Allergies. Pollen. Germs. Whatever the cause, having a stuffy head is no fun. This easy lymphatic drainage self massage has been a valuable addition to my natural health toolbox. I hope you find it helpful too.

First, a quick recap about the body’s lymphatic system. This system has no active pump but depends instead on our movement to maintain its flow. Lymph, the clear fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, moves throughout the body to clean out the waste and toxins, thus serving as a critical aspect of our immune system.

Anything we can do to support our lymphatic system’s function is going to improve our well-being. Clearing our heads seems like a great place to start.

Technique for Head and Ears Lymph Drainage Massage

The following two videos are from massage therapist Heather Wibble. The first video gives you the basic routine. The second video expands upon the steps in the first one with some extra work for relief in the ear area. You don’t need any special equipment. You can easily do it while watching television or riding in the car. The amount of relief you can achieve from this simple process is extraordinary.

Lymphatic Massage to Clear the Head and Ears: List of Steps

Once you’ve followed Heather’s videos a few times, you probably just want the list of steps:

  • Step 1 – fingers above collarbone, slow light tap, 50 times
  • Step 2 – fingers below ears angled diagonally down throat, 50 times
  • Step 3 – horizontal fingers in back of neck, lightly pulling down, 50 times
  • Step 4 – V fingers, two in front and two behind ear, pulling down diagonally, 50 times
  • Step 5 – pump fingers diagonally at bottom of ears in hollow, 25 to 50 times
  • Step 6 – vertical fingers in front of top of ears, slowly rocking from tip to bottom of finger, 15 to 20 times
  • Step 7 – 2 diagonal fingers in back of the mid-ear, slowly rocking from tip to bottom of finger, 25 to 50 times
  • Step 8 – 1 finger in each ear, pull backwards and out slightly, hold for 30 seconds (or as long as it feels comfortable)
  • Step 9 – repeat Step 8 but now pull downwards and back for the same amount of time
  • Step 10 – repeat Step 6 and 7 (rocking from tip to bottom)
  • Step 11  repeat Step 5 (pump fingers), 4 (V fingers), 3 (horizontal back of neck), 50 times
  • Step 12  hands on each side of neck base, pulling fingers from back to front, a few times
  • Step 13  repeat Step 1 (above collarbone taps) 50 times

Two More Ways to Help Clear Your Head

Use Essential Oils to Fight Congestion

You can benefit from a number of different essential oils when you’re dealing with with respiratory and sinus issues. Highly recommended are:

  • pine or fir
  • eucalyptus
  • frankincense
  • peppermint
  • thyme
  • lemon or lime

Try breathing the healing vapor of a single type of oil, or a combination, using a diffuser or an aromatherapy necklace. Or you could mix a drop or two of essential oil into a tiny amount of coconut oil or jojoba oil and rub it on the base of your throat, the back of your neck, or on your upper chest. Remember that essential oils are extremely concentrated and powerful, so less is best, and always dilute with a neutral skin oil when applying any of these to your skin.