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It never fails, every October I get sick. Usually it's nothing that can be fixed by medication. Upper respiratory infection, bronchitis, lingering sore throat...all of which is just enough to keep me from being at my best but not enough to keep me completely down.


I'm not saying it's for everyone, but when you're unwell, I do believe it's worthwhile to check into natural remedies. During my most recent October sick time, I diffused Oregano oil because I did some research as to the best essential oils for my symptoms. That, combined with a warm mist humidifier, was the best "medicine" I could imagine. Let me say, I did end up with something that required an antibiotic. I do believe there is a need for prescription medications, I just think we should be more careful about what we take. And, if it's simply a cold or flu, maybe skip the OTC helpers and see what essential oils can do.


It seems like that is a theme that pops up a lot lately for me - not feeling my best. Daily stress is contributing to that, I know. Two things have been important for me to improve how I feel physically: 1. Daily Vitamin D supplement and 2. CBD oil. I'm clinically deficient in Vitamin D and have been for many years. Yet I'm not good at taking the supplements. I'm not sure why that is. It's a small pill, it's naturally derived from plants, and it has a huge impact on many aspects of my health and well-being. I've simply not been disciplined in making it a habit.


I'm relatively new to the game when it comes to CBD oil and I've done a lot of research on it. I started using it just for headaches. Yes, it works. Then, I passed some topical cream on to a family member and a family friend for extreme leg pain they were each experiencing. It worked for them. I'm never one to jump on a bandwagon but let me tell you, now that colder weather has come, I'm using CBD products more than my OTC pain relievers for my arthritis pain. Recently, I've seen and personally experienced the benefits natural products like CBD and herbal supplements can have for issues that are typically masked by prescriptions.


As I mentioned, I've done a lot of research on CBD. I recommend you become familiar with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is a signaling system in our bodies. This article provides a good starting overview on how our ECS system works and how CBD products interact with it. It also gives an explanation on the difference between CBD and THC.


I recently partnered with a few companies that I have researched and experienced to be very high quality products. Two of them in the CBD arena. Check out the favorite things section of my website, and click here for the CBD products I use and recommend. They are from a family owned company that is devoted to creating high quality products, third-party testing, and integrity in their work. These are all requirements I expect from any product I choose to consume or provide to my own family.


I've previously talked about changing my habits, and in this blog I've talked about incorporating my new habit of daily Vitamin D, which should have been the norm for years. A friend recently gifted me the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. I'm studying this book rather than trying to quickly get through it. I think it has a lot to offer as it pertains to making positive, permanent change. If you'd like to join me in reading it, let me know in the comments and we'll create a book discussion around it.


In the meantime, I wish you wellness and I encourage you to educate yourself on the ways you can incorporate natural remedies and products into your wellness routine.

NOTE: Nothing in this article is intended to be used as medical advice. This is simply an accounting of my personal journey, products I use, and ways I've overcome. Any use of supplements of any kind should be discussed with your physician or care provider.

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