Fluid Retention

Article by: Beverley Hawkins EOT RA

Essential Oil and Fluid Retention
fluid retentionFluid retention, or as it is known medically edema, is the result of a buildup of water in the body’s tissues which causes swelling and puffiness. There are many reasons why this can occur. Sometime the underlying cause can be more serious such as heart disease, while at other times this quite common could be the result of a sprain, jet lag, pregnancy, PMS or obesity.

The body consists of approximately 60% water and an average body has around 40 litres of water to be distributed. When the body is in a healthy state around 3 litres of this water is to be found in the blood; 25 litres of this water is to be found in the cells of the body with the final 12 litres found in the lymph that baths the cells.

There are three mechanisms that cause the water to move between the blood and the lymph:

  • The pressure of the pumping of the heart will cause water in the blood in the capillaries to pass across into the lymph when that pressure reaches the capillaries.
  • The level of protein present in the blood will cause the water to be drawn into the blood from the lymph.
  • Water will also be drawn out from the blood into the lymph by the level of salt present in the lymph.

When any of these mechanisms are out of balance the result is that the water levels in the body become unbalanced with an excess of water in the lymph causing swelling and puffiness. Should the capillaries become damaged as might be the case in surgery or an injury, they are unable to maintain the correct balance of water flow which results in the tissue swelling as the excess is unable to pass back into the blood.

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Why Are Essential Oils So Effective So Quickly?

Essential Oils And there Effect on Every Cell in your body

Essential Oils are Natural, Effective & Safe but most importantly they work with the body to address issues and root causes on a cellular level. 

Essential Oils can pass through the Cell Membrane. 

We have put together a short video for you to explain this process. 

Oils contain hundreds of different compounds, providing complex and versatile abilities to combat threats without building up resistance. 

Oils work with the body to address issues & root causes on a cellular level. 

What YOU Need to Know About Diluting Essential Oils so you will Never Burn or Injure Yourself With Them!

When to dilute the Essential Oils

Essential Oils have many different usages. Knowing what essential oils should be diluted on sensitive skin (S), what essential oils should always be diluted (D) and what essential are safe to use directly on the skin – Neat (N) – is very important.

Application Methods of Essential Oils

The Safest Ways to Apply Essential Oils

Along with that information, it is also important to know what Oils can be used where. We have put together a list of Application Methods.

All the oils can be used Aromatically (A) this would mean things like smelling them from the bottle, placing them in a diffuser or applying them to a natural diffuser, like jewelry, reed diffuser or other items. Many oils are safe to use Topically (T) on the skin. Then several essential oils can be used internally (I) if the oils are a Therapeutic grade of essential oils.

 ~ SKIN SENSITIVITYAPPLICATION METHODS ~ 
 N – Neat – Can be used topically without dilutionA – Can be used aromatically 
 S – Sensitive – Dilute for young or sensitive skinT – Can be used topically 
 D – Dilute – Always dilute before using TopicallyI – Can be used internally 
Herbs and Essential Oils

We have put together an extensive chart below for your reference. This Video will help describe some of these details. It will also show you how you can easily use this quick reference chart.

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