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Dry Brush Massage, Aromatherapy for a Healthy Heart

Dry Brush Massage, Aromatherapy for a Healthy Heart

Taking care of your heart can feel like a day at the spa with these tips. Choose just the right essential oils to meet the specific needs of your own heart (do you need rose or neroli?), and learn how to do a dry brush massage to get your skin glowing and your circulation flowing.

Dry Brush Massage

Dry brush your whole body 5-10 minutes before your shower or bath, especially in the morning. Start at the soles of your feet; then up your legs, then on both sides of hands and up the arms, then your back and abdomen, then your neck chest and shoulders, ending at the heart. Note: Do not dry brush the face.

Use only a natural bristle brush.
Brush in small circles vigorously until skin is glowing.
Clean and dry the brush every day.
Shower or bathe after brushing.

Benefits include:

  • Removes dead layers of skin so the skin can release impurities easier.
  • Stimulates circulation.
  • Rejuvenates nervous system.
  • Stimulates lymph and immune system.
  • Rejuvenates skin.

Aromatherapy for heart health

  • Massage with essential oils of lavender, peppermint, marjoram, and rose may help to strengthen heart action.
  • Essential oils that that may offer help for clogged, hardened arteries include rosemary and juniper.
  • Essential oils that may aid circulation include basil, geranium, lavender, neroli, pine, thyme, marjoram and clove.
  • Add essential oils to massage oil, an inhaler, a mister or a bath.

Caution: Do not use essential oils if you are pregnant or have other health concerns without first discussing this with a doctor. Just use a few drop of essential oils at a time, and blend them with a carrier oil, such as olive or almond.

Massage or other bodywork like Reiki treatments, once a week, is recommended. It relaxes, de-stresses, boosts circulation and facilitates emotional release, like long-held sadness, repressed anger or other emotional tensions.

Additional tips

  • Take care of your teeth and gums. Gum disease is related to heart disease.
  • Don’t cross your legs when sitting. It cuts off circulation.
  • Get up from your desk every hour.
  • Walk or exercise in the country, in the woods or in a park, away from traffic.
  • Quit smoking!

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By Barbara Howard, contributing writer for Care2's healthy and green living

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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12:58PM PDT on Sep 14, 2012

thanks!!

8:58AM PDT on Jun 16, 2008

that is better result i give thei9 tyep masseg tolots ofpeople. they feel happy peace and calm. absolutely mind open massaage. and keepingcool.

12:11AM PDT on Apr 27, 2008

I've tried dry brushing, and although I liked it, it seems like I can't find a brush that isn't harsh on my skin. I have very sensitive skin and although when purchasing the brushes I'm told they are natural, I doubt it. my search for the perfect brush continues. thank you for the article :)

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