Sunday, September 14, 2014

Our Immune System

The immune system is a system of biological structures and processes within an organism that protects against disease. When healthy it will endlessly detect a wide variety of agents, known as pathogens, from viruses to parasitic worms, and distinguish them from the organism's own healthy tissue. Disorders of the immune system can result in abnormally low activity or overactivity of the immune system. In cases of immune system overactivity, the body attacks and damages its own tissues. Some examples of autoimmune diseases are: rheumatoid arthritis, Inflammatory bowel disease, Multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes mellitus, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Psoriasis, Graves' disease, Hashimoto's thyroiditis
When the immune system is depleted the body just cannot do it’s job of keeping us healthy and or healing us.  Immune deficiency diseases decrease the body's ability to fight invaders, causing vulnerability to infections, resulting in recurring and life-threatening infections such as, 
HIV/AIDS, cancers of the immune system, viral hepatitis.

A Healthy Immune System Needs

Plenty of sleep - 8 hours is recommended. Keep the room dark and remove as many electronics as possible.

Eating clean - Clean means food not contaminated with the hormones, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides that are used in conventional farming. Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Good fresh, clean water - When you don’t drink enough water your immune system is distracted and can be worn down as it works on neutralizing the toxins accumulating in your body that you are not eliminating in your urine. If you are sick, you will need even more liquids to help flush the extra toxins you have in your body.

Herbs or homeopaths - are much kinder on your body than drugs.

Vitamin D3

Get outside in nature

Good regular exercise

Kind thoughts and emotions
- Loving and being loved both powerfully lift the immune system. Relax - meditate, take a calming bath, watch a sunset, laugh, play with children and animals, do a kind deed, dance, have some body work, breath, sing, run, walk, swim
                                    TAKE TIME OUT OF THE DAY FOR YOURSELF.

  Things That Weaken Your Immune System

Sugar and processed foods 

Arguing - especially with someone you care about.

Stress - fear, anger, guilt, worry - Pay attention to your words and thoughts. A study was done comparing the effects of watching different kinds of television. While watching a movie that produced fear and anxiety, immune cells disappeared from the blood of the watchers. No delay. While watching a "feel-good" movie, immune cells appeared, as though by magic. Laughter lifts the immune system a great deal. 
What made this test so extraordinary is that the two hours it takes to watch a movie is not nearly enough time for the physical processes needed to create these cells. They seem to appear out of thin air - or disappear into it. - based only on how you feel!

Stimulants, Recreational drugs - cigarettes, and alcohol. 

Bereavement - the loss of a loved one has been studied and shows how our system takes a hit at this time, especially in older people.

Essential Oils


Essential Oils  beneficial to Immune System health, ImmuPower blend, Hyssop, mountain savory, cistus, ravensara, frankincense, oregano, clove, cumin and idaho tansy are all great oils for you to try.

Here is a recipe that you may also like to make.

Immune Tonic Blend

  • 6 drops lavender oil
  • 6 drops bergamot oil
  • 3 drops lemon oil
  • 3 drops tea tree oil
  • 2 drops myrrh oil (expensive, so optional)
  • 2 ounces vegetable oil
    Mix together and keep in a glass bottle, use to rub on to your ears, feet, hands and throat. 

Savory Vegetable Soup 

This soup will nourish your immune system 

·         Makes 6 servings 

·         Savory vegetable soup is a traditional way of incorporating astragalus, garlic and medicinal mushrooms into your diet.
·         • 1 ounce dried astragalus root slices
• 1⁄2-inch piece fresh gingerroot, slivered
• 1⁄4 cup brown basmati rice
• 8 cups vegetable or chicken stock
• 1⁄2 cup onion, chopped
• 1 cup winter squash, chopped
• 1 cup shiitake or maitake mushrooms, sliced
• 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
• 2 tablespoons light miso, or to taste
• 8 medium cloves garlic, minced
• 1⁄4 cup fresh parsley, minced

·         1. Simmer astragalus, ginger, rice and stock in a heavy covered pot for 1 hour.

2. Sauté onion, squash and mushrooms in olive oil for 5 minutes, or until vegetables soften.

3. Add sautéed vegetable mixture to the soup pot, cover and simmer 30 minutes. Add corn; simmer an additional 10 minutes. Remove astragalus.

4. Dilute miso in a small amount of hot broth and add to soup. Thin soup with additional broth if desired and add more miso to taste.

5. Add garlic and parsley, let stand for 5 minutes and serve.
  Recipe from Mother Earth Living at

 Services I offer That Serve The Immune System

Cranio Sacral Therapy

      The cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) plays several important roles in your immune system's performance. These include offering protective covering for your delicate brain tissue, delivering glucose (a type of sugar that nurtures and cools the brain) to the cortex brain, inhibiting viruses and bacteria in the brain, and forming a transport medium between the blood and the brain. CSF has a big job to do, but a variety of health problems can create an imbalance in the flow of the CSF, limiting health and clarity. If CSF can flow unimpeded, then the body has the opportunity to maintain and/or restore balance.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Techniques (MLD)

One important way to assist your immune system is a lymphatic massage that uses essential oils. Lymph nodes are located around the body, particularly in the throat, groin, breasts, and under the arms. They are like filtering centers for cleansing the blood. The lymphatic system moves cellular fluid through the system, cleansing the body of waste produced by the body’s metabolic functions. Lemon, rosemary, and grapefruit are especially good at stimulating movement and supporting the cleansing action. A lymphatic massage involves deep strokes that work from the extremities toward the heart. You can even do this on yourself. Rub the oil up your arms to the lymph nodes in your armpits. From the center of your chest, rub again toward the armpit, and then down your neck. Massage your legs from your feet up to the groin.

Adding essential oils to MLD will enhance the technique. You can make your own blend for a lymphatic cleanse that can be added to a carrier oil… 

  • 7 drops cypress
  • 5 drops grapefruit
  • 3 drop orange
Lymphatic Drainage Techniques can be delivered on the body directly or using specific techniques via reflex points and areas on the feet and  face along with energy techniques. Please feel free to call and ask me about these techniques to see which best suits you.
Brenda Layou 907 317 1331 
Camai Healing