In the months before I got married, I can’t tell you how many women I heard were hopping on the trendy detox train. These are literally things I’ve been told, or I heard when eavesdropping:

  1. “I’m doing a three-day juice cleanse before my wedding. I’m not going to eat a single thing until we’re served dinner at the reception.”

Good luck with that, lady. Not only are you starving yourself, you’re going to be eating a ton of sugar which will make you break out. You’re only going to be thinking about food and oh yeah, YOU’RE LITERALLY STARVING.

  1. “I’m only eating raw fruits and veggies the week before my wedding.”

Why in the world would you do that? Again, this is just another form of starvation. Not only are you likely going to become very bloated and constipated, if you’re not eating any fat then you aren’t even absorbing the vitamins from all those veggies. Not to mention only eating raw veggies is super hard to digest, which again will likely lead to breakouts.

  1. “I’m starting a cleanse, I bought this awesome meal replacement shake.”

No. Just, no. I hate meal replacement shakes. They’re usually full of processed ingredients, vegetable oils, soy and denatured/inorganic protein.

Don’t get me wrong, I did a detox for my wedding too. But whatever happened to safe detox methods? What happened to actually eating food and not starving ourselves?! Apparently, that shit is so 2011 because all I ever hear about anymore are detoxes that don’t involve actually nourishing our bodies.

So today, I’m here to tell you all about s-a-f-e ways to detox that are actually WAY more effective than any starvation or meal replacement plan could ever hope to be.

Step 1: Eat some freaking food.

Because I already eat pretty well, this isn’t difficult for me. I’ll be sticking to the basics:

  • pastured meat, chicken, pork and eggs
  • tons of veggies
  • healthy fats – organic butter, coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, etc.
  • raw, grass-fed and fermented dairy like cheese, yogurt, and kefir
  • bone broth
  • fermented food

Pretty simple right? Eating these foods gives me the best nutrition possible. I’ll be eliminating (if I haven’t already, several of these things I don’t eat ever):

  • wheat
  • grains
  • most dairy
  • sugar
  • vegetable oils
  • processed foods
  • GMOs

So basically, it’s how I eat already, just amped up a bit. It’s also essentially the outline of all of my programs and meal plans.

Step 2: How to detox using essential oils.

I’ll be using two different products for this. The first is GX Assist. GX is a blend of oregano, lemongrass, lemon, melaleuca, peppermint, thyme and caprylic acid. It cleanses and purifies the digestive tract, making it a place for friendly gut flora to thrive and unfriendly gut flora to f*ck off. This will not only improve immunity and boost energy but clears the skin as well!

I’ll also be taking doTERRA’s Zendocrine softgels. These lil’ suckers are full of geranium, juniper berry, cilantro, and tangerine. These bind to toxins and flush them out of the body. It’s also rich in antioxidants and will help remove heavy metals from my system. It promotes cleansing of the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs, and skin.

Step 3: Lemon essential oil in water every morning.

You may already know about squeezing lemon into your morning water, but I love to add 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil. This stimulates the liver and promotes detoxification, which boosts energy and helps clear skin.

Starting in January I’m hosting a group detox that can improve skin, help heal the gut, boost energy and just make you feel awesome overall. Registration ends January 15th. If you sign up in December, I’ll also send you a bottle of wild orange for free! It’s rich in antioxidants that boost the immune system. Check out the detox HERE.

Step 4: A good probiotic.

The body can’t detox if it is taken over by harmful gut bacteria. I’m taking PB Assist, a time-release probiotic with six strains of bacteria and 5 billion CFU. Probiotics:

  • Boost mood
  • Prevent/reduce anxiety and depression
  • Clear skin
  • Boost the immune system
  • Fight sickness
  • Aid weight loss
  • Boost energy
  • Prevent disease

Step 5: Regular detox baths.

The skin is the largest organ so detox baths are wonderfully effective. They draw out and remove toxins via the skin. Here’s how to take a detox bath:

  1. Fill your tub with water, use one of THESE to remove chlorine.
  2. Add 1 cup of bentonite clay (found HERE).
  3. Add 1 cup of lavender Epsom salt (found HERE).
  4. To supercharge this detox bath add lavender, geranium, and lemongrass.

Hang out in the tub, read a book, relax, go to sleep.

Step 6: SLEEP.

Sleep is so important to every bodily function, especially detoxing. This is the time the body repairs and rebuilds. You need good sleep, especially if you’re detoxing for an event you’re supposed to look good at. No one wants tired eyes or saggy, sallow, unclear skin. You want to look awesome and be full of energy.

For this to happen, you need a good night of sleep.

Don’t worry, even if you’re stressed, you can use Serenity. Serenity is an essential oil blend that I refer to as liquid Ambien, expect it isn’t a dangerous drug that makes you drive your car in your sleep, talk nonsense or slather tanning lotion on your half-clothed body (all of which have happened on Ambien – no, not to me – Google it).

I seriously feel like I’ve taken a sleeping pill after I apply Serenity to the bottom of my feet. It’s a blend of lavender, sweet marjoram, chamomile, ylang ylang, sandalwood and vanilla bean. Holy hell this stuff smells amazing. You apply it to the bottom of your feet because it’s the most porous part of your body, meaning the oils immediately penetrate the bloodstream. Within twenty minutes, the oils have been introduced to every cell in your body and you’re already asleep. Sound asleep.

I am the lightest sleeper, if Scott rolls over it wakes me up. Since I’ve started using Serenity, not only do I pass out way sooner, I sleep through the night. That’s a miracle for me.

So these are the top five best ways to SAFELY detox using food, baths and therapeutic grade essential oils.

DO NOT ingest these oils from any brand other than doTERRA. That is not what I’m suggesting, you could get sick. Most brands add fillers and their oils are not organic, pure or even safe. Only doTERRA’s oils can be ingested. So don’t go chug your bottle of peppermint or anything.

You don't have to starve yourself to detox! Try these tips for detoxing with essential oils.