Guess what guys! It’s another “here’s my opinion” blog post! Nah, not really. I just wanted to let you in on what works for us. My little kids take a beating from school germs and winter overload, ya know? So I’ve comprised a list of the top FIVE things that work for us! Don’t take my word for it, dig through other blogs and search like I did, I’m not easily offended. But I will say this.. *when* these things work for you, just comment and let me know!
1. Let’s talk about THIEVES. Made by Young Living, 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals they used while robbing the dead and dying. Young Living’s one-of-a-kind Thieves blend, crafted in the spirit of that legendary combination, can be found in all of our Thieves products. When taken internally, Thieves supports healthy immune function, and it includes Eucalyptus radiata essential oil, which may help maintain a healthy respiratory system. We use thieves combined with SniffleEase . Thieves line carries hand sanitizer, laundry detergent, dish soap, vegetable wash, throat lozenges, and toothpaste. It comes in an entire kit that you can get HERE!
Another personal favorite and one that we are NEVER without. This blend is a unique combination of Cypress, Spruce, and three types of Eucalyptus (E. globulus, E. radiata, and E. citriodora) oils, and includes the naturally occurring constituent limonene. Rub R.C. on your feet or chest before exercise to uplift and inspire, or massage three drops on your feet before bedtime to encourage an atmosphere of comfort. We diffuse it and we absolutely swear by it for cold and cough season. Be sure to take precautions and dilute your oils with a carrier oil. Be extra careful around babies under the age of three with eucalyptus and peppermint. (RC and Thieves are in the Wholesale Member Kit.)
3. Elderberry syrup
Another personal favorite of all time: Elderberry, or elder, has been used for centuries to treat wounds, when applied to the skin. It is also taken by mouth to treat respiratory illnesses such as cold and flu. In many countries, including Germany, elder flower is used to treat colds and support the respiratory system. Some evidence suggests that chemicals in elder flower and berries may help reduce swelling in mucous membranes, such as the sinuses, and help relieve nasal congestion. Elderberry contains flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties and may help prevent damage to the body’s cells. Elderberry syrup is not just good for when you are sick either. It is a highly effective preventative too as it is loaded with antioxidants, Vitamin C and immune supporting minerals. We take this with Ningxia Red, which is formulated with wolfberries. I highly suggest local or homemade elderberry. I get mine at our local mom and pop health food store and it is delicious and it is quality. Always go with raw and local. Be careful with some homemade elderberry syrups in children under the age of one, since honey is in many if not most of the recipes.
4. Red Rooibos Tea:
The health benefits of red rooibos tea are abundant. This form of tea has traditionally been popular due to its great taste and unique color, while also boosting the health of the body. Rooibos tea or red tea is a medicinal, herbal beverage that is acquired from the Aspalathus linearis bush plant that is found in South Africa. According to the South African Rooibos Council, rooibos is not a true tea, but an herb. The fermented tea is red in color. Dr. Oz did a segment on how it can help with that 3pm slump before you have the next cup of coffee. Here is where he talks about it. I personally drink it about three times a day. Unlike white, green and black tea that all come from the same plant, it comes from a broom-like shrub. Rooibos tea is high in antioxidants, has very small amounts of many different minerals and is calorie-free. I suggest loose-leaf tea, as it has less manufacturing.
5. Vitamin D :
The hardest times for us are during the darker months of the year, which is a time that our body makes little vitamin D. I LOSE MY MIND! Daily supplementation is suggested. Vitamin D improves immune response, strengthens the respiratory system, and contributes to the function of many metabolic pathways in the body. Combining the vitamin D source with high quality Omega 3 fish oil provides us with additional immune support, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant activity to build the defenses. We combine this with Inner Defense.
That is what is in our arsenal for the time being. It is hard to knock it down to only five, but with having “all things thieves” on hand, it makes for a less cluttered bathroom cabinet and for a family with immune strength. I have pretty boogery kids up on deck, so I thought I’d share what we do for prevention.
Let me know what your favorites are! Let’s share! If you can’t find me here, come to my facebook page and let’s chat!
Love you all!