Well, it’s that time of year again when it seems like everyone is catching a cold. Since it seems like most people deal with this at one point or another over fall and winter months, we thought we’d share our best cold care remedies and how you can safeguard your family against them and boost their immune system!
Make sure you are very consistent when you’re using your oils. That’s one of the most important things you can do. Always dilute essential oils for children or use the Touch roller bottles.
Keeping Your Immune System Strong on a Daily Basis
One of the best things you can do when it comes to colds, is keep your immune system strong in the first place. Here we share with you which oils you should be using daily no matter what. This will help keep your immune system strong and will help fight those colds if you come in contact with them.
Apply 2 drops directly under your tongue every morning or 2 drops to the bottom of your feet every morning. I recommend keeping your Frankincense next to your refrigerator or on your bathroom counter so you will remember to use it!
Just like with your Frankincense, you want to use On Guard every morning to keep your immune system strong. Apply 2 drops to the bottoms of your feet each morning. The On Guard Touch roller is perfect for easy application and great for kids since it’s pre-diluted! (Remember, On Guard is a hot oil, so if you have sensitive skin or are using it on your kids, make sure to dilute it in Fractionated Coconut Oil).
Balance not only will keep keep your blood healthy and strong, but it’ll keep you calm and relaxed throughout the day. We know that stress can cause your immune system to function poorly, so it’s important (especially during holiday season) to keep your stress levels low. Apply 2 drops to the bottom of your feet each morning.
Copaiba is definitely an oil you want to be using daily. It helps keep your immune system strong on a cellular level. You can either put 2 drops directly under your tongue or on the bottoms of your feet or you can now easily take the new Copaiba softgels!
For your little ones, especially babies, you can use the brand new Stronger blend on the bottoms of their feet and along the spine. The beauty of this blend is that it’s great for the immune system, but extremely gentle and pre-diluted.
If you or your little one has a fever, you can simply rub Peppermint, Lime, and/or Eucalyptus onto the forehead, back of the neck, and bottoms of the feet. Feel free to apply as much as every 15-30 minutes or at least every hour until fever goes down. Dilute for children or sensitive skin.
For a wet cough, mix a couple drops each Lime, Eucalyptus, Rosemary with a tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil and apply over the chest and the back. You can also apply this to the bottoms of the feet or put the essential oils into the diffuser (I recommend 4 drops each).
For a dry cough, mix a couple drops each Siberian Fir or White Fir, Frankincense, and Breathe with a tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil and apply over the chest and the back. You can also apply this to the bottoms of the feet or put the essential oils into the diffuser (I recommend 4 drops each).
For a barking cough at night, mix a couple drops each Breathe, Marjoram, Thyme, and Frankincense with a tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil and apply over the chest and the back. You can also apply this to the bottoms of the feet or put the essential oils into the diffuser (I recommend 4 drops each).
There’s nothing worse than not being able to think because your head is pounding from sinus pressure. You can apply diluted DigestZen (the Touch version is great for this), diluted Ginger*, diluted Breathe, or diluted Lime* to the sinuses and bridge of nose to help clear congestion.
*Please note that Ginger and Lime are photosensitive so do not apply to your face or skin less than 12 hours prior to sun exposure.
Using a Steam Mug is a great and quick way of breaking up congestion. Just please note that this is only safe for adults and should be use with caution.
To make the Steam Mug, combine 1-2 drops each Lemon, Melaleuca, Oregano, and Peppermint and 8oz. hot, steaming water. Inhale deeply through the sinuses and mouth to clear congestion. Make sure to keep your eyes closed the entire time! It is VERY intense and you will most likely will immediately begin coughing or sneezing.
RUNNY NOSE & SNEEZING
You can also apply diluted Lime over the sinuses to help dry up mucus.
BODY ACHES & PAINS
When your body is fighting off a bacteria or virus, it’ll usually happen with serious fatigue. Other than getting plenty of rest, try taking Mito2Max in the morning for an extra energy boost. It’s also important that you’re carrying on with your daily routine of supplements.
Another option is to gargle with warm water, salt, and 1 drop On Guard.
Other Natural Remedies & Healthy Practices
WATER & ELECTROLYTES
This is an obvious one, but it’s worth mentioning. If you’ve come down with a cold, you want to make sure you’re giving your body plenty of clear fluids and electrolytes. You can do this easily by drinking lots of water, coconut water, and hot tea. You can also get liquid or powdered electrolytes online or at your local drug or grocery store. You want to stay away from sugary, electrolyte-infused drinks like Gatorade and Pedalyte.
If you want to supercharge your immune system, take a bath a couple times of day with:
1-2 cup epsom salts
1/2 baking soda
5-8 drops of AromaTouch or your favorite essential oil (do not use HOT or citrus oils in the bath)
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
ACV is one of the best natural remedies for detoxing and immune boosting and is great for tons of other things as well. You can take a tablespoon of ACV in each glass of water you drink with a drop of your favorite Citrus oil. Or you can make a hot “tea”: of honey, ACV, and 2 drops Lemon. At the very least, drink some hot lemon water with ACV first thing in the morning to give your system a boost.
Elderberry’s are one of natures best antioxidants and immune boosters, plus they taste great! It seems like nowadays you can find Elderberry Syrup most anywhere, but you want to make sure it’s pure. I recommend going to your local farmers market or health food store and look at the ingredients to make sure it’s totally clean ingredients! Take a tablespoon every 2 hours.
If you don’t already take Vitamin C on a daily basis, you want to make sure you do when you’re feeling sick. If you don’t want to get some of the negative side-effects of taking a mega-dose, I recommend Liposomal Vitamin C. It readily absorbs in the body for maximum use. Take one packet every couple of hours or take 1000mg of powdered Vitamin C in a small amount of water.
NOSE SPRAY OR NETIPOT
When you're sick, this Xlear Nasal Spray will be a game changer for you. It contains both saline and xylitol which I didn’t realize was helpful for calming inflammation down in the sinuses and killing bacteria. Use this every morning and night as part of your daily routine and when sick, every 2 hours.
Also known as “liquid penicillin”, Chicken Soup has so many immune boosting benefits. Make a big batch every month and keep it in the freezer in single serving containers for when you get sick or want a comforting meal. That way you just thaw what you need!
1 5-6lb whole roasting chicken, preferably organic and free-range
6 celery stalks, chopped
8 carrots, peeled and chopped
4 medium yellow onions, diced
2-4 zucchinis, chopped
1 lb green beans or 1 bag frozen
5 garlic cloves, minced
4 inches ginger, grated or 4-6 drops Ginger essential oil
1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar
2-4 teaspoons Celtic sea salt or pink Himalayan
1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
4 tablespoons coconut oil, extra-virgin
1 bag frozen peas (omit if paleo or Whole30)
1 bunch flat leaf Italian parsley
Place chicken in a large stock pot with vinegar, spices, coconut oil, and all vegetables except the parsley and any frozen vegetables. Cover fully with cool water. Let stand for 10 minutes before heating (this helps draw the minerals out of the bones). Bring to a boil, removing the scum that comes to the top with a spoon. Cover and cook for 8-12 hours or overnight. The more you cook the stock, the more nutrient dense it will be.
About 15 minutes before finishing the stock, add the parsley and frozen vegetables. This will impart additional mineral ions into the broth.
Remove from the heat and take out the chicken. After it cools, remove the meat from the bones and discard the bones. Don’t be surprised if your bones are falling a part at this stage. That is normal and a good sign that you’ve extracted all their goodness! Just be careful to makes sure there are no bones left in the bottom of the pot.
Shred the meat and return to the stock pot. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. Serve warm with a sprinkle of parsley.
Notes & Tips:
Notes: I personally like to add the chicken neck if it comes with your chicken (usually inside the cavity) or chicken feet if you can find them at your local super market (ask your butcher) or local farmers market. Both of these bones add tons of extra collagen that is so good for your gut and bones.
If your soup has reduced too much after several hours of cooking, feel free to add more water.
You can use whatever vegetables you like: cauliflower rice for a chicken and “rice" soup, yellow squash, parsnips, butternut squash, etc.
Meal Prep: Store in an airtight container in fridge for up to 1 week.
Freeze: Freeze soup in a freezer safe container for up to 6 months. When ready to eat, thaw, and reheat in a sauce pan or microwave for 2-3 minutes. I make a big batch of this and freeze into individual servings so that they are easy to pull out for lunch or dinner.