How Does Our Family Stay Healthy During Fall & Winter?
Updated: Nov 11, 2019
Over the past 5 years, our family has been able to avoid nasty bugs that have been passed around each Fall and Winter. How do we do it? We use doTERRA oils to help support our bodies! You see, we are big believers in taking a proactive approach to our health. We eat pretty clean and organic and we use essential oils daily to support our bodies and give them the best fighting chance, so when they are exposed to nasty germs, we come out on top! I wanted to share some simple ways that we have incorporated oils in hopes that it helps more families stay as healthy as possible this Fall & Winter.
There are SO MANY essential oils that help support our immune systems but I am only going to mention a few of our favorites because I am a huge believer in starting out with the basic oils and building your collection from there. Keeping things simple in the beginning of your oil journey will help you use your oils and not get overwhelmed!
Okay, let's talk Immune support. Since our kids go to public school, they are exposed to all kinds of not-so-fun germs so we like to make sure we give their little immune systems the support it will need to naturally combat any bugs that they may be exposed to. Like I said before, there are so many incredible oils that help support our immune systems but for simplicity, I am going to focus on our two most used immune supporting oils - On Guard & Stronger. These two are blends of some of the most powerful immune-supporting oils and they also happen to be the ones we grab most often during this time of year.
On Guard is a blend of Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils. On Guard protects against environmental and seasonal threats with essential oils known for their positive effects on the immune system. Not only is this incredible oil amazing to help support our immune system, it is also amazing for cleaning and purifying the air in our homes!
The On Guard blend is known as our "Protective Blend" and is available in a regular oil bottle undiluted and it also comes pre-diluted in a roller bottle that is ready to roll right on the skin. We call the pre-diluted oils our “Touch” oils - just think of them as being ready to touch on the skin. The undiluted oils are the ones that you’ll want to use in your diffusers to help cleanse the air of nasty pathogens among many other things. The undiluted oils are also what you'll grab when you are ready to start making your own blends (but that is a topic for another day). doTERRA also has a whole line of wonderful products containing the On Guard blend; from hand sanitizer, foaming hand wash, toothpaste, mouthwash, throat drops and more - all of which we use and love to help give our bodies a step ahead of the nasty bugs.
The Stronger blend is a combination of Cedarwood, Litsea, Frankincense, and Rose in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil. This blend is part of our Kids Collection of oils and only available in the pre-diluted Touch roller. The kid’s collection is a favorite among parents because they are pre-diluted and perfect for kids to use themselves (once shown how to properly use). Like On Guard, Stronger is also a Protective Blend and the oils included are very powerful in supporting immune health.
How we use them:
Each morning we roll either the On Guard Touch or the Stronger Touch to the bottoms of our kid's feet or along their spines to help support their immune systems. The kids get to choose which oil goes on and most often apply it themselves when they are putting their socks and shoes on. After school, during homework time we give another roll along the spine for another “boost”. If there are a lot of bugs going around or lots of absences in their class, we’ll also add some On Guard to the diffusers at this time as well.
We also like to spray down items that do not often get washed such as backpacks and lunch bags with a blend of On Guard + water in a spray bottle. A little goes a long way, we only use about 10-15 drops of On Guard in a 10oz spray bottle. Just shake & spray! We also use this spray to wipe down doorknobs, light switches, etc. This helps avoid the spread of germs.
So what happens if someone starts to feel a bit run down or feel like they may be coming down with something? We break out the "big guns" so to speak! Our favorite extreme immune-supporting blend is one we make ourselves and consists of Frankincense + Lemon + On Guard + Oregano + Tea Tree in a roller bottle topped off with Fractionated Coconut oil that we will apply to the bottoms of the feet more often. You see, our bodies are able to metabolize essential oils pretty quickly, often within 3-4 hours so it is important to apply more often when helping our bodies fight something off.
This time of year also brings respiratory issues, so I want to make sure I touch on that as well. We have an wonderful oil blend called Breathe which works incredibly well for helping to open up airways and support clear breathing. Breathe is a blend of Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Melaleuca Leaf, Lemon Peel, Cardamom Seed, Ravintsara Leaf, Ravensara Leaf essential oils.
The Breathe blend comes in several forms, the oil blend, a pre-diluted Touch roller and a Vapor Stick for easy and long-lasting applications. Think of this blend as a healthy and natural vapor rub blend. It can be applied to the chest, back, bottoms of the feet to support clear breathing. You know how congestion gets worse at night while laying down? We love to add it to diffusers at night to help keep our airways open so we can get a better night of sleep as well. Our kids also like to add a drop to their favorite stuffed animal that they snuggle with. If needed during the day, we like to apply it to our chests then make a "t-shirt tent" by pulling the neckline of our shirt over our nose and take a few deep breaths - this is especially helpful when sending a kid to school who may be a little stuffed up.
Adding essential oils into your daily schedule is easier than you may think. When starting out, I like to tell people to associate it with something they do daily. In the mornings when the kids are putting shoes on is a perfect time to apply oils to the bottoms of their feet. Or maybe brushing teeth may be an easier time for your family to incorporate them - whenever you decide, make sure your oils are easily accessible so they are easier for you to incorporate into your life!
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