OnGuard – The Oil of Protection

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A combination of wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary, this essential oil blend provides a natural alternative for immune support.

With the cold and flu season hitting us with a great force this year, I have turned to this beautiful blend to support my family in getting well and getting back to enjoying life!

This essential oil blend is so versatile, and as a result is one of the most popular of the doTERRA essential oils.

Here are some of the ways I use OnGuard with my family and in my fitness studio:

Sniffle Season Relief

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When the cold and flu season hits we always diffuse the OnGuard Protective Blend. I love it because it smells like Christmas to me! And a friend of mine said it reminded him of a Moroccan spices market, which brought back beautiful memories for him.

I also blend the Protective Blend with other doTERRA essential oils, such as Lemon, Tea Tree, Easy Air and Oregano to provide immune and respiratory support for the whole family.

Finally, I also like to apply OnGuard Protective Blend diluted with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, to the bottom of my feet or the kids feet when we just need an boost of immunity support!

Natural Antiseptic Floor Cleaner

I simply add 5-10 drops to a bucket of warm water and it cleans all of my hard floor surfaces. I love the way my floors both shine and smell after a clean with OnGuard.

Cleaning Studio Equipment

Adding 10-15 drops of OnGuard essential oil in a spray bottle of water provides me with a natural cleaner for my equipment, which I love given the number of young children and babies that come to my studio.

Protection On-The-Go

Going out with children means always being prepared to clean dirty hands. I love to use a small spray bottle filled with 10 drops of OnGuard essential oil and water or fractionated coconut oil.

Healthy Immune Boosting Snack

For a healthy snack to boost our immune system, I soak some sliced apples in water and a few drops of OnGuard. The kids really love the taste, and I feel great that they are having a healthy snack that will assist in keeping them well.

I also love using the other doTERRA OnGuard Products, including:

Foaming Hand Wash: My kids love the scent of this hand wash, and the way it provides so much foam makes hand washing so much more fun!

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Cleaner Concentrate: As with the OnGuard essential oil, I love washing my floors with this natural cleaner, both over my tiles, my hard floors and in my studio.

Protecting Throat Drops: A favourite with my husband to soothe a sore or scratchy throat. They can also used to boost immunity when travelling.

Natural Cleansing Toothpaste: I love the taste of this toothpaste, and the clove in the OnGuard essential oil this toothpaste contains is fabulous for oral health.

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Emotionally, OnGuard is the oil of protection. This blend of essential oils extend beyond the physical level by aiding an individual in standing up for themselves and warding off domineering personalities and other negative influences, which enables them to live in integrity with their true self.

Would you like to know more about doTERRA® essential oils and products…..

If you’d like to learn more about doTERRA® therapeutic essential oils and how you can use essential oils to support you and your family’s health and wellbeing, contact me to have a chat or go to my doTERRA®website to find out more about doTERRA®.

Disclaimer: All information provided are recommendations & advice only. All individuals should discuss the suitability of their health and exercise requirements with their doctor, exercise professional, physiotherapist, midwife or health professional.
For further advice about your individual health, wellness and fitness needs, speak to a health professional, women’s health physiotherapist and/or pregnancy and post-natal exercise professional.

 

 

 

Awesome Ab Tip #2

Ensure Your Ribs Don’t Flare

My first tip for achieving “Awesome Abs” was Stop Drawing In Your Belly Button. So, how did you go? Did you manage to relax and soften your belly more often when you sitting, lying or whenever you were not loading your body, and letting your core muscles relax when they weren’t required?

As discussed in my first tip, whatever it means to you, having ‘awesome abs’ is something we should all work towards, especially from a functional perspective, so that we can live an active, healthy, fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.

So, what’s tip #2?

It’s another really simple tip: Ensure Your Ribs Don’t Flare!

But, what is rib flare?

Well, during pregnancy, as the abdomen stretches and the uterus (where bub hangs out) enlarges and expands up, many expectant mums experience the baby pressing up under her ribs and chest.

The growing uterus obstructs the movement of the diaphragm, which is needed for deep breathing. With the increased pressure in the diaphragm, due to it’s inability to move as freely as it normally would, the rib cage is pushed out sideways and forwards, resulting in rib flare (think of a bell and the shape it is at the bottom), and also generally rib pain.

Ok, but why should you ensure your ribs don’t flare?

Reason #1:

When the ribs are flared, the spine in upper back, or thoracic spine, gets pulled forward into extension. This affects the ability of the shoulder blades to slide across the ribs, and affects shoulder range of motion and stability.

Reason #2:

When the ribs are flared, the spine in lower back, or lumbar spine, also gets pulled into extension, which results in your pelvis moving into an anterior pelvic tilt, a similar position it was in when you were in the later stages of your pregnancy. Essentially your stomach is pushing forward – not a great look, especially when you’re not pregnant!

This pelvic position also causes your hip flexors, the muscles at the front of your hips, and back extensors to tighten, while your abdominals, glutes (buttock) and hamstring muscles will lengthen. This leads to tightness in the front of your hips, discomfort or pain in the lower back and weakness in the glutes.

Reason #3:

When the ribs are flared, not only is the spine out of a more neutral, or more optimal functioning position, the abdominals also get turned off, or relaxed, which results in spinal instability and a “pouchy” tummy (not the look your wanting to achieve!)

Reason #4:

Finally, when the ribs are flared, you are unable to breath efficiently, particularly when on the breathe out, which in turn makes it more challenging for the body to stimulate the parasympathetic “rest & digest” state, and will keep you in a state of stress! This is not good for your mental health or your digestive health!

Don’t believe me! Give it a try:

Stick your ribs out and take 3 to 5 deep breaths in and out, and notice if you can fully exhale each one. I think you’ll agree it doesn’t take long before you feel a bit wound up or stressed. Imagine being in this state all day. Or are you?

Now, try this – start by taking take a deep breath in and then exhale like you are blowing out candles on a cake. Focus on ‘closing’ your ribs and feel your ribs depress and almost soften in the way they feel. Keeping the ribs in this depressed position take 3 to 4 more deep breaths.

How much calmer do you feel?

Ongoing rib flare in the post-partum period impacts on your spinal alignment, your ability to breathe efficiently and affects the repair of your diastasis recti (abdominal separation)

Hmmm… and as we discussed in “Awesome Ab Tip #1”, if all of those areas are affected then “Awesome Abs” are just not going to happen!

So, your next challenge is to have a look at the position of your ribs, and ensure that they are not resembling the bottom of a bell – rather they are depressed or ‘closed’ towards the centre of your body.

Having a well functioning core muscle system will assist with repairing your diastasis recti (abdominal separation), improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your breathing, help restore your core and contribute to having awesome abs!

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Jody is a pregnancy and post-natal specialist, with tertiary qualifications in exercise science and registered as a Level 3 Exercise Professional with Fitness Australia.
Jody is also a mum of two young children, and therefore understands the demands and challenges of being a mum.
Jody is passionate about educating, energising and empowering pregnant and post-natal women through the provision of safe but effective exercise programs and fitness sessions.
Contact me today to see how I can help you with your fitness and health!
Disclaimer: This article is advice only. All individuals should discuss the suitability of their health and exercise program with their doctor, exercise professional, physiotherapist or midwife.
For further advice about your individual fitness needs, speak to a pregnancy and post-natal exercise professional, women’s health physiotherapist or health professional.