Winter wellness

Winter wellness

Winter is a time we tend to go hibernate, we’re not as social the daylight is shorter and the weather is much cooler. Winter is a great time of year to rest and focus on our health and wellness, there are various ways to build immunity during the winter months – here we discuss essential oils and vitamin c.

Using essential oils and what are they?

Essential oils are the highly concentrated version of the natural oils in plants. a gift from the earth.

Essential oils are extracted from plants is with a process called distillation, most commonly distillation by steam or water, where many parts of the plants are being used, including the plant roots, leaves, stems, flowers, or bark. some oils are also extracted using a cold pressing method , such as citrus oils.

After distillation, the outcome is a highly concentrated portion of essential oil, which will have the characteristic fragrance and properties of the plant from which it was extracted, and contain the true essence of the plant it came from. This includes the smell, but also the plant’s healing properties and other plant characteristics.

You can see how this highly potent extract of a plant or herb can be extremely useful for many purposes.

while essential oils are natural, care must be taken when using them and dilution is always recommended.

 

Make an immune boosting rub 

1 drop clove essential oil

1 drop eucalyptus essential oil

1 drop lemon essential oil

1 drop lemongrass essential oil

mix into 5 teaspoon carrier oil for a quick mix or make a bigger batch by following the guide 1 drop essential oil to 1 tsp carrier.

Remember less is more when it comes to essential oils, you can use this mix on the soles of your feet or as a chest and back rub, Please check for reactions to essential oils and discontinue use if reaction occurs.

 

Using vitamin c  and What Is Vitamin C?

Often referred to as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is an important vitamin found in many types of food such as kale, kiwi, broccoli, oranges, bell peppers, etc. This water-soluble vitamin is a safe and mandatory nutrient for humans and animals. As a powerful antioxidant, evidence has shown that the disease scurvy is both treated and prevented by adequate consumption of this vitamin. Unfortunately, the human body cannot produce its own vitamin C, thus it must be consumed via food or supplements.

Health Benefits

While research has shown that the consumption of vitamin C may not prevent the common cold, there is still evidence to suggest that the vitamin may shorten its duration. Furthermore, vitamin C supports collagen production in the body, thereby helping to stabilize proper cell function. Vitamin C deficiency may lead to the formation of spongy gums, mucous membrane bleeding, and spotty skin. Beyond that, vitamin C offers the following health benefits:

  1. Decreases hypertension

Unmanaged hypertension can lead to cardiovascular disease.

  1. Cures lead toxicity

Lead toxicity can lower IQ and create behavioral problems in children and young adults.

  1. Treats vasodilation

Improper dilation of blood vessels can lead to angina, congestive heart failure, and other life-threatening diseases.

  1. Cures cataracts

Decreased blood supply to the ocular nerves can cause blindness.

  1. Prevents stroke

Maintaining proper blood pressure levels keeps a potential stroke at bay.

  1. Enhances mood

Decreased production of neurotransmitters can put you in a foul mood.

  1. Minimizes the risk of certain cancers

A diet deficient of fruits and veggies with high Vitamin C densities can cause cancerous cells to grow.

  1. Heals wounds

Skin with collagen cells that aren’t properly supported doesn’t heal quickly.

  1. Boosts immunities

Stimulated white blood cells help prevent certain types of sickness.

  1. Reduces the symptoms of asthma

Adequate levels of ascorbic acid reduce the painful side effects of asthma and support healthy oxygen levels.

  1. Combats diabetes

One of the main causes of diabetes is an ascorbic acid deficiency.

  1. Fights heart disease

Clogged arteries and high levels of toxicity in the blood can lead to heart disease and other cardiac issues.

Special Precautions

While vitamin C is essential and considered safe when taken in healthy doses, consuming too much may have the opposite effect. Taking more than 2-3 grams can cause indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, or abdominal cramping, especially if you consume it on an empty stomach. The effect may be prevented by taking vitamin C in the form of sodium or calcium ascorbate. Before taking a supplement or changing your diet, be sure to consult with a doctor or nutritionist.

 

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