It's Cold and Flu Season!!
When my youngest son was a toddler, he suffered from hospitalizing asthma attacks. Sniffles and coughs turned into panic for my little boy who worried anxiously if he "would have to get a shot". I fully understood the importance of the medication he was prescribed by his pediatrician, but I wondered, was there a way to reinforce his own bodies ability to fight the cold viruses that often triggered these attacks?
As part of my own studies, I knew the importance of a good nights sleep. My little guy was always a great sleeper. However, when he was congested, we could hear the labored breathing and his grouchiness the next day was proof his sleep was not restful and recovering. I began my quest to find a holistic approach that would not interfere with his medication.
This research led me to the discovery of using essential oils on the feet during sleep and the creation of my own Immune Boosting Foot Balm for adults.
Why the feet?
There are many ways one can benefit from the use of essential oils such as room or personal diffusers, steam inhalation or topical products after dilution in carrier oils. You may be wondering why use this oil on your feet instead of, say, the chest like most other cough and cold relief gels or lotions?
Well, according to BarefootScientist.com, the feet have large pores. "These large openings are ideal for transdermal absorption, allowing the oils to quickly pass through layers of skin and release their potential benefits into the body." In other words, the beneficial properties of the oils can get into the body faster and do their job.
I admit I was skeptical at first too, but ever since we started using a simple blend of lavender and peppermint essential oils mixed into some lotion on my sons feet, we have yet to experience an asthma attack. Full disclosure, essential oils are not FDA approved and I cannot be 100% sure if it was the essential oils that have prevented asthma attacks, but it seems to help so I will keep doing it.
Immune Boosting Foot Balm
When I started using oils on my sons feet, I stuck to a simple lavender and peppermint blend that was safe for children. I have since created a balm for adults. After researching each individual ingredient, reading countless articles on essential oil safety (especially for children and around pets), here is what I have learned:
While the little bottles of oils seem harmless, it is important to note that even though these come from natural sources like plants, flowers and bark, the concentrated nature of essential oils can be dangerous to certain population.
You can make your own using my recipe below or contact me to purchase a 3.5 ounce container shipped right to you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
I'm Liz. Mom, wife, teacher, Health Coach. My passion lies in everything health and wellness. When new research and trends pop up, you can bet I am finding the best resources to information, weeding out the not so good and making the great easy to digest. From meal planning and recipes to exercise and mindfulness, wellness touches upon so many dimensions. Your path to optimal health is out there and I can help you find it.