So I recon it’s fair to say that the cold and wet seasons have arrived. Alongside this we can often experience seasonal bugs, colds, coughs and flus. It’s worth noting that a healthy and balanced body, does not come down too hard with common colds like rhinovirus, and can often offset the bug in a few days or even hours with the right protocols. Rhinovirus and the like, are opportunistic in that they take advantage of imbalance and weakness in the body. So in other words, if your immune system is strong and body balanced, then you are far less likely to come down sick.
It is really hard in this day and age to be well rested and healthy. We live in a pitta-vata (read: busy, stressful, rough) society where self care, slowness and eating good healthy food are not necessarily rewarded as much as working overdrive, training hard and eating as little as possible. Collectively, we are all doing our best, but many of us, even healers and empaths are chronically stressed. Therefore it is no surprise that we come down so quickly with illness, myself included.
We can use a number of tools to keep well, nutrition, mindset, stress limitation and exercise to name a few. In addition, I love to use oils. Why are oils so effective you say? Well, most pharmaceuticals that we use to overcome symptoms are water soluble, so cannot enter the cell membrane.. oils are able to enter as they can pass through the cell membranes, thus heal cells. In addition, pharmas only address symptoms, not root causes, so when we use oils or nutrition or even addressing emotional roots of illnesses, we can address the underlying issues which are causing us to get ill. If you are interested in learning this in more depth than a teeny paragraph, see my post on why not all common colds are created equally.
So here are my some of my oil picks for keeping well this season…
doTERRA On Guard Protective Blend
On Guard is advertised as a “protective blend,” used to support the immune system and help kill off harmful bacteria and viruses. It contains a blend of five essential oils, including:
wild orange peel
Although research is limited, there is evidence to suggest that the On Guard blend is effective in fighting off the influenza virus.
In a 2010 canine study, researchers found that On Guard weakened the influenza virus in canine cells that were infected. They also discovered that the oil can prevent the virus from being able to replicate as strongly. Although the virus was still able to replicate itself, it didn’t produce as many viral proteins. This weakened the virus and made it easier for the immune system to attack it.
Legit this oil helped heal my ear infection, when I was sure I was doomed. I ingested it, applied topically and diffused it
doTERRA Wild Orange
Wild Orange is so super uplifting and relaxing all in one. I use it in my morning abhyanga (self massage) and put in water. If I ever have a day where I feel a bit gloomy, I make use of this oil, and somehow without realising, shortly after I feel just GREAT. And it smells super good.
You can even mix in hot chocolate or with melted cacao and coconut oil for a super lovely treat.
Lemon is a gorgeous cleanser and detoxifier for the blood. I love using lemon as a mood lifter in the darker months, as well as a welcome scent in my aromatiser. Lemon has many antimicrobial properties and I encourage people to get lemon at the very least as a start in their oil collection due to its many many benefits.
doTERRA Breathe/Air Blend
doTERRA Breathe is a remarkable blend of essential oils including Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lemon, Ravensara, and Cardamom. doTERRA Breathe maintains feelings of clear airways and easy breathing while minimizing the effects of seasonal threats. I love to diffuse this for a calming and invigorating blend. It’s gentle enough to not aggregate the respiratory tract, but effective enough to open the airways. It always makes me feel clean.
This blend is also effective against strep bacteria, and is my go to for my strep prone throat.
Okay, lets get this straight, cheap frankincense smells of cat piss. I know that you think all oils are created equally but this is just not true, cheap oils stink and don’t do what they say they do on the tin. Please don’t waste your money on cheap oils. Anyway, the benefits of frankincense are countless and clinical studies show that it is possible for frankincense to cause cancer cell death. It is SO deeply effective for the immune system, that this is something we all need in our toxic society. I love to apply on my skin in the morning for antiaging benefits and 2 drops in my water each day, to help with my immune system.
Frankincense, also known as olibanum, has been used for thousands of years and is a popular type of essential oil used to help:
fight disease-causing inflammation
support heightened immunity
relieve chronic stress
prevent dangerous infections
reduce the signs of aging and improve overall beauty
decrease the appearance of scars
Oregano essential oil has very powerful immune-boosting, antiviral, antifungal, antiparasitic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. I used this to heal my ear infection. Only downside is you smell kinda like a pizza, but that’s sorta nice too?!
All of the chemical compounds in oregano can come together to fight off illness, make your immune system stronger to prevent illness and to alleviate certain symptoms associated with fall illnesses like the cold and flu and super effective for sore throats.
Caution: Oregano should not be used for more than 10 days, it is a potent antibiotic.
On Guard Plus Capsules
These have been a game changer for me. I use them when I fly, when there are bugs going round or when I feel that threatening throat stuff happening. I love these softgels, and they are easier for me that using oils.
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