2. Regular Massage
As stated, the key to lymphatic drainage is to move. Moving will cause your muscles to contract, which moves the lymph.
In the same way, massage can help stimulate the flow of the lymph within your capillaries that are located just below your skin.
There are registered therapists that are trained specifically in lymphatic massage, but you can also do this yourself by using gentle pressure to move and stretch your skin in the direction of your heart and away from your lymph nodes. This will help to get the lymph moving and increase detoxification.
3. Castor Oil
Edgar Cayce, a well-known healer stated that castor oil is an effective agent for keeping the lymphatic system clean and moving properly.
As well, William McGarey, a physician in Phoenix, Arizona and author of The Oil That Heals, reports that, “when used properly, castor oil packs improve the function of your thymus gland and other components of your immune system.”(2)
In his book, he states, “in two separate studies patients using abdominal castor oil packs had significant increases in lymphocyte production compared to placebo packs.”
Researchers know that when your lymphatic system is not working properly, all of the waste and toxins essentially build up, eventually causing you to become sick.
In fact, according to Dr. Mercola, “lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease.”
When castor oil is absorbed through your skin, it can help raise your lymphocyte count, which ultimately means your lymphocytes can increase the amount and speed at which they remove all of the unwanted toxins from your tissues and thus, help you to heal.
One 1999 study published in the Journal of Naturopathic Medicine, revealed that topical castor oil will not only stimulate the lymphatic system but as well, increase the number of lymphocytes.(3)
When using this treatment, place the castor oil pack on your lower abdomen and/or your liver area.