Lots of people are using essential oils these days, and it is pretty easy to get your hands on high quality, "therapeutic" grade essential oils, which is essential if you are going to put them in your mouth.
I'm a naturalist. That doesn't mean I don't "believe" in modern medicine. I just believe in the power my own body has to be healthy, and it makes sense that things from nature will be the healthiest. Distilling plants down to a pure oil seems as healthy to me as eating a diet of fruits, vegetables and herbs.
So, I've been experimenting, and I have found that essential oils can definitely open up the sinuses and make allergy symptoms less severe. They can clear up a headaches and muscle aches, and definitely can brighten your mood and give your energy and focus a boost.
But many people have skin or stomachs too sensitive to absorb the intensity of the oils straight up. So I looked up a basic recipe for flavored toothpicks, and adapted.
It is incredibly easy and inexpensive. A glass jar (spice jar) and a box of 250 round wooden toothpicks, and 100 - 120 drops of good oil. Leave it overnight so the sticks absorb all the flavor, and they are ready to nibble and chew. I made a bunch of different flavors and bought 100 test tubes from amazon to make them easy to carry and give away.
The easiest recipe that will for sure taste great is 80 drops of a citrus flavor and 20 drops of something minty. All the citrus and mints are good for energy, concentration, sinus, immune system, and overall wellbeing. But you can add 3+ drops of a more intense oil to punch up the benefits.
So far, my favorite is Lemon (70 drops) and Basil (30 drops). You could add 6 - 10 drops of black pepper oil for someone trying to quit smoking, or 20 drops of rosemary oil for better study power.
I've also made an allergy blend, a flu fighter, a blend to suppress appetite for dieters, and a power packed cancer fighter for a friend. Easy!
Dry winter days are a ideal time to add dry skin brushing to your healthy routine, and it's a great immune boosting or skin brightening practice any time of year.
It takes only a few extra minutes, and gets your skin glowing and your energy bright and buzzing in the morning. I use a soft brush, and follow up in the shower with a hand made soap with no chemicals in it, and coconut oil - not lotion! - afterwards. 7 strokes of the brush over every part of your skin from the feet up and the head down - always moving toward the heart. Lift your hand up overhead to stroke down each arm for a really delicious tingle all the way to your heart.
Your skin is your largest elimination organ - about 10 - 15% of our "stuff" gets processed there, and it's under assault most of the time with our pollen and pollutant abundant air, and the thick layers of chemicals in most skin lotions. Ditch the lotions forever and save money while you boost your wellbeing and disease fighting power. Coconut oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil - all found at the grocery store for a fraction of the price of expensive lotions - are so much better for you! If your skin is regularly brushed and maintained, your immune system can get busy working on more serious bugs and challenges. You feel better and look better. Try it for 21 days and see for yourself. It's worth it.
Lemon cleans the liver, the second largest gland in the body, and essential to your health. The liver processes a lot of our toxins, and we live in a toxic world, so a squeeze of lemon in every glass of water helps give it a boost. Add lemon to every salad, piece of fruit, or anywhere at all that you like lemon. It tastes great for little cost and no calories, keeps you from less healthy drinks, and with every sip, your health potential goes up. Pucker up.