Wellness, Young Living

Dealing with Bad Air Quality

Here in Southern Oregon it feels like most of the summer has been smoky and we’ve been robbed of our days on the water and hikes–boo. We watch our air quality apps to gauge how much time we spend outside (if at all!) because we know breathing poor quality air can have long-lasting effects on our lungs and worsen chronic heart problems and possibly even affect your brain and fertility.

Despite being careful about time spent outdoors, we know here on the west coast we are still breathing in those particles at some point. Here are a few ways to help reduce the stress on your body and keep things operating optimally.

**Reminder: these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA (because they’re SOOOOO trustworthy). This page is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Information on this page is not intended to replace proper medical help. Consult with the healthcare authority of your choice and remember–you always have a choice.**

Run a HEPA air purifier (or two) in your home and make sure your home air filters are no more than 3 months old. If you live where it’s been smoky for a long time consider changing it more frequently. In 2020 during the Almeda Fire, all air purifiers were out of stock so people used box fans with a home air filter duct taped to the front of it. People I knew who did this said they could see all the dust and particles building up on the filter as proof it was working! We now keep an extra 2-4 filters on hand at all times. This might seem obvious, but still worth mentioning (and this pic is of the purifier we have and we love it).

Use your diffuser! Throw some Raven, R.C., Eucalyptus (any type!), Lavender, Ravintsara, or Pine into your diffuser and breathe deep. Myrtle and Roman chamomile are other great oils to diffuse (and smell so yummy!). Inhaling those oil molecules deep into your lungs can provide a lot of support.

We also like to rub Breathe Again, R.C., or Raven on our upper chest and backs or on the Vitaflex points for lungs on the soles of our feet.

*I do recommend turning your air purifier off while diffusing or using it in a different room–no need for those oils to go to waste!*

Take a detox bath. Regardless of wildfire smoke, our bodies are constantly accumulating toxins from our environment, products, food, and water. Regular detox baths help you body out.

I follow a detox bath recipe from a friend who is trained in lymphatic detox release:
4 cups Epsom Salts
4 cups Baking Soda
4 cups Hydrogen Peroxide

I add a few drops of lavender, cypress, or eucalyptus to the epsom salts before stirring them into the water. Soak for 20-30 minutes and drink a LOT of water–just go ahead a take a glass in there with you!

Why these ingredients?

Epsom Salt: It’s is rich in magnesium & sulfate, which are easily absorbed through the skin & aid in detoxification. It acts as a broad spectrum cleanser, clearing lymphatic congestion, removing some heavy metals and helping remove residual radiation & chemical exposures. Of course, it’s a smooth muscle relaxant & helps with muscle strain & pain. Epsom salts help replenish the body’s magnesium levels, which combats hypertension. It also induces sweating! They create a dense bathwater, and osmotic pressure pulls toxin-laden fluids out of the body.

Baking Soda: It’s a drawing agent that’s known for it’s cleansing abilities, and even has anti-fungal properties. It helps neutralize chemicals like chlorine, & increases mineral absorption. It also naturally alkaline, which aids in removing toxins. (ALL disease needs an acidic environment to live!)

Hydrogen Peroxide: Of all the ways to oxygenate the body, this is the easiest & cheapest. By cleansing & purifying our skin, our bodies are more equipped to better eliminate toxins. Peroxide can help destroy toxins, organisms & even pulls out the residue left by soaps & other (toxic) body products. It’s also antibacterial and antiviral.

If you feel lightheaded time to get out of the bath and rinse off with a lukewarm or cool shower.

Drink your water and add some lemon vitality. Water seems like a no-brainer but we often need a reminder to keep sipping through the day to stay hydrated and keep flushing our systems.

Adding lemon or another citrus vitality essential oil to your water can help support your lymphatic system which clears away toxins and waste and is part of your immune system.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Sounds fancy, but basically–it’s exercise! A quick search will yield lots of articles and videos on specifics for this, but exercise–both aerobic and anaerobic–aid in conditioning your diaphragm and making your lungs more efficient.

This seems like common sense but exercise in clean air–not where it’s smoky.

Herbal teas that can offer support are slippery elm, marshmallow root, licorice root, peppermint, or lobelia. Chamomile also makes a soothing tea to drink and an eyewash for irritated eyes.

Mushrooms turkey tail and ashwagandha are also great for supporting your immune system.

Take care of your liver. Those particles that you inhale and are small enough to pass through your lungs and into your bloodstream will be filtered by your liver. Eating fresh, whole foods–particularly those that are not inflammatory–provides your body with the tools it needs to eliminate toxins and regenerating itself. Foods like garlic, onions, and broccoli help increase enzyme activity–refined sugars can lower it.

Essential oils that can help support the liver are JuvaFlex Vitality, JuvaCleanse Vitality, GLF (gallbladder/liver function) Vitality, Orange Vitality, Ledum Vitality, Celery Seed Vitality, Lemon Vitality, Carrot Seed Vitality, and Cardamom Vitality. These can be taken in a vegetable capsule or drank in water–I love lemon in my water or you can put it in hot water with lemon to make a tea.

Supplements that are fantastic at supporting a healthy liver are JuvaTone Tablets, JuvaPower, Longetivity Softgels, and Sulfurzyme.

These are some foundational ways to help support your body on ANY day, but especially during prolonged exposure to wildfire smoke. Your body is constantly regenerating itself–it’s important to provide it with the best building blocks to do so.

Resources I used included The Essential Oils Desk Reference, 6th Edition by Life Science Publishing, Ultimate Balance: Infusing Vibrational Energy of Essential Oils into Chakras, Meridians and Organs by LeAnne Deardeuff, DC, Natural Detoxification: A Practical Encyclopedia, The Complete Guide to Clearing Your Body of Toxins by Jacqueline Krohn, MD, & Frances Taylor, MA, and The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies: The Healing Power of Plant Medicine by Nicole Apelian, Ph.D, and Claude Davis.

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Vitality

V I T A L I T Y= power of enduring; capacity to live and develop; physical or mental vigor especially when highly developed

And that’s what you can get for free this month–tons of Vitality oils and products! That white Vitality label is a sign that it’s good for internal use. It’s the exact same oil as our regular one (lemon with a yellow label is just as thoroughly tested and vetted), just different labeling to appease big brother. Same oil–>different labels.

I have to admit I got excited looking at all the freebies I was going to get this month just for ordering more laundry soap, deodorant, toothpaste, face wash, PanAway, Vitamin D, and Alkalime! (That’s my order this month…I’ll probably add MagCal to that since I’m almost out of that, too!)

Have you ever participated in a 30 Day Endoflex Challenge? If not, I highly recommend you give it a try! From your hormones to your thyroid to your skin to your emotions and MUCH more, this little bottle of oil can quite literally change your life.

If you’re on my team and are in the Sage & Sunflowers Team Facebook Group (Formerly the Got-Oils Support Team), just do a search for Endoflex Challenge and start reading all of the amazing testimonials!

If you’re not a part of that group let me know and I’ll add you!

Y’all know probiotics are kind of a big deal right? Your gut is your second brain and affects much more than just what comes out the other end (sorry I’m a straight shooter here).

Mental health is strongly tied to gut health–so support your healthy lifestyle by moving your body, eating a balanced diet, and taking Life 9 to promote healthy digestion.

I’ll admit I had not tried these until my mom gave me a bottle of the Jade Lemon + Berry flavor and WOW–I was sold! We stick pretty much to water, sparkling water, and coffee and so having a flavor boost that makes you want to keep sipping your water is great! You can even add them in a post-workout smoothie for electrolytes–awesome!

This blend contains oils that support…well…overall longevity! If you have an Essential Oils Desk Reference I highly recommend pulling that out and looking up these oils…then go get an empty 00 Vegetable Capsule and put a few drops in and start doing that every day!

You may even like this in a cup of hot tea after a long day.

Oh Lemon–an old standby for so many resons! We keep a bottle of this under our Berkey water filter to add to our water pretty much every day. Often I’ll take a capsule of it as well just to support…ohhh lots!

This is also great mixed into your yogurt (with blueberries on top–my mother-in-law taught me that one!), shaken into salad dressing, on top of cauliflower rice or mixed into a chicken marinade.

Recipe call for lemon zest? Just use a drop of this instead!

Personalize your beverages with 1–2 drops of Citrus Fresh Vitality to every 2 ounces of your favorite fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies. This is another great one to take in capsules as well. And we diffuse the regular one regularly…same oil, different label, remember?

When road tripping, enhance your traveling experience prior to departure with a capsule of DiGize Vitality. This is my preferred way as I don’t love the smell, but my daughter keeps a bottle of this in her car door for winding mountain roads.

You can also make a soothing tea with antioxidant properties by adding honey and DiGize Vitality.

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Take mealtime up a notch with Orange Vitality in sweet or savory dishes for added flavor.

Hydrate like royalty by adding 1-2 drops to your drinking water.

Take a capsule before bed, use throughout the day, or following strenuous activity.

When my babies were teething I would rub this on their gums or put a drop on a wet frozen washcloth or their pacifier. This was the “binky” oil in our house and my youngest would hardly use a binky without a drop!

Got a bottle of regular label hanging around? Rub some on those sore muscles after a workout!

I’m super stoked to be getting these for free this month–how do you like to use these oils?