Please don't get sick

Supporting our immune systems over winter is always a great idea to avoid the bugs and to remain fit and healthy. This year it has become even more important.

This year my daughter was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome, a condition where her kidneys do not function properly and dump protein into the urine where it should stay in the blood.

After four weeks of high dose steroids she is in remission! This is exciting and I am eternally grateful, however, there is no cure.  The steroids they use weaken the immune system and therefore she is susceptible to colds so much more than a 'normal'child. Not only that, if she does get a cold there is a very high risk that she will relapse again.

Today we start to wean her off her steroids. While this is a great thing, it is also a nerve wracking time. Some kids with Nephrotic Syndrome are steroid dependant and as soon as the steroid dose is reduced they relapse. Other kids wean off them no problems. Some kids get very moody and emotional during weaning. Every single case and every single child is different so we have no idea what to expect. We are remaining positive and manifesting a straight forward weaning with no issues but will take things day by day. What will be will be. 

During this time we are focusing on putting FIVE things into place to support our immunity over winter. We want not only to keep our daughter well, but we want the rest of the family to stay well so we do not pass anything onto her.

Our body's are extremely clever things and they want to thrive, to be happy and healthy. We are giving them all we can to support them in doing that. 

1. Food and Hand Hygiene

Number one is food and hand hygiene. We explain to the children why it is so important that they wash their hands every time they go to the toilet and always before eating. 

2. Essential Oils

We are using our essential oils to support us daily. Essential oils are not cures, they do not treat or prevent anything. Rather, they support our bodies to help itself. I only ever use doTERRA essential oils as they are Certified Pure Tested Grade and I can rely on the fact they are 100% pure and of the best quality.

The main essential oil I use to support myself and my family over winter is OnGuard protective blend. We use this in the diffuser to purify the air. We add a few drops to a spray bottle of water and use as a surface cleaner. This spray also doubles as a hand sanitiser. OnGuard can also be diluted with a carrier oil in a roller bottle and applied to the bottoms of the feet or the base of the spine.

3. Wholesome Food

Good wholesome food also supports the immunity. We make sure to have plenty of wholefoods, fruit and vegetables and include a lot of fresh herbs and garlic for their immune boosting properties.

4. Water

We drink plenty of pure water to stay hydrated and support healthy cellular function. 

5. Sleep

Sleep is also important for supporting our immunity. The body rejuvenates and strengthens when it is at rest. A run down body is more susceptible to illness. Try to get 7 to 8 hours a day for adults and 10 hours for children.

With these five things in place we are looking forward to a happy, healthy, illness free winter.