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My Immune Boosting Routine



Flu season is creeping up fast and I have to tell ya, I can sometimes be a little paranoid when it comes to getting sick.  Once it hits one of my kids, it's quarantine time.  I break out the little portable tv, grab some movies and one of my older kids will hook it up(I unashamedly don't know how) and put it in the quarantine room along with the sicko.  I'll check in on them, maybe slide a plate or two of food under the door...you know, what normal compassionate mothers do.

I then wash my hands like I'm about to perform a surgery.  Oh, and if I have an itch on my face, I panic.  Even if my hands just got washed, I wonder if I touched something contaminated in the past 10 seconds.  So, after scratching my face, I wash the area I scratched.

I won't even begin to tell you what I do if my kid vomits...

I've often wondered where I could get an old chem gear suit like the ones I used to wear while practicing for a chemical or biological attack when I was in the Air Force.  Might come in handy.

Anyway, we mothers really don't get sick days. So call me paranoid, but there's a reason for my paranoia. I don't have time to get sick!  Can I type that in all caps or would that be rude?  Can I get an amen or something?  Help ease my conscience for not being that parent who stays by their sick child's bedside with a cool washcloth on their forehead and kisses their cheek.

Believe it or not, I do have some compassion for my kiddos.  I do feel bad, really.  And I do my best to sympathize without getting vomit or snot on me.  One way that I show them compassion is by boosting their immune system.  Once flu season is here, I make sure they tell me if they feel like they are getting sick, or if they were around someone who was sick.

At that point, it's time to break the reinforcements.

Elderberry Syrup

Elderberries contain vitamins A, B and lots of C.  They also contain flavonoids which are powerful antioxidants and protect cells against damage.

I make my own elderberry syrup and instead of buying those little bitty bottles of the stuff and paying a pretty penny for it, I make pints of it for cheap cheap cheap!  We take this often especially during basketball season with the kids.  It works!  The key is taking it before you get sick and keep at it for awhile.  Because my kids love this stuff, I do remind them that they only need one or two spoonfuls, two to three times a day.

My son even suggested I make elderberry wine.  Should I be worried about that request?  Anyway...

Essential Oils

I use a combination of oils to help boost our immune system.

Protective Blend - This blend is made up of orange, clove bud, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata and rosemary.  Studies have shown that the oils in this blend have the ability to kill harmful bacteria, mold and viruses.  Just what I need!

Melaleuca -  The common name for this essential oil is tea tree oil.  It is known for its antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infection, antiviral and anti-parasitic properties.  That's alot of 'antis' and I didn't even mention them all!

Lemon -  This oil is also known for a few anti-something-or-others.  It is antiseptic, antifungal,  an antioxidant and antiviral to name a few.

I use a blend of all three.  When we have been exposed to sickness, I grab these babies out and this is what I put in an empty veggie capsule:

3 drops protective blend
3 drops melaleuca
3 drops lemon

Take every 3-4 hours until you think you are out of the woods of being exposed.  If you don't feel comfortable taking this internally, you can apply to the bottoms of your feet and halve the drops for each oil.  This is what I do with my younger children.

Now, if we get that feeling, you know the one, where you just know you are getting sick and your body is trying to fight off something, then it's time to break out the big boy...oregano.  This powerhouse oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and an immune stimulant.

I add 2 drops of oregano to the above concoction when I need reinforcements.  It is important to know that oregano is a hot oil and it is not recommended to take internally for more than 10 days.

Now remember, it is so important to use only therapeutic grade essentials oils from a brand you trust.  I use doTERRA essential oils because I know they are pure and I know where they come from, how they are harvested and how they are tested.  If you are ready to take charge of your health, you can order HERE(you don't have to sell to order!).  Questions on how to order? Go here first to find out about your options!

2 comments:

  1. thanks for the info. What do you use for a sore throat?
    Sue

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    1. You are welcome! I use a drop of lemon essential oil with a teaspoon of honey for temporary relief. And with that I take the protective blend, melaleuca, lemon and oregano in a capsule to fight off the infecton.

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