Favorite Immune System Tips
Having a strong immune system can make a difference in the quality of our lives. Here are some tips and recipes that are favorites.
Invigorating and Cooling Bath
Soak for 15-20 minutes for an invigorating and cooling experience.
Peppermint Oil is anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, antiparasitic (worms), antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, gallbladder/digestive stimulant, pain relieving, and curbs appetite. What more could you ask from one little oil?
There is more. Peppermint is good for rheumatism/arthritis, respiratory infections, obesity, viral infections (including herpes), fungal infections, digestive problems, headaches, nausea, skin conditions, scoliosis/lumbago and back problems.
Jean Valet, MD, used pepermint to treat liver and respiratory diseases and peppermint is reputed to be part of the "Marseilles Vinegar" or "Four Thieves Vinegar" used by grave-robbing bandits to protect themselves during the 15th century plague.
Caution: Avoid contact with eyes, mucas membranes, senstivie skin or fresh wounds or burns. Do not apply on infants younger htan 18 months of age.
Support Pancreas, Insulin and Enzyme Function
Essentialzyme (#3272) is an advanced multi-enzyme complex that promotes digestion and assists in the assimilation of nutrients.* Essentialzyme contains enzymes that support healthy pancreatic function.* Essentialzyme helps reestablish proper enzyme balance in the digestive system and throughout the body and helps improve intestinal flora. It may also help retard the aging process.
How to Use Essentialzyme:
Take 3 tablets three times daily prior to or with meals. For the relief of occasional symptoms such as fullness, pressure, bloating, stuffed feeling (commonly referred to as gas), discomfort and/or minor cramping that may occur after eating.
Warning: Do not give this product to children under 12 years of age except under the supervision of a doctor.
Life 5 for Crampy Upset Stomachs
Try Life 5; 1-2 capsules a day for adults to help with crampy, upset stomach. Life 5 helps restore intestinal health (good bacteria). Taken daily is best as this helps to restore and maintain beneficial gut bacteria. Life 5 is a good choice if you feel a touch of food poisoning coming on too.
Life 5 (item #3099) is a high-potency probiotic, Life 5 represents the culmination of years of extensive research. Life 5 builds and restores core intestinal health by providing five clinically proven probiotic strains including two advanced super strains to enhance intestinal health, sustain energy and improve immunity. Life 5 contains 8 billion active cultures and improves colonization up to 10 times.
Balance pH and Support Your Immune System
Our bodies will find the blance needed for good health if we give them what they need through diet and supplementation. Young Living has four supplements to address the health issue of pH and strong immune system.
1) Green Foods! Consider boosting your diet with "green foods" which contain chlorophyll in abundance, such as MultiGreens, which contains spirulina, sprouted barley and other whole foods which work as powerful detoxifiers and immune-building agents.
2) Alkalize with AlkaLime. AkaLime is a precisely-balanced alkaline mineral and essential oil powder that helps to safely reduce the acidity of the digestive system. Containing calcium, magnesium and potassium AlkaLime provides the much needed nutrients to counteract acid-ash foods.
3) Digest Better! Life 5 is a superb probiotic, one of the best I've seen. Life 5 builds and restores core intestinal health by providing five clinically proven probiotic strains including two advanced super strains to enhance intestinal health, sustain energy and improve immunity. Life 5 contains 8 billion active cultures and improves colonization up to 10 times.
4) Protect and Nourish Cells! Sulfurzyme contains MSM - the organic form needed by our bodies daily. MSM is known for protecting and nourishing cells, cell membranes, and cellular connections. Sulfurzyme also supports the immune system, liver, circulation and proper intestinal function.
5) Boost Antioxidants and Alkalize! Therapeutic-grade Lemon essential oil is delicious, high in antioxidants, and has an alkalizing effect on the body. simply add 2-4 drops a day to a glass of water. Do NOT ingest other brands of essential oil as they are not intended for internal use.
Relaxing and Restful Sleep Blend for Diffusing During Cold or Flu
Diffusing at the onset of a cold or flu can help significantly in reducing symptoms of cold or flu. In some cases, if caught early enough, the action of therapeutic grade essential oils can kill the micro-organisms altogether and help your cold or flu go away. At the very least this recipe should be helpful in helping you to get the rest you need.
A Diffuser (avoid diffusers that use heat as a means to disperse your essential oil as heat destroys the beneficial molecules)
Several drops of each of these therapeutic grade essential oiils: Lavender, bergamot, Melaleuca (tea tree), and Ravensara.
Simply add several drops of each essential oil listed to your diffuser and turn diffuser on. Some diffusers have a timer which is useful. If your chosen diffuser does not have a timer you can purchase one at any home improvement store, it's the same type of timer you would use to turn your lamps off and on. Set the timer to go off and on for 15-20 minutes an hour throughout the night.
Learn more about diffusers and diffusing here to select the right diffuser for your needs.
Aromatherapy Cold and Flu Bath Recipe
Lessen symptoms of cold and flu with this recipe...
You will need:
1 cup Epsom Salts or Sea Salt
2 drops Lavender essential oil
2 drops Ravintsara essential oil
2 drops Marjoram essential oil
2 drops Lavender essential oil
In a small bowl, mix salt and essential oils together well. Pour mixture under running bath water, swirl bath water to disperse and dissolve salt. Soak for 20 minutes.
Chest and Sinus Congestion Recipe
This recipe is terrific to use when you feel a cold coming on and may be useful in alleviating congestion after a cold has set in. The essential oils in this recipe are known to be helpful in addressing cold symptoms.
2 cups water
2 drops Lavender essential oil
2 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca) essential oil
2 drops Eucalyptus radiata essential oil
2 drops Ravensara essential oil
Boil a pot of water and remove from the stove and carefully pour hot water into a medium sized mixing bowl. While the water is still steaming, add 2 drops of all the essential oils listed. Carefully cover the bowl and your head with a towel and inhale for at least 3 minutes. Keep eyes closed while your head is under the towel.
Boost Your Immune System Massage Blend
What better way to boost your immune system than with a massage! This recipe includes YL pure therapeutic grade essential oils to help you stay well.
1 oz. V-6 Massage Oil
15 drops Ravensara essential oil
10 drops Rosemary essential oil
6 drops Thyme essential oil
4 drops Cinnamon essential oil
4 drops Clove essential oil
Mix V-6 and essential oils into a squirt bottle, give a little shake to combine the oils together. Enjoy this amazing massage!
Thieves vs. Poison Ivy
About 80% of the population is allergic to poison ivy, some more so than others.
I am one of them and it can get me bad.
I have been doing some landscape work to help a friend and have found myself, quite often, confronting sister ivy.
After a particularly strong case of poison ivy, on a whim, I tried using Thieves Waterless Hand Cleaner. The result was that the intensity of the itching was greatly diminished, the duration that the itching was there was greatly shortened and the time between itching flare-ups went from minutes to many hours and longer until the itching was gone.
To use Thieves Waterless Hand Cleaner for poison ivy, just apply it fairly liberally and spread it around but don't spread it until it is gone. In otherwords, leave a slick surface and let it do it's work.
Place a drop of Peppermint oil on the tongue and inhale into the nose and sinuses to relieve congestion from a cold.
My Favorite Vitamin C Supplement Ever!
Young Living's "Super C - Chewable" is superb! It tastes delicious, reminds me of the flavor of those Smartie candies I ate as a kid. I love keeping the bottle of Super C on my desk during the winter. I've also found that mumching on a Super C Chewable also takes my sugar cravings away.
Super C Chewable has the most complete biologically utilizable vitamin C supplement available, as it is derived from a whole food source: acerola cherries. Free of common allergens. No artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, salt, starch, corn, wheat, yeast, or soy products. I love it!
High Potency Probiotic: Life 5
Over the past 30 or more years I've tried many different brands of probiotics, some of which didn't have any effect whatsoever. I was very excited when Young Living created "Life 5" and couldn't wait to give it a try. I really like it's effectiveness.
I especially like the ingredients in Life 5, it contains five clinically proven probiotic strains including three advanced super strains to enhance intestinal health, sustain energy and improve immunity. Life 5 contains 8 billion active cultures and improves colonization up to 10 times.
A few weeks ago I ate some food that didn't agree with me and my stomach began hurting and rumbling. I took 2 Life 5 capsules and within 5-10 minutes I was feeling back to normal. I'm empressed with Young Living's Life 5.
Ingredients: HOWARU™ Rhamnosus (Ld. rhamnosus), Lactobacillus acidophilus (LA-14), HOWARU™ Bifido (Bifidobacterium lactis), Lactoferrin Streptococcus thermophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Microcrystalline cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, and silica.
Omega 3 Fish Oil
Young Living's Omega Blue is the best fish oil supplement I've ever used. There is no fishy taste, no heavy metals, frre of dioxins and PCBs, and no junk. Omega Blue also contains the essential oils of Blue (German) Chamomile, Myrrh, Lemongrass, and Clove - providing a synergistic effect. One capsule is equal to 3 cans of tuna! This is an excellent supplement for anyone looking to boost their intake of Omega 3s.
Thieves & Inner Defense
During cold and flu season I always make sure to have plenty of Thieves essential oil and Inner Defense softgels on hand.
I use the Thieves oil in two ways: 1. apply a couple drops to the soles of my feet, and 2. diffuse in my nebulizer diffuser 15 to 30 minutes a day.
Inner Defense is very powerful and has on at least two occasions knocked out a cold and sore throat within a few hours in it's beginning stages.