Make Personal Wellness Essential

Dec_HolidayGuideAd_600x300_usEssential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. If you have ever enjoyed the gift of a rose, a walk by a field of lavender, or the smell of fresh cut mint, you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils provide plants with protection against predators and disease and play a role in plant pollination.

This article was originally featured in the Winter 2011 Living Magazine.

Your body has an amazing defense system specifically designed to guard you against millions of bacteria, microbes, viruses, toxins and parasites all laying siege to invade your body. You probably wouldn’t give much thought to it, except that occasionally it becomes run down and you get sick.

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What is this amazing system?

It’s your immune system, and to understand its power, all you have to do is observe what happens when something dies. After death, the immune system shuts down and in a matter of hours the body is invaded by all sorts of bacteria, microbes, and parasites until it decomposes. None of these things are able to get in when  your immune system is working, but the moment your immune system stops the door is wide open. As you can see, keeping the immune system in top shape plays a huge role in maintaining good health.

Give your immune system a boost

Reduce Your Stress

Studies show a steady stream of stress can weaken your immune system. Reduce your stress by avoiding whatever stressors you can. Take time to relax and do things your enjoy.

Eat Your Antioxidants

Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can help you get a healthy dose of antioxidants, which can help protect your cells from free radicals and molecules that can damage cells.

Take Your Vitamins

A daily multivitamin will help ensure that your body is getting all of the building blocks for a healthy immune system. Some nutrients that may be especially important for immune system health include selenium, vitamins A, C, D, and E, zinc and magnesium.

Use Essential Oils

Essential oils can be used to clean counter tops and doorknobs, or diffused to purify stale air. Additionally, essential oils can be used topically or internally as directed to boost your body’s own natural defenses. Used aromatically, essential oils can also reduce stress, which is a key contributor to weakening the immune system.

Avoid Processed Foods

Processed foods such as fast foods, snack foods, candy, and soda don’t provide much in the way of vitamins, fiber, or other nutrients. And they often contain high levels of sugar, and other additives and chemicals that are not good for your body. Choose nutrient-rich foods such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.

Keep Your Body Moving

One simple way to strengthen your immune system is by exercising. Getting regular exercise can also reduce stress and help lower your risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. Exercise moderately a few times a week.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Without enough sleep, your immune system may not have the resources it needs to night off illness. Most adults need about seven to nine hours of sleep each night.

Wash Your Hands

One of the easiest ways to help your immune system fight illness is to wash your hands regularly. It’s also one of the best ways to keep yourself and others healthy. Be sure to use soap and clean, running water, and wash for at least 20 seconds. If you don’t have access to soap and water, use an cleansing essential oil, such as On Guard.

ON GUARD

on guard beadletsOn Guard is dōTERRA’s unique proprietary blend formulated to support healthy immune function.* A combination of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary essential oils offer a fragrant, natural, and effective alternative to synthetic options for immune support. On Guard, with its unique aroma, is one of the most versatile blends. It is also safe to use on counter tops, as a non-toxic way to cleanse surfaces, or to clear the atmosphere by diffusing.

On Guard Protecting Throat Drops

  • Helps calm and soothe dry, scratchy throats
  • Supports fixed and mobile immune functions

On Guard Foaming Hand Wash

  • Cleanses and protects by eliminating seasonal and surface-borne threats
  • Gentle cleansers and emollients clean and soften hands throughout the day without drying or irritating sensitive skin
  • pH balance to protect the delicate moisture barriers of the skin

On Guard Cleaner Concentrate

  • Cleans and protects by helping to protect from negative environmental factors
  • One bottle refills 12 spray bottles to use as a multipurpose cleaner

On Guard Beadlets

  • Supports healthy immune function
  • Provides and easy and convenient consumption method for On Guard essential oil blend
  • Freshens breath

On Guard Natural Whitening Toothpaste

  • Delivers On Guard protective blend of essential oils
  • Naturally whitens teeth by removing stains with natural gentle polishing agents
  • Supports strong teeth and healthy gums

On Guard+ Softgels

  • Great way to strengthen and maintain healthy immune function
  • Encapsulated in vegetarian softgels
  • Contains essential oils known for their positive effects on the immune system

dōTERRA essential oils can be purchased online.

*These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. dōTERRA products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any dōTERRA product.

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