The lymphatic system, made up of nodes, vessels, ducts, and glands, is one of the most important systems in your body. It helps eliminate waste and toxins from cells, and controls the flow of bacteria-fighting immune cells throughout your entire body. Keeping your lymphatic system healthy is crucial for detoxification, immunity, and overall health. While there are many variables to keep in mind when it comes to maintaining a healthy lymphatic system, like diet, exercise, and sleep patterns, the essential step to sustaining lymph health is promoting lymphatic drainage. The following herbs are highly recommended for natural lymphatic drainage.
Cleavers (Galium aparine)
Cleavers enhances the function of the lymphatic system and improves its ability to flush out toxins, decrease congestion, and reduce swelling.
Calendula officinalis (Pot Marigold)
Calendula has a wide variety of uses; it is mainly used for swollen lymph nodes, for cleansing body tissues, and for anti-inflammatory purposes.
Echinacea augustifolia (Narrow-leafed pale Purple Cornflower)
This herb has properties that have a powerful immune-enhancing effect, and can also be used as an anti-inflammatory. Combined with astragalus, it can lessen congestion and swelling in the lymphatic system.
Astragalus (astragalus membranaceus)
Astragalus offers the lymph system several cleansing and healing benefits. It can ease congestion and swelling (as mentioned above, when used in combination with echinacea), and on its own is a great all-around health booster.
Dandelion (Taraxacm officinale)
Dandelion is used as a detoxifying and purifying agent; it can grow in extremely polluted environments, and therefore has resistance to an array of harmful substances. It is great for cleansing the lymph system of any built-up waste.
Knotted Figwort (Scrophularia nodosa)
This plant is used to treat swelling and inflammation of lymph nodes, ears, nose, and respiratory system. It can also be used to treat infections and help with general weakness.
Wolf’s Foot Clubmoss (Lycopodium clavatum)
Wolf’s foot is used to relieve swollen lymph nodes and tonsils. It is also used as a treatment for ear infections, inflammation throughout the body, and liver support.
Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatem)
As the name suggests, this herb is indeed poisonous and should only be taken in small quantities. When used correctly, it has a cooling, pain-reducing effect that can offer relief for swollen, hardened, and painful lymph nodes.
Pokeweed (Phytolacca Americana)
Another poisonous herb, pokeweed should only be used in minimal doses. It is used to treat infection and inflammation due to swollen lymph nodes, and improves the flow of lymph through the system.
Devil’s Claw (Harpagophytum)
The lymph-stimulating properties of this herb make it important for improving the body’s natural lymphatic drainage. It promotes detoxification and cleansing of the lymphatic system.
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
Primarily used as an anti-inflammatory, goldenseal also boosts the cleansing process of the lymphatic system.
Wild Indigo Root (Baptisia tinctoria)
Wild indigo helps clean the lymphatic system and rid the body of any damaging microbes and wastes. It improves the flow of lymph and reduces glandular swelling.