doTERRA’s OnGuard is a scintillating oil blend that smells warm, woody and spicy. Its scent might even remind you a little of Christmas and the holiday season.
This blend was specially created to ‘protect’ and I love to see that protection as both physical and mental.
Physically, the formulation of oils helps to support a healthy immune system and kill germs around the home when used on surfaces and in the air when diffused. It’s your perfect partner if someone in your household comes down with a cold and flu! OnGuard is also an excellent preventative in flu season so you can skip the sickness altogether.
On a more energetic level, use OnGuard to ‘protect’ the mind from unwanted intrusions. It’s the perfect accompaniment if you’re working on your practice of pratyahara.
Pratyahara is the fifth limb of Patanjali’s path to self-realisation. It is a Sanskrit word that translates to something like ‘withdrawal of the senses’ or ‘gaining mastery over external influences.’
So while in the traditional sense, pratyahara is about withdrawing from our senses (like our sense of smell), you can also think of it as withdrawing from wrong impressions, associations and energy. With OnGuard we can protect our thoughts by carefully choosing what comes in by cultivating pratyahara.
As you are probably aware, the olfactory system is super active and can be used to create ‘anchors’ for ourselves. I like to use OnGuard as my anchor for mental protection.
OnGuard is a blend of potent oils including:
- Wild Orange
How to use OnGuard
- Add two to three drops in a veggie capsule to support your immune system (you can get the capsules from the health food store)
- Add to water to make an all-purpose surface cleaner
- Soak sliced apples in water and a few drops for a fresh and healthy snack
- Combine a few drops of fractionated coconut oil for a natural hand cleanser
If DIY isn’t for you, there are a range of ready-made products all with OnGuard already in them:
- Laundry detergent
- Throat lozenges
- Multi-purpose cleaning concentrate
If you’re looking to dive deeper into these teachings and OnGuard essential oil blend, join me for two hours of yin yoga and aromatherapy! We will be working with the OnGuard blend and going within to explore how we can develop our own sense of protection and what that means to each of us.
Saturday 3rd February, 4-6pm