Tips for Autumn and Winter
Yikes, Autumn begins in Australia next month!
Just in the last two weeks you can really feel the difference here in Sydney. The mornings have a slight chill to them and the sun is setting earlier and rising later.
As we head into the cooler months our bodies may need more support as bugs are more active during this time.
I want to share a few things that my family does during autumn and winter to support our well-being.
Nutritious food is always your best defence any time of the year. Avoid or limit sugar as it is known to suppress your body's immune system. When you consume sugar it has an immediate negative effect on immune system cells that fight bugs. This negative effect lasts for a few hours after.
Eat plenty of citrus, kiwi fruit, berries, carrots, capsicum, brocolli, spinach, seeds and nuts. Include turmeric, ginger and garlic in your cooking.
When any of us are feeling under the weather I simmer the following on the stove:
Fresh lemons sliced up in some water with fresh ginger and garlic and some turmeric. Then we drink it throughout the day with a little manuka honey. It is so good!
Include fermented foods in your diet - kefir, fermented veg etc.
We eat a lot of hearty soups and curries with plenty of tasty, healthy herbs and spices.
Approximately 70 to 80% of your immune system is located in your gut. Supporting your gut health is so important for overall well-being.
Taking a good pre-biotic/probiotic and eating fermented foods is a good way of doing this.
doTERRA have the PB Assist+ and also one for the kids - PB Assist+ Jr.
PB Assist+ contains pre-biotic fiber and six strains of probiotic microorganisms in a double layer vegetable capsule. It has 6 billion CFUs of active probiotic cultures and soluble pre-biotic FOS (fructooligosaccharides).
doTERRA's a2z supplement combines a blend of B vitamins with a blend of vitamins A, C, and E, as well as botanical extracts. These are recommended for age 4+.
Echinacea - I buy liquid echinacea from the chemist and add it to juice when we are not our best.
A few studies have found that those who consumed black elderberries recover from illness quicker than those who don't.
You can buy Sambucol from supermarkets and chemists but it does work out to be rather expensive, especially when you have a large family like ours.
The other option is to make your own syrup. There are a number of online Australian businesses that sell elderberries.
Please note that elderberries are never to be eaten uncooked.
Everybody knows and hopefully practices this. When out and about wash your hands, especially before eating. It's good practice to carry a bottle of doTERRA's On Guard Hand Sanitizer in your bag.
And last but definitely not least - essential oils!
Here are some of my favourite essential oils during this time of year (in no particular order and definitely not a complete list):
On Guard, Easy Air, Manuka, Lemon Myrtle, Frankincense, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Tea Tree, Douglas Fir, Cedarwood, Cypress and Thyme. Add these oils to your autumn/winter first aid kit. We use them in the diffuser, chest rubs and inhalers. Many of these mentioned oils are in some of our enrollment kits.
doTERRA also have other great products to support you during this time ie:
On Guard Protecting Throat Drops and ON Guard Softgels
Easy Air Clear Drops and Easy Air Vapour Stick.
If you are keen to start using doTERRA the most cost effective way to purchase is by becoming a wholesale member.
There are two ways of doing this. You can purchase an enrollment kit and the $35 membership fee is included or you can pay the fee and choose oils of your choice.
All of my new members receive a fantastic welcome pack and essential oil app. I also provide ongoing guidance and support.
Please reach out to me if you have any questions.
Disclaimer: The information and other content provided in this blog, or in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice, nor is the information a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment.