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Immune Boosting Shot

My husband, Dr. Z, put together this immune boosting shot and the kids love it! It is perfect to use when you sense a cold coming on, or as a preventative.

My husband, Dr. Z, put together this immune boosting shot and the kids love it! It is perfect to use when you sense a cold coming on, or as a preventative. When our bodies are stressed during weather changes, family vacations or during a time you are exposed to crowds of people carrying germs, it is a good thing to keep your immune system in mind. By taking this immune boosting shot, you can help keep away those pesky viruses.

DIY Immune Boosting Shot

Who will complain about taking a dose of delicious raw honey in the morning? Plus, I love some pumpkin spice – it gives the immune boosting shot a nice flavor.

When it comes to dosage and practical advice, keep in mind that you don't want to develop resistance and you never want to do anything every single day. Think in terms of the seasons created by God, and how all our produce is not naturally available year round.

When I took antibiotics because I came down with a horrible case of pneumonia that nothing natural could knock it out I did this:

  1. I took my immune shot twice a day starting a few days before and then for a week after. 
  2. I applied the immune blend listed below on my feet (diluted with a carrier oil)
  3. I made sure I diffused sleepy time oils (lavender, chamomile, etc…) to get a good night’s sleep.
  4. I oil pulled every day with this immune blend. 
  5. I loaded up on multi-strain probiotics.
  6. I didn’t eat meat for a couple weeks to give my digestive system a break.
  7. And I drank lots of freshly squeezed, nutrient dense juice.
Immune Boosting Shot
 
Makes 1 "Shot"
Author:
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Mix together in a glass bowl and enjoy twice daily at the onset of a cold, or once per day for prevention.
  2. Wash down with pure, filtered water.
  3. Be sure to not use for more than two weeks at a time.
*Immune Boost Blend:
  1. Equal parts Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Orange and Lemon Essential Oils
Notes
* This can be enjoyed straight or with a little bit of water to wash it down. Depends on your palate. 🙂

* It is not recommended to add this mixture to hot tea because this will kill the enzymes in the honey and can alter the composition of the essential oils and vitamin C. If you want to add to your tea, make sure it is cooled down to room temp.

Safety & Contraindications

Are you sure you're using essential oils safely and effectively? Are you confused by dilutions and conversions?

 Let me help take out the guesswork and download my FREE roller bottle guide HERE.

Essential Oil Roller Bottle Dilution Guide

When it comes to drug interactions and contraindications, there are literally textbooks devoted to the study of essential oil safety and, as a trained researcher and doctor, I think it’s important to note that there is virtually no research out there discussing how essential oils interact with drugs in human clinical trials. This means that essential oil safety is still a wild frontier in the science community and no one really knows (for certain) how essential oils will interact with drugs or your body.

Nonetheless, properly diluting your essential oils is fundamental to safety and effectiveness because they are highly concentrated plant compounds. To help you along your journey, I have a created an easy-to-use dilution guide that you can download for FREE to make sure that all of your topical applications are safe and effective for the entire family. 

<< CLICK HERE to Download My FREE EO Roller Bottle Dilution Chart! >>

As with as medicine and natural therapies, this is only a guide and be sure to discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur and consult your physician immediately.

 



This post currently has 98 comments.

  1. Joanna
    November 26, 2016

    Hi Dr.Z!

    Can I give this shot to my 5 year old girl and 22 month old boy?
    My daughter was just diagnosed with Crohn’s and is on Humira. I’m looking for a functional medicine doctor to get her off of that medicine.
    We are going to Colorado to ski and want to boost our immune system to prep for that trip next week.
    Thanks!

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      November 26, 2016

      Hi Joanna,

      I just gave my kids a couple spoonfuls the other day. I have a 8, 5 and 3 year old. Baby Bella is too young (infant).

      Personally, I just cut the “dose” for my kids under 2. 🙂

        Reply
    • Tanya
      March 22, 2017

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      Holistic is the way to go…good raw cut up food, essential oils, massage therapy, and chiropractic care keeps a person away from the doctor.

        Reply
  2. ann eldridge
    October 14, 2016

    I have neurodermatitis – do you have any suggestions – i use esential oils.

      Reply
    • Customer Support
      October 19, 2016

      Ann,

      You may want to try our healing skin serum http://drericz.com/healing-skin-serum/
      My wife has used this to help a lot of people with skin irritations and has some oils specific to eczema which may help you as well.

        Reply
    • Brenda Ramirez
      October 22, 2016

      My neurologist had me increase my Gabapentin to 3 in the a.m., 3 at mid-day and 3 in the p.m. I use CereVe to keep my skin moisturized. Also if all else fails and I am itching to the point of insanity I wrap my arm in an ice pack. So far the Gabapentin is working.

        Reply
  3. Ambra
    October 12, 2016

    Hi Dr. Z,
    I love the sound of this. I live in Australia and that particular vitamin C does not ship here, are there other brands you might recommend?
    Thanks,
    A.

      Reply
    • Customer Support
      October 19, 2016

      I’m sorry! This is the only brand I’ve personally tried and use. Let me know if you find something!

        Reply
    • Vicky
      November 27, 2016

      Hi Ambra, I live in Brisbane and have purchased my Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C from a company in NZ.
      http://www.return2health.net/catalogsearch/result/?q=Lypo-Spheric+Vitamin+C
      Great stuff. Will be using it in the immunity boost as soon as flue season gets closer.

        Reply
  4. Jody
    October 9, 2016

    I checked for the price of the vitamin C on amazon (I live in Canada) and its nearly $60 plus $12 shipping!! Is there an alternative to this?

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      October 9, 2016

      Hi Jody,

      I only pay $30 (no shipping) for the vit C.

      It’s the best on the market (in my opinion). Maybe going to http://www.livonlabs.com is a better option for you since you live in Canada.

        Reply
  5. Sharon
    October 9, 2016

    What is Lypo-Spheric Vit. C, & where can it be found?

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      October 9, 2016

      Hi Sharon,

      You can get it on Amazon. I hyperlinked it when I mentioned it above. Here’s the link –> http://amzn.to/2d1gsPS

      Lypo-Spheric utilizes a revolutionary method of enhanced vitamin C delivery – liposomal encapsulation technology – ensuring maximum vitamin C is absorbed and utilized by your body. It’s the best vit C I’ve ever tried. 🙂

        Reply
      • Lee
        November 5, 2016

        I am truly surprised you would recommend any product that contains soy, such as this Vit. C product. Why would this not bother you?

          Reply
        • Dr. Z
          November 6, 2016

          Hi Lee,

          Two things:

          1) Not all soy is bad. Ancient fermented soy products like natto, miso and tempeh are considered health foods.

          2) I have no problem with minuscule amounts of soy lecithin. It’s not like washing down a tofu sandwich with a glass of soy milk, you know! 😉

          The vitamin C I recommend is non-GMO and is safe to consume.

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          • Lee
            November 10, 2016

            OK. While I can reason with #2 (although I would request proof that it is non-gmo), for #1, just where are you getting ancient, fermented soy? The soy used to make store-bought miso and tempeh is not exactly the soy used in “ancient” times.

            Thanks for the friendly conversation. I learn a lot from your website.

             
          • Dr. Z
            November 11, 2016

            As far as we can tell, ancient Eastern cultures regularly ate fermented soy, not regular soy beans. As long as the soy bean is non-GMO it’s quite healthy if fermented.

            From Dr. Mercola – “Two new studies have shown that fermenting soy dramatically reduces its potential allergenicity, and also increases the number of essential amino acids in soy products. When soy products were fermented, immunoreactivity was reduced by as much as 99 percent, according to tests that compared the blood plasma reactions for both fermented and unfermented soy products. Fermentation had also improved the essential amino acid composition in the soy products and produced new peptides that may be beneficial. This was attributed to partial digestion of large soybean peptides by enzymes secreted by the microorganisms used in fermentation.” http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/03/27/why-this-type-of-soy-is-better.aspx

            Soy’s Health Benefits ONLY Apply to Fermented Soy!

            As often as I’ve warned against nonfermented soy, such as fresh or dry whole soybeans, soy nuts, soy milk and tofu, I’ve also extolled the wonderful health benefits of traditionally fermented foods, and fermented soy is part of that pack.

            After a long fermentation process, the phytic acid and antinutrient levels of the soybeans are reduced, and their beneficial properties – such as the creation of natural probiotics — become available to your digestive system.

            It also greatly reduces the levels of dangerous isoflavones, which are similar to estrogen in their chemical structure, and can interfere with the action of your own estrogen production.

            So if you want to take advantage of the health benefits of soy, go ahead! Just make sure you’re eating the fermented varieties and avoid all nonfermented soy products.

            Healthy options include:

            Natto, fermented soybeans with a sticky texture and strong, cheese-like flavor. It’s loaded with nattokinase, a very powerful blood thinner.

            Natto is actually a food I eat nearly every day as it is the highest source of vitamin K2 on the planet and has a very powerful beneficial bacteria, bacillus subtilis. It can usually be found in any Asian grocery store.
            Tempeh, a fermented soybean cake with a firm texture and nutty, mushroom-like flavor.
            Miso, a fermented soybean paste with a salty, buttery texture (commonly used in miso soup).
            Soy sauce: traditionally, soy sauce is made by fermenting soybeans, salt and enzymes, however be wary because many varieties on the market are made artificially using a chemical process.

             
  6. Ramona
    October 9, 2016

    In the directions it says not to use for more than 2 weeks.
    Could you use it longer for prevention?

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      October 9, 2016

      I wouldn’t use every day as “prevention.” There gets to be a point where we may develop resistance.

      I like to use once or twice a week if I know I’m coming up against flu season or something… 🙂

        Reply
    • Ramona Udovich
      October 13, 2016

      Thank you. Appreciate your input about essential oils and the Biblical references.

        Reply
      • Customer Support
        October 19, 2016

        And thank you for the encouragement!

          Reply
  7. Moneca
    October 9, 2016

    The recipe omits ‘how much’ is a dose?ie tsp, drops etc. It states drops, but seems like this mixture would be very viscous.
    And how many doses are in your basic recipe.
    How do you store mixture?
    Do you add to water? (Whatever the dose is)?

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      October 9, 2016

      Hi Moneca,

      This recipe is the “shot.” It’s 1 serving.

      You can take it straight or wash it down with a little bit of water. 🙂

        Reply
  8. Miki
    October 9, 2016

    What is ‘pumpkin pie spice’? What does it contain/consist of? (Not all of us live in America…)

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      October 9, 2016

      Hi Miki,

      Traditionally, pumpkin pie spice is made by mixing together allspice, cinnamon, clove, ginger and nutmeg. 🙂

        Reply
      • Miki
        October 10, 2016

        Thank you. 🙂

          Reply
  9. Susie
    October 9, 2016

    Hi Dr Z,

    Is there an oil or blend that REALLY works for fungal toe nails? Thanks!

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      October 9, 2016

      Hi Susie,

      It really all depends on the strain of fungal infection that you’re battling. Tea tree, thyme, eucalyptus, clove, and oregano are go-to oils for this. 🙂

        Reply
  10. Christy
    October 8, 2016

    I found this link from your email about avoiding the flu shot. I agree but what do you do if you are forced to get the shot? My husband has to get one for work. We are trying to figure out how to support his system and counteract the effects of taking it and I’m not finding a lot of great info out there.

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      October 9, 2016

      Hi Christy,

      When I took antibiotics because I came down with a horrible case of pneumonia that nothing natural could knock it out I did this:

      I took my immune shot twice a day starting a few days before and then for a week after.
      I applied the immune blend listed on my feet (diluted with a carrier oil)
      I made sure I diffused sleepy time oils (lavender, chamomile, etc…) to get a good night’s sleep.
      I oil pulled every day with this immune blend. http://drericz.com/oil-pulling-with-essential-oils-lost-key-abundant-life-health/
      I loaded up on multi-strain probiotics.
      I didn’t eat meat for a couple weeks to give my digestive system a break.
      And I drank lots of freshly squeezed, nutrient dense juice.

        Reply
  11. Mahiuddin
    October 8, 2016

    I Love your stuff Dr Z. And I try to follow you.
    but how do I get the ingredients herein Sydney, Australia.
    Here’s the stuff that we use at home our from baby to old: 2years to 66 years.

    Ingredients:
    1tsp each of honey, apple cider and olive.
    Preparation: Just mix them and briskly stir them and enjoy them.3times a day once only. It really works fast for any cold!!!!

    Need your comments Doctor.

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      October 9, 2016

      Hello Mahiuddin!

      Love your recipe!

      For my “shot,” you can purchase these products on Amazon – I listed the links above. 🙂

        Reply
    • NancyNancy
      October 11, 2016

      What is Olive? Do you mean regular olive oil?

        Reply
      • Dr. Z
        October 11, 2016

        Yep, that’s my guess. 🙂

          Reply
  12. Keren
    October 8, 2016

    I thought oral route should be avoided-especially with young ones!

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  13. Tatyana
    October 8, 2016

    I am pregnant and most of those oils are not recommended for women in my position. Is there an alternative for those of us who are pregnant?

      Reply
  14. Amber B
    October 8, 2016

    Dr. Z,
    It’s a blessing to see and hear someone speaking about the use of God has already given to us for nutrition and health. Thank you for being an advocate for the Lord and His creations.

    How many drops of each oil do I use to make the blend?

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      October 9, 2016

      Hi Amber,

      I don’t have a ratio to recommend, sorry. These are the oils that I use and the recipe is always different. I usually go off of “smell,” and it changes every time.

      I say start with a 1:1:1:1:1:1 ratio and go from there. Let your nose & intuition be your guide.

      Blessings!

        Reply
  15. Brenda
    October 8, 2016

    I looked up the form of Vitamin C you used in the recipe above, and found that: 1) it contains soy, and 2) it is not organic, so it is highly likely that the soy source is a GMO. Since soy is highly allergenic, and a goitrogen, it would seem that this product could be highly problematic, not only to me, but to others. Therefore, do you have an organic recommendation? THANKS! 🙂

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      October 9, 2016

      Hi Brenda,

      Not sure where you’re getting your info from, but that’s not true at all.

      Please check out the company’s website – it’s non-GMO and does not contain soy. 🙂

      http://www.livonlabs.com/cgi-bin/start.cgi/liposome-encapsulated/lypo-spheric-vitamin-c.html

        Reply
      • Brenda
        October 10, 2016

        Thanks for your reply, Dr. Z. 🙂 The reference to soy is in the “Supplement Facts”, and reads: “Essential Phospholipids 1000mg (from soy lecithin)” I do see now that it’s non-GMO, so thanks for pointing that out.

          Reply
        • Dr. Z
          October 10, 2016

          Hey Brenda,

          I think it’s important to note that most experts believe that soy lecithin does contain trace levels of soy proteins, but it does not contain sufficient soy protein residues to provoke allergic reactions in most people.

            Reply
  16. JanetJJanetJanet
    October 8, 2016

    trying to comment and it would not take my name or email.
    Name: Janet
    email: janetd6@comcast.net

    I am going to go without the flu shot this year. (I think) This will take me a lot courage. I know God has my back but my Dr. said it cannot hurt you it can only help you….I was asking about the ingredients…he said they are small amounts.
    The reason I am concerned is I recently had a spot removed from my lung (radiation) and then I really started with EO’s and organic food etc. I always ate good before but now better. I have COPD I did not have a biopsy but they said 85% sure it was cancer. This is a top hospital in the country. Now I am working and hoping I can avoid the after effects. I juice carrots, drink kale smoothies and one kiwi a day plus kale salads, spinach, asparagus all vegetables. Fresh local honey, cinnamon, organic butter. Plus supplements one is curcumin and one is cordysyp (?) mushrooms. Some other stuff Vit D3 etc. The Dr. said if I get pneumonia it could kill me. My family is up in arms. I will need to not mention I did not get the flu shot and that seems wrong too. I am feeling better my lung function is 30%. Any suggestions?

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      October 9, 2016

      Hi JanetJJanetJanet,

      This is a tough call, but so many doctors give medical advice because they are mandated by their state boards to do so in a certain way (which is almost always influenced by government agencies & the pharmaceutical industry) and because they are afraid of getting sued.

      Essentially, it works like this:

      1)If you get the flu and die, your doctor is liable for damages if he didn’t recommend the flu shot.
      2) If you get the flu and die, your doctor is protected from paying damages if he recommends the flu shot.

      At the end of the day, I don’t see being inoculated with the flu is going to protect you from pneumonia or cancer complications.

      My hope and prayer is that you find the answer that you’re looking for.

      p.s. if you didn’t see my EO cancer protocol and articles – check these out –> http://drericz.com/diy-essential-oil-protocol-for-cancer-patients/ & http://drericz.com/the-truth-about-cancer-and-essential-oils/.

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    • An
      December 2, 2016

      Janet,
      PLEASE, PLEASE, check out the site- cancertutor.com you will be greatly enlightened.

        Reply
  17. Bridget
    October 8, 2016

    Which Eucalyptus do you recommend? I currently have Globus in my oil collection.
    Thank you

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      October 9, 2016

      Hi Bridget,

      Personally, I use Eucalyptus radiata.

        Reply
  18. Janell
    October 8, 2016

    Can you make this with something other than the LipoSpheric Vitamin C?

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      October 9, 2016

      Sure, you can scrap the vit C and this is still a powerful recipe.

      I’m not kidding, though, the vit C helped me get over pneumonia last year. It’s no joke…

        Reply
  19. Joan
    October 8, 2016

    Any chance the immune boosting blend would work if used in a diffuser?

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      October 9, 2016

      Love the immune boosting blend in my diffuser. Especially during the Autumn season… 🙂

        Reply
  20. Jan Warren
    October 8, 2016

    I take one half teaspoon of vitamin c crystals (2 g) for immune health. If added to the immune boosting shot, is it an equivalent amount?

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      October 9, 2016

      Hi Jan,

      Whatever is 1 serving size of vit C will work. With that said, I’m not a fan of the crystals as I am of this lypo-spheric variety because it helps ensure that your body will absorb it.

        Reply
  21. vickey murrell
    September 23, 2016

    Dear doc Z..My kids age 20 and 18 suffer from severe anxiety and depression they have tried so many meds they work about 2 to 3 weeks and then stop..What can U recommend to help them..Thanks.

      Reply
    • Customer Support
      November 28, 2016

      My apologies, but Dr. Z is legally prohibited from giving medical advice over email. He has, however, created a special Facebook group that can help as we have hundreds of members that are actively engaged in sharing testimonies of how they have overcome similar illnesses as yours. You can be part of it by joining his essential oil’s club here –> http://essentialoilsclub.info

        Reply
  22. Kathy
    September 16, 2016

    Are you supposed to use 1-2 drops of EACH of the essential oils (*Immune Boost Blend:
    Equal parts Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Orange and Lemon Essential Oils) listed in the Immune Boost Blend?

    Also, when you make it yourself, do you use 1 or 2 drops?

    Thank you for EVERYTHING both you and Mama Z do for everyone. WE are blessed!!!!!

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      September 19, 2016

      No, I take 1-2 drops in total.

      Make the blend first – then use 1-2 drops per dose.:)

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      • JBJJB
        October 11, 2016

        I am confused, on the dose …I blended all ingredients and added 2 drops of each oil. Then I thought I was to take 1 to 2 drops of blend which made no sense since it is a bit gooey to do so. Then I went back and saw that this blend is ‘one shot’ that you take, which makes more sense. BUT now I think I put in too much on the essential oils mentioned. Do I blend those all separately in another container and only put 1 to 2 drops in the honey/vit C blend? Can I still take the first blend I made, or too much? Thanks ever so much!!

          Reply
        • Customer Support
          October 19, 2016

          Ah, yes! So, you want to make up a blend of the immunity oils, then use just 1-2 drops of that blend in the shot. And take the shot all at once. We eat it with a spoon. 🙂

            Reply
    • Elaine B
      October 8, 2016

      I too will get this ‘shot’ ready and I also have always used Oregano oil drops in water as soon as I feel a throat problem, but that doesn’t happen very often any more.
      Thank you so much Dr. Z

        Reply
      • Dr. Z
        October 9, 2016

        Welcome Elaine!

          Reply
  23. Maria
    August 22, 2016

    I will try this recipe on my family. Have an 11 year old that brings a lot of crud home, especially on Fridays. He gets it first, then we all get it. New to essential oils but willing to try to keep us healthier. God bless for all the information.

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      August 22, 2016

      You’re welcome! And you’re going to love this “shot!” 🙂

        Reply
  24. Heather
    August 20, 2016

    Is the recipe (as it is above) one dose?i.e. take that amount 1-2 times/day?

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      August 21, 2016

      Yes, one dose. I personally take this once a day her or there for prevention. Nothing I do every day. When I’m battling something, I’ll take it twice a day. 🙂

        Reply
    • Joy
      October 8, 2016

      NO! The recipe is for the blend. A dose is two drops of the BLEND!

        Reply
  25. Lorraine
    August 20, 2016

    after chemotherapy for Diffused large B cells, high grade lymphoma, I have a paralyzed vocal chord and lacrimo duct blockage in the left eye. any suggestion as which essential oil to use. Thanks.

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      August 21, 2016

      Hi Lorraine,

      I’m so sorry that you’ve suffered so much. I’m really not sure what to recommend, we need to remember that there isn’t an oil for everything. The research is definitely limited in this area and we haven’t seen much regarding physical damage to the body such as you have experienced.

        Reply
    • Anon
      October 2, 2016

      Have you tried 30C homeopathic Phosphorus 3 times daily?

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      • Valery
        October 8, 2016

        This homeopathic remedy would help if you have already appropriate symptoms for this remedy. Otherwise it may even have some negative influence on the person if this is not his constitutional remedy

          Reply
        • Dr. Z
          October 9, 2016

          Hi Valery,

          I disagree.

          First, not that this is not a homeopathic remedy. If it were using homeopathic medicine, I would agree because homeopathics is not for prevention, but for symptom management.

          Secondly, there is every reason to believe (according to research and personal experience) that this recipe boosts immunity with no side effects.

          The key is to take it in stride and not overdo it. 🙂

            Reply
    • Beth
      October 8, 2016

      Hi Lorraine, Have you tried bouncing on a Rebounder (mini Tramp)? I have had a blocked tear duct yhay was operated on 3 times with no effect. It was suggested to me to try a rebounder and within 5 days it cleared with a rush down my throat. That was 35 years ago and no sign of it ever again. The rebounding is also fantastic for the lymph system as it opens all the cells at the same time and flushes out the blockages etc. All the best life can bring you.

        Reply
  26. Caroline Arnold
    August 20, 2016

    Thanks for sharing n I’m going try this. The oils I use I can ingest. So I’m sure it’ll be Great. Have a Blessed Day n wk 🙂

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      August 21, 2016

      Awesome!

        Reply
  27. Caroline Arnold
    August 20, 2016

    Thanks for sharing I’m going try this. I use Young Living Oils n you can ingest. I use them in my water and gel caps.

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      August 21, 2016

      🙂

        Reply
  28. Bethany
    August 20, 2016

    I was just wondering if this is safe to take while breastfeeding?

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      August 21, 2016

      Hi Bethany, my wife hasn’t had any problem and she’s been nursing or pregnant for 8 years now. I haven’t seen anything in the research to suggest otherwise. 🙂

        Reply
  29. kim
    August 20, 2016

    From what age onward is this safe? Can it be adjusted for younger family members? I have an infant and toddler. Thank you!!

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      August 21, 2016

      Hi Kim,

      We use oils in highly diluted amounts in our children pretty young, definitely toddler +. Infant is way too young, even though we’ll use clove / chamomile for teething gums.

        Reply
      • Shannon
        October 10, 2016

        Even eucalyptus is ok for a toddler as long as it’s diluted? Do you think this is more effective then putting oils on the bottom of the foot? Right now we use plant therapy kid safe germ destroyer blend on the bottom of my 3year olds feet. He hasn’t gotten sick yet, but we’ve just been doing it a few weeks.

          Reply
        • Dr. Z
          October 11, 2016

          Hi Shannon,

          We use this recipe with our toddlers and haven’t had a problem. We just do it for days on end.

          Ingesting EOs is a fantastic way to get the immune boosting chemicals in the blood stream.

          Topical application is good, as well, but it’s only 1 of several ways to enjoying oils. 🙂

            Reply
  30. Laurie
    August 20, 2016

    Hi D.Z, I’ve been following you for quite a while now. Our family became ill in a moldy home. We’ve been out for 3 years now and I’m still trying to regain my health. God is good, He is helping me! I just learned yesterday I have Epstein Barr virus in my body. I saw this post today and immune boosting is exactly what I need. I’m not using sugar so I wondered if it is ok to not use the honey in this recipe? I realize it would taste better but I need to avoid sugar. I’m looking forward to watching the summit! Any extra advice on boosting my immune system is appreciated! I am also grain free and eat mostly organic. Thanks for all the great information, and for giving glory to God for His gift of oils! They are a blessing to our family! Laurie

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      August 28, 2016

      Hi Laurie!

      Thanks for reaching out and thanks for being a subscriber!

      Just curious, what’s wrong with raw honey? It’s powerfully effective, especially with cinnamon to boosting the immune system. I wrote this article with Dr. Josh Axe and the honey/cinnamon “cure” has been known for centuries! https://draxe.com/honey-cinnamon-benefits/

      You really need healthy carbs in your diet, and I totally appreciate you cutting out processed sugars. Kudos to you!

      Keep these things in mind along your journey back to FULL health –> http://drericz.com/top-5-immune-system-killers/

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  31. Tana
    August 20, 2016

    Every person is different as to what they may have an allergic reaction to. I grow organic tomatoes, but I am allergic, I get fever blisters. Also, poison ivy is organic, but when I touch it or come in contact with it, I get little blisters, and they itch and then spread, very painful. So, just because something says it’s organic doesn’t mean it’s for me:)

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    • Ellen
      October 8, 2016

      Whenever I am exposed to poison ivy or poison oak I wash 3 times with dish soap and cool water then generously apply witch hazel. As long as I am taking digestive enzymes I can pull up the poison ivy with my bare hands without a reaction to it.

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  32. Corrine
    August 20, 2016

    If I am sensitive to honey, what would be a good substitute?

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    • Dr. Z
      August 21, 2016

      You really don’t need any sweetener. It’s just tastier. You can use maple syrup, or liquid stevia or coconut nectar. 🙂

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  33. William,
    August 20, 2016

    You list cinnamon essentialoil,there are 2 kinds from bark,and from leaves,the oil from the bark should not be taken internally .

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    • Dr. Z
      August 21, 2016

      Hi William,

      I actually disagree. There’s no research stating that we should NOT take cinnamon bark oil internally. I’ve been using it for years…

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      • Kari
        October 8, 2016

        Isn’t the bark what’s used in cinnamon sticks? So also cinnamon spices?

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        • Dr. Z
          October 9, 2016

          Yep, the bark.

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  34. Andrea
    August 5, 2016

    If oils are organic, there should be no issue ingesting in a recipe such as this, correct?

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    • Dr. Z
      August 6, 2016

      Actually, a label saying that essential oils are “organic” doesn’t guarantee purity or safety.

      Here are a couple articles to help explain this as there’s a lot of confusion out there…

      http://drericz.com/are-essential-oils-safe-for-internal-use/
      http://drericz.com/how-to-choose-an-essential-oil-brand/

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      • Janet McDaniel
        August 23, 2016

        I really try not to eat sugar since I am a cancer survivor. Would this oil blend in a capsule be as effective or do you need the honey with all it’s good properties

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        • Dr. Z
          August 24, 2016

          You don’t even need to capsule. The coconut oil dilutes and it’ll still be pleasant to taste. Maybe with a couple drops of stevia extract?

          Don’t be afraid of honey. This is a natural sweetener (good carbs) and some researchers claim act as a carrier to facilitate natural remedies to be more effective at killing cancer. (cancertutor.com).

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