Immune Booster

The Immune Booster

In light of this month’s special of On Guard Throat Drops I’d like to share how I use On Guard as an immune booster and also for other occasions. This oil contains: Cinnamon, Clove bud, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Wild Orange.

I use On Guard:

  1. A daily massage for my children on their feet. For my infant, who loves daily massages I also add some to his back with fractionated coconut oil. He has never been ill even when other family members have brought home colds, flu, allergies, and even after a trip to the emergency room!
  2. I use to gargle with some salt water when I feel a cold coming on.
  3. As a teething helper for my infant. BUT only when added with a carrier oil, otherwise it burns his skin.
  4. Diffused in the bathroom and kitchen to kill any viruses or bacteria in the air and on surfaces.
  5. Applied directly to any insect bites I have to help with the pain and heal more quickly.
  6. This is also great for colic and I rub on my infants stomach to help with digestion, cramping, and general aches due to the combination of oils.

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Application Techniques

Editor’s note:  doTERRA makes a number of products to make it easier to use the On Guard blend.  These include throat drops, hand wipes, and a foaming hand wash with a push top dispenser.  Click here for more information about these products.

Apply to surfaces to kill germs and pathogens. Diffuse in rooms to provide immune support and to rid the area of bacteria, viruses, mold, and fungi.

Apply topically with masSage to feet, back, neck and shoulders to offer immune support.

Apply with lymphatic masSage at the onset of or during illness. The oils included in this type of blend are GRAS.

Take 2-3 drops per day orally for 3 days prior to surgery and apply with masSage to strengthen immune system and guard against infection.

Take orally with honey, agave, or juice at the onset of nagging symptoms of cold, flu, and viruses.

At the onset of sore throat or to fight laryngitis, place 2-3 drops in ¼ cup of water, gargle, swish and pull for 5 minutes, then spit. Take 2 drops internally.

Add 2-3 drops of protection blend and 1 drop of Lemon in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and take internally every hour up to 8 hours while relief comes from gallbladder attacks. One can apply similarly using digestive blends.

Add several drops to distilled water in a spray bottle and use the mixture to disinfect surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom.

ON GUARD by Robert James

52 Top uses for On Guard antimicrobial blend of essential oils.

1. Mix with a tblsp of water, gargle for 1 minute then swallow at the on-set of a sore throat.

2. Put 5 drops Oregano and 5 drops on guard in a 00 capsule and take 3 times daily at the on set of cold or flu symptoms.

3. Put on the soles children’s feet at night during cold & flu season to support immune system.

4. Put several drops on a bowl of hot – hot water and Breathe in the vapors as it begins to volatilize when you have lung congestion.

5. Put 50 drops in a spray bottle with 30 oz of distilled water. Shake often and use to sanitize kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

6. Add to your dishwasher for micro clean dishes.

7. Add to your laundry cycle for micro clean clothes.

8. Add to your mop water for cleaner floors.

9. Apply to bee and insect stings to neutralize the toxin and relieve the pain.

10. Gargle and brush daily for healthy teeth and gum’s and to prevent and treat gum disease.

11. Apply to gum’s and teeth, or swish with 5 drops of on guard & 1tbsp of water for pain relief from toothaches and after dental work.

12. Diffuse in homes or business to kill air borne pathogens, inhibit mold and build immune systems.

13. Put a few drops on air filters when changing them to kill pathogens in the duct work.

14. Add to Emergen-C or Orange juice to help congestion and fight flu and cold.

15. Put a drop in your mouth and push or squeeze it around to relive smoking urges. (enhance with an extra drop or two of Clove.)

16. For warts, apply topically, rotating between Oregano & Frankincense.

17. Apply a drop on a pets sore or wound to enhance healing.

18. Have the diffuser going in your home when the kids come home to ward off germs.

19. Make an anti-biotic blend using On Guard (12 drops) Oregano (6 drops) Frankincense (2 drops) in a 00 gel cap.

20. Add 15 drops to every cup of corn starch, mix and sprinkle on carpet. Rake, leave for 1 hour then Vacuum for micro clean carpet.

21. Mix a 2-3 drops of on guard and 2 drops of Lemon EO with honey or agave in a teaspoon for a cold or cough relief medicine for kids.

22. Gargle with 1 tbps of water and 1 drop each of Lemon and on guard hourly for laryngitis.

23. Put several drops on the HVAC vents of a hotel room or office to kill airborne pathogens and germs.

24. Mix with baking soda to clean bathtubs.

25. Apply neat to the toes and nails to combat fungus.

26. Combine 2 tbps of water with 5 drops of on guard in a small glass and store your toothbrush overnight to sanitize.

27. Use a 50/50 mix of on guard and purified water and spray onto oven interior. Leave for 15 minutes, then wipe away greasy spots.

28. Apply to hands to remove stubborn, sticky substances like tree sap.

29. Add to the water in your vacuum cleaner/steamer to disinfect the carpet.

30. Put a few drops in your vacuum bag to kill pathogens.

31. Put 15 drops in a 6oz spray bottle, shake and spray rooms, desks, or bed sheets to protect against pathogens.

32. Clean the upholstery and dashboard of your car.

33. Gargle with on guard and 1 tbsp of water prior speaking engagements or singing performances.

34. Rub on stains as a pre-wash stain remover.

35. Add 3 drops to your tooth brush and brush every day for a healthy mouth and to prevent cavities, gum disease.

36. Apply to teeth that have been damaged or broken to help them heal.

Make an on guard spray with 15 drops for every 6 oz of water, use the spray for:

37. Wipe doorknobs and other things touched by the public.

38. Wipe dirty piano keys to clean and disinfect.

39. Use to clean childrens hands when traveling.

40. Use on the steering wheel and gearshift of your vehicle.

41. Use on public telephones to remove germs.

42. Use on public computer keyboards and mice.

43. Use as an underarm deodorant.

44. Spray on hands before and after shaking hands with a lot of people.

45. Spray in public restrooms on airplanes to reduce airborne bacteria.

46. Carry for protection in countries with cholera, malaria or dysentery.

47. Use as an air freshener for cooking odors or other unwanted smells.

48. Take to the gym and spray all the equipment you use.

49. Take to the supermarket and use to disinfect shopping cart handles.

50. Use in the classroom for desks, tables and other items handled by children.

51. Spray in your mouth and throat at First onset of cold or bronchitis.

52. Spray on shower stalls and bathroom walls to disinfect and remove mold.

Whooping Cough Natural Remedies

AFTER being treated medically there are many options to continue a safe and natural treatment for whooping cough at home. Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a serious and potentially dangerous illness that needs immediate medical treatment. Since the outbreak of this illness in the vaccinated population and the outpouring of research showing that the vaccination may no longer be protective against the disease many people are looking for additional protection and help. Again, these treatments do NOT replace medical care for this illness and are only a recommendation for treatment in conjunction with your medical doctor.

My first recommendations are for essential oils (click to learn more) as they can be extremely effective and work very quickly within the body.

Oregano: DILUTE (since it is a hot oil and may burn the skin) with a carrier oil and apply to the chest, neck, back or reflex points. This helps kill bacteria and viruses within the body and boosts the immune system.

OnGuard: Diffuse in the air to kill bacteria and viruses. Also apply to the feet and chest.

Breathe: Put a 1-2 drops on a Kleenex or cotton ball and inhale as needed. This combination helps to open up the lungs so the person can breathe and decrease coughing.

Other general oils to try include melaleuca, clary sage, basil, cypress and grapefruit.

Herbal remedies: These are great recommendations from

Start to give herbal teas at the first sign of coughing and do not wait for the respiratory distress that can set in with the whoop. Use steam to free the mucus. In young babies, diluted teas should be strong enough and older children may need infusions for cough. Look at these herbs, and use a blend of the most appropriate:
CHAMOMILF. (Chamomilla recutita): helps to calm the person down, reduces catarrh and accompanying nausea. COLTSFOOT (Tussilago farfara): one of the best cough remedies, helping to ease the spasmodic nature of the cough. LAVENDER (Lavandula vera): a relaxing expectorant, soothing the cough and breathing and also generally calming. THYME (Thymus vulgaris): highly antiseptic, soothing the dry cough that may herald the start of the problem. WHITE HOREHOUND (Marrubium vulgare): good expectorant, loosening the sticky mucus and reducing spasm.
An alternative treatment that can work wonders as whooping cough remedy is to chop or crush two cloves of garlic into 15 ml (1 tbsp) of honey and leave for a couple of hours, or even overnight. Give up to 5 ml (1 tsp) either neat or diluted in a little warm water, 4 times a day.

It is very important to make sure that no herb counteracts any medication so be sure to talk with your doctor before taking an herb. I prefer to purchase my herbs from Shawnee Moon. They are a St. Louis based company and Victoria is incredibly knowledgeable. Her herb combinations and products are effective for boosting the immune system, ridding the body of bacteria and viruses as well and healing for many different ailments. Check her out!

Lastly, general recommendations include being outside for fresh air and avoiding heated and humid rooms. Keep your child away from others for at least two weeks since they will be highly contagious. Avoid milk products and any food that may be inflammatory for your child including: processed foods, dairy, wheat, cereals, and fast food. Add a few drops of an oil to hot water bowls and inhale the steam.

Replace Toxic Cleaners

These ingredients also found in some 'alternative' brands, researchers say.

THURSDAY, March 8 (HealthDay News) — Tests of more than 200 common household products found that the products contain chemicals that research suggests may be linked to asthma and hormone disruption, researchers report.

Products tested included a wide range of household products, such as soaps, lotions, detergents, cleaners, sunscreens, air fresheners, kitty litter, shaving cream, vinyl shower curtains, pillow protectors, cosmetics and perfumes.

Researchers identified 55 chemicals that studies have shown may have health consequences. Among the chemicals detected were various types of phthalates, which have been linked to reproductive abnormalities and asthma; bisphenol A (BPA), which is being phased out of many baby bottles and children’s toys because of concerns about the effect on fetuses and young children; and parabens, which some research suggests may mimic estrogen in the body and have been associated with breast cancer.

“This is the first large, peer-reviewed study looking at hormone-disrupting and asthma-related chemicals in a wide range of consumer products,” said study author Robin Dodson, a research scientist at the Silent Spring Institute in Newton, Mass.

The chemicals, however, were not listed on the product labels, which included major brand-name products as well as those marketed as “alternative” products that are often described as fragrance-free, more natural and safer than conventional products.

One or more of the chemicals turned up in all of the conventional product samples tested, and in 32 of 43 alternative products, according to the report.

For each of the categories of conventional products, researchers included several brands. For example, the floor cleaner sample included Spic and Span, Swiffer WetJet Multi-Purpose Cleaner and Stop & Shop Pine Oil Cleaner Disinfectant, while the laundry detergent category included several brands sold by Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Foodhold USA and Church & Dwight, the study authors said.

The study highlights the need for more complete labeling so that consumers know what they’re being exposed to, Dodson said.

“These results show we are exposed to a wide range of chemicals of concern in everyday products, and the chemicals aren’t always listed on the labels,” she said. “That can be a basis for modernizing our chemical policy in the United States. It seems these chemicals are not being adequately tested before being put on the shelf.”

The study, titled “Endocrine Disruptors and Asthma-Associated Chemicals in Consumer Products,” is published in the March 8 online edition of Environmental Health Perspectives.

Two industry groups, however, took issue with the study conclusions. The research implies that the “mere presence” of the chemicals means the products have safety risks, they said.

“They are alarming consumers unnecessarily,” said Brian Sansoni, spokesman for the American Cleaning Institute, an industry association for cleaning product manufacturers. Researchers haven’t uncovered evidence that typical use of various household products are contributing to health or safety issues, he said.

“We are disappointed at the research. It wrongly insinuates safety concerns over cleaning products and ignores enhanced efforts to communicate with consumers over ingredients,” Sansoni added.

Another industry representative said the research linking certain chemicals with endocrine disruption and asthma is not conclusive.

“It is unfortunate and misleading that the title of this report implies that there is a well-defined link between consumer products and endocrine disruption and asthma, when the study of this issue continues and scientific questions remain unresolved,” said Steven Bennett, director of scientific affairs for the Consumer Specialty Products Association.

Manufacturers and others are also taking steps to keep consumers informed about what’s in household products, Bennett added. That includes the Consumer Product Ingredient Communication Initiative, a voluntary industry program that took effect in 2010. Participating companies are listing product ingredients on the product label, on websites, or making information available via a toll-free telephone number.

Matt Perzanowski, an associate professor of environmental health science at Columbia University in New York City, said the study will help to raise awareness about how little consumers may know about what’s in products they use everyday.

“They’re identifying exposures to chemicals that a consumer wouldn’t be able to identify, and also showing there is a broad spectrum of these exposures to these chemicals that people use,” Perzanowski said.

He noted, however, that research on chemicals and their link to health problems is not conclusive. Most of the studies have been observational, meaning researchers have found associations between certain exposures and health effects, but have not proven causality.

Of all of the chemicals, the association between BPA and endocrine disruption seems to be the strongest, Perzanowski added.

Because of the ubiquity of the consumer products and the chemicals, it’s difficult to try to stay away from them, Dodson said. But Silent Spring offers some tips, including:

  • choosing products that are plant-based,
  • using water, baking soda and vinegar for cleaning,
  • wearing hats and cover-ups instead of relying only on sunscreen for sun protection,
  • steering clear of cleaning and other products that contain fragrance,
  • avoiding vinyl pillow and mattress protectors,
  • choosing lotions, deodorants and shampoos that are paraben-free.

Antimicrobial soaps also contain chemicals such as triclosan and triclocarban, which are also chemicals of concern regarding asthma and endocrine disruption, Dodson noted.

More information

To see the list of products tested, visit the Silent Spring Institute.

SOURCES: Robin Dodson, Sc.D., research scientist, Silent Spring Institute, Newton, Mass.; Matt Perzanowski, Ph.D., associate professor, environmental health sciences, Columbia University, New York City; Brian Sansoni, spokesman, American Cleaning Institute, Washington, D.C.; Steven Bennett, Ph.D., director, scientific affairs, Consumer Specialty Products Association; March 8, 2012, Environmental Health Perspectives, online

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Diffusers are a wonderful tool to have in your home to use for essential oil. Diffusion is the process of dispersing essential oils so that their aroma fills a room or an area with the natural fragrance. From the simple to the elaborate, many different methods exist for diffusing essential oils into a room. Three easy methods exist which can be done with things you probably already have in your household. In addition, there are numerous diffusers and diffusing devices available for purchase from aromatherapy vendors. This article will detail the different types of devices and methods that may be used.

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Aromatherapy Diffuser Methods That Can Be Done With Items Already in Your Household

Simple Tissue Diffusion

  • Place 3-4 drops of essential oil on a tissue. Place the tissue near you. As movement occurs in the room (i.e. as you move or as someone walks by), you will notice the aroma.
  • Advantages:
    This method can be used anywhere and is quickly transportable.
  • Disadvantages:
    This method does not emit much aroma into a room.

Steam Diffusion

  • Boil 2 cups of water. Pour the water into a bowl and add up to 10 drops of essential oil to the water. Use fewer drops if you are using an oil that may cause irritation to your mucous membranes (i.e. cinnamon, eucalyptus, rosemary, pine, thyme, cajuput, etc.). Use of energizing or relaxing oils can make this method useful any time of day or night. The steam will heat the oils and cause them to evaporate quickly into the room.
  • Advantages: This method will quickly diffuse the oils into a room.
  • Disadvantages: The aroma is not exceptionally long-lasting. Additionally, the heat may alter or destroy certain constituents of the oils and thus the therapeutic benefit may not be as optimal as using cold-air diffusion methods.

Candle Diffusion

  • Light a candle and allow it to burn for about 5 minutes. Extinguish the candle, place 1 drop of essential oil in the melted wax (not on the wick!) and then relight the candle. Essential oils are highly flammable, so great care must be used.
  • Advantages: This method can be used most anywhere that a candle may be used.
  • Disadvantages: Essential oils are flammable, so great care must be used. The aroma is not long-lasting. The heat may alter or destroy certain constituents of the oils and thus the therapeutic benefit may not be as optimal as using cold-air diffusion methods.
A selection of diffusers

Aromatherapy Diffusers and Diffusion Products on the Market

The descriptions below are generalities about the different aromatherapy diffusers and other products that are available. Always check the specifications, requirements and safety comments supplied with the particular product you are interested to confirm that it is suitable for your needs and expectations. To locate vendors that sell aromatherapy diffusers, visit the Diffusers & Nebulizers Category of AromaWeb’s Business Plaza.

Lamp Ring Diffusers

  • Lamp rings are a terra-cotta ring that sets directly onto a light bulb. It has a grooved lip that goes all the way around it. This lip holds essential oil. The heat from a light bulb heats the essential oil in the Lamp Ring and the oil is then gently diffused into the room.
  • Advantages: Lamp Rings are usually very inexpensive.
  • Disadvantages: If any essential oil gets onto the light bulb, the light bulb could break. The heat may alter or destroy certain constituents of the oils and thus the therapeutic benefit may not be as optimal as using cold-air diffusion methods.

Clay Pot Diffusers

  • Clay pot diffusers go by many names, but they resemble small terra-cotta pots. They also can be found in various small shapes such as pyramids. A clay pot diffuser contains an opening for adding essential oils. Usually a cork is the method by which the opening is closed. The oils permeate through the pot and then diffuse out into the room. The intensity of the aroma depends on how much essential oil is added to the clay pot.
  • Advantages: Clay pot diffusers are very inexpensive, easy to use, and do not require electricity or batteries.
  • Disadvantages: The aroma is strongest shortly after adding essential oil to the clay pot and then dissipates as time passes. As such, it’s hard to keep the same level of aroma in the room.

Candle Diffusers

  • A candle diffuser is a diffuser that utilizes a tea light or other candle to gently heat the essential oil to promote diffusion into a room. A candle diffuser is usually ceramic or metal. The diffuser has an opening or space for a candle and a little bowl or tray for storing a tiny quantity of essential oil. Candle diffusers come in many shapes and colors from the modest functional piece to the piece that acts both as a work of art and as a candle diffuser.
  • Advantages: Candle diffusers can be inexpensive, depending on the style and design. Candle diffusers do not require electricity or batteries.
  • Disadvantages: One needs to be as careful with using a candle diffuser as with using candles in general. Also, one must be sure to keep replacement candles on hand. The aroma generally diffused by a candle diffuser is very light and it does not usually diffuse an entire room. The heat may alter or destroy certain constituents of the oils and thus the therapeutic benefit may not be as optimal as using cold-air diffusion methods.

Fan Diffusers
Also Known as Electric Diffusers

  • Fan diffusers come in a variety of sizes, shapes and styles. A fan diffuser uses a fan to blow the essential oils into the air. To use a fan diffuser, essential oils are usually placed onto a disposable absorbent pad or into a tray. The pad or tray is placed into the unit and then powered on. The fan then blows air across this pad or tray and carries the aroma throughout the room. Since fan diffusers come in a variety of sizes, some fan diffusers will only diffuse a small room whereas others can diffuse very large areas. Some fan diffusers require the use of an absorbent pad (the pads can usually be reordered from the retailer or directly from the manufacturer). In others, the use of absorbent pads is optional.
  • Advantages: Fan diffusers are available in a wide variety of brands and styles. Depending on the brand and model, fan diffusers can fragrance a large area. Fan diffusers are generally easy to use. Some fan diffusers are powered by both electricity and batteries making them quite portable.
  • Disadvantages: Some fan diffusers, depending on the brand and model, require the purchase of replacement absorbent pads. Some fan diffusers are noisy.

Electric Heat Diffusers

  • Similar to a fan diffuser, heat diffusers use heat and a fan to gently heat the oil and disperse the aroma into a room.
  • Advantages: Electric heat diffusers may fragrance larger areas, depending on the brand and style. They can also help to more efficiently disperse the aromas of thicker oils such as Sandalwood and Patchouli.
  • Disadvantages: Heat may alter or destroy certain constituents of the oils and thus the therapeutic benefit may not be as optimal as using cold-air diffusion methods.

Essential Oil Nebulizers

  • A nebulizer is a device that takes essential oils and breaks them into separate molecules before dispersing the smaller molecules into the room. It is said that these smaller molecules can be more readily absorbed by the lungs and thus create greater therapeutic value than by use of other diffusion methods. A nebulizer is a small (perhaps 8″ x 4″ x 6″) device that consists of two main parts: the plastic base that contains the motor and a very unusual, clear blown-glass looking device that holds and “nebulizes” the oils. Instead of the use of the unusual glass piece, some nebulizers use a special bottle that looks like a Boston round bottle.
  • Advantages: It is said that nebulizers can supply greater therapeutic benefit than the use of other diffusers because they break the oils down into smaller molecules.
  • Disadvantages: The glass piece is breakable and expensive to replace. Compared to other methods, cleaning the glass between different oils is time consuming. Depending on the style nebulizer, thick oils such as Sandalwood and Patchouli usually cannot be used as they can clog certain style nebulizers.

For Those Who Own a Food Dehydrator

I do not recommend purchasing a food dehydrator for diffusion purposes as it is a little bulky and cumbersome for this purpose. If, however, you already own a food dehydrator, you may have nice results in using it as an alternative to diffusing EOs. Excalibur, makers of high-end food dehydrators, say that you can dry evergreen branches directly in the machine to experience the aroma. They also mention that you can place a wet sponge with a few drops of oil on it (they say vanilla extract, but this should work with EOs) into the dehydrator. It goes without saying, however, that you should follow all safety precautions and instructions for your dehydrator model and only leave your dehydrator running for this purpose for a short period of time.




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