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Moving lymph

Lymph circulation is the waste management system of our bodies. It transports waste materials (toxins, dead bacteria and cells, cancer cells, dietary fats from our digestive system, interstitial fluid, etc.) out of our bodies. Lymph travels just under the skin through vessels. It is cleaned in the nodes and eventually returns to the whole blood in the circulatory system. Unlike blood, which has the heart to pump it, the lymph has no pump to keep it flowing. It is entirely dependent on external factors in order to operate optimally. Here are some ways to keep it moving:

  • pumping action of your gastrocs through walking or running
  • massage, particularly the light, directional, rhythmic lymph drainage massage
  • jumping, particulary on a rebounder or trampoline
  • skin brushing
  • hydrate
  • deep breathing
  • hot & cold treatment
  • stillingia tincture
  • Qi machine
It's terribly important not to restrict lymph flow with tight clothing, especially bras. If you wear a bra make sure it's well fitted and doesn't leave long-lasting grooves in your skin when you take it off.

Recipe for Cough Medicine 6

For cough suppression:

Fill a pint jar with 1/2 oz. cherry bark and 1/2 oz. licorice root, fill with boiling water and allow to steep for an hour. Add honey to taste.


Recipe for Cough Medicine 5

For cough with mucous--expectorant:

Combine 1 oz Coltsfoot leaves with 1/2 oz chopped licorice root to a pint jar. Cover with boiling water, cover and steep for one hour. You may add honey to taste.


Recipe for Cough Medicine 4

This one's for cough with sore throat/inflammation:

Cover an ounce of chopped marshmallow roots with a pint of cold water overnight. Add 2 Tbsp honey to each one cup. Sip throughout the day.


Recipe for Cough Medicine 3

For cough with some drainage (wet cough or slightly productive cough): 

Bring four cups of water to a boil. Add a handful of almonds, one tangerine's peel and two pears cut up with the skin left on. Boil down to two cups and add two to three Tablespoons of honey. Drink once or twice a day.