simple ways to support recovery
What’s the first thing you do when that first hint of trouble shows itself? Or when your crew hits the deck and goes down for the count? What if the stuff waits til after hours to hit the fan?
Do you panic? Call your mom? Run for your bag of tricks? (How about all three?! LOL!)
What if there was just a basic plan, of sorts, that you could just automatically fall into that would help you to get your ducks in a row and give yourself a firm footing to regroup and form a plan of attack?
Sure, illnesses are different on a case by case basis, but there are a few basic things that can help support our body’s natural recovery processes in just about any common sick day situation.
In a nutshell, in order to heal quickly, the human body needs minerals, hydration, rest, and immune support. Here’s a sample game plan that you can tailor to your needs but that will help you get a handle on the chaos and feel like you have a loose sense of control on the situation.
First, don’t panic. 😀 Our first inclination when we get that call from school, or a kiddo throws up in the night, or we come down with the crud two days before that huge presentation at work, is to freak out and forget everything we ever knew about anything. This is where it comes in handy to save this list to your phone or keep a printed copy in your medicine cabinet or next to your oil rack.
- Salt Bath:
Put your patient in a warm epsom salt bath! Load that bath water up with 4 cups of Espom salts and 2 cups of baking soda (it’s cheap – go ahead and add a couple big bags to your grocery delivery order!). Add essential oils of choice and have them sit and soak for at least 20 minutes. Do this before kiddo wilts and climbs into bed for the next several hours.
While you are sitting in the bathroom with a child in the tub (or soaking, yourself!, consult your Essential Oils Desk Reference for the oils and supplements recommended for what you’re up against. Even if you’ve looked up this particular ailment ten times before, do it again. There’s always something else that pops out at you, or some new oil that you may have acquired since the last time or that you’ve forgotten about. Assemble your arsenal in its very own little carry case or pouch, so that you can easily carry it around and find them quickly.
Put fresh sheets on the bed and start a diffuser in the bedroom with immune boosting oils (note: use common sense and don’t leave a young child unattended in the bathtub). Supply the nightstand with tissues & a trashcan, a bucket (for the stomach bug victim), a Vitamin C supplement, and the appropriate oils. I also keep handy a bottle of double-strength Thieves Household Cleaner and spray it liberally around the room any time I come in or out. Keep a pitcher of water, a stainless steel straw, Lemon Vitality oil, pink Himalayan salt, and a few Alkalime stick packs close by as well.
Apply oils to jump start the body’s natural defenses. Apply immune supporting, or organ-specific oils to the feet every minute for the first ten minutes. Then space out to every 10-15 minutes for the next few hours. Continue at least once every hour.
Once your patient is resting, start a batch of homemade bone broth (lots of good recipes online, and an instant pot really expedites the process). Be sure to add extra pink Himalayan salt for minerals and flavor. Homemade broth is an EXCELLENT source of minerals, healthy fats (to absorb the minerals), and will help to provide nourishment and hydration. Store it in a mason jar in the fridge for 3-4 days. Heat it on the stove (not the microwave) as needed, and your sickie can either drink it or you can use it to make a super quick chicken noodle soup as they regain an appetite.
The immune system does its best work while we are resting, so make sure that both patient and caretaker get as much rest as possible.
Keep several “sick day” tools in stock in your home at all times.
– Epsom salt
– Baking Soda
– Hydrogen Peroxide
– Pink Himalayan Salt
– Bone Broth ingredients: raw whole chicken (or cooked rotisserie chicken), pink salt, garlic, red onion, celery, carrots.
Young Living: Thieves, Oregano, ImmuPower, Super C (tablets or chewables), DiGize, Alkalime, Ningxia Red, and Inner Defense
Don’t live in fear of the crud! Know that you are empowered with a plan, and capable of handling the invaders and showing them the door.
The information presented is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, cure, prevent, or treat any health condition and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with a professional health care provider. This information applies solely to Young Living products and should not be used in conjunction with other brands of essential oils. The opinions and views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of Young Living.