When Autumn starts to roll in, we begin to notice many people starting to fall under the weather with colds and other illness. It’s important to begin a healthful regamin so that you can keep your immunity high so that the microscopic creepy crawlies aren’t welcomed to your Halloween Party.
Here are a few tricks and treats to keep you in high spirits!
Start ramping up your immune system.
Diet is important around this time of year, if you follow Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, this season is of Vata energy, the energies of air and space to create wind and dryness. (Think crackling leaves & Autumn breezes.) Around this time we switch from the cooling foods of summer, to the warming foods of fall. This is not the time of year to do your juice cleanse, instead start eating some warming soups and drinks, roasted veggies, and pies or casseroles. Try to stave off of adding ice cubes into your beverage, as it can aggravate vata, same thing when it comes to caffeine. Be mindful. This is the season of grounding, so if you find yourself stressed out, (especially with the holidays right around the corner), find yourself in a grounding yoga practice.
Reduce alcohol and sugar intake as much as you can. Indulge when you need to, but it’s important to find balance as we move into this season. Alcohol can disrupt immune pathways, which impair the body’s ability to defend against infection.
Sleep and Reduce Stress. When we don’t sleep we lower the body’s ability to fight off infection. Try to get seven to nine hours of sleep, so that the body can regenerate and refresh for the next day.
Drink Herbal Tea. There are many teas out there geared towards the fall weather. Anything with cinnamon, peppermint, or echinacea are great choices. Traditional Medicine has an excellent Echinacea Immune Plus tea that is a go-to for me. Echinacea has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body, and is great for immunity. Peppermint, not only being a stimulant for white blood cells is useful in cases of nausea or upset stomach. With your tea, a little bit of honey goes a long way. If you are in a pinch you can make a tea of hot water, lemon slices, honey, and maybe a few pieces of fresh ginger.
Essential Oil. Essential oil is a great tool to add to your immunity tool kit. There are a bunch of essential oils that have antibacterial properties, which if taken correctly, can work wonders for your immune system. Thieves oil has been used for centuries for its healing properties. It is a blend of oils that which taken diluted either orally or applied topically will punch whatever ails you out of your system. Take 3-5 drops of a food grade essential oil, (I like Young Living) and add it to a tablespoon of sesame or coconut oil. Take by mouth and rub the remnants on the bottoms of the feet. Thieves oil of course has its limits, but it will at least shorten your cold or sickness and lessen the effects. Oregano oil is another oil that we can take by mouth (food grade only), but caution is needed, because it is a hot oil and must be diluted the right way to reep all of its benefits. One tablespoon of coconut oil (coconut oil works best with this oil) to 1 – 5 drops of oregano oil. I would start at 2 drops and taper from there, not going over seven days of ingesting. After seven days, you can switch off to just regular coconut oil, and then after a week of this, you can go back to ingesting oregano oil for seven days. Do not put this blend on the bottoms of the feet, and be careful to not touch the eyes or the face after working with this oil, it can cause a burning sensation. Oregano oil is also excellent for controlling Candida, and this method can also be used to get yeast under control. Peppermint oil is great to be rubbed on the soles of the feet. Why put it on the soles of the feet? The soles of the feet have large pores, so the essential oil will be delivered effectively and more easier through this point of passage.
Vitamins. Zinc. Rose Hips. Vitamin C. All these vitamins are integral to boosting the immune system. Zinc is essential to create new cells in the body, Rose Hips contain a large amount of Vitamin C, and Vitamin C is proven to enhance the immune system.
Whatever you are doing, keep warm, cover your chest and head, and enjoy the festivities!! Stay well~
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