The Teacher's Immunity Boosting and Wellness Guide
The start of the school year means the start of runny noses and coughs in your classroom. If you are a parent of school-aged children, then you could be exposed from all angles. I have researched and tried many different natural approaches to immunity boosting. These suggestions are safe, chemical and toxin free yet are extremely effective. Keep some or all of these items in a bin or cabinet, so that you can easily access them throughout the fall and winter season.
It all begins with H2O. Before mentioning any of the specifics in my wellness cabinet, I need to highlight the importance of hydrating daily. Water flushes out viruses and harmful toxins while oxygenating your blood. Pick up a glass water bottle and refill throughout the day.
High quality Vitamin C. High doses of vitamin C can prevent viral infections. Once you have a virus, vitamin C also speeds up the recovery time. If I’m not feeling well, I do a mild vitamin C flush. I take up to 3,000 milligrams of high quality vitamin C with plenty of water each day (1,500 in the morning and another 1,500 in the evening followed by plenty of water to flush out the virus).
Garlic: Three Simple Ways to Eat It. When I need to ingest garlic quickly, especially for fever relief, I buy a few avocados and a lime. I smash the avocado, squeeze the lime juice, sprinkle in a pinch of sea salt, add the minced, raw garlic and mash well. This version of guacamole is simple and eating just a few tablespoons will do the trick.
If you rather have roasted garlic, try this. Chop a quarter inch off the top of three heads of garlic, sprinkle the cloves with olive oil and roast in a 375 degree oven until golden brown. Once the garlic is cool, use a fork to remove the roasted cloves and add to soups and salads.
Finally, every teacher needs a quick crockpot chicken soup recipe. While you are teaching, the soup is simmering. When you walk into your kitchen, feel the relief; dinner is ready!
This is exactly how I make mine; the recipe is here: Chicken Soup Recipe
Apple cider vinegar/raw local honey. I consider this the dynamic duo for colds, sore throats and flus. Mix equal parts of vinegar and honey daily and keep in a mug. Consume 1 tablespoon as needed throughout the day. I use Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with “the mother,” strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria.
Sea salt. Warm saltwater gargles are a must for sore throats.
Essential Oils to the Rescue. I use several therapeutic grade essential oils in my wellness routine. Therapeutic oils are the top quality, organic, unadulterated, medicinal and 100% pure essential oils that contain all possible therapeutic compounds from plants. Here is my essential oil wellness routine:
In the winter months I count on a Thieves blend, which I rub on my throat, diffuse, and even ingest. The blend of clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary is a powerful way to stay healthy during the long winter season. The ELA teacher who introduced me to thieves places a drop under her tongue every morning and has successfully stayed healthy as a result! Thieves and all the oils can also be rubbed right on the soles of your feet. The pores on the bottom of our feet allow the oils to be absorbed quickly. I regularly rub oils on the bottoms of my children’s feet. All the oils can be mixed with a small amount of coconut oil to dilute.
When I feel congestion coming on, I use a blend called RC (respiratory congestion) as a chest rub. This oil contains three types of eucalyptus oils plus many others that support a clear chest. I mix it with a small amount of coconut oil and rub liberally on my chest.
I rub pure peppermint oil rubbed on my temples when my head throbs or on my abdomen when I have tummy troubles. I carry this in my work bag!
I am in love with pure lavender oil for sleep and relaxation. I mix a drop in my facial moisturizer before bed and diffuse in my bedroom. The smell puts me right to sleep. And another oil, Stress Away blend is deep relaxation in a bottle. Some days call for stress away blend on your skin and in the diffuser!
I also add lemon, lime, or other citrus oils to my glass water bottle. Just a drop of lime helps me to drink even more water.
If you currently carry an anti-bacterial spray in your bag, then try this. Add witch hazel, which kills bacteria, to a small glass spray bottle and then add your favorite essential oils to the bottle as well. This serves as my hand sanitizer. I even spray classroom doors and desks with this.
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Here’s to the healthiest school year yet!
Until next time,