It starts as a simple sniffle, or a tickle in your throat…Then suddenly you no longer feel your best. You can’t breathe. Your head aches. And you want to crawl into bed…
But you can’t…because you are a mum. You have to keep going. But how? How can you support yourself when you are under the weather? This is what I do:
HYDRATE: Water with doTERRA lemon essential oil — I like to add 1-2 drops into a large glass (not plastic!) of water several times a day. This feels good on my throat and helps support a gentle detox. Plus, the flavour encourages me to drink more. The immune system functions best when you stay super hydrated.
DIFFUSE germ-fighting oils: Whenever I’m feeling even a little under the weather, On Guard blend is on repeat in the diffuser. I like Onguard + Wild Orange + Siberian Fir (oh the house smells like Christmas!) Alternatively, you can try Rosemary + Eucalyptus + Clove + Wild Orange. Either of these combos help to fight airborne bacteria.
INTERNALLY: On Guard Soft Gels — Oh how I love these little soft gels. They contain the On Guard oil blend with black pepper, oregano & melissa essential oil. Together this combination is a power house for boosting the immune system. I take 1-2 per day when needed.
INTERNALLY: I also like to take 1 drop of frankincense & 1 drop of copaiba under my tongue or in a veggie capsule as part of my daily maintenance. These oils are very healing and help to fight inflammation. When I’m feeling iffy I take this combo 2x per day. Otherwise, I do this 1x per day as maintenance.
TOPICALLY: The Super Greens: Eucalyptus, Oregano & Melaleuca. When I’m under the weather, how I love these oils. They are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, help to fight of viruses and bacteria and support the immune system. I massage a drop or two onto the soles of my feet with fractionated coconut oil a few times per day when my body needs the help. Note: Oregano is what is known as a hot oil. Always dilute with several drops of FCO before rubbing into the skin.
THE POWER SHOWER: Add 1 drop of Eucalyptus to your shower or bath and let the steam surround you. This is amazing for the airways and turns your shower into a spa….and it will help to clear congestion. Alternatively, you can try Air (aka Breathe in the USA). simultaneously soothing and a congestion buster.
SUPPORT THE GUT: Our immune system starts in the gut and when things are off-kilter, we need to feed it. I take PB Assist morning & night when I’m fighting off germs. I continue to do this for a week or two once I feel well again. PB Assist+ is a proprietary formula of pre-biotic fiber and six strains of probiotic microorganisms in a unique double-layer vegetable capsule. It delivers 6 billion CFUs of active probiotic cultures and soluble pre-biotic FOS (fructooligosaccharides) that encourage friendly bacterial growth. I love that the double layer delivery system protects the probiotic from the stomach acid to that it can arrive in the gut where it is needed. Learn more here.
WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION: I take the Life Long Vitality supplements daily…but sometimes when I’m busy I might forget a dose or two. When I’m sick, I make sure I don’t forget! These supplements give my body the nutrition it needs to recover fast. This pack of supplements contains all of the vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, antioxidants, omegas & fatty acids that my body needs. They also contain essential oils. Learn more here In addition, I simplify my diet, removing fats, caffeine & sugar, adding vegetables prepared simply.
SLEEP: Ironically, when I’m ill, I usually sleep poorly. Sleep-time is when the body heals and renews itself. I use Serenity blend or Lavender in the diffuser to help me rest. I also apply a drop to my wrists and to the soles of my feet. If I wake, I reapply the oil and usually drift off again without much fuss.
MOVE: Do I do my full practice if I’m sick? No…My body needs the energy to fight germs and recalibrate. However, I do sit in meditation for 5-15 minutes at least once daily. And then I move slowly through a sun salutation or two. If my energy feels good, I will continue to move through the practice but stop when my body gets tired. I find that ujjayi breath helps to clear congestion. Physical movement supports lymphatic circulation and my muscles always feel better for a short time on the mat. Breathe + Frankincense are my go-to oils for this. Breathe for my airways and frankincense for its meditative support.
I hope all of this is helpful. If you would like to try doTERRA oils, I would love to help you find the right oils for you. Please contact me with any questions or for help. Wishing you a healthy germ-free season!
Note: doTERRA oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils. This is why they CAN safely be taken internally.