With Mothers Day just around the corner I find myself reminiscing about Mothers Day when I was a kid.
I’m curious- what was your family tradition?
Our family would go for an annual picnic to Centennial Park.
Every year we’d meet grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins at the same spot in the park under one of those gorgeous Morton Bay Fig trees.
We’d eat our picnic lunch and hire one of those funny bikes that multiple people can pedal on – although it’s really only the adults that do the work-and attempt to do a lap of the park without it tipping over.
It was always such a fun day full of laughs!
There’d be loads of crinkly amber leaves in the grass we’d swish, jump and roll in.
And the weather was usually ‘crisp’ and fine – perfect for those flannelette shirts that were famous in the 80s;-)
As you can see, my family embraced the flannelette trend wholeheartedly;-)
Although I had no appreciation as a child, now I’m a Mama I realise how much effort would have gone into those Mothers Day picnics (ironically mostly by the mums).
And I feel grateful the Mums went to so much effort for everyone else on a day that was meant to be set aside for them to take time out.
The other thing I remember about Mothers Day was I always used to have a cold sore!
It’s a bit blurry in the pic above, but trust me, it’s there……
Cold sores are my achilles heel and my body’s usual sign that I’m run down.
Some people get colds, others get coughs or sore throats….I get cold sores!
I wonder if anyone else remembers getting sick around this time of year as a child or even now?
It seems to be synonymous with the seasons changing and especially autumn time……
The reason autumn can be tougher than other months is best explained in Japanese Yoga and Traditional Chinese Medicine as the time of year with the most extreme changes in nature.
In autumn you go from the expanded state of late summer to a sudden contraction, and this can be a shock for the immune system.
If your body’s out of balance, this can mean colds, flus, coughs, respiratory issues, cold sores, constipation, ‘foggy brain’ and often a feeling of ‘grief’ as the Indian Summer ends.
Thank goodness we have Japanese Yoga + Essential Oils in our life and we can not only respond to illness when it arises –we can proactively prevent it:-)
Here’s what I’ve used with HUGE success whenever I feel that ‘tingly’ cold sore feeling:
1) Cut all dairy and sugar immediately (they’re like steroids for your cold sore and will make it grow so big you’ll see it out of the corner of your eye at all times)
2) Grab a bottle of Doterra Tea Tree oil and apply a drop of the oil (neat) as often as humanly possible. If you really want to nip your cold sore in the bud, set your alarm for every 30 minutes so you remember to apply it regularly
3) If my Cold Sore’s already set in and is hot and itchy, I use Doterra’s On Guard blend. The clove in this blend can have a numbing effect and helps to calm it down.
If you’re already familiar with Doterra, I encourage you to try these oils and see how effective they are for yourself.
If you haven’t yet experienced the magic of Doterra and would like to give it a try, you can get them from me HERE.
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What’s your autumn nemesis?
Colds or cold sores?
Coughs or constipation?
Reply in the comments!