Admittedly, I hesitated to write about being sick.
When you're proudly proclaiming the power of oils all over heck-and-gone, the last thing you want to tell anybody is that you got sick! However, despite their power, essential oils are not magic and no matter how much wood you knock on when telling your tales of health in the face of flu season, your time will come and a virus will knock you to your knees.
But... for how long?
My response to this question is why I am writing.
After biting the bullet from a big Valentine's/President's weekend with the fam, and taking a sick day from my job as a 5th grade teacher, I walked into the school nurse's office to check on my 2nd grader. With no fever, we had hauled her along selfishly to school with a DigestZen after she had hovered over the toilet from 4:30-5:00 that morning. At 9:00 her teacher said she was fine.
The nurse, taking inventory of school sickness statistics, asked of my symptoms that kept me home the day prior, and I gave her the laundry list: fever, body aches, headache, general malaise, dry cough, and congestion. "Classic flu", she quipped, "but symptoms can last at least five days or more". She was clearly surprised I was back to work so soon. I told her we use essential oils, and I got an expected raised eyebrow.
Granted, it's taken until today, Saturday to feel 100%, but I managed the rest of the week of Language Arts and Social Studies lessons with loud kids, and even taught my after-school Zumba class on Thursday without dying. I truly believe I owe my quick recovery, as well as my daughter's bounce back from a grumbly tummy to essential oils. Time and time again, they have offered a natural support for our winter wellness, supporting my body as it heals itself.
Here's my ammunition:
Winter Elixir Recipe
In a 10ml glass rollerball bottle, mix:
18 drops Lemon
14 drops On Guard
14 drops Melaleuca
10 drops Oregano
Enough Fractionated Coconut Oil to fill the remaining space
Gently shake to mix and apply to bottoms of feet at bedtime, and or to lymph nodes on neck, as well as pulse points on wrist. Gentle enough for kids - we all use it several times each week for prevention and treatment more often throughout the winter.