As much as I like to focus on the positive and believe the best in all situations, this one is very difficult. Despite feeling very scared at times, I can’t help to feel that the earth is taking a very deep breath and that something good will come of it all – somehow. I am grateful that I have an arsenal of self-help techniques and rituals ranging from tapping and afformations to meditation, calling upon’s and prayers to support me. Not to mention my biggest calming support – Copaiba Essential oil.
Taking care of our connection between body, mind and soul is really important and actions should encompass all three. That looks different to many people so I thought that I would share a few tips from the Knōsh and Terra Mammas household.
Firstly we do this through our food choices, eating a clean free-from diet with little to no artificial ingredients is key. Sugar is known to lower immune system and affect anxiety levels. Preservatives, insecticides and artificial ingredients is foreign to our cells and besides our bodies not knowing how to process them, they also affect gut health! A good healthy gut helps take in nutrients, affects mood and bolster your immune system (70% of our immune system is housed in our gut!!!)
“Vitamin C: Your best source is fermented veggies like sauerkraut–there is ten times more vitamin C in sauerkraut than in fresh cabbage!”– Nourishing Traditions
Here at Knosh, we can support your immune boosting efforts with Sauerkraut and Bone Broth. We are adding Organic Vegetable boxes from next week so keep an eye on our page. Kombucha is also known to boost immunity and with using our food grade essential oils, you get an added punch of benefits, especially with our Wild Orange and Ginger flavours.
Essential oils plays a huge role in our natural living home. It is our first defense against germs, what we use to support our emotions and it is our first aid for when we have bumps or burns or what we use to help us through colds, stomach bugs or flu. We use them for so many things, but for the purpose of this blog I will focus on how we are currently using it to protect and support ourselves and boosting our immune system.
- I make a hand sanitizer with OnGuard (containing Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Rosemary) and Oregano oil which I take with me everywhere. Spraying my hands along my way when I have to go to public spaces, using as surface cleaner, when I have touched money and then when back in the car
- I diffuse oils like OnGuard, Wild Orange, Rosemary, Thyme in our home to protect against any airborne bugs
- We have roller bottles with immune boosting oils that we rub on pulse points or on the back or chest area. This article explains how and why this OnGuard combination works so well and ways to use it.
- Because of doTERRA essential oils’ purity and transparency with where their oils are sourced and the chemical constituents contained in them, they are considered safe for internal use by the FDA (although currently not recognized by SA). We have been successfully using drops in an empty capsules internally whenever we feel the need. At the onset of a sniffle or sore throat I usually take one with Oregano, OnGuard and Frankincense*
The Seasonal Defense kit and the Immune Boosting kit has various options to suit your needs. My wish is that every home could have these. The support that those 5 oils can give is priceless. They also come with a wholesale account that joins you to our community to learn exactly how to get the most benefit from them. If you don’t know where to start, don’t worry, we will show you. Or join any one of our free courses or information sessions and DIY events (online for now). In the meantime here is an Essential oils for beginners e-book for you.
Reducing your toxic load to strengthen immune system means thinking about all areas of your home. One of the areas with the biggest range of toxin filled products is your cleaning cupboard. We use Mrs Martin’s -Natural, Innovative, Bio-Microbial Technology. Their products is not only non-toxic but filled with local microbes to add healthy microbes back into your space! As we have seen with gut health, a bigger variety of probiotics helps with building a healthy, immune boosting, happy gut! Plus they are safe for our grey water system and the environment. They just launched a pocket size and 750ml Hand Sanitizer, no nasties.
Then lastly, your self. This is oftentimes the most neglected. But should be at the top of the list (think oxygen-mask-in-an-airplane-emergency scenario). Keeping calm and not feeding into the panic and fear that gets created by mainstream media is way easier said than done…but get it done, no matter what. Find that strength, determination and faith inside of you in whatever way you can. Explore new channels, get a connection back to YOU. I use Copaiba for supporting stress and anxiety levels. This calming oil made from the resin of the South American Copaifera Tree can help soothe anxious feelings and, when used*, supports a healthy immune and cardiovascular system. I also love my Body Intelligence classes as the mindful body movement strengthens me as a whole. And when possible, I love energy healing with Robyn on Earth or Body Stress Release by Antoinette Wilken. The tools and rituals I have learned through these experiences reaches far into the daily management of a busy life. I am so grateful for them. Make time for you….
Finding support online in our oily group, or mom group, or our natural livinggroup is also priceless as it is a tribe of people going through a similar situation, and a problem shared is a problem halved. There is an inherent gratification when one can support another with words of comfort or a helpful deed, and for me, fills my heart with light and gives my life purpose. And if you haven’t found your tribe yet, join us….or create your own, in whatever way it works for you.
“We live in a world of unknowns. Nothing is certain. Life is an unfolding mystery. Yet most people try to create a sense of certainty in their lives in order to feel safe. The unknown can be a scary place, so we try to know as much as we can in order to avoid any nasty surprises. However, no matter how much we know, this sense of certainty is an illusion. We can never be sure what the next moment will bring no matter how much we try to protect ourselves.”~ Excerpt from ‘The way of the Five Seasons’ by John Kirkwood
I do know that there is always something good to come out of any situation and I know that once on the other side of this, we will see it. For the moment, all that we can do is keep going and do the best we can to keep our families safe.
I leave you with this Poem from Tara Mohr
The Quiet Power
I walked backwards, against time
and that’s where I caught the moon,
singing at me.
I steeped downwards, into my seat
and that’s where I caught freedom,
waiting for me, like a lilac.
I ended thought, and I ended story.
I stopped designing, and arguing, and
sculpting a happy life.
I didn’t die. I didn’t turn to dust.
Instead I chopped vegetables,
and made a calm lake in me
where the water was clear and sourced and still.
And when the ones I loved came to it,
I had something to give them, and
it offered them a soft road out of pain.
I became beloved.
And I came to know that this was it.
The quiet power.
I could give something mighty, lasting,
that stopped the wheel of chaos,
by tending to the river inside,
keeping the water rich and deep,
keeping a bench for you to visit.
Keep smiling….On Guard your hands…stay home….and eat sauerkraut…..
Lots of Love (and elbow greetings)
*Disclaimer: Using just any essential oil internally is not recommended as most essential oils on the market gets stretched with ethanol, mineral turpentine or propylene glycol as this article explains. Use only from a trusted reputable source where there is transparency and purity is proven through science. This is a personal choice and responsibility. Our trusted brand is doTERRA