By Michilea Patterson, The Mercury
Winter is a time of year when wellness can be particularly at risk. Common ailments experienced during the cold months include joint pain, a weak immune system and more.
Local doTERRA wellness advocate Amanda Bohn, of Boyertown, taught a class last month about how essential oils could be used to promote wintertime wellness. She co-sponsored the class along with the Wellness Council of Boyertown.
Below are the different health issues Bohn explained at the class that could be an issue for several people especially in the winter. She went on to suggest what essential oils could help with each ailment.
Bohn said the cold air this time of year, shoveling snow and other elements can lead to joints being more painful and achy. The essential oil wintergreen is often used in creams and massage blends because of its soothing properties. The oil has a warming effect when applied to skin. Marjoram is another essential oil that has calming effects and also a positive effect on the nervous system. It’s recommended to apply this oil to muscles before and after exercise.
A healthy immune system is a great thing to have all year long but especially during the winter with the many colds that go around. The company doTERRA has a product with a blend of protective oils called “On Guard.” The essential oils in the blend help protect against environmental and seasonal threats. The product contains the oils wild orange peel, clove bud, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus leaf, rosemary leaf and more. Other natural antibiotics include black pepper, oregano and the oil Melissa.
SLEEP AID & RELAXATION
It’s important to get a good amount of sleep and rest in the winter. Several oils can be used to help people relax or relieve stress. Bohn said lavender has compounds in it that help people to relax and get a restful sleep. The oil is often found in calming lotions but many times items at the store are using a synthetic version of lavender. Bohn said a pure lavender essential oil is made straight from the plant without any additives.
Stuffy noses and congestion are common during the winter and there are several oils that can help with those ailments. Eucalyptus and peppermint are two well-known oils that help people breathe better. They promote clear breathing and open airways. Eucalyptus can actually be found in several mouth rinses as well for oral health. Cardamom is also great for respiratory health. People can either inhale these oils or use a diffuser.
Digestion is important for wintertime health because of all the holiday pies and meals consumed this time of year. Essential oils with digestive properties help break down food more efficiently once inside the body. The doTERRA product “TerraZyme” is a digestive enzyme. It helps promote healthy digestion. The capsules contain the essential oils peppermint leaf, ginger root and caraway seed.
PURIFYING & CLEANSING
Winter is flu season which means there are many germs going around this time of year. Essential oils can be used to purify and cleanse the body and surfaces that are touched a lot. Lemon is an oil that can be used as a detox. People can either add it to water to detox the body or clean with it to detox counter tops.
For more information about doTERRA and to schedule an essential oils class with Amanda Bohn, visit her website at mydoterra.com/amandabohn or email email@example.com. Bohn’s next class on essential oils will be held 7 p.m. on Jan. 18 at the Gilbertsville YMCA. To reserve a seat, people should email Bohn in advance.