Winter.  Colds and the flu run rampant.  Many people expect to get sick.  But not you.  Not this yearBoost your immune system naturally, and easily with the following five suggestions.

1. Essential Oils

Many essential oils smell amazing, and are in fact, used in perfumes.  However, their benefits go way beyond the power of smell, and some can actually improve your health.   Oil of Oregano has been used to fight the flu, grapefruit can help fight fatigue, peppermint can stimulate your mind, lavender can aid in relaxation, eucalyptus can help clear the sinuses, and many, many more.

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Many oils are available, and before using any oil be sure that it’s of high quality, and don’t apply most oils directly to your skin (dilute with a carrier oil) or ingest them.  Consult your doctor about any health concerns. Something to know about essential oils:  Technically, essential oils aren’t oils at all, as they lack fatty acids. Rather, they’re highly concentrated plant components.

These oils give plants their distinctive smells, as well as provide protection against predators and disease, and play a role in plant pollination.  In addition to their intrinsic benefits to a plant, essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits.   Learn to use essential oils .

2. Lemon Water

Drinking room temperature or warm lemon water first thing in the morning can help flush out toxins and maintain a healthy immune system. The power of the lemon cannot be understated (read more here) . For an added bonus, continue to drink lemon water throughout the day and for a natural boost of anti-viral action, add a dash of cayenne or cinnamon to the water.

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3. Daily Dry Brushing

Dry brushing loosens dead skin cells, stimulates acupressure points, supports your lymphatic system, wakes up your immune system and improves your circulation.  It also reduces cellulite.  Need I say more??

How to dry brush:

Look for a natural bristle brush online  or at any health food store.

Dry brush before you shower or bathe.

Experts say to begin with your feet and brush towards your heart, with the flow of the lymphatic fluid – but in a pinch, any brushing will do.  Follow what feels good.  For a guide, go here.

4.  Sleep

These days it seems that lack of sleep can be a badge of honor in our 24/7, go.go.go, get it done NOW society.  However, lack of sleep can suppress the immune system and make you more prone to catching a cold or the flu. In addition, getting enough sleep can play a part in recovery from an illness.

Read more here: Long story short, getting adequate sleep makes you feel better, improves your memory, and gives your body time to heal, among a host of other things.  Get in your eight hours tonight!

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5.  Physical Activity

Regular exercise is one of the building blocks of good health.  It improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and protects against a variety of diseases, (for more benefits go here).

It can help boost your immune system by improving your circulation, allowing the cells of your immune system to move through the body and do their job,  as well as releasing toxins through sweat.  Running, walking, biking, swimming, even sex.  Choose your method, and move your body.

Questions?  Or have other suggestions?  I’d love to hear them!

Be well.

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