The final piece to the immunity puzzle that we have been assembling in this series lies in dōTERRA’s amazing blend specifically designed and formulated to provide immune support and protection – On Guard®. One of the facets about dōTERRA’s company that I appreciate the most is that they truly listen to their customers and Wellness Advocates and attempt to provide what they need the most. Though this sometimes takes years, they only release a new essential oil or blend when they know that it is of the highest quality and that its procurement and development aligns with the standards that they have set for their company. And, as a result, we have one of the most exceptional oil blends on the market – On Guard® Protective Blend – and an array of products developed over the years that contain On Guard as a main component. Why? Because we are serious about immune support. We know that, if our immune systems aren’t functioning at top condition, our bodies begin to shut down piece by piece until we have a litany of problems that cannot be solved with one magic solution. Protecting your body’s immune system is the keystone to the entire body’s balance.
With that said, I am so thrilled to be able to introduce you to (or reacquaint you with) dōTERRA’s On Guard® Protective Blend Line in addition to a number of other essential oils and blends that can help with your cleaning routine and keeping your family’s immune systems protected not only when threats are high, but also all year long. By diffusing, applying, and cleaning with essential oils, you can be certain that your health is supported by natural products that are free of chemicals and other toxins that may have previously added to the weakening of your immune systems. So, let’s get started!
One of the simplest things that you can do for yourself and your family is diffusing essential oils. Not only does it enable the oils to pervade the air quickly and in a widespread manner allowing your body to receive the benefits of the oils in multiple ways, but it also fills your home with the amazing aromatherapeutic power of essential oils. This method is especially great for those who prefer not to apply essential oils topically or take them internally. Simply diffusing the oils gives your body the benefit of the oils’ properties as well as cleansing and purifying the air in your home. There are several different options available for diffusers, but the most common is one in which you put water and your oils, and then the diffuser emits a cool-air ultrasonic mist into the environment.
So, what should you be diffusing to support immune health? In addition to the oils mentioned in the other two parts of this series, my primary recommendation is diffusing On Guard® Protective Blend on a daily basis during times when seasonal or environmental threats are high. Another great oil to diffuse that purifies the air and gets rid of nasty odors is Purify Cleansing Blend. Its combination of citrus and other cleansing oils make it both an uplifting and cleansing option that will brighten your home and protect your environment. These two blends are the top of the list for immune support and the easiest way to prevent threats from taking over your home.
Another easy way to protect yourself from the threats that exist is daily topical application of essential oils and blends. On Guard® Protective Blend can be diluted with a carrier oil and applied topically daily for increased protection, or you can use the On Guard® Touch Rollerball from dōTERRA’s awesome new pre-diluted rollerball Touch collection specifically designed for easy application. If you have children, you can dilute On Guard even more for use with them, as much as a 1% dilution for littles over the age of one. Simply roll it on the bottoms of your feet or up and down the spine for quick and easy protection! It really is that simple! If you prefer to take the oils internally, you can very easily pop an On Guard® Protective Blend Beadlet once a day as a supplement or, if threats are considerable, switch to the On Guard®+ Protective Blend Softgels that contains even more powerful oils to support immune health. (As always, I do recommend discussing internal use of essential oils with your trusted healthcare provider before adding them to your routine.)
One more quick addition to topical application that you may not even consider – hand washing. By using dōTERRA’s On Guard Foaming® Hand Cleanser or making your own hand soap with essential oils, you can practice one of the most effective ways from keeping germs from getting into our internal systems. And it’s not just using soap, people. You have to use warm to hot water and wash for as long as it takes you to sing the “ABC Song” twice. Yes, TWICE. Two times and no less. If we could see the germs that get into our bodies from skipping just one hand-washing, you would be more inclined to follow those suggestions. It really does make a difference, and if you make the addition of On Guard to your hand-washing routine, you will get an extra application throughout the day. It is not as strong as applying a rollerball to your skin, but it helps!
Don’t forget the other oils that I mentioned earlier in the series as well for help with everything from supporting a restful night’s slumber to amping up your workout. Whatever your issue or need, there’s an oil for that!
CLEANING HARD SURFACES
Now that we have your air and body taken care of, it’s time to address the surfaces that we touch that harbor all kinds of threats that we may not even realize. While diffusing and hand-washing do make a difference, you still need to keep your house clean, especially when threats are high. Listen to this scary statistic: Research has shown that the air inside our homes is 200-500% more polluted than the air outside1. Why? Mostly due to toxic chemicals from cleaning products. When you add in the fact that children’s lungs are still developing and are far more sensitive to fumes and other toxins that adult lungs, it is downright horrifying.
The good news is cleaning your home is as simple as three ingredients: 1 cup of water, 1 cup of white vinegar, and 25 drops of dōTERRA essential oils. Combine these in a glass spray bottle and use them to clean everything from windows to stovetops. My favorite EOs to use for cleaning are Lemon, Wild Orange, Grapefruit, and I like to add in some Melaleuca for an extra kick of purification. Simply spray and wipe down! It’s as simple as that.
How about even better news? dōTERRA has developed On Guard Protective Blend Cleaner Concentrate for an easy-to-use mix that will help to protect nearly every hard surface in your home. You simple add a tablespoon or more of the concentrate (depending on the surface or room) to water in a spray bottle, and clean! That’s it! Countertops, toilets, sinks, and even floors are no match for this product. And let me tell you – it lasts a looooong time! I can’t believe how long a bottle of OG Cleaner Concentrate lasts me!
And there you have it! Supporting your immune system is no easy task, but with the support of dōTERRA Essential Oils and some know-how, you can keep your body in top condition not only when threats are high, but year-round.