Healing Crisis……Detoxing is Worth it!
My body was so toxic from years of digestive issues when I started using essential oils. I began feeling worse than ever as the oils attacked the toxins and my body tried to get rid of them. I did not know what was happening to me and I was tempted to call it quits, but I knew first-hand how these oils have healed other issues for me and my husband, so I was determined to push through and get to my goal of healing the root cause of these problems.
Our bodies do have “reactions” to essential oils. That is why we find them so desirable and beneficial, but in some cases, a person can have a reaction that is too intense. The oil may need more dilution, or they may be having a detox reaction, which is also known as a “healing crisis.” These “reactions” are actually a good sign that the body is attempting to get rid of toxins. Attempts to “stop” the symptoms, will stop the body’s detoxification process.
It’s essential that you drink at least ½ your body’s weight in ounces of pure water daily, and it may prove beneficial to add a few drops of citrus oils to every quart of water to help facilitate moving the toxins out of the lymph system.
This Healing Crisis can sometimes present symptoms that make you feel worse as the body deals with cleaning out impurities and restoring balance. Such reactions are temporary and can occur immediately or within several days or even weeks of a detox. They usually pass within 1-3 days, but can last for weeks. Some cleansing protocols cause a large scale die-off of bacteria, and a significant amount of toxins within the bacteria itself are released into the body.
Here are some possible symptoms of a healing crisis:
headache (possibly caused by buildup of toxins in the blood or acidity)
aches and pain similar to the flu
insomnia (possibly due to acidity)
fever (usually low grade)
drop in blood pressure
skin eruption including boils, hives, rashes
cold or flu-like symptoms
strong emotions and/or mood swings
What Should I do?
Dr. David Stewart, author of Chemistry of Essential Oils, suggests that when a detox reaction happens, you may want to stop using the oil for a time or reduce the frequency and/or quantity of use in order to slow down the release of toxins. I chose to push through by reducing the frequency because I could see that my body was getting better and I wanted to get these toxins out!
Acidic or Alkalinic?
People with acidic body conditions (low pH) are more prone to unpleasant detox reactions, such as skin rashes, than those with a more alkaline (healthy) body chemistry. Acids attack oils and destroy them, which means an acidic system does not respond to essential oils as well as a healthy, alkaline system. Acidic people may respond negatively to the scent of essential oils saying, “That stinks,” or “I can’t take that smell,” or “That essential oil gives me a headache.” This reaction is not because the oils themselves are unpleasant. What is unpleasant is that the oils have stirred up toxins which need to be eliminated. It is the toxins that cause the unpleasantness. When a person’s acidity and toxicity levels are reduced, they will find that they actually like and enjoy the very fragrance they formerly could not tolerate. It is when our bodies are acidic that disease can grow and flourish.
Those that soak up essential oils like sponges are alkaline people whose bodies readily accept and utilize them. Incorporating essential oils into one’s daily life will increase the alkalinity of the body.
- Drink lots of Water: This helps us move everything through the body.
- Use Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils: Citrus oils like lemon, lime, grapefruit or orange are great for helping the liver naturally detox. I add them to my water. Lemongrass is a powerful emotional cleanser. 1-2 drops on the bottoms of the feet in the morning or diffuse. Peppermint helps with headaches. DiGize or Frankincense will help calm any nausea or major cramping.
- Epsom Salt Baths: Soak for at least 30 minutes and use about 2-4 cups per bath. This will help draw those toxins out and support the body while helping to soothe and relax. Add Lavender essential oil for further relaxation and calmness.
I can personally say that if you can push through the detox period, you will find renewed energy and feel great as your body reestablishes healthy function. My body is functioning better than it has done in years!
Stay the course,
DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional. The information shared in this blog is not intended to treat, cure, or diagnose any illness, nor is it meant to replace professional medical attention or advice. Advice and testimonies are all based on use of Young Living brand of oils specifically. Use and application of this information is done solely at your own risk.