There’s growing concern about the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) at the moment, so we thought we’d share some natural ways you can help protect your immune system.
First of all, there are obvious things you can do, like eating a healthy diet, getting a good nights sleep, exercising, addressing health problems, and healing stress issues. All of these actions protect your immune system. And we share a lot of health and healing resources you can explore on our website in our FRIENDS directory.
And there are germ busters you can use every day to protect your health.
germ buster champion – handwashing
There is a simple way we can all help stop the spread of illness and germs, yet some of us are bad at it. And that’s washing our hands!
Studies reveal that 1 in 5 people don’t wash their hands after going to the toilet, and two-thirds of us don’t wash our hands before handling food. Considering germs can thrive up to 48 hours on some surfaces, that’s a scary thought.
We can reduce the incidence of food poisoning, gastroenteritis, influenza and viral infections by washing our hands properly for 20 seconds before we cook or eat, and after going to the toilet. That’s all it takes.
The use of soap is essential for hand-washing to be effective, and we share a natural antibacterial soap recipe that we formulated for practitioners at Rener who required extra protection working with sick people.
Immune Protect Foaming Hand Wash is pure and natural, and powered with steam distilled essential oils. Click on the link below if you want the recipe.
HAND WASH RECIPE LINK
natures germ buster – sunshine
The ultraviolet radiation in sunlight provides natural disinfectant and antifungal protection – and also has the potential to kill bacteria that thrive on dust particles.
So let the sunshine into your home. And dry your clothes, bedding and towels outdoors in sunlight and fresh air whenever you can.
fresh air is a fantastic germ buster
Mould can also undermine your immune system, and humid conditions create the ideal breeding ground for mould to thrive.
Ventilation is essential to reduce moisture and help to prevent mould. So open your windows on dry days and let the fresh air blow into your home.
In your kitchen and bathroom, install an exhaust fan to conduct moisture and steam away and keep those areas dry.
Properly airing your rooms, curtains, bedding and clothes will also help eliminate indoor pollutants, especially if you use chemical cleaners.
Natural indoor plants can also help detoxify your home and decrease air pollution.
germ buster star – colloidal silver
Silver is known to destroy bacteria, virus and yeast. It is used in bandages to treat wounds and burns, as well as neutralise ‘superbugs’ that have grown resistant to antibiotics.
Colloidal silver is nanoparticles of silver suspended in liquid and is gaining in popularity because of its broad antibacterial action.
It can be used as a natural antiseptic solution for mild burns, cuts, and wounds • as an antibacterial hand spray • to treat mould and disinfect surfaces • or as a room spray to combat airborne germs.
essential oil germ busters
Essential oils have powerful immune protective properties you can use in diffusers and nebulisers. You can also add them to your natural cleaning products.
This potent antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal essential oil is more powerful than tea tree oil. Beneficial for colds, flu and chest congestion. Fantastic natural germ buster.
Antiseptic, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antispasmodic, and decongestant, eucalyptus essential oil is traditionally used for respiratory problems including colds and flu, cough, runny nose, sore throat, nasal congestion, bronchitis, asthma and sinusitis.
Antispasmodic, antiseptic, antibiotic and disinfectant in nature, bergamot is traditionally used to relieve congestion and respiratory problems including chronic coughing, asthma, colds and flu.
Antiseptic, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, decongestant in nature makes peppermint perfect for disinfecting surfaces and inhibiting airborne pathogens.
Antibacterial, anti-catarrhal, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, expectorant rosemary essential oil is traditionally used to clear the respiratory tract, asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, sinus, colds, sore throats, coughing and flu.
Antiseptic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal, clove oil is traditionally used for various respiratory disorders including coughs, colds, bronchitis, asthma, and sinusitis. Chewing a clove bud can be used to soothe sore throats.
Antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial and carminative in nature, cinnamon is traditionally used to relieve the symptoms of colds, flu sore throat and congestion.
Calming, sleep-inducing, analgesic, disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antifungal, lavender essential oil is traditionally used for throat infections, flu, cough, cold, asthma, sinus congestion, bronchitis, laryngitis, tonsillitis and to protect the immune system.
Antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, disinfectant, restorative and tonic, lemon essential oil is traditionally used to inhibit viral and bacterial growth and fight infections.
Antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, fungicidal, marjoram is traditionally used for chronic coughing, bronchitis, colds, flu, excess phlegm and congestion of the nose, throat, sinus and lungs associated with colds and viral infections.
Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antidepressant, orange essential oil is uplifting for both the immune system and emotions.
germ busting your home
Essential oils are highly effective germ busters you can use to kill surface and airborne bacteria and viruses.
If you get sick with a cold, virus or infection, wash all your bedding, towels and clothing in hot water and add 15ml of Eucalyptus oil to every load.
Eucalyptus oil will not only soften and refresh your clothes, but it also has powerful anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. It will even kill dust mites.
You can also deodorise and clean surfaces and floors by adding a capful of eucalyptus or peppermint oil to your wash bucket.
Or mix your own germ busting blends to clean and refresh your home. Peppermint oil marries beautifully with lemon myrtle. Lavender oil and sweet marjoram are soft and soothing. Orange and cloves work well together. Experiment with your favourite scents and protect your health at the same time.
If you are interested in learning more about essential oils, have a look at The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Wormwood.
essential oil note for pet owners
Essential oils can be toxic to animals. Please check with your vet before using essential oils near your pets.
special note for you
If you suffer from allergies, you’re pregnant, or you take prescribed medications that are sensitive to interactions – please check with your health practitioner before using essential oils.
advice for travelling
There are websites that can help you keep up to date with changes in the destinations you plan to visit. SmartTraveller provides security, safety, disaster and health information, including the latest advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19). You can also check with your travel agent for updates before travelling overseas.