Monday, December 19, 2016

How to Boost Your Immune System with Essential Oils

This time of year I often feel run down and vulnerable to seasonal attacks. I'm frantically wrapping presents, baking Christmas cookies, and attending the kids' Christmas events at school while keeping up with everyday work and life.

To help me avoid total system collapse (aka ending up in bed feeling miserable just in time for Christmas), I've put together this Immune Boosting Kit and protocol. You'll want to gather up the ingredients and tools, mix up the recipes, and put everything in one place (like a basket or reusable bag) so you have everything you'll need when you need it.

Here's what you want to put in your Immune Boosting Kit:



Immune Boost Roller Bottle 10 ml. (1/3 oz)
4 drops Melaleuca
4 drops Frankincense
6 drops Oregano
8 drops Lemon
8 drops OnGuard
Top w/Fractionated Coconut Oil

OnGuard Throat Drops

Breathe Drops

Breathe Essential Oil Blend

Tea of your choice (Chamomile is my favorite)

Soothing Syrup
2 tablespoons honey
12 drops Myrrh
4 drops Lemon


Now that you have your kit, here's how to use it:

Protocol:
Apply Immune Boost to feet 3x per day for up to 10 days
Us OnGuard Protecting Throat drops as needed to soothe minor throat discomfort.
Use Breathe drops when on-the-go to soothe mild sinus discomfort.
Diffuse Breathe in the home as needed to soothe mild sinus discomfort.
Add 1 teaspoon of Soothing Syrup to hot tea 2-4x per day to soothe minor bronchial spasms.

Get lots of rest: take naps or breaks more often and get plenty of sleep at night.
Drink lots of fluids without caffeine. Stay hydrated and you'll feel a lot better.
Between holiday goodies, make sure you're eating nourishing, healthy foods like homemade chicken soup, dark leafy greens, and real yogurt to support a healthy digestive tract and immune system.

Even if you do succumb to the season, this protocol may help lessen the intensity and get you back on your feet sooner.

Stay healthy, my friends.

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

***I am a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA, the company that produces the essential oil products I recommend. Regardless, I only recommend products that I have personally used and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."***




Sunday, December 04, 2016

How Not to be Anxious and Fearful

So you’ve heard about the power of living in the moment, haven’t you? That if you can live in the present moment without worrying about what might happen in the future and what things you regret in the past, you’ll be calmer and happier. 

You know, like if you’re folding the laundry you should focus on folding the laundry and not on whatever else you may need or want to do or wish you’d done. And this will “make” you happier, less anxious and fearful.

It sounds like new age hippie shit, but really it’s science.

Are you scoffing out loud right now? 

Here’s the deal: if you let yourself ruminate about the past or the future while folding the laundry, you are in essence time traveling and reliving whatever worry or regret you’re thinking about.

The mind produces the mental equivalent of reliving the event and the body responds with the same hormones and chemical reactions that occurred during the event or in the case of worrying about the future, as if the imagined event is happening.

Do the research. It’s out there. PTSD flashback episodes are exactly this. 

So, by focusing on folding the laundry or whatever you’re doing in the present moment, you don’t ignite emotions and physical sensations from the past or the imagined future.

And you’re not afraid or feeling guilty.

*Your brain sees black T-shirts and pink underwear being organized into regular, folding patterns, feels the rhythm of your arms and hands doing the work, senses the cotton and rayon fabrics sliding between your fingers, smells the lavender and Tide, and, holy shite! relaxes. 

Science, my friends.

So how does one stay focused on the present moment? I mean, come on, thoughts are uncontrollable monkeys screeching and throwing feces around, right? 

Practice. 

You’re never going to be able to stop thoughts with effort. For example, try not to think about my pink underwear. 

BUT you can practice distancing yourself from your thoughts, one at a time. Next time you’re folding your laundry, imagine your thoughts come from a mouse hole in the floor of your mind. Sit vigil over that mouse hole like a cat waiting for the mouse to poke it’s head out. 

Eventually, a thought will dart out and your job is NOT to shove it back in the hole, but to let it go. Watch it, but don’t engage with it. Let it run away, out of sight. Then turn your attention back to your folding (see *description of what your brain sees, feels, smells, etc) and wait for the next.

Repeat.

Over time, this practice will produce amazing results: a calmer, happier you.

Do you doubt me?

Prove me wrong.