Boosting your immunity naturally

Every single day, we are continually exposed to organisms in our environment that are inhaled, swallowed or inhabit our skin. Whether or not these organisms develop into allergies, a virus, illness, infection or other health conditions, is reflective of the integrity of our body’s immune system + it’s defence mechanisms.

Our immune system protects the body from these pathogens by recognising them, neutralising and, or removing them. Constantly adapting to our body’s ever changing environment.

I want to share with you what I do to protect, support + strengthen my immunity, including eating a diet of mainly unprocessed, natural foods that are seasonal.

Raw garlic

Garlic contains compounds with potent medicinal properties. I also like to ferment garlic in a salt/water + herb brine to increase it’s nutritional properties. When we cook garlic, it can destroy some of it’s health-promoting compounds. I add the fermented garlic to things like dressings, pesto etc where it’s raw.

Ginger

Ginger is an antioxidant, is antibacterial + helps to support the immune system. I grate it into curries, smoothies, dressings etc.

Onions

I add onions to everything. Not only are they are packed with immune-boosting nutrients like selenium, sulfur compounds, zinc + vitamin C, but they make food taste so bloody good (+ smell incredible when you cook).

Turmeric

Turmeric is one of the foods with the highest antioxidants + anti-inflammatory properties. It is best mixed with black pepper to increase the body’s absorption. I love to drink Turmeric Golden Milk.

Turmeric Golden Milk

1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp coconut oil
pinch black pepper
1 cup organic coconut milk
raw honey to taste

Add the ingredients to a mug except the milk. I froth my milk in a frother + pour over. Give a good stir + add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. If you want to be really organised like me, bulk make + add the dry ingredients to a jar (same ratio’s) to use when required. Obviously add the coconut oil, honey + milk when you make a fresh cup!

Probiotics

Probiotics are live microorganisms (beneficial bacteria) that have health benefits when consumed. I include fermented foods like sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, miso, homemade pickles + kombucha into my diet. 

Green leafy veg

Eating a rainbow of colour is a fundamental health tip. Optimal nutrients factor! As is, green leafy veg are some of the most nutritionally charged food (+ iron). In fact, the variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants + photochemicals in fruits + veg have enormous healing powers. 

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”

Vitamin C

I eat plenty of foods high in vitamin C, including fresh fruits + veggies, especially citrus fruits, strawberries, broccolini, cabbage + parsley.

Zinc

I derive from fish, oysters, dairy foods (cheese come at me!), eggs, legumes, almonds, cashew, pine nuts, dark chocolate 85% + (hello you), sunflower + pumpkin seeds.

Seaweed

Seaweed is a potent anti-iflammatory + antioxidant + offers some of the highest quality of nutrition found in food. I add re-hydrated seaweed to my asian rice bowls, use it to make sushi etc.

Having a well balanced diet will supply you with all the essential nutrients your body needs for a healthy immune system, which is crucial to our all-round wellbeing.

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Essential oils

Many essential oils have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic + anti-fungal properties that can help to support your immune system. Some of the best essential oils for supporting your immunity including oregano (applied to the soles of the feet), myrrh, ginger, lemon, eucalyptus (apply to the chest), frankincense, peppermint + cinnamon.

To apply topically, add a couple of drops to the palm of you hand with a carrier oil + apply. Alternatively, you can make up a roller bottle blend for extended use. Always consult a dilution chart for safe amounts.

You can read more on essential oils below;

Essential oils supporting winter wellness

With love + in health,

Kristy x

 


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All material on this site is provided for information only, and may not be construed as personal medical advice to diagnose or treat. No action should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

The author claims no responsibility or liability, for any loss or damage incurred by use of information provided by this site.

Sleep support. Drifting off to dreamland

Sleep plays a crucial role in your physical health and is as equally important as nutrition, exercise + emotional wellbeing. Quality sleep is important to a number of brain functions, including how nerve cells communicate with each other and is involved with healing + repair of the heart and blood vessels.

7-9 hours is the recommended sleep duration for adults

Essential oils may provide the safe, natural support you just need – for getting consistent, quality sleep + in managing stress.

Aroma’s/scents can have a strong influence over how we feel. When we smell something, our olfactory nerve sends signals directory to our limbic system (the part of our brain responsible for memory/mood. That is why certain scents can instantly make us feel uplifted, relaxed, nostalgic, or recall a memory.

Choosing essential oils that promote relaxation can help to prepare your body into a restful state, ready for slumber. Making essential oils part of your night time routine (before bed) can also help to train your mind to associate the specific scent with falling asleep.

Essential oils have adaptogenic properties – which means they can either stimulate or relax your nervous system, depending on what your body needs in the moment. A balancing effect per say.

Daily mindfulness + meditation are also wonderful daily wellness lifestyle habits

There are various ways to use essential oils for sleep support, including:

  • Diffusing in the bedroom in a diffuser
  • Rolling a sleep blend onto the forehead + neck
  • Massage a few drops into the feet + spine
  • Inhaling a few drops from cupped hands
  • Add to epsom salts and soak in the bath before bedtime
  • Creating an essential oil spray to spritz in the bedroom or onto your pillow 

 

oils

Essential oils to use for sleep support, but not limited to;

  • Place 1 -2 drops of lavender oil on your pillow
  • Combine 1 cup epsom salts with 10 drops Balance + 10 drops Lavender Peace *mix + pour into the bath
  • Inhale 1-2 drops of lavender or vetiver from cupped hands
  • Combine 15 drops of Vetiver + Wild orange in a 10ml roller bottle + top with fractionated coconut oil. Keep beside the bed + apply to neck/behind the ears when getting into bed. (this is my personal blend … my body instinctively responds to the scent – helping to switch off my mind + calm my system down.
  • Diffuse 3 drops bergamot, 2 drops cedarwood + 1 drop marjoram or,                                 4 drops lavender, 2 drops cedarwood, 2 drops Wild orange + 1 drop Ylang ylang *there are so many variations to try – go with oils that resonate with you
  • Combine 2 tbsp witch hazel, 10 drops lavender oil, 6 tbsp filtered water in a small spray bottle and spritz in the bedroom (or on the sheets + pillow)

It is all about creating routine… unwinding, and getting yourself in a zen garden before bed. That’s right, no Facey or Insta in bed!

Plant alchemy

Only use the highest quality and purest essential oils, that have been tested to verify purity + composition. Essential oils are extremely potent, so less is more. When applying topically, always dilute with a carrier oil.

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May you rest more easily + snooze more deeply.

Happy New Year!

With love,

Kristy x

 

 

 


Please note. All material on this site is provided for information only, and may not be construed as personal medical advice to diagnose or treat. No action should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

The author claims no responsibility or liability, for any loss or damage incurred by use of information provided by this site. 

Frankincense oil + why you need it in your life

Essential oils + the practice of aromatherapy, has been used for thousands of years for  healing benefits + health properties. Essential oils are sourced from the leaves, stems or roots of plants that are often 55-70 times more potent (due to their concentration) than their herb/plant equivalent.

Frankincense oil is sourced from the resin of the Boswellia tree, that’s typically grown in Somalia + regions of Pakistan.

Perhaps the most precious of the ancient oils, Frankincense is highly sought after by modern consumers for its many uses.

Frankincense is an essential oil that can offer a variety of health benefits, including; ant-inflammatory properties, helping to reduce stress + negative emotions, supporting the healing process and promoting general health + wellness.

The oil of truth

Frankincense reveals any deceptions + false truths. Dispelling lower vibrations + shielding negative influences.

Reconnecting one to the truth + allowing new perspectives from the heart, from light (their true self). A powerful cleanser of darkness.

Frankincense recalls wisdom, knowledge + awareness from soul. Connecting to one to their inner light. Enhancing spiritual enlightenment + evolution.

Frankincense reminds one, that they are loved + protected.

The king of oils

When you are not sure which oil to use, your safe bet is always Frank.

Uses

  • Diffuse 3-4 drops to promote feelings of peace, relaxation + spiritual connection.
  • Combine with water, witch hazel, clary sage + purify essential oils for an energy/aura cleanse spray.
  • Apply 1 drop to your third eye when meditating, or doing yoga to enhance spiritual awareness.
  • Food additive use: Dilute one drop in 120 mL of liquid or add 1 drop to a veggie capsule *must be food grade.
  • Add 1-2 drops to your moisturiser in your hand to nourish, smooth, rejuvenate + revitalise your skin. Frank will also help to reduce the appearance of imperfections, (think wrinkles, scars, acne, stretch marks).
  • Massage a couple of drops on the bottoms of your feet to promote feelings of relaxation + to balance your mood.
  • Add a few drops to a cloth + inhale for respiratory benefits.
  • Diffuse with lavender oil in the bedroom at night, to calm + ground your energy.
  • Add 1 drop to your crystal to amplify its energy.
  • Frankincense is an antiseptic + disinfectant agent, which can be used in place of chemical household cleaners.

Frankincense Offer

For the month of December only, when you place a single 200pv order with doTERRA, they will gift you a 15ml bottle of pure Frankincense essential oil for FREE. My loves, this is $120 Retail value!

This offer usually one happens once a year, so eliminate FOMO.

All you need to do is get set up with a doTERRA account, if you don’t already have one. You can do that + shop here.

*Frank will be automatically added, once you process your 200 pv value order. 

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Cautions

Always ensure you are using pure, 100% essential oils. No synthetic fillers or rubbish. The highest of quality. The price will be reflective of this!

Topical use. Possible skin sensitivity. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimise sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

 

 

 


Please note. All material on this site is provided for information only, and may not be construed as personal medical advice to diagnose or treat. No action should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

The author claims no responsibility or liability, for any loss or damage incurred by use of information provided by this site.