The purpose of detoxing is to neutralise and eliminate any compounds in the body that can be toxic, says Cathy Wong, a US-based naturopath and the guide to alternative medicine on About.com. 'Detox is a natural process occurring on a continual basis in the body,' she says. 'But because of modern diets, the enormous number of chemicals we ingest daily and the increase in chronic degenerative diseases, many people believe that a regular detox is necessary. 'A detox programme may consist of a special diet, nutritional supplements, herbs, hydrotherapy, exercise, breathing techniques and/or sauna.' But do you need to pay a lot of money and go to a spa? Not necessarily. For instance, you could try a course of oils at home. 'It depends on the individual,' says Asia Pacific Aromatherapy manager Loren Lo. 'We've got some oils that are good for detoxifying. We talk to people and see what they need and blend the correct oil for them. Some oils are for the lymphatic system. Doing massage with these certainly helps.' Lo recommends grapefruit and cypress essential oils for at-home detox massages and for use in an oil-burner. They're best used as below: Bath Put two drops of each oil in the bath. Localised massage Put two drops of each oil with 10ml base oil. Body scrub You can make your own by mixing crushed almonds and yogurt. Add two drops of each oil and scrub away. 'Remember to drink plenty of water after the bath, massage or scrub,' Lo says. 'It helps flush the rubbish out of the body.'