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Essence Protocol of the Week: The Immune System and the Common Cold...

It is the month of October, and we are focusing on the Immune System. This system of the body functions as the body's defense against dis-ease. It attacks germs in order to keep the body healthy by recognizing the antigens (foreign substances) in order to get rid of them. This week we are looking at the common cold and how the plants can support the self-healing process. The common cold manifests when there is too much going on at once. We are stressed out, doing too much, and expecting ourselves to keep going at this pace with no rest. Aside from relaxing and creating a state of peace, we can turn to the Plant Kingdom to help us recalibrate and heal. The top three essences we recommend for the common cold are Black Cumin Oil, Ancient Blend, and Peppermint.

Black Cumin is a "blessed seed" that is known for her gentle power to help the body heal itself. As a nut oil, Black Cumin helps to coat the throat when it is sore, is anti-viral, and helps to boost the immune system when anointed onto the skin or ingested. This amazing plant is a must when the immune system is compromised in any way. Energetically, Black Cumin helps control any manipulation. Sometimes these energies manifest as a cold to remind us to keep listening to ourselves. It comes in to slow us down so we can listen.

Ancient Blend, aka "Thieves Oil", is an ancient blend of five plants that join together to boost the immune system and kill bugs that harm the body. It is mighty and powerful, anti-viral, and truly works on both the physical and spiritual levels. This powerful blend offers the energetics of Truth and inspiration to persevere through our greatest challenges. Ancient Blend works great in water to drink (1 glass of water with 2-3 drops and mix well), or on the bottoms of the feet because she is very hot to the touch. When anointing to the skin, it is important to layer a few cooler essences before Ancient Blend in order to avoid the heat. Without fear, use her safely and confidently as a powerful ally.

Peppermint is one of the most ancient plants to be used by humans. The Ancient Egyptians, and other early humans used her medicinally as well as in food. She is anti-viral and cooling, so she is great for a fever, sinus issues, and headaches. Anointing onto the back of the neck or the inside of the upper arm will help cool the body. A few drops onto the tongue, breathing in and out of the mouth, can help to clear the sinus'. Also, several drops onto the bottoms of the feet will help the body to fight the cold symptoms. Energetically, Peppermint helps to relax emotional tension, promotes harmony, and offers spiritual insights toward the best and highest good.

Together, these three essences work wonderfully to help the body kick the cold symptoms, and the mind and heart to let go of stress and excess in order to restore the entire being back to health. It is best to use essences for one month for every year you have had the symptoms that are being treated. In general, for the average adult weight and height, five to ten drops "neat" on the skin is enough to start anointing each essence 2-3 times a day. Always do a test patch on the inner arm to make sure that the essences are not too powerful to anoint "neat" on your skin. If they bring up a healing response, then use the bottoms of the feet to anoint, and meditate on what is coming up and out emotionally for healing. Anoint onto the skin by layering cooler essences first and hotter essences last. Wait to apply nut oils in order to allow the essences to absorb first. Pour the plant medicine directly over the the areas of concern - and in this case it is where the major veins and arteries innervate the body. These plants work well together, and can help the healing process greatly. All essences are safe to ingest in small amounts (3-5 drops in an ounce of water is a good start). Use your intuition to guide the way, and remember that less is always more in most cases, and the body knows what's best - so always listen to it.

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