DIY Essential Oil Rub To Avoid the Holiday Sniffles

Looking for a way to stay healthy this holiday season? Try this DIY essential oil rub to keep those holiday sniffles at bay!

(Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!)

I still remember my daughter lying on the couch on Christmas day listening to the rest of the family enjoy the festivities in the other room. A very not-so-merry virus had hit her and she couldn’t enjoy that holiday much at all. And I was right by her side sharing in her misery, because that’s what moms do.

Things could have been worse and I’m a firm believer that we can find something to be thankful for in every situation, BUT I like my children to be well as much as possible, and especially when they are looking forward to an event, such as a holiday!

My children do take vitamins, homemade probiotics, immune herbs, and eat healthy foods to support their system, but I also like to incorporate essential oils!

I’m going to share a simple DIY essential oil rub that you can use especially this holiday time of year when candy and baking are plentiful and your kids need that extra immune boost!

DIY Essential Oil Rub For the Holiday Sniffles

Let’s first talk about the power of these oils!

Clove Essential Oil

Use to relieve nausea, fight germs and bacteria. Buy here

Do not use this oil under age 2.

Lemon Essential Oil

When I think of lemon oil, my first thoughts go to its awesome smell and how great it works in homemade cleaners and room sprays, but this oil is also a good choice for illness! It’s a disinfectant, and it promotes lymphatic drainage, which helps you get over colds faster! Buy here

Cinnamon Essential Oil

Besides smelling like Christmas, cinnamon essential oil is also cleansing, relaxing, and helps support the respiratory system. Buy here

Do not use on children under age 10.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus is a great disinfectant, and also relieves colds and stuffy noses. Buy here

Do not use under age 10.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary relieves congestion and coughs, as well as having antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. It is said that judges in the middle ages burned rosemary to ward off any illnesses that people may bring to the place of judging. Using the essential oil has the same benefits! Buy here

Do not use on children under 10.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

This oil contains terpinen, the active ingredient responsible for the antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Tea tree oil is probably the first essential oil I was introduced to years ago. We still use it to protect ourselves from viruses, bacteria, and mold by inhaling itBuy here

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Immune Essential Oil Blend

Ingredients

20 drops clove essential oil
15 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops cinnamon essential oil
8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil
5 drops tea tree essential oil
6 oz. carrier oil (such as coconut, olive, jojoba, sweet almond, etc.)

Directions

  1. Blend ingredients in a dark glass container.
  2. Rub on soles of feet to prevent and help heal illnesses.

Immune Essential Oil Blend
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Ingredients
  1. 20 drops clove essential oil
  2. 15 drops lemon essential oil
  3. 10 drops cinnamon essential oil
  4. 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  5. 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  6. 5 drops tea tree essential oil
  7. 6 oz. carrier oil (such as coconut, olive, jojoba, sweet almond, etc.)
Instructions
  1. Blend ingredients in a dark glass container. Rub on soles of feet to prevent and help heal illnesses.
Notes
  1. If using on children under the age of 10, omit the essential oils that are not safe on those ages and adjust the carrier oil amount.
  2. To diffuse, omit the carrier oil and add essential oils to diffuser.
  3. For a room spray, add the essential oils to 6 oz. of water.
Jill's Home Remedies http://jillshomeremedies.com/
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Speaking of the holidays…

The giving season is upon us and I have partnered with 22 other bloggers to give TWO families $500 Paypal cash in the 4th annual Christmas Blessings Giveaway!

Our hope is to bless two families this year by allowing them to fulfill their kids’ Christmas wishes, pay off a bill, or to help build up their nest egg.  Whatever the money ends up being used for, our prayer is that it helps to lessen any financial burden and/or fills a specific need.

You can earn a lot of entries using the Rafflecopter form below. I know it can seem tedious and time consuming to go through all the entries, but isn’t a chance at $500 worth it? I think it is! Plus, if all of these generous bloggers didn’t participate, we wouldn’t have been able to have such big prizes! So I hope you will take the time to go through each entry. Who knows, maybe you will find some new blogs to follow.

The giveaway will run from Monday, November 13th through Wednesday, November 22nd (ends at 11:59pm EST). Winner will be notified by email shortly after the giveaway ends and will have 48 hours to respond to claim the prize or another winner will be drawn. You must have a Paypal account to win. 


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How To Make a Glycerite for Adrenal Fatigue, Anxiety, and Stress

Do you suffer from adrenal fatigue, anxiety, or stress? Here's an easy DIY glycerite for adrenal fatigue that can help you on your path to healing!

I’ve been talking about adrenal fatigue around here, and that’s because adrenal fatigue has been my companion far too often in my life. I’m going to share how to make your very own tincture for adrenal fatigue. That is what my blog is all about, right? I love helping others get to the root of their health problems and correct them naturally. I also love sharing how to save hundreds of dollars making your own herbal medicine instead of buying it!

Be sure to read this post to see if you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue! Even if you aren’t, this glycerite helps with stress and anxiety too!

 Before making an adrenal tincture, it’s good to consider the different herbs that are good for the adrenals.

A Few Herbs For The Adrenals

Ashwaghanda

Ashwaghanda is one of my favorite herbs for the adrenals. It can help restore energy, make you look younger, does a great job lowering cortisol levels, and helps the thyroid hormone. All of these are things I have needed in my adrenal fatigue journey. Most of the time if you’re dealing with adrenal problems you’re also dealing with thyroid troubles so this herb is a win-win! Buy ashwaghanda here. [1]

Rhodiola

Rhodiola is a very potent adaptogen. It fights excess adrenaline, increases mental endurance, elevates mood, and helps the body handle stress. [3]

Holy Basil

Holy basil is another one of those adaptogen herbs that are great for the adrenals and anxiety. It’s also useful for hypothyroidism, hormones, and blood sugar. [2]

Do you suffer from adrenal fatigue, anxiety, or stress? Here's an easy DIY glycerite for adrenal fatigue that can help you on your path to healing!


Astragalus 

Astragalus is great for the immune system and I love to add it to a variety of tinctures and teas for good health. It relieves fatigue and improves vitality and endurance. [3]

Eleuthero Root

Eleuthero root also is another great herb for adrenal fatigue recovery. It increases endurance and vitality and helps the body handle stress. [3] Buy eleuthero root here.

Licorice Root

Licorice root boosts levels of the DHEA stress-fighting hormone. It restores normal cortisone levels. [4]

DIY Glycerite For Adrenal Fatigue

You can take these herbs in tea or capsule form, but another way to take these herbs is in the convenience of a tincture. You can also take them individually or combine them like I have. Many herbs compliment each other and make a more potent medicine together, but they are effective on their own too! What I did was chose 4 top adaptogenic herbs that I had on hand and made a quick and easy glycerite. (An actual tincture is made with alcohol but I made this one with vegetable glycerin.)

Because we are dealing with mostly roots, these herbs will swell to about double their size, so we will only fill the jar 1/4-1/3 of the way. You will notice below that I used 1/4-1/2 cup of astragalus because I like to fill my jar 1/3 of the way instead of just 1/4. You can use your own judgment. There really isn’t a definite right or wrong way!

Adrenal Fatigue Glycerite

Ingredients

1/4 cup Ashwaghanda root(buy here)
1/4 cup Eleuthero root (buy here)
1/4 -1/2 cup Astragalus root (buy here)
1/4 cup holy basil (buy here)
Vegetable Glycerin (buy here)
Boiling water

 Directions

  1. Place herbs in a quart jar.
  2. Pour boiling water over the herbs, just barely covering them.
  3. Fill jar the rest of the way with vegetable glycerin, leaving a 2 inch head space.
  4. Cover jar with a lid and shake well.
  5. Place a dish towel in the bottom of the crockpot.
  6. Place jar on towel.
  7. Fill crockpot with water up to the rim of the jar.
  8. Turn crockpot on low and let jar steep in water for 3 days.
  9. Check water level every day and add more water as needed to keep the level to the rim of the jar.
  10. After 3 days, strain the herbs from the liquid and compost herbs.
  11. Pour herbal liquid into a clean jar  or smaller tincture bottles and label with name and date.
  12. My glycerites keep in the cabinet for a year or two.

Note: Take 1/4 teaspoon 1-3 times a day.

DIY Adrenal Glycerite
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup Ashwaghanda root
  2. 1/4 cup Eleuthero root
  3. 1/4 -1/2 cup Astragalus root
  4. 1/4 cup holy basil
  5. Vegetable Glycerin
  6. Boiling water
Instructions
  1. Place herbs in a quart jar.
  2. Pour boiling water over the herbs, just barely covering them.
  3. Fill jar the rest of the way with vegetable glycerin, leaving a 2 inch head space.
  4. Cover jar with a lid and shake well.
  5. Place a dish towel in the bottom of the crockpot.
  6. Place jar on towel.
  7. Fill crockpot with water up to the rim of the jar.
  8. Turn crockpot on low and let jar steep in water for 3 days.
  9. Check water level every day and add more water as needed to keep the level to the rim of the jar.
  10. After 3 days, strain the herbs from the liquid and compost herbs.
  11. Pour herbal liquid into a clean jar and label with name and date.
  12. My glycerites keep in the cabinet for a year or two.
Notes
  1. Take 1/4 teaspoon 1-3 times daily.
Jill's Home Remedies http://jillshomeremedies.com/
You may be interested in my other adrenal fatigue posts, How to Know If You Suffer From Adrenal Fatigue, and How to Heal From Adrenal Fatigue.

 

Resources

  1. Axe, D. J. (2017, July 21). Ashwagandha Benefits Thyroid and Adrenals. Retrieved August 11, 2017, from https://draxe.com/ashwagandha-proven-to-heal-thyroid-and-adrenals/
  2. Dr. Josh Axe and Eric Zielinski. (2017, July 20). Holy Basil Balances Cortisol and Hormones – Dr Axe. Retrieved August 11, 2017, from https://draxe.com/holy-basil-benefits/
  3. J. (n.d.). Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome: The Adaptogenic Herbs You Need to Know About. Retrieved August 12, 2017, from http://www.foodrenegade.com/adrenal-fatigue-syndrome-the-adaptogenic-herbs-you-need-to-know-about/
  4. Sep 10, 2013 Jack Challem. (n.d.). Fight exhaustion with adrenal-support supplements. Retrieved August 12, 2017, from http://deliciousliving.com/conditions/fight-exhaustion-adrenal-support-supplements
  5. H., About HeatherHi, I’m Mommypotamus. My mission is to help you put delicious, healthy meals on the table, find effective natural remedies for common complaints, make your own fuss-free personal care and home products, and save time and money in the process., K., J., L., A., . . . Good, A. (2017, August 11). Adrenal Support Tincture Recipe. Retrieved August 12, 2017, from https://www.mommypotamus.com/adrenal-support-tincture/