intestines. Gently massage the colon.
- Brush over the top of the chest, and make sure you work on the armpits. A large concentration of lymph nodes is found there.
- Brush from the neck down to the lower back.
- Finish around the neck. Avoid the face, as the skin is very sensitive. You can use a soft cloth to gently rub your face.
The general rule is to brush from the extremities towards the core. Be gentle, and mind any sensitive areas. A very simple, yet great aid in detoxification and healing.
We are again being reminded that the skin is the largest eliminative organ, and how important it is for it to be in good shape. Acting as the third kidney, it will easily get overburdened during a cleansing period. Any type of sauna will do, as long as it is making you sweat. When we are pulling on the lymphatic system, releasing toxins and acids into our lymphatic system, we need some highly functioning kidneys to filter out that excess waste. When the kidneys are not up for the task, the waste will show up as rashes and boils. Through helping the elimination through the skin, we can relieve some of those symptoms.
Castor oil packs:
These are lifesavers, I assure you. If this is new to you, you will love them, I promise. Castor oil comes from the castor seed, which is extremely high in ricinoleic acid. This is the active ingredient that holds the benefit of this amazing oil. The seed itself can be deadly so I would not ingest this oil. The practice has been around for a long time, for thousands of years in India and China. A castor oil pack is simply a cloth soaked in the oil and applied to a particular area. Most often heat is used to let the oil penetrate easily into the skin and tissue. It is most often used to improve circulation, reduce inflammation, pain relief, to stimulate hair growth and to stimulate lymph flow. The general improvement of assimilation, elimination, and circulation.
One keeps the piece of cloth, containing the oil, on the skin for about one hour, and by bringing in the heat, the stimulation will also be enhanced. The stimulated liver and lymphatic function are caused by the ability that this oil has to improve the circulation and reduce inflammation. It also relaxes and calms the skin.
How to make a castor oil pack:
You will need a bottle of organic castor oil, some pieces of wool, flannel or unbleached cotton. The size depends on the area of the body that you will use it on. You will also need a hot water bottle, a large piece of plastic or simply some saran wrap. A glass jar with a lid, large enough to hold your clothes. Have a towel and a washcloth handy for after, and make sure that you have the time and space to lie down comfortably for about 1 hour.
- Soak your cloth in castor oil, using your glass jar. You can let it sit overnight in the refrigerator, to make sure it is almost saturated.
- Put the soaked cloth in a pot, and warm it up on the stove. No microwave, please. Add additional castor oil until you feel it is fully saturated. Make sure it is not too hot, only warm, as it will be going directly on your skin.
- Put a towel on the surface you will be lying on, to not make a mess.
- Fill your hot water bottle with hot water.
Using the pack:
- Place your cloth on the desired body part. It can be over your kidneys to relieve pain, over your liver, or over an injury or inflamed area.
- Cover the cloth with plastic. You want to make sure this wrapped tightly, to not make a mess.
- Lie down and put the hot water bottle on top of the pack, to keep the oil warm. This will make the pack more effective.
- Stay in this position for about an hour, with elevated feet if you can. Shorter sessions are also fine if that’s more fitting.
- Breathe and meditate, and see your body as in healing and regenerating.
- Remove the pack, and wash off the residual oil that is on your skin.
The pack can be placed back into the glass jar, with a lid, to be re-used several times. Store it in the refrigerator. I find it best to use the pack in the evening so that I am able to rest afterward. It is also great to put castor oil on your skin before going into the sauna.
This is part one of a two-part series on how to kick your pain to the curb, so stay tuned for more tips and remedies to help your body move that lymph, and fire up the healing.
– Hilde Larsen