Blog 106: Some New Ways to Support Your Immune Health
Happy Chanukah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Years, and any other holiday you may celebrate. Today, my Season’s gift to you, my readers, are several new ways that you can keep yourself stronger this winter and into the coming year. Previously, I have shared that eating well, getting regular exercise, and sleeping well will all help keep you strong and healthy. I’ve also mentioned several nutritional supplements and herbs, such as high quality Vitamin D, zinc, high quality Vitamin C and Elderberry. Chiropractic adjusting, massage or acupuncture will very effectively support your vitality and immune system during these challenging times. And here are some additional ideas that you can use to support your health and also your courage this coming year.
Stay well hydrated – that means drink lots of pure water, as well as high quality coffee, herbal teas (preferably organic), vegetable broths, and juices (fruit juices only in moderation). Additionally, it is important to keep your home and workplace sufficiently humid to support the health and integrity of your skin, but not so damp that mold growth occurs. A humidifier or vaporizer will help with this. Plants will also help keep a space humidified. The bathroom is usually sufficiently humid, as is the kitchen, as long as stovetop cooking with water is done on a regular basis or if water is distilled. Making teas and coffees can also help humidify the air.
Aromatic oils can help kill bacteria, viruses and molds and also can help clear the sinuses, balance various internal organs, calm the nervous system, clear the mind and support sound sleep. It is important to use high purity oils, preferably organic, when you diffuse, consume them or apply them topically. If you are going to diffuse oils, it is best to use a cold air diffuser, since hot air compromises the composition of oils. Some oils that have strong anti-infectious actions and also support the body’s vitality include basil, chamomile, cinnamon bark, clove, eucalyptus, frankincense, grapefruit, hyssop, lavender, lemon, lime, tea tree, lemon balm, myrrh, oregano, pine, rosewood, spearmint, tarragon, and thyme, to name a few. When inhaling oils, you will optimize the effects by diffusing only a short period of time, say, 15 minutes, and then taking a break. It is important to do research on aromatic oils and also to determine if you have any sensitivities by applying specific properly diluted oil to your arm or leg and watching for any inflammatory response.
Organic black seed oil, taken orally is a supplement that can support your immune system as well as your general vitality. Since it is strong-tasting, some people advise that it be taken with a small amount of honey and then followed by water. It is also recommended that it be taken with food. One teaspoonful a day is usually more than enough. Preferably get this oil in a glass container. Like most supplements, black seed oil will be most beneficial if taken for several days or weeks and then taking a short break. Black seed oil is also known for its ability to help support those with type 2 diabetes. However, if you are pregnant or nursing, have either kidney or liver disease or if you take beta blockers or anticoagulants, do not take this oil. If you experience abdominal upset when using black seed oil, it would be best to discontinue.
And there are many other ways to help support your health and immune system. For instance, Perelandra, a farm located in Virginia, makes nature essences geared to strengthening people during flu season and also during a pandemic. Some of these essences may also help minimize negative reactions to vaccines. You can easily find Perelandra with a web search. Some people have found them very useful.
This blog’s offer: contact me with any questions regarding the suggestions in this blog or if you have difficulty finding sources for some of the oils or other remedies mentioned above. As always, feel free to contact me for acupuncture or chiropractic therapy, as well as any of the other modalities I offer or teach.