Anita Whittingham - Essential oils teacher | Winter is coming
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Winter is coming

Who else loves Game of Thrones? I have been wanting to use that line for a blog post for ages. 🙂 So with winter fast approaching I thought it would be a good idea to round up some of the things we do to boost our immunity. I think that gut health is very important in ensuring we are healthy and thriving so here are few things we like to incorporate into our diet to improve our gut health.

Broth

This shiny liquid is packed with vitamins and minerals in an easily absorbable format that supports digestion, is beneficial for arthritis and sore joints and boosts immunity. I like to roast a whole organic chicken on a Friday night, then use the bones to make a beautiful nutrient dense broth overnight. Make sure you have enough water and the heat is low so you don’t burn it. Or a safer option is to let it simmer during the day or use a slow-cooker. Make sure you add Apple Cider Vinegar as this helps to draw the minerals out of the bones. Once made you can freeze in an ice-cube tray so you have small servings to add to scrambled eggs, sauteed veggies, quinoa, etc.   I like to use this recipe. 

Kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented tea traced back to Chinese origins around 220BC. The SCOBY sits on top of the tea, made from organic tea & sugar. SCOBY is an acronym for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. The yeast converts the sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide. The bacteria converts the alcohol into beneficial carbonic acids and water. Kombucha is known as the ‘elixer of life’. It is packed with probiotics which are great for crowding out the bad bacteria in your gut. If you can make your own kombucha this is the best as then you know it doesn’t have any extra sugar added or preservatives. And allows you to flavour yourself. I love using my Ginger and Lemon essential oils as well as fresh passionfruit to flavour my kombucha.

Fermented veggies

Even though it is super easy to culture your own veggies this is something I just haven’t got around to doing yet. So in the meantime I have been using Raw Sisterhood Pickle me Pink or Peace, Love & Vegetables Tasmanian Seaweed Superkraut and I simply add a forkful to my scrambled veggie eggs in the morning or to my lunch. I find my making small changes and adding in extra probiotics throughout the day that it all adds up. These are some of the benefits of cultured veggies taken from raw sisterhood.

  • They help with the digestion, assimilation and detoxification within the body

  • They are high in antioxidants, pre-biotic bacteria, pro-biotic bacteria, and vitamins

  • They are delicious and fresh, teeming with life force energy

Gummies

Gummies or jellies are a fun way of getting gelatin into myself and my toddler. I started out using this lemon jelly recipe from Well Nourished and I also love using a coconut cream base and flavouring with my essential oils using this recipe that I guest posted on Paleo Power Couple. Gelatin has so many benefits. I love this summary from Wellness Mama. The main reason I use gelatin is because it is a gut healer and aids digestion.

Warm turmeric milk

With the weather cooling down I find myself drawn to a delicious warm chai latte or a golden latte. I have a frother at home which makes it easy to make some frothy almond milk and then sprinkle with cinnamon. Teresa Cutter, the Healthy Chef, has a simple golden turmeric milk recipe.  I also add some black pepper as it helps the body absorb the curcumin from the turmeric. This is a little duo I always combine now.  Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.

Essential Oils

Essential Oils play a HUGE part in boosting our immunity & maintaining good health. We like to diffuse essential oils as using them aromatically can kill airborne pathogens as well as directly support the respiratory system. We diffuse a respiratory blend called EasyAir to help open our airways. It is a fresh airy scent of Laurel, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Tea Tree Lemon, Ravensara & Cardamon. If one of us is congested in addition to diffusing this blend we also apply it topically diluted in fractionated coconut oil to our chest. It also comes in a handy vapour stick making it easy to apply topically.

Another oil blend we can’t live without is OnGuard, the protective blend. I like to diffuse this, use it to flavour protein balls, in our toothpaste, all in one cleaner, bathroom cleaner, laundry detergent, washing up stick, DIY hand sanitiser and so much more. It is a blend of some really powerful immune support oils including Wild Orange, Clove,Cinnamon, Eucalyptus & Rosemary. Clove has a higher rating on the ORAC scale than blueberries and goji berries. This stuff is awesome! Seriously if every classroom, childcare centre and workplace diffused this blend there would be a lot less sickness. I spray Bella’s hands with OnGuard when I pick her up from childcare.

At the first sight of a cold I usually get a sore throat so I gargle with OnGuard and then suck on an OnGuard throat drop. I have written a blog post about how I use essential oils to treat a cold naturally. As a breastfeeding mum I love using these non-toxic natural solutions for our health. We also apply an ‘Immune Bomb’ blend to our feet and down our spines before bed to boost our immunity. This is a blend of Manuka, Tea Tree, Lemon, Oregano, Frankincense and OnGuard. You can get the recipe for this as well as a bunch of other super simple recipes in my free eBook.

It is a little known fact that when you are tired, stressed and over worked your immunity is compromised and there is a greater chance of your body being susceptible to illness. So in addition to regular exercise, eating healthy food & getting adequate sleep, essential oils can give you that extra support if any of these areas are lacking. They are so simple to incorporate into your daily routine. I have written about my daily essential oil usage here. Essential oils are safe, effective and affordable. Not only do they work really well but as an added bonus they smell great too.

Essential oils have physical, emotional, spiritual and financial benefits. If you are open to learning more about essential oils please send me a message , or connect with me on Facebook or Instagram. I’d love to help you get started. They have totally changed our lives and I am super excited to share everything I learn and teach others about these incredible gifts of the earth. You can save 25% on essential oils and buy them at wholesale prices. Click here for more info.

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