Yup, it’s here. There’s a discernible nip in the air, the trees are starting to shed their leaves and it is time to put away all our cute summer dresses. Dang. Fall is upon us and with that, many of us fall victim to the dreaded common cold. Sensual lovers, there is nothing glamourous about red runny noses and big puffy eyes. I am here to help. In order to keep your immune system strong, there is a lot you can do NOW to set yourself up for the entire winter.
Of course my favorite place to start is with essential oils. In my book, Aromatherapy for Sensual Living, I talk about the medicinal value of essential oils. By simply incorporating them into your daily routine, you will find that you get sick less often and have the added benefit of being surrounded by potent and delightful aromatics. Essential oils are effective healers that I describe as the “anti-anti” meaning that they are all anti-biotic, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, antispasmodic, anti-stress and more. Essential oils have a particular intelligence to do exactly what your body needs. This comes in handy during cold and flu season.
Some of my favorite essential oils to boost immunity are:
Tea tree- Many people are familiar with the antibacterial properties of tea tree essential oil. It’s a useful oil to have on hand to keep your environment and health sparkling. I recommend Tea tree for wiping down counters, detoxifying a space of pathogens, and as a handy dandy hand sanitizer. I like tea tree because it is inexpensive and most people seem to handle it quite well.
Rosemary- Rosemary is a powerful ally in helping to support your immune system. In fact, it is so powerful that it is being used in hospitals to combat superbugs and treat staph infections. It is also being used with farm animals as an alternative to standard antibiotics. Rosemary is a vibrant, enlivening oil that can be used in a water inhalation, in the bath or used directly on the head (a couple drops is usually sufficient). Rosemary has the added benefit of supporting neurological activity and memory.
Black Spruce- This mighty tree oil is a powerful and effective immune booster and pathogen destroyer. One of the most powerful ways to use black spruce is internally; one drop in ¼ teaspoon of honey. It’s strong and can easily bring you back to your vivacious self. I often clean my floors with black spruce because it smells fresh and clean but more importantly; it infuses the air with its powerful and lovely anti-bacterial properties.
Black Cumin (Black seed) – This essential oil is relatively new on the scene and has the reputation for being the antidote to everything except death. It’s powerful and has a mighty force. If you are feeling lung congestion, apply a warm compress infused with black cumin to your lungs (back and front) and behind your ears. It will quickly destroy any little nasty that may be bringing you down. When 1 drop is used on ¼ teaspoon of honey, harmful bacteria gets destroyed within a matter of minutes.
Rose Otto- Are you surprised? Rose otto is not usually thought of as a powerful immune stimulant , but it is one! It’s often dismissed on a list of anti-bacterials because of its price. However, if you are battling a bad cold, there is just about nothing better than rose otto. When used to combat illness, it changes its aroma from something languid and sensual to one that is almost abrasive in its strength. One drop in honey is usually all you need to keep your immune system strong. Additionally, there is also almost nothing finer than exhaling the aroma of roses.
BONUS TIPS TO STAY HEALTHY
Now that you understand how to use essential oils to support your immunity, there are a few things that you can do to keep yourself healthy.
Tuck it up- Always tuck in your undershirt into your pants so drafts can’t rise up and depress the functioning of your kidneys. It’s amazing how easily you can change your warmth factor (and immunity) by simply tucking in.
Wear a scarf when you are outside- We have wind gate points at the back of our neck just below the skull. By using a scarf to block the wind from getting in, we promote health and vitality. Wind, especially in the winter, can be downright evil. A simple (and fashionable) scarf helps a lot to keep you well.
Avoid cold raw food in the cold months- Cold food or weather causes constriction in the body (Think about your posture during the winter months, it’s usually hunched over and constricted). We want our blood and fluids to move effortlessly throughout the body. By eating warm soups, stews and steamed greens, we help out our digestion and circulation. Save salads for the summer.
Drink warm water- Warm water is easily assimilated into the body. Much like cold food, cold water causes constriction. And come on, who doesn’t love a warm cup of tea on a cold, blustery day?
I have been using essential oils for over twenty years and always reach for them first when there is that slight tingle of sickness. I haven’t had to use western pharmaceutical drugs once in that time. I invite you to explore the world of essential oils now to support yourself through the long winter months.
Snotty is not sexy and there is no need to spend your days in bed (unless you using that time for purely sensual delights).
Toronto lovers, I am offering a very special workshop on Aromatherapy for Immunity on November 7th at Yuri’s Village. Here is the blurb and the link to sign up. I hope to see you there.
Essential Oils for a Strong and Healthy Immune System
Essential oils are powerful, potent healers. Learn from author, Elana Millman how to use essential oils for all aspects of healing and immune support with hands-on exercises and useful information. Support your immune system for the entire winter season with ancient medicines and pure essential oils.
Date: : Nov 7 2015
2:00-3:30 Workshop $25
3:30-4:15 Make your own customized blend for an additional $50
Keep thriving sensual lovers. It’s a long, cold season and there is no need to suffer.
Sending you a whole ocean of love.