Living Rivers: Understanding Our Lymphatic System (Pt. 2)

Now that we have an understanding of the lymphatic system, how do we care for it?

In a perfect world, through supporting lymphatic flow, you are supporting your own personal immunity. Yet sometimes it isn’t that cut and dry. How you nourish your lymphatic system is highly dependent upon your own personal bodily constitution, beliefs, time limitations in a hectic world, diet and lifestyle, socioeconomic factors, and herbal support. Yet there are some general remedies that support overall lymphatic health that are beneficial for everyone. Here are five keys to daily lymphatic support:

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Living Rivers: Understanding Our Lymphatic System (Pt. 1)

In the past decade or so the lymphatic system has gained a lot of publicity. But this is only a recent event. In fact, even though one of the first mentions of the lymphatic system was made by Hippocrates in the 5th century, it wasn’t until the 20th century that the American Medical Association even recognized it’s existence. So what really is this mysterious system? And why is it so important? Let’s dive in.

Although many people believe the lymphatic system and the immune systems differ, the lymphatic system is actually a main component of the immune system in it’s entirety. Even though Western Medicine is just beginning to do research on the ‘newly discovered system’, Ayurveda has acknowledged this system for thousands of years.

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Flower Essences and 5 Reasons to Love Them

Flower essences are subtle and vibrational remedies, meaning that they work on the energetic body (mind and heart, feelings and emotions) which, in turn, helps to deepen physical healing - similar to the way our hearts are filled with love from the inhale of a rose's fragrance. They are simple yet profound medicines made from the combination of flowers, water, and sunlight. 

The philosophy of flower essences is that the essence or spirit of a flower can be captured in water infused with the sun’s rays and preserved with alcohol in order to fulfill it’s purpose of healing deep emotional wounds or patterns within the human psyche. The original flower essences were brought to light in the early 1900s by Dr. Edward Bach, an MD upset with the lack of holistic care within the medical industry. 

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The Healing Crisis (and the power of Calendula)

When a healing crisis shows up, it’s your body speaking to you. It’s reminding you that it exists, that it needs you, to please not forget it in that extra long to-do list and the business you’re building and the home and the kids and everything else. It’s saying ‘hey, what about me?!’, usually adding more stress to our mental state than we’re already dealing with in the first place. All the feelings of overwhelm, loss of control, self doubt and self judgement come creeping in. Whether this is happening to us or someone that we care for (a child, an elder), we’re left wondering ‘why me?’ as we try to pick up the pieces of our lives, our hearts and our bodies. 

But what if there was another way to experience this? What if we could see these moments of crisis as moments of blessings? What if that flu that showed up in the middle of a major career deadline or the broken leg before you’re supposed to climb Mt. Rainer could be seen as a gift? A wake up call. An opportunity for healing. A chance for rest. A time of growth…

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