Kandala Detox & Cleanse Essential Oil Blend
On a daily basis we are exposed to environmental challenges, man-made chemicals and additives, materials and agricultural by-products. Most of what we ingest, inhale and expose ourselves has negative impact on our body, its functioning and ultimately our health.
Detoxing and cleansing means helping the body remove foreign constituents such as toxins and contaminants that may have accumulated in our body over time and negatively affect our overall health and well-being.
The origin of such toxins are plentiful and all around us in ways and most common subjects people can’t even imagine or aren’t aware of, such as:
- foods we ingest tainted with additives such as preservatives & coloring, pesticides, insecticides, & fertilizers, and antibiotics
- unhealthy foods such as sugar, saturated fats, alcohol
- chemicals in cleaning products
- chemicals and preservatives in cosmetic products,
- chemicals in clothing, carpets, fabrics,
- paint and freshly painted subjects that release gases
- environmental impacts such as air pollution,
- exposure to chemical vapors in a work environment, from new carpets, paints, glues,
- heavy metals in water, aluminum cookware and seafood
- radioactive contaminants in tap water (see the latest EWG report).
There are more than 75,000 chemicals being used in the United States in various industries. Many of them are untested and not even regulated. Some estimates indicate that the average human has more than 500 different toxins inside their body.
Contributors to Human Toxicity
The problem is that most people don’t even know how much they are exposed to toxins and chemicals. As far as cosmetic products are concerned, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a very helpful reference and informative source to learn about good versus bad cosmetics.
Switching to organic foods will help limit the absorption of herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers. The EWG has recommendations what to avoid and what is ok to eat non-organic. Filtering your water will reduce your exposure to heavy metals, radioactive elements and chlorine in your water.
Stress also disrupts the body’s equilibrium. Stress induces the body to release stress hormones which in turn can slow down the body’s natural processing of toxins.
The symptoms of toxin overload that our body may display include fatigue, skin rashes and allergies, infections, digestive issues, bloating, nausea, mood swings. et al.
A regular detox regimen can help remedy or decrease these symptoms as well as prevent chronic diseases, boost the immune system, help with losing weight, and restore the body’s natural balance for overall better health and increased energy and vitality.
The Body’s Natural Detox Processes
The body has various methods to naturally detoxify itself; essential oils can promote and stimulate these metabolic methods. Emphasis is given to the herbs and plants contained in the Kandala Detox blend as they relate to the body’s natural detox processes:
Sweating and detoxing through the skin (diaphoretic process). Sweating is one method for the body to excrete toxins and contaminants including heavy metals. Essential oils supporting this process include eucalyptus, rosemary, thyme.
Urination and detoxification through the kidneys (diuretic process). Our body expels toxins and harmful microorganism through urination. Diuretics also encourage the kidneys to release sodium into the urine causing increased excretion of water from the water. Essential oils with diuretic properties include juniper berry, geranium, cedarwood, thyme
Menstruation and uterine detox (emmenagogue). Essential oils that improve the blood flow in the pelvic area and the uterus include juniper berry, rosemary.
Expulsion of mucus (expectorant) from lungs and bronchi offering respiratory detoxification. Essential oils loosening congestion and mucus include eucalyptus, cedarwood, clary sage, rosemary, tea tree.
Liver detoxification (hepatic process). The liver is the largest organ in our body and responsible for converting food and drink into energy and extracting nutrients. It also filters out harmful substances including chemicals and toxins from foods, drugs or environmental exposure. Essential oils having liver detoxifying properties include rosemary, juniper berry.
Bowl movements, in particular detoxification of the large intestines (laxative). Herbs can naturally stimulate bowl movements – some have strong, purging effects, others, such as Rosemary have gentle ways of stimulating bowl movements.
Infection and pathogen defense system, ie the Lymphatic system. The lymph system not only distributes nutrients throughout the body but also waste material. An improved lymph flow enhances both functions providing important nutrients for good health but also removing waste and toxins from the body. Essential oils that promote these functions include geranium, juniper berry, rosemary.
Lifestyle and Health
In addition to using essential oils for detoxing, other practices and life style changes can contribute to cleansing your body and ridding yourself of toxins and reinstating a good healthy balance:
- Proper diet
- Sufficient water intake (2-4 quarts per day)
- Regular exercise
- Meditation, Yoga
- Deep breathing
- Herbal supplements
Pregnant women, children and people with illness should exercise caution with detox programs and consult their health practitioner.
Ingredients and Benefits
The Kandala Detox & Cleanse blend contains essential oils of Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus), Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus Officinalis), Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon Flexuosus), Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia), Juniper Berry (Juniperus Communis), Spanish Sage (Salvia Lavandulifolia), Cedarwood Oil (Cedrus Deodara), Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris), Geranium Oil (Pelargonium Graveolens)
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus)
In addition to being an expectorant and promoting the cleansing of toxins through sweating, Eucalyptus is also anti-microbial and anti-septic. It supports the body’s response to inflammation.
Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus Officinalis)
One of the most effective herb for detoxing and cleansing. It is a natural diuretic, expectorant and most effective to detox liver and the lymphatic system. Additionally it bonds (chelates) iron for removal from the body. It also improves digestion, circulation and the body’s response to inflammation, fungal and bacterial intruders.
Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon Flexuosus)
With its high citral content (75-85%), Lemongrass is anti-bacterial and anti-microbial and excels in its anti-viral activity. Citral promotes the body’s production of the enzyme glutathione-S-transferase which fights free radicals that cause damage to cells. It is most potent to fight fungi, parasites, and inflammation. Studies have proven high activity against Candida infections.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia)
Aside from being a powerful expectorant, Tea Tree is also anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-septic, anti-fungal and anti-viral. It boosts the immune system.
Juniper Berry (Juniperus Communis)
Promotes kidney function and supports the urinary tract. Helps protect from bladder and urinary infections. As a diuretic it promotes the excretion of salt and water as well as supports digestion. Juniper berries are high in anti-oxidants, are anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. It can be used to detox the liver and support the lymphatic system.
Spanish Sage (Salvia Lavandulifolia)
In addition to loosening mucus (expectorant) and supporting blood flow in the pelvic area, Spanish Sage also has strong anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and antioxidant properties and protects against infections.
Cedarwood Oil (Cedrus Deodara)
The benefits of Cedarwood are abundant; it’s detoxification and cleansing properties include expectorant and diuretic. It loosens phlegm from respiratory tract and lungs and promotes the excretion of toxins through the urinary tract. Cedarwood is anti-septic, relieves spasms and helps with joint issues.
Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris)
Thyme has detoxifying properties by improving circulation and promoting excretion of salt and toxins through the skin. It also is a very effective diuretic removing toxins from the body by stimulating urination. It boosts the immune system, is anti-bacterial and is high in anti-oxidants which protect against free radical damage. The powerful properties of Thyme has given it a reputation of being helpful to people with joint discomfort.
Geranium Oil (Pelargonium Graveolens)
Geranium is sometimes called a “tonic for the lymphatic system”. As such it supports the lymphatic flow and ensures proper nutrient distribution as well as infection defense throughout the body. In particular, it is known to support the body’s response to throat and nose infections.
Geranium is also a diuretic meaning it stimulates urination and with it the excretion of toxins and contaminants.
How to use Kandala Detox & Cleanse
Add 4-5 drops to a diffuser or dribble a couple of drops on a cotton cloth or tissue to inhale often. Alternatively, add a few drops to an aromatherapy necklace or bracelet.
This detox blend can also be applied to the skin where it promotes skin cell detoxification. However, the pure essential oils in this blend are of therapeutic-grade that are too strong to be applied directly to the skin. It needs to be diluted with a carrier oil such as almond, argan, coconut, jojoba or olive oil. A 3-10% dilution equals 3-5 drops per 1 teaspoon, or 5-10 drops per 1 tablespoon of carrier oil.
Mix a couple of drops with your body lotion or a carrier oil such as jojoba, avocado, almond or coconut oil. Apply to your wrists, temples, neck, behind your ears, or on the bottom of your feet. For a single application, dribble 2 drops directly onto your hand and add some carrier oil, mix the two by rubbing your hands together and apply to your skin.
Add 6-9 drops to a hot bath. Mix the oil with some Epsom salt prior to adding it to the fully filled tub. Swirl the water with your hand to ensure that the salt dissolves and the oil is mixed well with the water.
The essential oils in the Kandala Detox & Cleanse blend are of therapeutic grade, 100% natural and pure. They are unfiltered, undiluted, without additives, fillers, alcohol or any other synthetic ingredients. Strictest quality testing includes analyses for odor, color, specific- gravity, optical rotation, refractive index, flash point and solubility. The oils are non-GMO, but not officially certified.
Chemical composition of Essential Oils in Kandala Detox & Cleanse Blend according to http://www.essentialoils.co.za/
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus): a-pinene, b-pinene, a-phellandrene, 1,8-cineole, limonene, citral, terpinen-4-ol, aromadendrene, epiglobulol, piperitone and globulol.
Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus Officinalis): a-pinene, borneol, b-pinene, camphor, bornyl acetate, camphene, 1,8-cineole and limonene.
Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon Flexuosus): myrcene, citronellal, geranyl acetate, nerol, geraniol, neral and traces of limonene and citral.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia): a-pinene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, a-phellandrene, a-terpinene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, y-terpinene, p-cymene, terpinolene, linalool, terpinen-4-ol and a-terpineol.
Juniper Berry (Juniperus Communis): a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, a-phellandrene, a-terpinene, y-terpinene, 1,4-cineole, b-phellandrene, p-cymene, terpinen-4-ol, bornyl acetate, cayophyllene and trace amounts of limonene, camphor, linalool, linalyl acetate, borneol and nerol.
Spanish Sage (Salvia Lavandulifolia): camphor, 1,8–cineole, β-pinene, camphene, viridiflorol.
Cedarwood Oil (Cedrus Deodara): a-cedrene, b-cedrene, thujopsene, other sesquiterpenes, cedrol and widdrol.
Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris): a-thujone, a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, p-cymene, a-terpinene, linalool, borneol, b-caryophyllene, thymol and carvacrol.
Geranium Oil (Pelargonium Graveolens): a-pinene, myrcene, limonene, menthone, linalool, geranyl acetate, citronellol, geraniol and geranyl butyrate.
As with any other natural product, some people may develop a reaction when exposed to even the most natural and pure source of a plant, flower, or tree. Likewise, with essential oils, which are the most concentrated form of its source material.
Some of the naturally occurring chemicals in essential oils could cause a skin reaction such as aldehydes (citronella) and phenols (eugenol). Citrus plants also increase the photosensitivity of the skin, so when applied topically, extended sun exposure should be avoided. Some of the known potential skin irritants include bay, cinnamon, clove, citronella, cumin, lemongrass, oregano and thyme.
Elderly, babies and children as well as pregnant women should be careful when using essential oils. These groups are generally more sensitive to essential oils. And while the effects are not documented well enough to be of any proof, it’s not worthwhile taking any risks. Pregnant women should avoid clary sage, rosemary and rose.
Avoid contact of essential oils with the eyes as it can cause severe damage to your eyes. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent diseases. If in doubt about whether or how to use essential oils, consult your health practitioner for advice.
Check the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy website, which has a comprehensive overview of safety concerns of essential oils.