Flu. Boo. 🤒 That’s been our lot for this last week. We weathered it with vita d, echinacea, elderberry and boneset tea, and got through it not too much the worse for wear (although boneset isn’t a pleasant herb to stomach 🥴). But I could tell I was getting a cold on top of it, so I continued with Ech and Elderberry and added in essential oils. They are such helpful little healers.
I started out using our Grave Robbers diluted to 2% in a roller bottle. But as with many things we put in our system, my body started getting used to it, and it wasn’t as effective after a day or so. So I changed things up and started using oregano oil diluted in a roller bottle. Same thing. Initial improvement, but after a day or so, there wasn’t any real change. So, I switched to our Coughs and Colds Rollie. Ahh, that kicked me over the edge and today I feel like my wanna-be cold is finally starting to take a hike. I will keep doctoring…and changing things up where needed.
Sounds like a lot of work, yes? Maybe at first, but you do learn to listen to your body over time. It’s an excellent habit to master, and it’s much easier than it might seem. Science has told us for a long time that our bodies become tolerant of what we put in them and get in ruts. It’s natural and normal. So, it’s good to change up things like essential oils, herbs, even things like exercise and food. It’s part of the reason mainstream docs change up your meds every now and again. It’s just a good practice that keeps one’s body on point and sharp, especially your immune system, especially during the sickies.
How do you use roller bottles for said sickies? The most common means is to swipe it behind your ears. My throat was bugging me, and so I rolled some on my neck. I could feel sinus pressure as well, and so I carefully swiped a line over my eyes from temple to temple (not recommended to do this with young children), then lightly rubbed it all in. I do that every 2-3 hours.
So, don’t be afraid. Changing natural healing methods up is not weird, and having to do that doesn’t mean herbs and plant medicines are bunk and ineffective. It’s just plain wise.
In dealing herbally and holistically with illnesses it takes a little longer than a chemical drug (so be patient), and it’s just smart to always have on hand several avenues for healing. It keeps the body on its toes! Switching between herbs and essential oils shouldn’t be thought of as a pain or more trouble than it’s worth, but rather as standard operating procedure for good health.
Mary Beth Wine, CCAT, NHC
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