I have been feeling a little under the weather over the past week. I work as the director of a children's counseling program, which means I am always coming into contact with young children. Most are unfortunately still learning to wash their hands, sneeze into their elbows, and keep their hands to themselves. So it is definitely easy to pick up a cold.
When I started learning about oils, I focused on my health and being able to boost my immune system. Healthy eating, sleep, limiting stress, and fueling my body with the right nutrients/supplements has been key in staying well. Here are some of the things I do to stay above the wellness line- and when I am not feeling well, I kick it into high gear and double up on all of these.
1. White Chicken Chili
This is a must! I made it years ago and have made it every Fall/Winter season since. There is nothing quite like a hot bowl of soup! I originally found a recipe on Pinterest (I freakin LOVE Pinterest), however then I started tweaking it to make it my own. I use three organic chicken breastse
This is a must! I made it years ago and have made it every Fall/Winter season since. There is nothing quite like a hot bowl of soup! I originally found a recipe on Pinterest (I freakin LOVE Pinterest), however then I started tweaking it to make it my own. I use three organic chicken breasts, tons of fresh veggies, yummy spices, and love topping mine with fresh jalapenos and avocado.
Check out the recipe below + whip yourself up a batch to help stay healthy and have some deliciousness in your life this season.
+ 3 organic chicken breasts
+ 2 cloves fresh garleic
+ 2 cups chicken broth
+ 1 (15 oz) can whole kernal corn
+ 2 (15 oz) cans northern beans
+ 2 cups onion
+ 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
+Spices: I usually do them to taste. However, its about 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 3/4 tsp paprika, 1 1/2 Himalayan salt, 1/4 tsp white pepper, 1/2 tsp dried, oregano
Instructions: First, add the chicken breast, onion, corn, garlic, and lime juice into the crockpot. Second, pour the chicken broth over the ingredients. I usually pick up the chicken a couple times to make sure the juice gets under it. Next, in a small bowl you will start to mix the dry ingredients (salt, paprika, white pepper, oregano, and cayenne pepper) then add it into the crockpot. Next, you will cover and cook on Low for 5-7 hours. Typically, during the last 30 minutes of cooking, I will shred the chicken breasts and then continue to let it cook for the additional 30 minutes. Lastly, I eat!! *I like to top mine with avocado and jalapenos. But you can also serve it with sour cream, green onions, additional lime, and/or cilantro.
2. Wellness Tea
This is literally a saving grace! I have had 1-2 of these a day for the past couple days. Honestly, the second I feel any sort of scratch in my throat or sniffle coming on, I start drinking this amazing concoction. Honey, apple cider vinegar, Lemon oil, and Thieves oil make for a power packed wellness tea. The honey is a great source of antioxidants, apple cider vinegar helps to kill bacteria, and the oils help with detoxifying and boosting the immune system.
When using essential oils, whether in cooking or beverages, its important to only use Young Living vitality line. Its FDA recognized as ingestible and the only oils I would ever touch with a ten foot pole in my kitchen. Both of the oils I use in my wellness tea came in my starter kit.
1 tbsp. organic raw honey
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 drop of Thieves vitality essential oil
1 drop of Lemon vitality essential oil
Mix with hot water + DRINK UP!
Load up on SUPPLEMENTS. Friends, I honestly could not stress this enough. Our general diets don't have the amount of nutrients we need (unless you are one of those people who eats 100% clean- which I admire). And a lot of us are lacking the proper nutrients and building blocks that our bodies need to function properly. These are some of the supplements I tend to use in the fall and winter, especially if I am starting to feel under the weather. And of course, I use Young Living supplements!
+ Super C: power packed combo of vitamin C infused with orange essential oil and camu camu powder. For those who don't know about camu camu powder, its's a powerful antioxidant- thats pretty much all you need to know. haha. I take these 2 of these a day.
+ Inner Defense: so, this stuff is MAGIC. Even if you don't believe in magic, you will after taking this. I have been taking about 2 a day and have been starting to feel more like myself. Inner Defense is packed with Thieves essential oils, oregano, and thyme. It creates promotes healthy respiratory function. You NEED this stuff!
+ Thieves Cough Drops: Minty, check. Fresh with a little spice, check! None of those sugars and dyes, check check. When you are sick, you don't need more sugar in your body. This thieves blend is good for soothing your throat, reliving cough, and collling off your clogged sinuses.
I am all about diffusing. You can make your home smell AMAZING all while purifying/cleaning the air, supporting your immune system, and staying healthy. I used candles and plug-ins for a LONG time, especially in the Fall/Winter seasons. However, when I switched to oils about 2 years ago, it was one of the best things I ever did. Better sleep, less headaches, more focus, honest...ALL THE THINGS!
I diffuse constantly. I have 4 diffusers in my going throughout the day and one in my office at work. BUT, when I am starting to feel a little under the weather- thieves and lemon essential oils are my best friends. This combo goes into all the diffusers for the same reason I put them in my wellness tea. Thieves vitality oil helps to support the immune system, and then lemon helps to clean/purify.
5. Epsom Salt Baths
These have so many amazing benefits and are secretly one of my guilty pleasures. I very rarely take baths, but when I am feeling sick- taking a hot bath using Epsom salts makes everything just feel better. Its a time to rest, unwind, turn off the phone to disconnect, play some soothing music, and diffuse relaxing oil blends. Its amazing, seriously.
So for those who need a quick lesson in Epsom salt. Epsom is a mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. When you take baths with Epsom, these minerals will absorb into your skin and provide a ton of health benefits. Magnesium does everything from regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes in the body, to reducing inflammation, to helping muscle and nerve function, to helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help to improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins, and help to ease migraine headaches. I don't know why wouldn't be taking these every single day.
I also add in different oils that help to support my body. When I am not feeling well, I typically turn to eucalyptus, frankincense, and wintergreen.
That's about it! Just figured I would share a few tips for staying healthy and well with these weather changes and with it beginning to get colder
Support your bodies naturally and keep them above the wellness line so you don't get those sickies that everyone else gets! I know I talked a lot about oils and supplements. If you want to grab your own starter kit and wellness supplements, click the Young Living link under Essential Oils at the top of my page and SIGN UP!