The holiday season is upon us, and the last present you want to receive is a cold or flu! This past week my boss got really sick and I realized I needed to start taking precautions to make sure I am healthy and happy for this busy time of year.
I am actually a little sick at the moment, but when I started feeling my throat getting sore I quickly incorporated these natural, nourishing things into my daily routine. My throat stopped feeling sore in a day, my fever is gone, and my sinuses are clear again in a matter of 4 days. It would have gone on longer if I didn't take these steps below:
SLOW DOWN & REST
Try to find pockets in your day to relax and de-stress. Stress is an ultimate immune system killer. We become more susceptible to dis-ease when we are anxious and constantly on the go. This could mean less social media or computer time, saying no to projects or delaying them, and giving yourself permission to sloooowwww dooowwwn. This means you can fill your time more with family and loved ones, more reading, meditating or yoga, more baths, and of course sleeping! Don't for get to get plenty of sleep! Whatever nourishing soul activity it may be for you, lean in to it and enjoy :)
I incorporate essential oils in my day to day life quite regularly, but I started shifting to oils that help boost your immunity, are anti-bacterial, and help keep the sickies away. Some are: Lavender, rosemary, clove, tea tree, eucalyptus, thyme, ginger, and frankincense. There are so many more, I encourage you to research the options that will best fit your needs. There is also a blend called Thieves oil, or I have Medieval Mix, (it is basically a mixture of a lot of the oils above) because it is said this is the recipe robbers would use during the plague to ransack homes, but they would not get sick! The robbers offered their secret recipe for a lesser punishment for their crimes.
- This past week every morning and night I have diluted 1-2 drops of Medieval mix with coconut oil and rubbed it into the bottoms of my feet. The oils absorb quickly into your body from you feet.
- Anti Cold bath - Draw a warm bath and add 5 drops Tea tree, 2 drops lavender, and 2 drops thyme (from this amazing book). I also added epsom salt and baking soda. My mentor also suggested dry brushing before the bath or shower to stimulate the lymphatic system. It felt so good and it is great for circulation.
- You could diffuse the oils in your home, BUT please take precautions with children and pets (especially cats). They are smaller and more sensitive to the oils, and the oils are already very potent. A little truly goes a long way.
I can't believe I just discovered this amazing magical plant! Elderberry syrup is Nature's Dayquil/NyQuil except it doesn't just mask symptoms, but helps your body rid itself of the cold/flu quicker. It is packed with Vitamins A, B, and C, and helps boost your immune system. It is a great supplement to take to prevent colds and flu's, and to take while you are sick to heal quicker. I have not made a batch for myself yet, but you can find a simple recipe on the internet pretty quickly. I have not had time, so I just bought an organic one from my local health food store.
The dosage recommendation is 1 tsp a day, but this week I have been taking 2 teaspoons, one straight from the spoon, and one added into my tea. It is so yummy!
DRINK YOUR LIQUIDS
This is probably the hardest one for me to do. I am the type of person who forgets to drink anything all day, and then I wonder why I am so dehydrated! Everyone knows the benefits of water, but it really does clean out all your systems. I have been setting alarms all week to get water in me and I have also focused on more herbal teas than sugary drinks. Squeezing lemon in the water and adding Elderberry syrup or Turmeric to the tea adds more vitamins and immune boosters.
So these are a few ways I have been keeping myself healthy. The change of seasons can be a little rough on our bodies, so really listen to your own body and treat yourself gently.