Why dry brushing? It’s a fast and effective way to practice self-care.
It’s hard to make time for self-care these days, and while you’ve likely tried the standard options like eating healthy and working out, during these times, it can be challenging to focus on self-care because there aren’t many reasons to dress up, and given the state of the world, it might feel wrong to prioritize your needs.
What is Dry Brushing?
Dry brushing dates back to ancient India. The goal is to move lymph towards the heart to mix it with blood. The ultimate goal is to send metabolic waste and stored toxins to be eliminated in the kidneys and liver.
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help eliminate toxins, waste, and other unwanted materials from the body. Its primary function is to transport lymph— a fluid that contains infection-fighting white blood cells throughout the body. To dry brush, use a dry body brush and gently but firmly brush the skin in long strokes towards your heart.
Dry brushing is often combined with stimulating and drying herbs like Triphala, trikatu, or ginger. These herbs help assist in improving coruscating and the flushing out of metabolic waste from our bodies.
Benefits of Dry Brushing
Some of the most significant benefits of dry brushing include:
Improved Immune Function
As we mentioned, dry brushing supports lymph flow, a process that is essential to proper immune function.
Since our lymphatic systems help circulate hormones throughout our bodies, stagnant lymph may not get hormones where they need them as effectively. Dry brushing helps get the lymph flowing, allowing hormones to balance.
Our lymphatic system is one of two circulation systems in the human body— the second is the cardiovascular system. The cardiovascular system pumps blood, and the lymphatic system works to collect any blood that leaks out of vessels and takes it back to its place. It doesn’t stop there. The lymphatic system also distributes immune factors and hormones while carrying metabolic waste and toxins away from the body and organs.
Soft, Smooth skin
Dry brushing also has amazing skin benefits because it removes dead skin cells and encourages new cells to be produced.
In our busier-than-ever world, it may seem like you never get a minute to yourself. Dry brushing is a quick process, so you don’t have to dedicate heaps of time to it, but when you do it, it allows you to take a few moments to breathe and connect with your physical self, allowing us to feel much more grounded.
The best part about dry brushing is that it’s easy to work into your day. You can dry brush before your morning shower or right before bed at night to reach ultimate relaxation. A shower or bath is recommended after dry brushing so that the dead skin can properly be washed away. You can dry brush every day or once a week. It’s up to you to find the dry brushing routine that works best and feels best for you.
Here’s a short video of how to dry brush your body:
Here’s a short video of how to dry brush your face:
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Ever since I became a mom, I loved having discussions with my other mom friends on our parenting experiences. I always wanted to share my own experiences with the mommy community, so here I am, trying to deliver the best content for my readers. I am happily married in Canada with 2 daughters aged 2 and 5 years old.
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