Essential Oils For Lymphatic Drainage


The lymphatic system is to regulating your body’s immune system. It consists of a large network of tissues and organs that are responsible for ridding your body of toxins; its primary job is to transport lymph fluid, (infection-fighting fluid that circulates throughout the body). Lymphatic vessels connect to lymph nodes and this is where the lymph is filtered.

With approximately 600 lymph nodes in the human body, located in the tonsils, groin, spleen and armpits, it is very important to support and maintain your lymphatic system.


There are specific essential oils that will help reduce swelling in tissue remarkably well due to their lymphatic-stimulation and anti-inflammatory properties promoting free lymph circulation. Pub Med has over 17000 articles about the healing properties found in essential oils.

You can dilute the following essential oils with coconut oil or olive oil and rub the oil on lymph glands. The photo above shows where you will locate lymph glands. 

2 Ways to Use Lymphatic Drainage Essential Oils:

(try each oil on a small spot on a less sensitive area of your body such as: elbow or your heal).

  1. Topically: Get a small dab of coconut oil add 1 drop of each oil you wish to use. Then rub the oil over lymph glands shown above.
  2. Diffuser: Use clean, room-temperature tap water. Make sure the water level does not exceed the water mark. Add 5–12 drops of essential oils. You can add more oil for a stronger scent. Experiment with the amount of oil you use and find what works best for you.

6 Lymphatic Drainage Essential Oils:

  1. Sweet Orange 
  2. Lemon  
  3. Mandarin 
  4. Tangerine 
  5. Grapefruit (Special health note** Don’t take grapefruit if you are on blood pressure medication)
  6. Geranium

The citrus family of essential oils is notable for their lymphatic effects. By stimulating the lymphatic system, stagnancy is relieved; lymph is moved.

Lymphatic Massage

Experts say lymphatic massage is helpful for lymphatic drainage. Seek professional help is recommended by the professionals. The effectiveness of lymphatic massage is augmented when coupled with essential oils.

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