What are your tips and tricks for helping to keep the family healthy?!
I thought I'd share a little bit about what our larger-than-average family has been doing this season. We've managed to avoid a ton of the stuff being passed around this year. I don't want to get controversial or pick fights but I will start off by saying that we don't vaccinate or get flu shots. That's our choice and if you do differently for your family I respect that. I mention that in case anyone wonders as they read the rest.
1). Vitamin C - we take Vit C supplements. I found gummy ones at the drugstore. They're probably not as healthy as some of the more wholesome ones you can find but they were what I found at the time being and seemed to have been helpful! We also love to drink OJ (the not-from-concentrate is going to be the best for you so something like Simply Orange or Aldi carries a brand that is similar).
2). Vitamin D - I take three itty bitty Vitamin D capsules a day (errrr when I remember!). The kids get theirs in their multi-vitamin. Most people are deficient in Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a great immunity booster!
3). doTERRA Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils - there are really only a few good essential oil companies out there. In my personal opinion doTERRA is the best.
I have tried several different oils that tout being 100% pure. But I can honestly say that none of them come close to doTERRA. doTERRA even smells different, better. I've bought cheaper oils to save a few bucks and thought, "These stink! Why would anyone want to put these on?!" Plus I never thought they did anything. So a few months ago I finally decided to buy some doTERRA oils. Wow, what a difference. Not only in smell but in effectiveness.
So I wanted to share some stories of how they have helped our family combat illness. Personal Testimonies using doTERRA In January Daniel went to California to see Jesus Culture. When he got home he immediately fell ill with this nasty respiratory junk. I had just gotten some oils from doTERRA and hadn't really put them to work yet. I started rubbing On Guard on the bottoms of his feet and I made a chest rub with Eucalyptus, Lavender and fractionated coconut oil. On Guard is one of many "blends" doTERRA has. They create their own blends of several oils for specific purposes. On Guard is an immunity boosting, illness fighter. It utilizes oils that best combat viruses and as a preventative. The company makes hand wash, cleaners and other products with this blend that you can purchase. Thus far we have the pure oil and the toothpaste (the toothpaste is amazing!).
I began putting On Guard on everyone in the house... except Zoe. She fought me and refused to let me put it on her. Being new to using oils I didn't push it and thought she might be okay. Daniel got better after a couple of days (normally respiratory viruses lasts up to 10+ days). Zoe, however, came down with the respiratory junk. I finally convinced her to let me put the oils on her feet and she overcame it but not as quickly as her dad. I speculate, though I don't really know, that because she is so young her immune system is still growing and maturing. The oils helped but they didn't do all the work - her body still needs to build immune defenses as well. *We also used Zarbee's Cough Syrup to help her sleep at night from the coughing fits she'd have.
*Oils are not the say-all and end-all of healthcare. Taking supplements, eating healthfully, drinking plenty of water, good sleep, etc. are all as vitally important and work together for the whole person. We don't solely rely on oils to "cure" anything but rather help to prevent sickness and/or help overcome it more quickly. Though there is plenty that the oils can help you overcome almost instantly, like headaches...
Daniel got a headache so I put Peppermint on him (oh man is it strong - it makes me want Thin Mints so bad because it makes you smell like a big Thin Mint cookie!!!) rather than popping some Advil. Using oils on your feet gets them into your blood stream the quickest (who knew?!) and his headache was gone almost immediately. I've also gotten headaches and I would estimate that the headaches are gone withing 30-60 seconds of putting the oil on.
Another way we use oils is in a diffuser. You put a few drops of oil and water in the little measuring cup that comes with your diffuser, pour it in the diffuser and turn it on. You can buy blends or make your own. For example if someone has pink eye (like Elaina just overcame) you can put in a few drops of Lavender, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Oil and diffuse them into the air you're breathing.
I have had severe heel pain in my feet for a few years now. It started in my left foot after a workout and I realized I had Plantar Fasciitis , which is inflammation in the heel of the foot when the bottom of the foot is overstretched. My left foot hasn't hurt for awhile but my right foot "caught" it (probably from me leaning on it so much from the pain in my left foot). I've been using Deep Blue Rub (it is made with doTERRA Deep Blue oil blend and lotion) and it has helped tremendously in that I can walk much easier after using it compared to nights I forget to put it on. My kids love the smell of it. It has peppermint in it so it is strong and effective. You can feel the tingly coolness of the peppermint at work. It's a more pure smell, not medicinal at all. I've also used Deep Blue Rub on my sore, tight neck and Daniel's back - not sure how it worked for Daniel but it did wonders on my neck! The Deep Blue blend itself is used for muscle stiffness and soreness, perfect for an athlete or anyone suffering from joint and muscle pain.
The only other major illness that hit our house was Judah getting diarrhea for three or four days straight. I honestly believe it was food poisoning. I gave him yogurt and I think it was rancid because Daniel opened another one and told me it just wasn't right - something was wrong with it. Poor Bubby!!!
When Daniel was fighting his respiratory virus I started to get a scratchy throat on several occasions. I'd immediately use On Guard and the scratchy throat would be G O N E. It never developed into anything else. I am the person who gets sick each and every single pregnancy, each and every single winter and almost every time I run errands and have been in contact with shopping carts. I usually have a cough and at least one stomach virus to fight every year.
I haven't had anything beyond a bit of a runny nose. I cannot tell you how *skeptical* I was putting the oil on when my throat started getting scratchy and how I could hardly believe it when my scratchy throat disappeared within a minute or two of putting the oil on. I do not always Lysol my house when people are sick (though we do wash hands like crazy I'm probably the only one who washes hands like they're supposed to!). Daniel doesn't cover his mouth or he'll cough onto his hands. So it was not for lack of exposure that the rest of us didn't fall victim to the respiratory virus.
TO SUM IT UP: Daniel and Zoe are the only ones who got the respiratory virus. Elaina got pink eye last weekend and it healed within a few days, rather than the normal 10-days typical pink eye takes to clear up. She has otherwise not gotten sick with anything else. Abigail and I haven't gotten anything. Judah had the food poisoning but nothing else.
Some people grab the box of pharmaceuticals... some people grab their oils. We're the latter. Just tonight Daniel's eyelid got a little swollen and he asked me, "Is there an oil for this?" (BTW NEVER put oils in your eyes, LOL! Probably a given but thought I'd mention that. Put them on your feet or dilute them in oil and dab a smidge on your temples or cheekbones to help your eyes). He's stopped asking for the medicine box when he gets sick and asks me if there's an oil he can use. This is a man who is not crunchy or as green as I am, whatsoever! He wasn't thrilled when I switched to midwives (he's now 100% pro-midwife) nor happy when I got recycle bins and he was really NOT happy when I got cloth diapers so you can imagine how cool these oils were when I started getting them (he tolerated me using them on him but fell in love when he saw them WORK). I've never wanted to change him but he's naturally seen the wonders of my ways, ha ha! I've converted him!!!
Tips for Purchasing Oils If you're considering buying oils and have no clue where to start let me tell you - I WAS THE SAME WAY! I was overwhelmed. I had no idea what to get, what to do with them, etc. So I just jumped in. I said "I can afford X-amount" and bought a couple oils.
That's my best advice. Start small. No one says you have to buy the whole kit-n-kaboodle right this very second. If you could only get three oils I would start with: Peppermint, Lavender and Melaleuca (AKA Tea Tree Oil). Get some fractionated coconut oil and voila - you have officially begun your journey into using essential oils. (The coconut oil is used as a "carrier" in case of sensitivity or if the oil is really strong or when using on children, etc.)
Take the month to get to know each of your new oils. As you gain confidence, add a new oil each month based on your needs (if it is flu season get Eucalyptus, for example), maybe a diffuser. You can use the site Aroma Tools to purchase extra little vials, jars or plain lotions, etc. to start making your own blends.
I once was skeptic, now I'm a believer. I'm glad I've invested in doTERRA oils. I signed up for their Loyalty Rewards Program (LRP) where I receive an auto-shipment each month (I edit it after an order arrives with new things I want to try for my next LRP order for the next month). I get free oils when I spend a certain amount! How fun is that?! I also get discounts the longer I stick with the program as well as other free money to use on oils. LRP allows me to gain a few new oils or products to try out, to learn about, to use with my other oils, to stock up on the ones I'm running out of, etc.
JOIN doTERRA If you do not have a doTERRA rep and are interested in buying or becoming a consultant (you don't have to sell and make commission to remain a consultant but you will get the wholesale pricing and if you sign up for monthly auto shipments you earn rewards, freebies and discounts!!!) check out my online store. Here's my link . I'm not going to go into a huge sales pitch. My goal of this post wasn't to make a sale. Honestly I'm only consultant status to get the wholesale pricing so I don't really care if I make sales or not. The point of this was actually to share how doTERRA has worked for us. I'm going to continue to share different products on the blog as I learn about them myself, what a fun journey!
Oils can be used to combat moodiness, PMS, migraines, scratches and minor burns, chronic conditions, etc. Oils are amazing tools for your First Aid and Medicine Cabinet.
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What do you do for your family to prevent or help overcome illness? Do you use essential oils as well?