Winter Wellness, Part 1

Written by
Jen
on December 22, 2015

No one cares about you and your family’s health like you do, and it can be empowering to take charge of maintaining your health and overall wellness. Before we can begin making the bigger changes to improve our health, there are things we can start doing EVERY DAY that take little effort. We have put together some tips to help you as you face the upcoming months and season. We may have to be intentional with some of these tips, but we have the power to change our lifestyles for the better so we can feel better, sleep better, and have more days of wellness, especially during the winter! Of course, we will also be learning how to integrate Young Living Essential Oils and oil-infused products to help maintain overall wellness.

Tip #1

Take steps to REDUCE STRESS!

We’ve all felt it. Sometimes stress can be a positive force, motivating you to perform well, but often, like when you’re stuck in traffic, it’s a negative force. If you experience stress over a prolonged period of time, it could become chronic unless you take action.
When stress starts interfering with your ability to live a normal life for an extended period, it becomes even more dangerous. The longer the stress lasts, the worse it is for both your mind and body. You might feel fatigued, unable to concentrate or irritable for no good reason, for example. But chronic stress causes wear and tear on your body, too, as it can make existing problems worse.
Some ways we can reduce stress:
1) Spend less time on electronics and more time outside.
2) Set aside some time to spend on a hobby each day.
3) Spend quality time with loved ones.
4) FORGIVE yourself of past mistakes, and forgive others!
5) Prayerfully reflect on a Bible verse or other positive thoughts.
6) Use Aromatherapy! A few oils to help you as you manage stress: Stress Away, Lavender, Frankincense, Tranquil Roll-On, Joy, Peace & Calming, or my personal favorites for this, Idaho Balsam Fir and Valor.

Alyssa Lee, Young Living Gold

Tip #2

Are you getting enough sleep?

It’s amazing how getting 8 hours of sleep a night can contribute to your overall health! When we don’t get enough sleep, we have trouble concentrating and we are more likely to get sick! Sleep combats some of the fallout of stress, and poor sleep has been linked to significant problems, including:

1) greater risk of depression and anxiety
2) reduced immune system function
3) increased risk of heart disease and cancer
4) impaired memory
5) weight gain
(from healthfinder.gov)

What about starting a bedtime routine to help you relax?

There are MANY Essential Oils that help encourage a restful night’s sleep, including: RutaVala, Lavender, Tranquil Roll-on, Cedarwood (my husband’s favorite), Peace & Calming, Valerian, Vetiver, and Sandalwood…just to name a few.
Young Living also has supplements to help encourage a restful night’s sleep, such as Sleep Essence and Immupro.

Alyssa Lee, Young Living Gold

Tip #3

Are you hydrated?

Our bodies are approximately two-thirds water. In order to keep our bodies from becoming dehydrated, it’s important to drink a lot of water. I’m sure most of you have heard by now the rule of thumb when it comes to recommended water intake (take your body weight, divide in half, and that’s how many ounces of water you should drink daily). Things like coffee and soda don’t count toward that; in fact, if you’re drinking those things, you need to drink even more water to make up for them. Have you tried adding essential oils to your water? Many of the citrus oils taste great in water (be sure to put them in glass, not plastic!) and I find it easier to drink more water when it has a little extra flavor. For a little spiciness, try a drop of Thieves in your water, or perhaps peppermint (or my favorite, Red Shot!! Read my ode to Red Shot).
Whatever your flavor, just be sure to drink enough water. By the time you feel thirsty, your body is already slightly dehydrated!

Jen Breedlove, Young Living Silver

Tip #4

Exercise!

Exercise supports our detox organs and keeps our lymph systems moving…it also boosts energy, improves our mood, and promotes sleep! The body has a built-in need for activation. The lymph system, for example, carries nutrients to the cell and waste products away. Yet the lymph is totally dependent on physical exercise to move.

Without adequate movement, the cells are left stewing in their own waste products and starving for nutrients, a situation that contributes to arthritis, cancer and other degenerative diseases. (mayoclinic.org)
As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day! If you aren’t used to exercising, start minimal and work your way up. A 10 minute walk is a good start, and don’t forget to stay hydrated!

My favorite Young Living products when exercising: Ningxia Nitro to get going, Peppermint, Deep Relief, Cool Azul Sports Gel, and I love to drink Pure Protein Complete when I’m done!

Alyssa Lee, Young Living Gold

Tip #5

The importance of Vitamin D

We have all heard how important it is to get healthy amounts of vitamin D, right? Well, during the winter months it is even more important for us to focus on getting sufficient amounts of Vitamin D because… (It’s simple… not going to blow your mind here)… We see less of the sunshine!

When we spend time outside during the summer months, we have plenty of vitamin D. But in the winter months, we may need to supplement our vitamin D needs. And, thankfully, Young Living can help us do just that!

OmegaGize has a great supply of essential vitamins including vitamin D-3! It’s a wonderful supplement to take for Winter Wellness! Young Living’s new Master Formula also has Vitamin D (along with every other vitamin you could possibly need)!

For little ones, a fermented cod liver oil is extremely beneficial and a great source of vitamin D!

Something to keep in mind is that vitamin D is properly absorbed when also supplying or bodies with healthy amounts of fats like: Eating real butter and drinking whole milk (preferably raw if available), pasture grazing chickens’ eggs, wild salmon and tuna, avocado and nuts! These are all great sources of healthy fats (and many are also great sources of Vitamin D).

For those of us who want extra support emotionally during the winter months when the sun isn’t shining as often or long, diffusing citrus oils can be very beneficial. Although they do not contain vitamin D, they can boost our emotional state and be very uplifting! Lemon, orange, tangerine, lime, grapefruit, and citrus fresh are all oils I love diffusing and pairing regularly!

Whenever you can, spend 15-30 minutes a day soaking in some rays! But if you are unable to meet your body’s vitamin D needs, consider supplementing to stay well this winter.

Caroline Jernigan, Young Living Silver

Tip #6

Washing your hands

There are many times that it is important to wash your hands, but it’s even more important during the winter because of the extra germs that seem to be rampant. It is such a simple thing to do and an easy way to prevent the spread of germs. If you don’t have access to a sink and soap, hand sanitizer works well.

Young Living has two foaming hand soaps (Thieves and lavender), as well as multiple bar soaps. We also have waterless hand purifier, which I always have with me. You might also want to look into our Thieves spray…you can spray it on your hands in a pinch!

 Here are step by step instructions on how to properly wash your hands, with pictures (because pictures make everything better!!):http://www.who.int/gpsc/clean_hands_protection/en

Jen Breedlove, Young Living Silver

Tip #7

Drink hot liquids.

This can relieve nasal congestion, and be soothing when those membranes that line your nose and throat become uncomfortable. Also gargling with warm salt water can eliminate germs before they enter the blood stream.
Drink hot water or tea with a shot of Essential Oils and honey for extra immune support!

A great tea I personally love in the winter…

Tea with essential oils

Drink as often as needed!

Alyssa Lee, Young Living Gold

Tip #8

Detox Baths

How many of you are familiar with detox baths? It was one of the first things I heard about when I started this health journey. I decided to give them a try and now we take them often at our house. You take a hot bath and use a variety of different ingredients.

WHY: You will want to use water as hot as you can stand it. The reason for HOT water is because this initially draws toxins to the surface of the skin. As the water gradually cools down, the toxins are pulled into the water via the principle of osmosis.

Ingredients Commonly Used:
Epsom Salt- aka Magnesium Sulfate- Most people are deficient in this mineral! It’s great for a variety of things including your digestive system, circulatory system and nervous system.
Baking Soda- This helps neutralize chlorine (in your water) as well as increase mineral absorption.
Essential Oils- Choose which ones you want. Add the oils to your Epsom salt before putting in the tub.

How: Here is a rundown of how to take a detox bath. I snagged this off a website and the link is listed below!

How to Draw a Detox Bath
1. Add 5-10 drops essential oil to 2 cups Epsom salt, then add to a standard tub full of water.
2. Ideally, you want the water quite hot as we are looking to create a nice sweat.
3. If your bath water is not filtered, add 1 cup of baking soda as this helps neutralize the chemicals, primarily chlorine, as well as increase mineral absorption.
4. Immerse yourself in the water, all the way up to your neck. You want as much of your body underwater as you can. Close your eyes, do some breathing exercises and soak for at least 20 minutes.
5. Once you are done soaking, rise out of the tub very slowly and cautiously. You may feel a little dizzy and light-headed, this will go away as you shower off quickly in cool water.
6. It is important not to use harsh soaps or shampoos as your pores are open and will just absorb the chemicals found in those products.
7. Once dry you can apply a natural moisturizer like body butter, shea butter or coconut oil and some aluminum-free deodorant, but again no lotions with perfumes, dyes or chemicals.
8. Do not eat immediately before or after taking a detox bath.
9. Instead hydrate yourself with filtered water before, during, & after.
10. Allow time after your bath to rest and rejuvenate.

(source)

Jennifer Williams, Young Living Silver

Check out more winter wellness tips in Part 2!!

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