Herbs for lymphatic drainage

Did you know that a malfunctioning lymphatic system can be a serious threat to your health, potentially leading to fatal consequences within just 24 to 48 hours? 

I don’t say that to scare you, but to illustrate that the often seldom-understood lymphatic system is actually key to keeping your body functioning. And a healthy lymphatic system means more energy, more movement in your body, more healing from chronic conditions, and a happier you!

It’s crucial to prioritize the well-being of your lymphatic system– but many people don’t know this. That’s why I created the Lymphatic SOS & Rescue Summit. It includes eight masterclasses and three interviews with eleven lymphatic health experts to enlighten you about the role your lymphatic system could be playing in your journey towards health. 

In this article, I’ll dive deeper into the power of holistic healing and herbs that can help with lymphatic drainage.

For years, practitioners of Ayurveda have turned to various herbs to heal the lymphatic system. In Western culture, the lymphatic system isn’t often spoken about. In contrast, Ayurveda treasures it as the “water of life” or “Rasa.” When Rasa doesn’t flow smoothly, it can lead to many different uncomfortable symptoms.

So, what is the lymphatic system?

It’s a network of nodes and vessels that work tirelessly to remove excess fluid, waste, and harmful toxins from your body’s tissues. It’s also your body’s frontline defense against infections, battling unwelcome intruders like bacteria, viruses, and parasites.

Have you ever been sick and had a puffy neck? Those are your lymph nodes, small glands that purify lymphatic fluid and house immune cells called lymphocytes. You have 700 lymph nodes all over your body, from your neck and armpits to your chest, abdomen, and groin. During illness, these nodes can swell as they fight off invaders.

Unlike your circulatory system, which relies on the heart to pump blood, the lymphatic system lacks a central pump. It depends on muscular contractions and one-way valves within vessels to prevent backflow. Healthy lymphatic drainage does wonders:

  • Removes toxins and waste from the body
  • Reduces swelling and puffiness
  • Relieves pressure and congestion
  • Enhances lymph flow

You can promote lymphatic flow through exercise, deep breathing, lymphatic massage, dry brushing, and alternating hot and cold showers. 

However, if you’re looking for even more of a boost, try out these herbs as supplements or in tea. Over time, they help contribute to a healthy lymphatic system. 


Trikatu is a blend of three Ayurvedic herbs and spices: Long Pepper, Black Pepper, and Ginger. These “three pungents” stimulate the digestive system, boost metabolism, and aid detoxification. Consider incorporating Trikatu capsules into your daily wellness routine.


Ginger is a versatile remedy in Ayurveda, supporting various systems, including the lymphatic, digestive, and respiratory. 


Known as “sigru” or “shigru” in Ayurveda, Moringa is a nutritional powerhouse that supports deep cleansing and detoxification. It’s available in convenient capsules and powders.

Indian Gooseberry

Indian Gooseberry is packed with vitamin C and other nutrients. It aids digestion, lymphatic drainage, and overall health.


Dandelion, often considered a weed, supports detoxification, especially of the lymphatic system. Use fresh leaves in salads and smoothies or brew dandelion tea for a diuretic effect.


Calendula, rich in bitter compounds and antioxidants, promotes lymphatic drainage. Craft a tea from calendula flowers!


Echinacea, known for its immune-boosting properties, also supports lymphatic flow. Use dried echinacea to make tea or explore echinacea tinctures.

Using these herbal remedies is a great way to boost your lymphatic health. However, remember it’s always smart to consult your healthcare provider before self-perscribing holistic healthcare, especially if you’re taking medications.

If you’d like to learn more about holistic healing for your lymphatic system, check out our Lymphatic SOS & Rescue Summit.It includes eight masterclasses and three interviews with eleven lymphatic health experts to enlighten you about the role your lymphatic system could be playing in your journey towards health. 

You’ll learn about:

  • Connections between your gut, brain and lymphatic system
  • How to get your lymph moving and create healthy immunity
  • Ways to address chronic pain through the lymph system
  • How to do your own lymphatic drainage for instant relief
  • Simple approaches to transform your lymphatic health
  • How toxic beauty impacts your lymphatic system
  • 6 reasons your lymph gets stagnant

Learn more about the Lymphatic SOS & Rescue Summit here. 

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