Feeling behind on your spring cleaning? Check out this podcast episode to see how you can use essential oils for easy, non-toxic spring cleaning this year.
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During the spring some of us look forward to longer, sunnier days and with it the start of new buds and pollen. Did you know that 40 to 60 million Americans are affected by allergies and a growing number of these are children? The symptoms can bring misery: excessive sneezing, itchy & watery eyes, headaches, clogged sinuses and headaches. For some it can be even more severe and leave them feeling unable to catch their breath.
It can be very frustrating for parents to find solutions that don't leave their children feeling drowsy during the day not to mention reading side effects to some allergy medications that are linked to dementia, nausea, vomiting, and behavioral issues and many more. My youngest, suffers the worst when spring allergy season arrives and so we start our protocols with powerful essential oils and supplements now in order to help avoid the clogged sinuses, runny nose, itchy red and watery eyes later.
What is an allergic reaction anyway?
Our immune systems think that an allergen, a harmless substance, is an invader so it over reacts and produces Immunoglobulin E antibodies which travel to cells that release histamine and other chemicals. This is the allergic reaction. Common causes of allergies have been around for thousands of years, yet we still have an increase in allergies. One theory behind this rise has to do with inflammation in the body which is the cause of most diseases. Be honest, how many of us always eat correctly, get enough sleep, exercise and manage stress well? When inflammation is present in the body, an allergen can cause and overly worked immune system to go into overdrive.
One of the incredible benefits of essential oils is for their ability to fight inflammation and boost the immune system. doTERRA's beyond pure essential oils can help detoxify the body, help ward off seasonal threats and clear the air in your home of microorganisms and harmful toxins. Essential oils can even help open the airways, clear the sinuses and offer relief when it's needed most.
1. Eliminate Sugar & Dairy- Eat Healthy Food:
We try our best to stay away from processed sugar during allergy season. It’s definitely not easy, but sugar depletes your immune system and is the number one cause of inflammation in the body! People also find relief in limiting foods that cause mucus production, such as conventional dairy products and gluten. Focus on nutrient rich proteins, fresh fruits and veggies, drink bone broth and plenty of clean water.
2. Take Buffered Vitamin C daily:
Most of the Vitamin C that is found on the market is full of sugar. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and protects your cells from damage, reduces the severity of allergic reactions and helps your body to fight infections. When taken during allergy season, it can slow down the overreaction of your body to environmental triggers by decreasing your body's histamine production.
3. Use doTERRA Essential Oils :
Research has proven that essential oils can help keep those seasonal and environmental threats at bay!
I like to make an allergy roller for daily use and easy application.
Allergy Buster Roller blend:
-10 drops lavender
-10 drops lemon
-10 drops peppermint
-fill with Fractionated Coconut oil
We use this topically down the spine, across the chest and even on the feet.
Peppermint oil can oftentimes immediately help open the sinuses and if taken and pressed to the roof of the mouth, eliminate tickle that just can't be scratched.
Lemon oil can help cut through the overproduction of mucous and helps to boost the immune system. When diffused, it can eliminate allergy triggers in the air.
Lavender oil is "all things calming" and can help calm the body's response to those allergens.
Another trick we use when extremely congested is using a steaming mug of water with essential oils! It offers great relief quickly.
4. Diffuse Essential Oils:
Keeping the air in your home free of bacteria and viruses is paramount to your health. Diffuse your favorite oils daily to purify and cleanse the air as well as boost your immune system.
OnGuard is always wonderful to use, but here's a couple recipes you can also use in addition to the many I have listed on my website in my "Blends."
Easy Breathing Blend
-4 drops Breathe Respiratory blend
-2 drops Lime
-2 drops Copaiba
Seasonal Allergy Support
-2 drops Lavender
-2 drops Peppermint
-2 drops Lemon
5. Take TriEase Softgels internally:
TriEase Softgels combine three of the most potent essential oils for support of healthy respiratory and protection against seasonal threats. These won't leave you feeling drowsy but make sure to take these with food.
6. Take High Quality Vitamins Daily:
I really truly love dōTERRA’s Life Long Vitality vitamins. If you haven’t started taking them yet, I highly suggest looking into them. They are the best vitamins that you can find on the market while getting the most bang for your buck.
They are whole food, plant based, packed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients that your body NEEDS on a daily basis to thrive and keep your immune system boosted. They are our #1 best selling product for a reason and you will thank me once you start taking them and notice the difference. You'll have more energy, a decrease in aches and pains, more mental clarity and much more. There is also a great children's chewable vitamin by dōTERRA!
7. Take a High Quality Probiotic:
According to Science Daily, new research shows that probiotics help reduce the symptoms of hay fever if taken during allergy season. dōTERRA offers a great adult as well as children’s probiotic that we take daily - PB assist and PB Assist Junior!
8. Clean and Detox:
Deep clean your home with doTERRA's OnGuard Cleaner Concentrate and add in a few drops of Tea Tree (melaleuca oil) for its antimicrobial power. Ditch the toxic alternatives that can trigger allergic type symptoms as well! Remember to change your bedding weekly.
9. Use Saline Rinses/Neti-Pot:
Keeping ahead of symptoms are key before they start. Saline rinses can help the nasal cavity from collecting excessive mucous which can lead extreme pressure and discomfort. Adding rosemary or eucalyptus oil can really add a powerful cleansing boost to your rinse.
Hopefully these tips will keep your family happy and healthier throughout the spring! Please feel free to share these tips! Thank you True Wellness Community for all these great suggestions.
Although we feel great and look better when we stick to our exercise routines, sometimes they can be tiring. With dōTERRA’s Cedarwood essential oil, you can add an extra boost of vitality and wellness to your entire workout. Before beginning, massage one to two drops onto your chest to maintain motivation throughout any workout.
Did you know that many people use Cedar oil for skin due to its purifying abilities? You can easily incorporate Cedarwood oil into your daily facial routine by simply adding one to two drops of Cedarwood oil to your facial toner or moisturizer for added clarifying properties. The cleansing properties of Cedarwood oil can also help improve the appearance of skin imperfections. Cedarwood also has properties that help soothe the mind and body. The warm, woody scent can create a calm, relaxing environment when used aromatically or topically. Diffusing Cedarwood oil in your home, office, or workspace can help promote feelings of confidence, self-esteem, and evoke feelings of wellness.
Learn more about dōTERRA Cedarwood by checking out its uses and benefits HERE.
This Valentine’s day, add a light floral note to your home by diffusing dōTERRA Bergamot essential oil. While other citrus oils are stimulating and invigorating, Bergamot is unique because it reduces tension and stress. Used by the Italians for years to promote uplifting and calming feelings, it can also be purifying and cleansing to the skin.
Buy your loved one a bottle of dōTERRA Bergamot here!
Use aromatically and topically to enjoy the calming benefits of Bergamot essential oil. Combine with dōTERRA Fractionated coconut oil to give your significant other a purifying and serene back massage this Valentine’s Day. Apply a couple of drops of dōTERRA Bergamot to your feet before bed and enjoy the relaxing benefits before drifting off to sleep.
Learn more about the origins of dōTERRA Bergamot here.
7 Ways to Use Wild Orange Oil
Have you ever tried Wild Orange oil? What about any of the other citrus essential oils like Lemon, Lime, or Grapefruit? One of the best things about citrus oils is that they have a wide variety of uses. Within a single bottle of Wild Orange essential oil, there are dozens of possibilities. For instance, you can use Wild Orange essential oil for household cleaning, to add flavor when cooking, to create an uplifting environment—the list goes on.
So, what is Wild Orange used for? Keep reading to learn about the best uses for this versatile essential oil.
1. Use Wild Orange oil to freshen the air. Need to freshen up the kitchen? Want to bring a bright, refreshing aroma into your bedroom? Diffusing Wild Orange oil not only makes the air smell lovely, but it can help to purify the air as well. Anytime you want to dispel unwanted odors, you can diffuse Wild Orange oil to clear the air and replace unpleasant smells with the citrus aroma of fresh oranges.
2. Add Wild Orange oil to a glass of water for a flavorful drink and internal benefits.* Easily take advantage of the benefits of Wild Orange oil by taking it internally. Simply add a drop to a glass of water to help support digestion, cleanse the body, and provide the body with antioxidants.* Even a single drop of Wild Orange oil will give plain water a delicious burst of flavor, while also providing your body with the wonderful internal benefits of Wild Orange essential oil.
3. Use Wild Orange oil to cleanse and purify surfaces around the home. Like many citrus essential oils, Wild Orange has a high concentration of limonene, which makes it effective for household cleaning. Use Wild Orange oil to wipe down surfaces or get rid of sticky residue. For an easy homemade cleanser, simply place 10–15 drops of Wild Orange oil in a four-ounce spray bottle, filled with water, and spritz over surfaces around your home.
4. Diffuse Wild Orange oil to create an uplifting atmosphere. For those days when you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, you can instantly create an uplifting atmosphere with Wild Orange oil. Diffuse Wild Orange in the kitchen while the kids do homework, in the bathroom while you get ready for the day, or in the car while you do your daily errands. By creating an uplifting, cheery environment, you’ll be ready to handle anything that comes your way.
5. Use Wild Orange oil when cooking to add flavor to beverages or baked goods. Are you a fan of orange-flavored drinks or treats? By adding just one drop (or less) of Wild Orange oil to smoothies, teas, or homemade slushies and popsicles, you can enjoy a tasty, flavorful treat in no time. Many people have also found that adding Wild Orange oil to baked goods like breads, muffins, cookies, and cakes is a great way to add a kick of flavor.
6. Use Wild Orange when you’re dragging in the afternoon. If you seem to feel bored, tired, or sluggish during the afternoons, you might just need to energize your space. Create an invigorating, energizing atmosphere by diffusing Wild Orange oil at your work desk or your home office.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
This week I'd like to highlight the three main ways to use essential oils.
Because of the purity of dōTERRA Essential oils, you can use them aromatically, topically, or internally. When using essential oils, pay attention to the labeling on the product because some oils have usage restrictions.
Enjoy an essential oil aromatically by diffusing it through an essential oil diffuser, applying a drop to your hands and inhaling, or wearing it as a personal fragrance.
You can benefit from topical use by using essential oils to give a back massage, applying it to a targeted area and rubbing it in, or by adding a drop or two to lotions or moisturizers.
The last way to use essential oils is by ingesting them or taking them internally. Add a drop to a glass of water, under your tongue or in a veggie capsule and the oil will move throughout your body.
Read about our Essential oil Safety Guidelines here.
Diffuse one or a combination of any of these oils to help uplift your mood during those cold winter months. The most difficult months for people in the U.S. tend to be January and February.
Spice up your dinner with dōTERRA Oregano! Known as a common ingredient in Italian cuisine, Oregano oil is spicy and herbaceous, making it the perfect addition to your next meal. Besides being a popular ingredient, Oregano essential oil also acts as a powerful natural cleansing agent, an immune-boosting agent, and supports healthy digestion.
Purchase a bottle of dōTERRA Oregano here!
When taken internally, Oregano essential oil can help maintain a healthy immune function and support healthy digestion. It’s the perfect natural boost you need to combat any seasonal threats! Take advantage of the natural cleansing benefits by adding 10 drops of Oregano essential oil to a spray bottle of water and use it to wipe any countertops. The chemical makeup works as a great cleansing and purifying agent.
Don’t forget to read about the cautions of using this hot oil, here.
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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.