RR Protocol #3: Loving your legs

My grandmother was blessed with many fine qualities, but her legs could not conceivably be included amongst them.  By the time I knew her, trunk-like and swollen are the only words one could charitably use to describe them.  Perhaps my interest in MLD took hold then?

As the years creep on, I find my legs needing more and more care.  I will admit it: for years I hated my thighs.  Yep, just like every other woman (mostly).  I did sport (weightlifting, cycling, walking, yoga).  I ate well.  And yet, the lumpiness that set in at menarche persisted.  I dreaded those beach photos that…well, you know the ones.  And, honestly, my legs aren’t that bad.  But my circulation isn’t great.

So, scratching my head, I set out to concoct a cocktail of herbs to helps my legs.  Here, dear readers, I share with you

RR Protocol Number Three:  Loving Your Legs.

1.  If you notice that your digestion and  your liver are sluggish, set out to find out why.  In some cases, a colonic may be in order.  In other cases, an anti-candida diet.  In other cases, less wine might help.  A great ally in the drainage of the liver is Weleda’s Birch Extract.

2.  Practice yoga, or Stretch Therapy, or Pilates.  But do it so that you really and truly and actually stretch the hamstrings and hips.  The lymphatic drainage of the legs is via the inguinal lymph nodes, located in the crease of the hip, just lateral from the genital area.  Lymph vessels are tiny and all too easily collapsed, so pressure here knocks on in the legs.  Tight hamstrings may contribute to the fibrous adhesions that are characteristic of cellulite.  Stretch, stretch and stretch some more.

3.  Breathe deeply.  The lymphatic system is not equipped with a pump such as the heart in the circulatory system.  Instead, it relies upon small pulsations of the smooth muscle of the lymph vessels, the contraction of muscles and the breath for optimal circulation.  Deep abdominal breathing acts as a kind of vacuum for lymph drainage, especially in the lower body, but really everywhere.  Pressure changes in the thorax create a pressure differential in the inguinal area, helping draw lymph up from the legs.

4.  Lie with your feet up against the wall.  This is evident, really.  Combat gravity, lift your legs!  Also great for relaxing the hips and lower back, as the head of the femur slots into the joint, freeing up the piriformis and ilio-psoas muscles.  Try to do this daily, for at least 10 minutes.  You can prop your lower back with cushions or a folded towel, or just lie on your bed.  Breathe deeply while letting the legs relax fully.  When you finish, resist the urge to jump up.  Give yourself time to re-adjust to reality.

5.  Drink draining herbs.  Disclaimer:  I am not a herbalist, and I don’t know you.  Use this recipe cognizant of your responsibility to your own health.  I use a base of yerba mate, then add stevia leaf, nettle, horsetail, birch leaf and some herbs I bought in Wayanad, Kerala, India.  Everything bar the last ingredient should be found relatively easily.  Just mix it in a re-sealable tin, then get hold of a maté gourd, a bombilla straw and away you go!  Maté is naturally bitter, and is commonly drunk in Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.  To prepare:  add herbs to the maté gourd, shake a little until the thicker bits rise to the top and the dust settles.  Put the bombilla in at an angle, burrowing it into the herbs.  Pour a little cool water right alongside the bombilla, to moisten the herbs. Once moistened, pour in some hot but not boiling water from a thermos, leaving the top leaves mostly dry.  Drink.  Ahhh.  This concoction will take you sailing through the day and help those lovely legs of your look their best (even if you, like me, are standing for 8-12 hours per day!)

Here are my herbs.  Sorry the photo is a bit rubbish:

mate and herbs

RR Protocol #2: Some hayfever care tips

I am plagued by hay fever.  It is the condition that most resists my efforts at ridding myself of inflammation and toxicity.  Here are some of the home remedies I use to keep it at bay.
1.  Cleanse the nose by performing neti with magnesium chloride salts dissolved in filtered water, once or twice per day.
2.  Afterwards, wash your hands, then soften some pure coconut oil on your ring fingers.  Dip one of the coco-fingers in tumeric powder, then rub the two fingers together to make a yellow paste.  Carefully anoint your inner nose with this paste, massaging the septum and rear wall of the nose.  Careful if any drips out!  Wipe clean immediately or you’ll have a yellow ‘stache!  The coconut oil lubricates the irritated tissue, giving it time to heal and protecting it from further attacks by contact with airborne allergens.  The tumeric is powerfully anti-inflammatory and helps the cascade of allergic reactions to subside.
3.  Avoid allergens:  careful what you eat.  If it makes the roof of your mouth tickle, it’s probably contributing to the allergic process.  Eliminate it until you’re feeling better.  Dairy is often the culprit here, but some people react to stone fruits (peach, apricot) or strawberries.
4.  Avoid allergens:  filter the air in your house and keeps windows and doors closed in the peak pollen hours (whenever it’s hottest and driest outside, basically.)  I invested in a wonderful machine called the Hyla.  It is a cleaning beast – it sucks the dust mites right out of your futon! – and with the vacuuming hose detached, it is a powerful air filter.  It claims to remove all airborne particles larger than 5 microns. I definitely appreciate its work.
5.  For swollen eyes, I again turn to Magnesium chloride.  A few drops on a cotton round, along with a few drops of lavender hydrolats (water) soothes puffy, itchy eyes.  I place one on each eye, then a pair of round sunglasses on top, to keep optimum contact with the eyelid and to retain moisture during the treatment.  Lie quietly with your legs up against a wall and relax for 20 minutes.  Very healing.  I use a fab sandalwood powder face mask, mixed with rose water, for really resistant puffiness.  I also keep cold Optrex eyedrops in the fridge, for emergencies.  Optrex uses soothing and astringent witch hazel extract.
Please note that this protocol is an original piece of work.  It works for me, but it might not be for you.  You alone are responsible for your own wellbeing.  Having said that, may your nose be drip-free and your eyes clear and bright!