Detoxification Techniques

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The skin is the largest organ and may be used to draw toxicity out. This technique is particularly useful as it helps to lower the detoxification burden placed on the liver, kidneys, lungs and colon. Aches and pains may also be reduced by the lowering acidity levels.

Alkalising skin rubbing supports detoxification by drawing acidic toxicity out of the body through the skin. A suitable alkaline fluid is applied to the skin and rubbed in until the skin is dry. Suitable alkalising agents for skin rubbing include: bicarbonate of soda, Epsom salt, sea salt, Dead Sea salt and seaweed.

An alkalising skin rub may be done after skin brushing which clears outer layer of skin & stimulates circulation/lymph flow. The rubbing action then helps to draw acidity out through the skin. Another way to incorporate skin rubbing is after packing an area of the body with castor oil. Castor oil packing stimulates circulation and movement helping the cells to release toxicity. An alkaline skin rub helps to draw this toxicity out. 

How to Do An Alkalising Skin Rub

Prepare a suitable skin rubbing solution by mixing 1-4 tablespoon(s) of an alkalising agent to 1 cup of warm water.
If skin is sensitive or you are new to this technique start with lower levels of alkalising agent (1-3 teaspoons) and build up gradually.

  1. Wet hands using the alkalsing skin rubbing solution.
  2. Start by rubbing the face, neck and hands.
  3. Then rub the feet.
  4. As the hands dry apply more of the solution and continue rubbing the entire body until the body is dry.

Suitable Alkalising Agents are:

  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Himalayan salt or Celtic sea salt
  • Epsom salt or Dead Sea salt 
  • Seaweed tea such as kelp tea.
    Prepare the tea by adding 1-4 tablespoon(s) to 1 cup of hot water. Leave the tea for 15-20 minutes before applying to the body.

Precautions: Do not rub damaged or infected areas of skin.