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This has been a harsh winter for illnesses and it’s not over yet. Our town and school has seen it’s fair share of influenza, norovirus, strep, and who knows what other bugs going around.
That photo was from the day we closed down our school to disinfect because so many students and staff members had been sick with what we were pretty sure was norovirus, though I don’t think anyone ever was tested. I don’t clean with chemicals at home so I wasn’t very happy to be surrounded by bleach and disinfectant fumes, but I did what I had to do. Bleh!
What I was happy about, though, was that through all of it, my daughter and I stayed relatively healthy. When many others were having severe vomiting, diarrhea, high fevers, sore throats, etc., I had one episode of diarrhea (sorry, TMI) and an off-and-on “funky” feeling stomach. Otherwise I was fine and was able to work, eat, and do all activities as normal. Faith wound up with ONE DAY of a low-grade temp (around 100 degrees) and a stomach ache. Compared to days of vomiting and diarrhea that others were having, I’ll take it! We have occasional sore throats, a bit of a runny nose or minor congestion from time-to-time, but I no longer have days or weeks of misery with a cold. We didn’t have any vomiting for the first winter in years. As I wrote this, Faith was home with a stomach ache but it quickly resolved, she took a nap and was fine by afternoon. My best guess is that we GET the virus, but that our body is able to fight it off so our symptoms are very minimal.
How did we manage this? Well, I can tell you that it was NOT because we eat healthy all the time, because we don’t. In fact, I’m trying to remedy that during this Lenten season. It’s something I always strive to do, but if you have attempted the same, you know that eating healthy these days is not an easy task. And it was NOT because we weren’t exposed to illnesses. My daughter’s in school and I work at her school. We’re both around kids every day, and as I said, that school had so many sick people that we had to close for a day.
My honest-to-goodness belief is that, after two years of using Young Living essential oils, we have built up a stronger immunity.
Before I go on, I want to give a little disclaimer so that you understand that I am not a doctor and am not able to diagnose or treat disease. Essential oils are not medicine and do not work in the way medicine does (for more understanding of that, I think Dr. Jim Bob Haggerton explains it best in this video). Instead, essential oils support the body’s natural functions.
It’s also important to note that not all oils are created equal. Do your research and look for truly pure oils that have not been adulterated. Look into the company’s farming practices to make sure that the plants they extract oils from are not treated with chemicals and that they are harvested when they will produce the most effective therapeutic oil. It’s not just about smelling good!
I also want to note that we do not get flu shots. It’s a personal choice and many of you may not agree, but that’s the choice we’ve made for the past few years. We don’t bleach our home, we use natural cleaners or make our own. We don’t use antibacterial soap (at home at least, and I take Thieves soap to school to use as often as I can as opposed to what the school provides). We have detoxed chemicals from our lives gradually and continue to do so. It’s all about lifestyle change and baby steps. The longer we’ve been using oils and living in a chemical-free home, the healthier we seem to be.
Young Living oils have been amazing in supporting our immune system, digestive system, and respiratory system, just to name a few. So what do I use? Here are my heavy hitters:
If you’ve heard anything about Young Living oils and immunity, you’ve likely heard of Thieves. Its most famous attribute is it’s ability to support immune function. We use this blend every day, diluted in a roller, but many people just use it in the fall/winter months when illnesses are at a high. Faith runs it up her spine, I use it over my throat and occasionally behind my ears. (Thieves is a “hot” oil and therefore important to dilute or it may irritate the skin, especially for children and sensitive skin.) If I feel something coming on, I diffuse it as well as apply topically to get the most exposure to it, and I like to make a Thieves “tea” (warm water, a drop of Thieves, a little raw honey if you like…and sometimes a drop of lemon. I’ve even put in apple cider vinegar for an extra healthy boost). Thieves is a blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata and Rosemary essential oils so it tastes great! Just one drop, though, or it’s spicy!
This is an essential oil infused supplement from Young Living that I love. No surprise it contains Thieves oil blend as well as Oregano and Thyme. I take it during times of stress, or as with Thieves tea, when I feel something coming on. I’ve never taken it for more than a few days and it seems to do the job of supporting my immunity very quickly! Not only that, but Inner Defense “creates unfriendly terrain for yeast/fungus and promotes healthy respiratory function.”
This oil blend (Spruce, Cypress, and three kinds of Eucalyptus) is a must-have in our home for respiratory support. I diffuse it at night to help us breathe, and it’s an ingredient in a DIY chest rub that I make. Like Thieves, I wouldn’t be caught without it in my arsenal!
When the problem is stomach-related, I turn to DiGize (or the kids’ version, TummyGize), to support our digestive health. DiGize is a blend of Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Lemongrass, Anise and Patchouli essential oils. TummyGize has Spearmint, Peppermint, Tangerine, Anise, Fennel, Ginger and Cardamom oils. While you can take DiGize internally as a nutritional supplement, I rub it (or TummyGize) over our tummies. Whether I’ve just eaten something I shouldn’t have, ate too much in general, or there’s something more sinister going on, Digize has come to my rescue! (I like the smell of TummyGize better so I’ve even used it on myself as well as my daughter!)
Wow, three posts in one week! I feel like a rockstar. 😉 My days off are going to be a lot more slim in the next few weeks but I’ll try to keep this momentum going!