Essential Oils to Boost Your Immune System
When choosing an essential oil, it is crucial to choose a high quality, pure oil. It is wise to see what type of testing the oils have gone through to assure their quality as well as which reputable company they came from. There are many different essential oil companies out there, and many provide high-quality products, but you need to do your research. You want to make sure the products are certified to have no impurities, taken directly from the plant source, and are traceable to their source. More expensive does not always mean higher quality. I have bought my oils from a variety of different places, but have settled on a company that not only does their research, but also is more economical.
Melaleuca Oil (Tea Tree Oil)
Melaleuca oil, also known as tea tree oil, is an excellent antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral oil. It is a natural antiseptic and great for fighting infections. This oil stimulates the immune system, whereas most others just support it; therefore, it is a good choice as your first line of defense. Melaleuca oil is excellent to diffuse to clean the air of bacteria, or used in your household cleaners to eliminate germs on your surfaces. Melaleuca oil has been proven to be effective in combatting the flu virus. Another excellent use for dilute tea tree oil is to soothe stings, bites, wounds, or irritated skin. It also has been shown effective in helping combat bladder infections, ear infections, and cellulitis. Talk to your doctor before attempting to remedy any of the above at home.
How to Use: Diffuse 1-2 drops in a diffuser, dilute with a carrier oil and rub on the bottom of the foot, or use in cleaning agent to sanitize countertops.
Recipe for the Diffuser to Fight Bacteria:
- Add equal parts melaleuca oil, lemon, eucalyptus, and peppermint to a bottle
- Roll bottle in hand to help blend thoroughly
- Use 1-2 drops in a diffuser.
Bergamot oil helps support your immune system. It works because it helps soothe your mind and body, which allows your body to fight off illness better. Mood can have a drastic impact on your immune system's response. If you feel very stressed, anxious, or depressed, your body is less capable of fighting off illness. By boosting your mood, it allows you to feel better and get appropriate rest.
How to Use: Put 1-2 drops in a diffuser, dilute in a carrier oil and rub on the bottom of foot or throat.
Scent: Citrusy, yet floral scent
Cautions: If used on the skin, it may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Do not use on the skin if pregnant or nursing, do not use up to two weeks before surgery because it can affect blood sugars.
Asthma Relief Blend:
- Combine two parts bergamot, two parts rosemary, and three parts spearmint.
- Roll the bottle in the palm of your hand to blend.
- Diffuse 1-2 drops in a diffuser.
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon, in general, is great for boosting the immune system, so of course, the essential oil would be no different. The oil is known for helping your body to defend itself against dangerous microbes. When exposed to lemon oil, our bodies start to produce more white blood cells, just like bergamot. Another way that lemon helps is by boosting the mood, which will help your body be able to be prepared to fight off illness.
How to Use: combine with carrier oil and rub on chest to help breathe better, combine three drops to 2 cups of vinegar and use as a cleaning agent, uses one drop lemon, one drop peppermint to a carrier oil, rub on the bottom of feet to fight off fever, diffuse 1-2 drops in a diffuser.
Cough Relief Blend:
- Equal parts lemon, cedarwood, spearmint, and clove.
- Rub in a bottle in between the palms of your hand.
- Drop 1-2 drops in a diffuser.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus is a great choice once one already has the flu or cold. The oil is used in many over-the-counter medications to help deal with a bad cold or flu. It helps relieve congestion and break down mucus to allow one to breathe better. Eucalyptus may help even before being sick as it is supposed to help build the immune system on a cellular level. It is also a great healing agent for wounds because of its antibacterial effects.
How to Use: Rub with a carrier oil in palms and breathe in, or rub against throat and chest, diffuse 1-2 drops in a diffuser
- Use ten drops of eucalyptus, lemon, and citronella oils each.
- Add a quarter cup of vinegar, and two cups of water.
- Combine in a spray bottle.
Although many companies will state their oils can be ingested, I advise you only to do so if directed by a doctor, and if the oils are approved by the FDA, as oils are very potent due to their extreme concentration. Our bodies are not necessarily made to encounter that strength of oil internally. Oils should also be used with a carrier oil whenever it is used on the skin to help prevent overexposure and sensitivity.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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