On Wellness

Healthy Remedies, From a Jet-Setting Designer

Elad Yifrach
Credit...Ben Abrabanel

Elad Yifrach travels for more than half the year in the process of creating his decorative interiors line L’Objet. “I’m constantly moving through time zones and being exposed to all sorts of different foods and bacteria. It can really take its toll on your body,” explains Yifrach, who found that he was getting sick after every journey. “I decided I had to learn to support my system to handle, and actually enjoy, all those trips rather getting sick every time.” A firm believer in the power of scent — the latest addition to L’Objet is a carefully crafted line of apothecary-inspired aromatic bath salts, soaps and room fragrances delivered in violet glass vessels — Yifrach turned to his nutritionist and acupuncturist to help him compile a potent blend of essential oils to boost the immune system and keep sickness at bay while traveling. “It’s all about reminding the body how to heal itself rather than taking an Advil every time you sneeze,” he says. Here, he shares a trio of natural wellness rituals that help prevent the constant reach for the medicine cabinet.

“When I wake up, I always drink a glass of warm water with fresh lemon. If I feel I need an immune boost I’ll add a mix of wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary oils. It’s a powerful, antibacterial immune-boosting elixir. Making your own blend at home can get messy, so for ease, it’s best to buy a blend from a company like doTerra. You can even add a few drops to season cut fruit for an added citrus kick or rub it into the hands as natural hand sanitizer.”

“Before I go to sleep, I put three drops of eucalyptus oil and three drops of fractioned coconut oil on my hands and rub them together for a few moments. Then I massage them onto my feet for 30 seconds. The biggest pores in the body are on the feet, so it’s the way to go if you want to get something absorbed into the skin fast. Fractioned coconut oil is highly moisturizing, so it helps the essential oils to penetrate the skin. Then I breathe into my hands five or six times, taking long breaths so that it really goes in deep. Then, when you sleep the fragrance circulates on your hands and on the sheets — it’s very soothing.”

“My grandmother used to rub a few drops of Ouzo onto our tummies as children when we had stomachaches. The anise helps to relieve the stomach and it goes right into the blood stream applied directly onto the skin like that. Now, I use pure anise oil made from the seeds and rub it onto my stomach. If I can juice up some fresh ginger, I’ll drink that too, or make a ginger blend with peppermint, tarragon, anise and fennel seeds. It’s best delivered in water as that way it gets straight into your system.”