Sick Days & Home Remedies

It started with a dry throat one evening and turned into sinuses draining, then a full blown cold. My body was heavy and I felt so tired. I sniffled and coughed for days. I’m still sniffling and coughing, but gratefully my body has its strength back. Ironically, I’ve spent my sick days planning for a home remedies class I’m teaching this week. Ha! I guess you can trust me—I’m using these remedies right now!

When I start getting sick, I pull out all the stops. I’m hydrating, resting, taking elderberry syrup, using various essential oils in various ways, taking warm showers, cleaning out my sinuses, drinking herbal teas—anything I can think of. I ended up also adding Sudafed in the routine. I am not against modern medicine at all. I just love knowing that I have tools outside of those to rely on first, and continuously through the sickness. It’s empowering knowing that I can care for myself, my family, and my friends with ingredients I already have on hand in my home.

Two products I love to have on hand for myself are doTERRA OnGuard and Breathe. I go for doTERRA essential oils because I know for sure what is in them (if you go to, you can put in the batch number printed at the bottom of each bottle of essential oil and it will show you the testing that has been done on that particular batch of essential oils). The OnGuard essential oil blend contains wild orange peel, clove bud, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus leaf, and rosemary lea/flower—all oils that are great for immune system support. I dilute and roll this oil on my feet (pores on the feet are bigger than on the rest of the body and can absorb oils faster), or take it in the form of a softgel or throat lozenge. I also love the Breathe blend, which contains Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Melaleuca Leaf, Lemon Peel, Cardamom Seed, Ravintsara Leaf, and Ravensara Leaf, and is great for respiratory support. I like to diffuse this oil at night when I’m sleeping, or roll the Breathe Vapor Stick (like Vick’s Vapor Rub) on my chest to breathe in the soothing aroma.

I’ve begun feeling better, like I said, but I’m still using these two oil blends regularly as I’m on the tail end of recovery. I can’t recommend them enough!

Back to that home remedies class I mentioned. I’m teaching this class at Harmony this Thursday night at 5:30pm. It costs $15 and attendees will be bringing home a bottle of elderberry syrup (to help shorten the duration of the flu/colds), a shower disk (to help with congestion), an essential oil rollerball to help with either allergies or earaches (you choose!) and a handout detailing all of my go-to natural remedies. I love teaching, and I particularly love this topic. I can hardly wait to share it with you!