Column: Get ready for autumn naturally with essential oils and tonics

Commentary by Betsy Rabold 

It’s hard to believe that autumn is here! Want to keep yourself healthy in a natural way? Here are just a few ideas:

  • Get your skin in order: Many people like to do a detox or cleanse during this time. An inexpensive and easy way to get rid of toxins is to dry brush the skin every day. They are easy to find and are not expensive.  Dry brushes are meant to be used dry on dry skin. Brushing in a circular motion moving towards the heart is the generally accepted way to perform this task, but just doing it is what matters. If the skin is really thin, try using a dry washcloth at first. The idea is to do it firmly enough to increase circulation but not to injure the skin. Also,  breathing in and out helps to get rid of toxins. The skin and lungs are two of the largest organs of elimination.
  • An ounce of prevention: Many essential oils can be helpful during this time. Diffusing oils such as eucalyptus, peppermint, some of the fir oils, as well as lavender together in a diffuser or in a saucepan of water may help with breathing. Also, it is helpful to have any type of “prevention oil” on hand to diffuse such as Thieves, On Guard, Medieval blend, etc.
  • Fight illness: Tonics have been used during this time and throughout the winter for decades. Many hot, spicy, aromatic vegetables, herbs and spices go into this cider or tonic. Many of the spices, like onions and garlic, have been used historically to help fight illness since ancient times.