You guys probably already know by now, but we had a pretty rough winter over here in terms of sickness.
Bouts of the stomach bug (x3), strep, lingering colds that plagued many of us (and just seemed like they would never fully go away), and Alex’s hospital ordeal), have given us a run for our money!
Between grumpy kids (and adults!) who weren’t feeling well + some rough nights of sleep + the feeling like we were forever quarantining ourselves from other in an attempt to not spread whatever we had, it all really starts to wear on you after a while.
So I started researching all sorts of things to do to “boost immunity” and prevent the germs from always seeming to find us. I fully recognize that this isn’t always possible, but I felt like, at least if I was trying, then maybe it’d make me feel better? Who knows… : )
I ordered elderberry syrup from iHerb (you can use my code SAZ564 for $5.00 off your first order!) and elderberry gummies (found at Target), and I even went as far as buying dried elderberries on Amazon and making my own elderberry syrup for myself (more details on that in this post).
I got both the boys taking a daily probiotic, and just recently, started one for myself, too.
And to go along with my best attempts to try and keep us healthy, I also started incorporating some essential oils into our daily routine by creating some essential oil rollerballs blends for each of the boys and myself (Jay wasn’t interested : ) ) which are supposed to help with building immunity.
As you guys may have seen a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been having some fun with essential oils lately, and these rollerballs were actually the first thing I tackled. They probably took all of about 5 minutes to put together, and now we use them every day!
Immunity Boosting Essential Oil Rollerballs
What You’ll Need:
- 10ml Glass Roll-On Bottles
- Fractionated Coconut Oil (you can also use olive oil, grapeseed oil, or another favorite carrier oil of choice)
- Lemon Essential Oil
- Frankincense Essential Oil
- Thieves Essential Oil
How To Make Them:
PLEASE NOTE: The essential oil rollerballs that I made for the boys are much more diluted than the one I made for myself; these oils are incredibly potent, so it’s important to follow recommended dilution amounts. I did a lot of research online and also consulted with a close friend who is very knowledgeable on oils.
For the Boys (Kids, recommended ages 1-5):
- 3 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
- 3 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil
- 4 drops of Thieves Essential Oil
Fill roller bottle with the 10 drops of oil then fill to the top with carrier oil.
- 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
- 10 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil
- 10 drops of Thieves Essential Oil
Fill roller bottle with the 30 drops of oil then fill to the top with carrier oil.
When/How to Use Them:
While I know there are a number of different ways to use oils, I apply the rollerballs to the bottoms of the feet every night before bedtime (kids and myself). Nice and easy!
Who knows if/how any of my attempts at keeping germs at bay are helping, but it certainly can’t help to try!
***FYI: This post does contain affiliate links. My account with Young Living is also (and has been) a distributor account, but I just never shared it much. So if you’re at all interested in making a purchase, I’m more than happy to help! I’m not going to be soliciting this “business” (I use quotes because I’m really not looking to make this a business – I’ve got my hands full as it is!) any further than simply sharing the oils I use and love with any various recipes I make. Thank you, as always, for your continued support for STSL <3
Disclaimer: Please be sure to do your research before using essential oils. Not all essential oils are safe for children or pets (no matter what the grade), so please be cautious before using these around the house if you have kids or pets.