Well seasonal threats are in full swing these days!!! Everyone is commenting on how hard they are being hit. Friends and family have been contacting me, asking me about natural solutions and good preventative steps to support their immune system. So, I thought I would share what works well for our family.
Sterilize or change out your toothbrush. The verdict is still out on whether this really shortens your exposure to seasonal threats, however, it can’t hurt to keep a clean toothbrush! Dentists recommend that you change out your toothbrush or replace the head on an electric toothbrush, every three months. They also recommend to clean your toothbrush at least every week. I submerge mine in diluted vinegar water or an immune support blend of essential oils, diluted with water. I don’t leave my brush in too long, so the oils won’t damage it.
Change your linens everyday. Did you ever realize how many germs you are transferring to these articles throughout the day? You come in contact daily, with your hand towels, wash cloths, towels, and bed sheets. Washing your linens daily, while you are feeling under the weather, helps reduce those germs. And spray the clean sheets with lavender essential oil to help promote better sleep.
Get good sleep! At least eight hours of sleep and no later than 10 PM. if you have a respiratory irritation, elevate your pillow about 45 degrees to help any postnasal drip drain properly. You can also diffuse either eucalyptus, a respiratory blend of essential oils or an immune support blend of oils while sleeping.
Stay hydrated. Sometimes, when our immune system is suppressed, we can lose more water than normal. Some of the losses are due to higher temps in our bodies, fluid loss through sweating, and even more trips to the bathroom. Drinking lots of water also helps break up any mucus, helping to reduce further irritation. And if you are eating less, you are probably drinking less. Try my homemade Gatorade elixir!
Eat whole foods!!! A healthful diet is key in being proactive in protecting your body from seasonal threats. Steer clear of sugar and dairy when your immune system is compromised. These foods only suppress your immune system. Green juices, smoothies, chicken bone broth soups and lots of warm veggie soups are key. They digest easily, soothe your tummy and nourish your body.
Support your gut! Your digestive system is the foundation of your health! A healthy gut gives your body a strong defense against illness and even chronic disease. A good probiotic and digestive enzymes are a nourishing way to support your digestive system. Fermented foods are also a great way to support your tummy. I love kombucha, kimchi and kefir. You can get all of these at your local Whole Foods or health food store.
Natural Solutions. My go-to essential oil combos to support my family’s immune system are these:
Eucalyptus and a respiratory blend to help soothe and support any respiratory discomfort.
Immune blend to support against any seasonal threats.
Digestive blend to help soothe any tummy discomfort.
Basil and lavender to help soothe any ear discomfort and promote a better night’s sleep.
(If you would like to learn more about the brand of essential oils I use and how I apply them, please feel free to contact me!)
I hope you find these tips helpful for your family! If you have any great natural solutions that work for your family, I would love to hear about them. Please share them below in the comments!