Achoo...Top 5 Essential Oils for Winter

Achoo…a sound all too familiar during the winter months. So what do you do if you come down with a cold or want to avoid the dreaded flu? Essential oils are great tools to have in your so called “tool box”. Here’s a list of my top five essential oils to have on-hand during the winter and how to use them…

1- On Guard

(Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark/Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils)

Of course you can purchase all of these oils individually, but this is a great blend of all the oils in one bottle. This particular blend is sold by doTERRA.

Are you getting on an airplane or going to be in a crowded area? On Guard is an immune support and respiratory blend, which also protects against environmental threats.

How to use?

- Aromatically: Diffuse 3-4 drops in a diffuser; apply to palms and inhale (avoid contact with eyes)

- Internally: Take 1 drop with 4 fl oz of water

- Topically: Apply 1-2 drops to skin (may dilute with fractionated coconut oil if skin is sensitive)

2- Peppermint

You can never go wrong with peppermint oil, unless it gets in your eyes. Not a pleasant experience, but it shows you how powerful this oil really is. If you are stuffy with allergies or a cold, breath in some peppermint oil. It will clear you out in seconds. Beyond it’s respiratory benefits, peppermint can also help with the digestive system, putting those rumbles and grumbles to rest. Forget a mint? Use peppermint as a natural mouth freshener and for your oral hygiene.  Peppermint also has a slight sweet scent, which is energizing and smells great when diffused.

How to use?

- Aromatically: Diffuse 3-4 drops in a diffuser; apply to palms and inhale (avoid contact with eyes…seriously don’t touch your eyes. If you do, flush eyes with water.)

- Internally: Take 1 drop with 4 fl oz of water

- Topically: Apply 1-2 drops to skin (may dilute with fractionated coconut oil if skin is sensitive)

3- Lemon

Lemon is probably one of my favorite oils because it has so many uses. You can use it to clean the air, your kitchen, and even cleanse your body. Lemon supports the respiratory system and the digestive system. It’s a natural anti-mucolytic so it helps loosen mucus and makes it easier to cough. Adding a little lemon to warm water in the morning is a great way to get your digestive system moving as well.

How to use?

- Aromatically: Diffuse 3-4 drops in a diffuser; apply to palms and inhale (avoid contact with eyes)

- Internally: Take 1 drop with 4 fl oz of water

- Topically: Apply 1-2 drops to skin (may dilute with fractionated coconut oil if skin is sensitive)

4- Digest Zen

(Ginger Rhizome/Root, Peppermint Plant, Caraway Seed, Coriander Seed, Anise Seed, Tarragon Plant, and Fennel Seed essential oils)

If I had to recommend a “tummy taming” oil blend that works instantly for me, it would be Digest Zen. If you’re feeling nauseous or have an upset stomach, rub a few drops on your stomach. You can also internally take this blend as well. Not a fan of the “licorice” scent? Me neither, but I’d rather smell like a Twizzler than have a stomachache. This blend of oils helps take care of your digestive system and gastrointestinal tract.

How to use?

- Aromatically: Diffuse 3-4 drops in a diffuser; apply to palms and inhale (avoid contact with eyes)

- Internally: Take 1 drop with 4 fl oz of water

-Topically: Apply 1-2 drops to skin (may dilute with fractionated coconut oil if skin is sensitive)

5- Oregano

Okay, so you’re already sick. Time to bring out the big guns or in this case the oregano oil. But oregano is a cooking spice, right? Well yes, but it also has powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. From killing off parasites to getting rid of a nasty sinus infection, oregano should be your go to oil. Be aware that not all oregano oil is the same and may not have the therapeutic benefits that you need to feel better. Choose oregano oil made from Organum vulgare and Thymus capitatus. It should be listed on the bottle if it is a quality brand.

How to use?

- Aromatically: Diffuse 3 to 4 drops in a diffuser

- Internally: Take 1-2 drops with 4 fl oz of water

- Topically: Dilute 1-2 drops with fractionated coconut oil (can be used to treat nail/foot fungus)

 

Well there you go! Stay healthy everyone! If you have any questions regarding these or any other oils, don’t hesitate to ask. For more information…Click Here

Namaste,

Sarah

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Ground Yo' Self

Have you gone outside today? I’m not talking about the 5 seconds it takes you to walk to your car in the morning and I’m not even suggesting a few hours in the sun. No one has time for that every single day. I’m suggesting a good 15 minutes with your feet on the earth...yes barefoot…and your face in the sun. No you’re not going to get skin cancer in 15 minutes, but it might actually prevent it. We’ll get to the benefits of sunlight on another post, but in the meantime let’s take a quick look at grounding.

We are primal electrical beings and the theory is that we are supposed to be connected to the Earth as much as possible. Through our everyday lifestyle we collect positive electrons, which are presented as free radicals.  What’s a great way to rid our bodies of these free radicals? I’ll give you one guess…get in contact with the Earth! It’s free too…bonus! The skin to earth connection creates a negative grounding charge. Goodbye free radicals! Hello quality sleep, increased energy, and increased mobility! Grounding has been shown to heal and prevent back pain, inflammation, sleep issues, and overall malaise. The longer you ground, the better. Try notating your own experience. For the next two weeks get at least a good 15 minutes of grounding per day. Will you look a bit odd to your neighbor standing barefoot in your yard in the middle of November? Possibly...unless you have a cool neighbor. But who’s going to have more energy and feel better? YOU! Who’s the crazy one now?! Shoes do protect our feet and can be an attractive accessory, but unfortunately evolution hasn’t caught up to fashion quite yet. Now don’t go throwing away your shoes, just take a few minutes a day to ground and connect with nature. Try it out for yourself.

Here are a few research links to check out…

The Grounded movie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRW0XO2xWn4

Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth's Surface Electrons

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3265077/

The Effects of Grounding (earthing) on Inflammation, the Immune Response, Wound Healing, and Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Inflammatory and Autoimmune Diseases

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4378297/

Namaste,

Sarah