The year 2020 is now behind us and what a relief that is! While there is great hope that this year will bring positive change, there are still many challenges we all need to face. The vaccine is good news in certain ways but we will not be able to take off our masks for some time to come. Numbers of COVID cases have already risen after the holidays and with more contagious strains of the virus coming out, it is more important than ever to be vigilant and take precautions. I believe that one critical factor in keeping myself safe is by making sure that my immune system is strong. When my immune system is strong my body can better fight infection. Having said that, there are many lifestyle factors that impact the immune system such as stress levels, digestion, physical activity and sleep to name a few.
Fortunately, there are natural solutions which can support many of these factors and we are happy to give you some tips and information on how to support your immune system during this challenging time.
DoTerra OnGuard Products:
OnGuard is a unique essential oil blend designed to help support your immune system. It contains Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Wild Orange, and Rosemary essential oils. It can be diffused, applied topically when diluted and taken internally. This is such an effective and popular product that DoTerra has made an entire range of products using this proprietary blend.
We’ve included a list of the various OnGuard products. Having these products in your home and using them on a regular basis will make a significant difference in you and your family`s life.
OnGuard Essential Oil Blend: This is a multi-purpose blend that is a must for your Essential Oil Collection. A few drops of this can be used as a non-toxic cleaner, or in a diffuser to help purify the air. Additionally it can be taken internally on a daily basis. Put a drop in your water or make a tea with hot water for an extra immune boost. It has a warm and soothing taste.
OnGuard Soft Gels: These are perfect for when you are on the go and need that immediate support. If you’re feeling off or run down, take these to get your health back on track. Besides the oils listed above, they also contain Oregano, Black Pepper and Melissa for an extra immune boost. As you may know, Oregano is nature's anit-biotic so these soft gels are perfect to keep any unwanted viruses away.
OnGuard Cleaning Concentrate: The OnGuard Essential Oil blend is combined with plant-based derivatives that provide a non-toxic and biodegradable way to clean and eliminate odors, so it is safe for loved ones as well as the environment. The multi-purpose capabilities of On Guard Cleaner Concentrate make it perfect to expertly clean hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, or any room, leaving behind a clean and invigorating scent. With one bottle of the cleaning concentrate you can make up to eighteen 240 ml bottles of cleaning spray. You will save a lot of money and completely transform your cleaning routine.
OnGuard Hand Wash: This foaming hand wash cleans and softens hands while also providing an uplifting and invigorating aroma, leaving your hands smelling fresh and citrus clean. It is pH balanced to protect the moisture in your hands, as well eliminating bacteria with the help of the powerful OnGuard essential oil blend.
OnGuard Touch: Provides a gentle and easy method of application for both adults and children. It can be applied topically on the chest and the bottoms of the feet on a daily basis to boost the immune system.
OnGuard Sanitizing Mist: Purifies the hands by eliminating bacteria and germs found on the skin. Perfect to add to any hand sanitizer to make it smell better! It is also a moisturizing blend so it does not dry out the skin.
OnGuard Toothpaste: doTERRA’s fluoride-free Natural Whitening Toothpaste combines the benefits of the OnGuard blend of essential oils with other natural ingredients that help clean and whiten teeth, as well as reduce plaque. The additional Peppermint and Wintergreen oils and natural sweetener xylitol provides a spicy, minty taste that leaves your breath smelling fresh.
OnGuard Mouthwash: is alcohol free and formulated to clean teeth and gums, and help to promote overall healthy oral integrity. The refreshing On Guard essential oil blend leaves your breath fresh and your smile bright. The powerful benefits of this essential oil blend combined with other natural ingredients promote support for healthy oral integrity. Miswak extract helps freshen breath and maintain clean teeth by reducing excessive plaque buildup, while Xylitol helps to support the integrity of teeth.
OnGuard Protecting Throat Drops: These drops provide the same benefits of the oil blend, but in the convenient form of a throat drop. Made in a base of organic cane juice and brown rice syrup, these drops include Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Myrrh. They calm and soothe the throat when it's feeling dry or scratchy.
You can order each of these products with a 25% discount when you have a DoTerra account. If you'd like more information on how to open an account you can visit the DoTerra page on my website or contact me and I will help you order anything you need.
BioCare is a UK based company that provides supplements and vitamins to help with various health aspects such as digestion, immunity, hair/skin health, the nervous system, detoxing and just overall health. They use high quality minerals, enzymes, fatty acids, bacteria and make sure that the nutrients they use are in their most bioavailable form. They also avoid allergens and any additives that could be harmful. Below we’ve made a list of some of their products that help support and create a strong immune system. You can find them in our store or online shop.
Immune Intensive 7 Day Pack: This food supplement contains Vitamins A, C, D and Zinc as well as Beta Glucans, Sage and Elderberry. It comes in a powder form that can be easily mixed in water, juices or a smoothie. There are no added sweeteners so it is purely a powerhouse for immune support.
Magnesium Phospholipid Complex: These vegetarian capsules help support your nervous system, digestion, sleep, as well as your overall mental health and wellbeing.
Vitamin C Powder: This powder can be mixed in with liquids and contains a form of Vitamin C that can be better absorbed and is gentler on the stomach. This is great for overall health, as well as energy levels.
Red Berry BioMelts: These capsules contain 3 Billion live bacteria as well as Vitamin D. These are meant for children over the age of 3. They have a delicious flavor and are a great probiotic to help the immune and digestive systems.
Mega EPA (Omega): is a high potency fish oil capsule providing omega-3 fatty acids in a natural triglyceride form, naturally concentrated using NEO-3™ - a unique lipase enzyme process which results in a fish oil of outstanding quality and high potency.
Bio-Kult Probiotics: You may already know that a healthy digestive system is key to a strong immune system. This probiotic provides great support as it contains 14 strains of live bacteria that help keep your digestive tract healthy and functioning. They don`t need to be refrigerated as the beneficial bacteria has been cryoprotected during the freeze drying process and can be used on a daily basis.
DoTerra PB Assist+: These probiotics are designed to help with natural bacterial growth (the good kind!) and brings the benefits of probiotics to your digestive and immune system. It also helps support the metabolism and the absorption of food.
The following are some of our favorite recipes that use essential oils and tea to boost your immune system or to help sooth you if you do get sick.
3 drops Eucalyptus oil 3 drops Lavender oil 2 drop Oregano oil 1 drop Niaouli oil or DoTerra Breathe Blend. 30 ml carrier oil (preferably arnica)
Eucalyptus oil is both antibacterial and antiviral. When added to a rub, it can help with clear the sinuses. Lavender oil helps to soothe and relax, which makes this rub perfect to use right before bed. Oregano is known as a natural antibiotic and can be used as a preventative measure or while you are actually sick. Niaouli comes from the same family as tea tree, but is a bit softer on the skin. It is an anti- congestant. Any carrier oil can be used, but arnica is because it is an immune stimulant and anti-inflammatory, which can help with aches and pains.
Source: Essential Oils for Healing by Vannoy Gentles Fite, Michel Gentles McDaniel and Vannoy Lin Reynolds.
Golden Turmeric Latte
1 can coconut milk (can use light coconut milk, but flavour won’t be as rich)
1 cup vanilla almond milk (can also use unsweetened almond milk)
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½–1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (to sweeten)
1–2 drops of Turmeric essential oil
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
Pinch of ground nutmeg
1 toothpick of Cardamom essential oil
1 toothpick of Black Pepper essential oil
Ground turmeric for garnish
In a small saucepan, combine the coconut milk, almond milk, vanilla, honey and spices.
Whisk together and bring ingredients to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 3–5 minutes to reduce the mixture a bit. Stir occasionally.
Remove the saucepan from direct heat. Add the Turmeric essential oil and the toothpick swirl of Cardamom and Black Pepper essential oils. Stir the ingredients.
Pour the mixture into two small mugs and then sprinkle a little bit of turmeric on top. Enjoy!
Tips: You can also add a drop of Ginger essential oil for a heartier flavour.
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, I am happy to help! You can also book a FREE consultation if you would like support in finding the solutions and products that are right for you.