Essential oils smell great, but can they actually do anything?
The answer is YES! Essential oils are the plant’s defense system and just as they help protect the plant against environmental threats, they can actually do the same for our bodies. Essential oils can penetrate the cell membrane and eradicate threats within the cell. They are super supportive to our immune systems, especially during times of the year when seasonal threats are high.
Here are some of my top tips for improving natural immunity with the help of essential oils:
All PurposeCleaner Recipe
16oz spray bottle
1 cup vinegar
1 cup water
15 drops Lemon
15 drops OnGuard
Make your own hand sanitizer. It is important to include rubbing alcohol to ensure all of the viruses are deactivated.
30 ml bottle or 1 oz spray bottle
20 drops OnGuard
½ tsp carrier oil.
Add ingredients and shake well before use.
Here are the oils I recommend to have on hand for natural immune support:
Melaleuca (tea tree oil)
Cold and Flu Bomb Recipes
Add 3 drops OnGuard and Oregano to a veggie capsule and take every 3-4 hours as needed.
Flu Bomb Roller
Combine all ingredients in a 10 ml roller bottle and top with a carrier oil. Apply to bottoms of feet or spine every few hours as needed.
10 drops OnGuard
10 drops Lemon
10 drops Melaleuca or Tea Tree
5 drops Frankincense
5 drops Oregano
5 drops Copaiba
In a steaming bowl of hot water, add 2 drops Oregano + 1 drop OnGuard + 1 drop Breathe. Make a tent with a towel and inhale for 15 minutes.
Cold or Flu: 6 drops OnGuard + 4 drops Breathe
Stress/Anxiety: 8 drops Adaptiv
Immune Boost: 4 drops OnGuard + 4 Frankincense
Allergies: 6 drops Breathe + 4 drops Lemon
Immune Booster Roller Blend
In a 10 ml roller bottle, combine oils and top with a carrier oil. Apply to bottoms of feet twice per day.
10 drops Frankincense
20 drops OnGuard
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Living an active lifestyle is key to optimal health. Whether you are an athlete, fitness enthusiast, runner or just an active person, there are bound to be issues that can interfere with your physical activities. The last thing you want is to not be able to do the things you love to do, because you are feeling uncomfortable or unwell.
If you are an athlete or runner, you likely dedicate a significant amount of time toward improving your performance. Any success in your sport is dependent upon overall good health and the ability to recover quickly.
People will often purchase expensive supplements to help them feel and perform better. While some of these aids may be recommended, oftentimes, they do nothing to help the problem or can even be dangerous.
As an avid runner myself, there are times when it can be a challenge to maintain a regular running regimen due to environmental factors, energy levels and nagging injuries. I personally prefer to use natural solutions when addressing any health issues. I believe the body can heal itself with food and plant-based medicine, such as essential oils.
Essential oils can be helpful in areas you may not be aware of. Here are just some ways that essential oils can support an active person or athlete:
So what are essential oils exactly? Essential oils are extracts from plants. They are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. Essential oils have been in existence for thousands of years and were used for healing before there were doctors and pharmaceutical companies. They are used for many medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Essential oils can be used aromatically, topically and internally for a wide variety of health concerns, as well as for a natural lifestyle in the home.
There is a vast difference in the quality of essential oils since there is no governing body in the essential oil industry. I partner with DoTerra essential oils because of their rigorous 3rd party testing for potency and purity. DoTerra oils are certified pure therapeutic grade oils (CPTG) which ensures that they are 100% free from all toxins, pesticides, fillers and chemicals.
Here are some of my favorite essential oils and top uses for athletes and those living an active lifestyle:
Deep Blue is an amazing soothing blend that can be applied topically to relieve sore and tight muscles.
Peppermint is my absolute favorite because of its wide variety of uses.
Breathe is an excellent respiratory blend that contains eucalyptus, lemon, melaleuca, peppermint.
Lavender helps to relax the mind and body.
Tea Tree is an excellent first aid and disinfecting oil.
On Guard provides immune support and protection from seasonal threats. It is especially helpful during prolonged and heavy training when there is a depression of immune system function. Extreme training can stress the immune system and make you more vulnerable to certain illnesses. Clove, which is contained in On Guard, has the highest level of antioxidants on the planet.
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Transitioning to a plant-based diet can be a bit overwhelming in the beginning. You may be thinking, “How am I going to make all of these new types of meals?
The answer is, you don’t have to come up with anything! There are so many great plant-based cookbooks and free websites with access to hundreds of delicious recipes. Some of my favorite cookbooks are by Chef AJ and The Engine 2 Diet.
As you begin to try new recipes, save the ones you enjoyed and that were easy to make. Rotate your favorite recipes throughout the week and before you know it, you will be a pro!
So how do you get started with this new lifestyle? It actually starts in the grocery store! Once you have your recipes planned for the week, write a list of all the items you need for at least 7 days.
Highlight the non-perishable items that you can store in your pantry and stock up. Buy in bulk when possible so that your weekly grocery trip will take up less time.
Some items to stock up on include low-sodium vegetable broth, canned beans, lentils, oats, rice, quinoa, pasta, canned tomato sauce, seeds, dried fruit, vinegars, etc.
When you are choosing your items, the most important part of plant-based shopping trip is learning to read labels.
Here are some label reading basics:
Secondly, avoid the healthier junk food diet. Store shelves are stocked with “healthier” versions of favorite foods such as fruit sweetened cookies or baked potato chips. These are not health foods and should be saved as treats.
Be mindful of fortified foods which can make the nutrition label look better. Remember, whole foods are always a healthier choice.
Stay away from refined sugar, which has no benefits. Refined sugar is processed, bleached, chemically treated and has no nutritional value. Refined sugar weakens the immune system. Read labels carefully when it comes to sugar. Refined sugar is found in many packaged foods, including some that don’t have a sweet taste.
Say no to artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners may stimulate the desire for sweet foods and cause overeating. There is also an uncertainty of safety with artificial sweeteners, so it’s best to stay away from them.
Avoid artificial ingredients as much as possible. Our bodies function best when we eat real food, not artificial chemicals or ingredients. Stay away from:
Last but not least, purchase foods that you enjoy. There are healthier versions of pretty much every food you like.
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Winter is upon us and along with that we are faced with the dreaded cold and flu season. You will be happy to know that you can prevent illness or shorten the duration of the illness with some simple habits.
Here are some helpful tips to keep you healthy this winter.
Here are my go-to products during the winter months in our home:
On Guard (protective blend)- protects immune system , supportive for autoimmune conditions, colds and flu, cold sores, strep throat, and sore throats. Add a drop to tea to warm you up in the morning. Apply a roller bottle to bottoms of the feet morning and night.
Lemon – incredibly purifying to the system and for the air. Promotes health and healing and is a natural detoxifier for the liver and kidneys.
Make a 2oz spray bottle filled with 20 drops Lemon and water. Spray the air a couple of times a day for a non toxic air purifier (great for teachers if you are wanting to kill germs in the classroom or in the office).
Oregano -fights pathogens, kills germs. Especially effective for respiratory and bronchial issues. Add 2 drops of oregano to a steaming bowl of water, make a tent with a towel and inhale for 5-10 minutes Breathe (respiratory blend) – super effective for opening up airways. Add a few drops to your diffuser at night to help with clear breathing and snoring. Apply a few drops to the chest with carrier oil for relief from coughing.
Digestzen (digestive blend) – for stomach issues. For upset stomach, viruses, food poisoning, apply a few drops to stomach area with carrier oil or add 1 drop to water and drink.
Some important tips to keep in mind:
Essential oils are very powerful. Use small amounts more often. Less is more.
Keep your oils in places that will remind you to use them, such as the bathroom or kitchen.
Keep roller bottles filled and on hand, so that when someone in the home needs it, you are prepared.
Tips for daily prevention and immune support:
At the first sign of sickness, or feeling under the weather:
Use Onguard, Frankincense and Copaiba in a roller bottle on feet morning and night. Make a 10ml roller with 10 drops of each and top with carrier oil.
Immediately begin gargling with OnGuard and lemon essential oil. This will help with sore throat pain. You can also apply OnGuard to the throat, but be sure to dilute heavily.
Tips for emotional wellness in the winter months: