I’ve realized something this winter… I have not needed to go through as many of my ‘wintertime’ oils as I thought I would by this point in the year.
Let me clarify what I mean by ‘wintertime’ oils – these are the oils I stocked up on before school started in the fall so I could be prepared for a large variety of illnesses that may hit at any moment. Things like Thieves, RC, Raven, Eucalyptus, and DiGize. The oils for most all things respiratory, sinus, and stomach. The oils that when you need them, YOU NEED THEM. Like if you run out, you HAVE TO HAVE THEM OVERNIGHTED!! :)
Thieves for the War Against School Germs
We’ve been ‘oiling’ for a little under a year now, so we had oils for the tail end of cold and flu season last year. Our mainstay in the School Germ War was Thieves oil. We most definitely noticed a difference in the frequency of illness (less) and the severity of illness (milder) just by using Young Living’s Thieves oil on the kids every day (every school day anyway).
ImmuPower: My New Addition
This year, after hearing about it over and over, and knowing that it is a ‘companion oil’ to Thieves according to the reference guide, I decided to add ImmuPower. The purpose of this oil is to raise the frequency of the immune system, therefore helping it to fight colds, flu, respiratory problems, infections, etc. I hesitated at first because it is one of the pricier oils, and I thought, “Is it really going to make any more difference than Thieves already does?” I asked some questions to my oily friends before I purchased it, and everyone told me they loved it. So I decided to just bite the bullet and buy it.
Unfortunately the first thing I noticed about ImmuPower is that it is STINKY! If you like walking around smelling like a bowl of chili, then maybe you will like it. To me the overpowering smell in this oil blend is cumin. So I think it smells like straight BO (yes, as in Body Odor). PeeYou. (Is there a correct way to spell that? I can’t figure it out. P.U.? Oh well, you know what I mean. Sorry.)
I don’t know why it smells so much like cumin, because there are several oils in this blend… hyssop, mountain savory, cistus, ravensara, frankincense, oregano, clove, cumin, and Idaho tansy. So it is a completely different blend than Thieves oil… in fact, the only oil ImmuPower and Thieves share is clove! But the individual oils that make up ImmuPower are definitely some heavy hitters. :)
Because ImmuPower is so stinky (to me anyways… I hope I haven’t offended you if you love the smell of it), I only apply it to my kids’ feet, under their socks. There is a whole protocol in the Higley reference guide for using Thieves and ImmuPower together during cold and flu season, but it involves diffusing ImmuPower every other day (not gonna do, folks… unless necessary) and applying it on the throat, chest, spine, feet, thymus, jugular veins, and in armpits on the opposite days. (I could make a joke about applying this oil that smells like BO to the armpits, but I’ll refrain. You’re welcome.)
So every morning before school, I do this for each child… I take one drop of ImmuPower and apply it to their feet. Then I dilute a drop of Thieves and rub it up and down their spine. Before bed, I do the same oil routine.
A Definite Difference
Beyond a doubt, we have absolutely noticed a difference in the amount and severity of illness in our kids this year, even more than last year with just the Thieves. We have needed our other ‘wintertime’ oils less, because my kids have been sick less so far this year. Granted… their immune systems only continue to mature over time and this could be due to several factors, but I can’t help but feel that the addition of ImmuPower has had something to do with it. This is not to say my kids haven’t come down with anything at all this year… they’ve had a few sniffles, low fevers, and coughs. But compared to what we are used to dealing with during the school year?! Yes…we’ve noticed a definite difference. So much so that if I was FORCED to choose only 2 oils, I would have to pick Thieves and ImmuPower. After all, the main reason we started using oils was to help keep the kids healthy!
I Would Overnight These if Necessary…
If I ran out of Thieves or ImmuPower, you bet I would have them overnighted. :) I really believe these 2 oils have helped my kids so much this year! I am so thankful to have all my other oils on hand for the winter, because we still do need them at times. But these 2 oils take my ‘oil need’ to a whole new level for us. :)
A Word of Caution
The label on ImmuPower says do not use on children younger than 6. I will admit, I use this on my 5 year old’s feet. Young Living’s website says avoid using on infants and very small children. Interestingly enough, the Higley reference guide does not have a caution for use on children, only that it needs to be diluted for topical application, used with caution during pregnancy, and used with caution if susceptible to epilepsy. All of that being said, please do your own research if you are considering using ImmuPower on a child under the age of 6… I definitely would not use this on a small child… it is strong!
Also, of course everyone is different… what works for one does not always work for another. So if you try this oil, and your child gets sick the next week, please don’t come back and yell at me that it doesn’t work. Please and thank you. :)
Wash Your Hands
One last thing… after you apply ImmuPower, I would most definitely recommend washing your hands. Or you might rub your son’s head later on, and your husband might ask why he smells like an armpit. Or your husband may accuse YOU of smelling like an armpit. I know this from experience. ;)
Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Read the full disclaimer here.