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The Lymph System

Updated: Oct 5

The lymphatic system is a circulatory system of the body’s sewage system made up of lymph (or lymphatic fluid), the lymph nodes and lymphatic vessels.

The lymphatic system is responsible for draining the lymph from tissues in the body, absorbing fats from the digestive tract, fighting diseases and infections, transporting and removing waste products from abnormal cells from the lymph and filtering toxins from the body.



Signs Your Lymph System Needs Detoxing

There are some telltale signs that your lymphatic fluid is not moving efficiently as it should:

  • bloating

  • recurring infections

  • night sweats

  • swelling in the extremities; fingers, toes

  • brain fog

  • digestive issues

  • parasites

  • depression

  • sinus infections

  • skin issues (dry, itchy)

  • enlarged lymph nodes

  • shortness of breath

  • chronic fatigue

  • feeling stiff/sore in the morning

  • unexplained injuries

  • excess weight

  • cold hands and feet

  • constipation

  • worsened allergies

  • food sensitivities

  • increased colds and flus

When these symptoms present themselves, it’s the body’s way of communicating that it’s not in harmony. We can address the root cause to remove the symptom. I like the lymphatic detox for this reason because it’s a relatively easy, inexpensive but impactful practice that can help deal with many symptoms by correcting the underlying issue at hand: stagnation.


From October 1st-14th there is an online 14-day Lymphatic Challenge where you will be guided by a fellow Young Living Brand Partner and registered nurse who created the lymph challenge protocol.

It is a combination of detoxifying oils, dry skin brushing, detox baths and supplementation to get your lymph moving again to reduce common, every day symptoms such as those listed above.

You can get all the information about the protocol here.


During the detox you may experience some symptoms as stagnation lifts. Like any detox, individual symptoms will vary, but, generally, you may experience sweating, headaches, body odour and initial fatigue. This is a good sign. To help alleviate any discomfort, it is recommended to drink lots of filtered water and have a detox bath. While no specific diet is recommended, as a holistic nutritionist I can’t help but suggest you stick to whole foods as much as possible. Eat organic as often as possible; consume grass-fed meat and dairy; reduce or eliminate alcohol and don’t forget to move your body. Internal stagnation can be supported by gentle daily movements such as walking, weight lifting and yoga. Do what is comfortable for you, daily.

Some of the results participants reported after the summer challenge wrapped included:

  • an increase in energy

  • improved mood

  • better sleep

  • weight loss

  • smooth skin

  • reduction in cellulite

  • less cold feelings in the extremities

  • less swelling and redness

  • improved digestion

  • Improved focus and mental clarity



Are you ready? Here’s what you need to do to get started to join us on October 1st.

Step 1: Grab the required products for the challenge here.

Canadians! Please note you need to purchase 1 product from the US website (as a separate Shop order): Cel-Lite-Magic. If you’re an Essential Rewards member, you can use your points and get it for free! In fact, if you’re an ER member, you can get the entire Lymphatic Challenge bundle for free with your points.



Step 2: Grab the additional supplies needed here.

Step 3: Join the challenge here. (Password: FallLymphLove)

You must use the password when requesting to join the group as this helps the admins approve people quicker. We have over 600 people waiting so please have some grace and a password. People will not be approved without providing the password.

Step 4: Download the Lymph Challenge Protocol here.

I’ll see you inside the Facebook group! If you have any questions or concerns, send me an email: hello@leighmcswan.com


In vibrant health,


Leigh ox