Love Your Lymph


The lymph is interstitial fluid that bathes our cells, brings them nutrients and removes waste.  First and foremost, detoxification occurs through the lymph.  As more chemicals enter our bodies through the air we breathe and the food and water we ingest, maintaining the lymph, a vital route of detoxification often goes unnoticed.  In most people the lymph is operating far below its capacity because it is clogged with dead skin cells and un-removed waste excreted by perspiring.

Our bodies contain far more lymph than blood, yet the lymph is dependent upon outside forces for proper circulation to all parts of the body.  The lymph has no heart to pump it.  The lymph relies on two things, often lacking in most people’s everyday lives:  1) exercise and 2) massage, for its vital circulation.

Skin breathes!  It is our largest route of elimination, excreting up to two pounds of waste each day, and taking in air and sunshine.  Dry skin brushing is a simple, inexpensive way of removing the waste from the skin and breaking down old toxic deposits through its unique stimulation of the lymph vessels and capillaries.  Every 24 hours we make a new, top layer of skin.  Skin brushing removes the top layer, allowing the clean, new layer to come to the surface – producing a softer, smoother skin.

Dry skin brushing prompts the body to release its toxic deposits into the lymph, while simultaneously cleansing the lymph itself, through its return to its two plexuses near the heart.  Because to the lymph’s unique ability to release the skin’s detoxification potential and to cleanse mucus deposits from the cells directly into the colon, dry skin brushing is considered by many to be “an essential” part of any intestinal cleansing program.  See:  Bernard Jensen,;  or  Robert Gray,

A dry skin brushing routine is best carried out before a bath or shower, and for optimal results, must be done each day.  Brush the entire surface of the skin.  Brush only when your body is dry!  To maximize lymphatic benefits, brush in the direction of the two lymph plexuses.

The majority of the lymph in the body drains into the thoracic duct, located near the heart.  The other location – the right lymphatic ducts – is above the liver, just under the right breast.  So, brush most of the body in long, firm stokes up the legs toward the heart.  Don’t forget the palms and bottom of the feet, which are both reflexive maps of the entire body.  Again, use long strokes.  The exception is the upper-right quadrant, which should be brushed down towards the liver (under the right ribcage) and the right breast.

Happy brushing.



4 thoughts on “Love Your Lymph

    1. Health-food stores and places selling nutritional supplements usually carry these brushes. Ones with long (8″ – 12″) help with hard-to-reach areas. The second link also has an online option, which I have not used. Luffa and other mildly abrasive bath sponges (help or jute wrapped) — always use dry — also work.

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  1. Thank you, Steve Kelly – this was a lovely and helpful entry. We restore ourselves on many levels through self care, especially in this mixed-up, turned-upside down world. It becomes vital to take care of ourselves, body-mind-spirit.

    I explored the subject of dry brushing a bit more and found a pleasing video that I thought was more helpful and esthetically pleasing than Bernard Jensen. Ms. Trista Thompson notes that these brushes can be purchased at your local Rite-Aid or even on Amazon. For the male species, a special note: Trista in her bikini is not hard on the eyes.

    I’ve always heard that cold water rinse is good for the lymph system.

    I also indulge in the Ayurvedic tradition of self massage, called Abhyanga, from time to time. One can use any organic oil, such as sesame or coconut oil or a specialty oil specially suited for Abyhyanga:

    If we take care of ourselves, perhaps we will be around long enough to see the controllers kicked out of the Milky Way Galaxy =)

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