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Day 6: More Than an Apple a Day

It seems like everyone around us is getting sick. My children, who are home-schooled but go to enrichment classes at the local charter, came home this afternoon with a laundry list of kids who missed class today because of illness.

So far we've been happy and healthy, and with the latest flu scare, I've been consciously doing all I can to keep it that way.

Garlic is a fabulous immune booster, helping to fight viruses and bacteria. Crushed garlic can be added to sauces, soups, breads, casseroles... nearly anything. And it's delicious too.

Other herbs, like echinacea, ginger, and green tea, are tonic herbs and can help strengthen the immune system.

I also use essential oils regularly, as so many of them have germ-killing properties. My favorites for this time of year are eucalyptus, clove, rosemary, peppermint, cinnamon, and lemon. I burn them in diffusers to freshen the house and kill airborne germs. I'll also rub a few drops on the neck, or the bottom of the kids' feet, before going out.

A favorite project is to make little "immunity boosting" sachets. They're simple to make, smell great, and can be set on a desk at work, or tied to a bedpost at night. They smell wonderful and give my youngest child (who is something of a germaphobe) a feeling of protection when carried in her backpack.

Autumn Herbal Sachets
6 tablespoons dried lavender
10 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil
8 drops eucalyptus oil
8 drops peppermint oil
8 drops clove bud essential oil
5 drops cinnamon essential oil
3"X5" muslin bag (such as natural tea bag found at health food stores)

Place dried lavender buds in a small bowl. Add essential oils, drop by drop, and stir thoroughly. Pour mixture into muslin bag and tie. When your sachet loses its fragrance, it can be refreshed by adding more essential oils.

* If the scent is too overpowering for you, use less essential oils.

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