Winter is such a hard time of year to stay healthy. Especially if you work around people or kids. Here are some of my favorite ways to boost my immune system (year round, but especially in the winter)
First up, NingXia Red.
This is a powerful, whole-body liquid supplement. This sweet and tangy drink’s formula includes wolfberry, which has loads of health benefits. Also featuring plum, aronia, cherry, blueberry, and pomegranate juices and extracts, packed with superfoods to support overall wellness. Such a good antioxidant drink. I take 1 oz a day when I buy the 2 pack of bottles, 1 bottle this way lasts me a whole month.
Next, Super C Chewable Tablets.
These chewable tablets contain: Orange essential oil with a proprietary blend of camu camu, acerola, cherry, and rose hips fruit powder. This is a powerful immune-supporting supplement. Together, these premium ingredients deliver desirable polyphenols, carotenoids, and optimal amounts of vitamin C. I got a bottle of this in my Essential Rewards box a few months ago. I’m trying to make them last, and am only taking one tablet 1 or 2 times a week.
The Young Living Thieves blend is a great immune system booster! I use the dish soap, wipes, hand sanitizer, hand soap, all purpose cleaner, and laundry soap. You can also diffuse the oil blend in your cold water diffuser!
The master of vitamins, Master Formula.
If you can afford to get this gem….do! I try to get one box every 3 months. I take 1 packet of vitamins 2-3 times a week. I feel great even when taking it only 2-3 times a week. Each box has 30 packets, this way I make it last and am not spending $82 (wholesale) a month on this product, though 1 packet a day is recommended on the packaging. This product is a full spectrum, multinutrient complex, providing premium vitamins, minerals, and food-based nutriment to support general health and well-being.
One of my favorite ways to help my body, while making the room smell amazing! Some of my favorite blends are:
3 drops Thieves + 2 drops Lemon
3 drops Thieves + 1 drop Frankincense
2 drops Frankincense + 2 drops Lemon
3 drops Purification + 1 drop Peppermint
5 drops Thieves by itself is amazing 🙂
I do diffuse around my pets, and have for 5, almost 6 years. Yes I have seen all the claims out there on the internet, more often than not, these claims are from people using low quality and synthetic essential oils. I have done plenty of research on my own, and choose to safely diffuse *only Young Living essential oils around them*. Biggest thing, diffuse in open rooms, so that pets can leave the room if they dislike what is being diffused. I diffuse very little compared to how much water goes in my diffusers. I have not had any issues, more commonly my dog sits as close to the diffuser as she can. The best resources I can recommend if you are wanting to learn more about animals and essential oils are “The Animal Desk Reference II: Essential Oils for Animals” by Melissa Shelton DVM and “Essential Oils Animal Desk Reference” by Life Science Publishing, both available on Amazon!
One of the Young Living pages on Facebook posted this awesome recipe!
Elderberry has been used historically for health benefits and culinary purposes. These berries contain several antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that have made the berries an ideal choice for immune support! Several studies have even found that elderberries help reduce cold-like symptoms.
*To enjoy the benefits, make sure to try incorporating elderberry syrup as raw elderberries can cause negative effects including nausea and abdominal cramps.
Elderberry Syrup DIY
Try making this elderberry syrup at home! The infusion of vitality essential oils will provide even more powerful benefits. This will make a large batch to fill a 16oz mason jar.
- 1 C dried elderberries (you can get these at some health food stores or online through private sellers)
- 4 cups of water
- ½ – ¾ honey (raw and unfiltered, preferably local to your area)
- Cinnamon Stick or herbs of your choice (echinacea and rosehip and great options)
- Vitality essential oils (we used: Frankincense Vitality, Thieves Vitality, Cinnamon Bark Vitality, Lemon Vitality, Grapefruit vitality, Ginger Vitality)
Add the elderberries and water to a large saucepan. Bring to boil. Once boiling, turn down the heat and allow the berries to simmer for about an hour (the goal is to have the amount of liquid in the pan half in size, this can take 60+ minutes). Add your choice of herbs. Once liquid has halved in sized, remove from heat and let cool. Separate the berries into a strainer and mash them while collecting the juice. You can do this with a spoon or a spatula, but the key is to catch the elderberry juice that comes from the berry. Once mashed, discard remaining berries. Let the liquid cool and gently stir in the honey and essential oils. Keep stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
1 tsp daily for children
1 tbsp daily for adults
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.