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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*Always check with your health care professional if you have any pre-existing issues prior to using essential oils. or if you are pregnant.

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Almond, choc + vanilla bliss balls

Mid afternoon nana nap calling you?

Naturally sweetened with dates, this is an energy booster that is good for you + delish.

A wholesome bite, on the go.

Make up a double batch + freeze so you have a healthy snack on hand whenever you need.

 


makes 20 

ingredients 

150g mix (raw almonds, raw cashews, sunflower seeds, black + white sesame)
250g pitted dates
2 tbsp organic raw cacao powder
1/2 tbsp cold pressed organic coconut oil
1 tsp organic vanilla bean paste

method

Dry toast your nuts + seeds in a pan for a couple of minutes, or until starting to turn golden.

Add all of the ingredients into a high powered blender. Pulse until the mixture comes together + everything is blended nicely.

Squeeze the mixture in your hands, as you form into balls.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

These goodies will last 1 week in the fridge.

 

With love + in radiant health,

Kristy x

Plant based alchemy

Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from plants with vast healing properties. Using essential oils for these purposes is known as aromatherapy, a holistic therapy seeking to improve physical, mental + emotional health.

My loves, if you’ve been following me awhile… you would know how bloody passionate I am about my essential oils. I use them everyday, in soo many different applications (aromatically, topically, personal care, food additive). They have supported my own/hubby’s health + wellbeing (as well as the frenchie + kitty) in countless ways. To the point where we say, “what oil can I use for that?” whenever something crops up. It’s our immediate response.

Essential oils are highly concentrated, with a strong aroma. They are called volatile aromatic oils because of their high concentration of the aromatic compounds. By concentrating the oils of these plants, you are literally separating the most powerful healing compounds of a plant into a single oil.

Overall, aromatherapy is a great and inexpensive way to help promote healing, relaxation + well-being without adverse side effects.

Not all essential oils are created the same. Do your research.

Pure. No use of pesticides/chemicals. Potent. Highest of quality.

It would be remiss of me not to share with you, that in April something really special is happening. Something that has never occurred before now. We are giving 20% off Enrolment kits for any newbies that enrol. So, this Home Essentials kit, for example, comes complete with a diffuser + the top 10 oils that will help get you started with essential oils. Normally $330, but in April $264.

*Excludes Family Essentials enrolment kit

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Home Essentials Kit

 

I use my diffuser everyday based on what I’m feeling… seasonal threats, emotions, energy levels, hormonal, spring cleaning, sleep support, cleansing, stress etc.

Here is a few examples of what I use the top 10 essential oils for.

Peppermint – I use in raw treats/energy balls, diffuse for energy, use on insect bites, as a repellent.

Lavender – in my homemade face serum, in my sleep blend roller, diffuse when I need to relax + apply to burns/cuts.

Frankincense – in my homemade face serum (age spots), diffuse when meditating, take in a veggie cap for immune support + apply topically when I have any inflammation (e.g. puffy eyes).

Lemon – add to my water to detox, cleanse. Add a few drops on fish. In my kitchen all purpose spray (natural anti-bacterial).

Easy air – diffuse when seasonal threats. Rub onto chest when experiencing tightness, to help open my airways.

Oregano – I rub a drop onto my feet when feeling run down. I use on boils or raised lumps.

On guard – always wear topically when we travel to protect against threats. Diffuse when seasonal threats. Use in homemade cleaning products.

Ice blue – rub into my muscles before + after a workout or some serious garden work. Rub into my neck after extended time on the computer to help relax + unwind. Rub into the soles of my feet when I’ve been on them all day.

Tea tree – in my shampoo to help with psoriasis.

There are of course so many other essential oils (including emotional blends) + uses, but I simply can’t list them all!

Please sing out if you’d like to grab some oils to get you started on a more natural, plant based lifestyle … I can set you up in around 5 mins, or you can order yourself here. Just follow the prompts to the right of the page.

Please know you will receive my support from here on in, with access to our private group, with so many resources to help you feel empowered + get the most from your investment.

After all, it’s your health + wellbeing.

With love,

Kristy x


*Always check with your health care professional if you have any pre-existing issues prior to using essential oils. or if you are pregnant.

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.