Dry brushing is one of the best and easiest ways to detox your body. I was introduced to it by a fellow integrative wellness coach of mine, by adding it as part of my self-care. Now I can't live without it, I can definitely tell a difference when I go a few days without it.
The skin is the largest and most important eliminative organ in the body and is responsible for one quarter of the body’s detoxification each day. Physically, mentally, emotionally, dry brushing circulates your lymph and moves stagnant emotions out. It detoxes and exfoliates skin. It's also quite affordable! Make sure you find a brush that's natural, I was able to find one at my local Marshall's though I know that that's not always so the case, so it's also in my shop link on my website.
Here are some of the amazing benefits from dry brushing:
Cleanses the lymphatic system
Removes dead skin layers
Strengthens the immune system
Stimulates the hormone and oil-producing glands
Tightens the skin preventing premature aging
Tones the muscles
Improves the function of the nervous system
Check out this article on Mind Body Green with steps on how to dry brush. I really like to use it to detox and reduce cellulite, overall it just tightens and tones my body which I really like! The best rule of thumb is to brush towards your heart only.
So after dry brushing you may be wondering, like I was, how do you clean this brush? And how often? It's wooden so you definitely don't want to get that part wet, and soap is too rough and would dry out the bristles.
After doing some research online, I found that this recipe below has worked best for me. Melaleuca is the purest form of the tea tree plant in an essential oil and it has anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties. It's an incredibly powerful cleansing agent.
Here's the quick and easy recipe for how to clean your dry brush:
Fill a shallow and wide enough bowl that will fit the brush head, with warm water
Add 2 drops of doTERRA Melaleuca Essential oil
Place the bristles of the brush in the water and swish it around so that the oil mixes as much as possible with the water.
Let the brush rest in the water for about 5 minutes, without getting the wooden part wet
Dump the water out from the bowl and refill it this time with plain water. Swish the brush bristles again in the water as a rinse. Let it dry in the sun preferably, I like to pick up the moisture by patting dry with a towel first.
There you have it! Be sure to replace your brush when the bristles feel worn out, typically that's in a year though I've seen sites that said you should replace them every 6 months, and I thought: no way! It's so much easier to clean it this way on a regular basis and keep the brush for a little longer that way.
Let me know how you like dry brushing and what results you've seen!