by Ashley Stone
Allergic disorders have increased during the last 50 years and today affect more than 40 million Americans. An allergic response develops when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment. People are often told to avoid allergy triggers, but that can be difficult when the seasons are changing, and when our immune systems are fighting environmental toxins and hidden triggers in the foods we consume.
Thankfully, some powerful essential oils provide natural and safe ways to support your immune system while also treating the symptoms of respiratory distress and discomfort. These essential oils have the ability to chemically support the body and help it overcome hypersensitivity. When the immune system and inflammation within your body are in balance, your body does not overreact to allergens. Essential oils help support this balance.
Here are the Top 5 essential oils that support your immune system and help keep inflammation within your body in check:
1. Peppermint Oil
The smell of peppermint oil can immediately unclog the sinuses and offer relief to a scratchy throat. Peppermint acts as an expectorant and can reduce phlegm as it relaxes the nasal muscles, enabling the body to clear out mucus and allergens such as pollen. Because essential oils have a balancing effect, peppermint can provide relief for most respiratory concerns. Remedy: Diffuse peppermint or apply it topically to the chest, back of neck and temples. Those with sensitive skin need to dilute the oil with coconut oil. You can also take 1-2 drops internally for a healthy inflammatory response.
2. Basil Oil
Basil essential oil helps to regulate the overreaction of the immune system and your body’s inflammatory response. It also supports the adrenal glands, which are involved in producing over 50 hormones that drive almost every bodily function. Studies prove that basil oil shows antimicrobial activity and can kill bacteria, yeast and mold that can lead to respiratory damage. Remedy: Dilute 2-3 drops of basil oil with equal parts coconut oil and apply topically to the chest, back of neck and temples. You can also take 1-2 drop internally.
3. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil improves circulation and opens up the lungs and sinuses, which reduces respiratory distress. Eucalyptus contains citronellal, which acts as an expectorant and has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. It helps to cleanse the body of toxins and harmful microorganisms that are acting as allergens. Remedy: Diffuse eucalyptus or apply it topically to the chest and temples. To clear the nasal passages and relieve congestion, pour a cup of boiling water into a bowl and add 1-2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Then place a towel over your head and inhale deeply for 5-10 minutes.
“Thankfully, some powerful essential oils serve as a natural and safe way to support your immune system while also treating the symptoms of respiratory distress and discomfort.”
4. Lemon Oil
Lemon oil helps overcome respiratory concerns as it supports lymphatic system drainage. It stimulates the liver and flushes out toxins that can lead to inflammation and an over-reactive immune system. Lemon oil stimulates white blood cell production, which is vital for immune system function. Studies have shown that lemon essential oil inhibits the growth of bacteria. Remedy: Add 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil to water to help balance pH and help cleanse the body. Lemon oil can be used to replace bleach and alcohol to disinfect your bathrooms, kitchen and bedroom. Add lemon oil to your laundry detergent or dryer ball, mix a couple of drops with water and spray it on your couches, sheets, curtains and carpets. Mix with vinegar for an all-natural cleaning spray.
5. Tea Tree Oil
A 2000 study conducted in Germany found that tea tree oil exhibits antimicrobial activity against a wide range of bacteria, yeasts and fungi. These microbes lead to inflammation and force your immune system to work on overdrive. Tea tree oil is an antiseptic agent and has properties that can support healthy skin function. It can also be used as a household cleaner to disinfect the home and eliminate allergens. Remedy: Use tea tree oil on skin or as a household cleaner. For people with sensitive skin, dilute tea tree with a carrier oil first, like coconut or jojoba oil for topical application.
Ashley Stone is a nutrition and health coach who promotes the use of essential oil products to restore health, recover from deficiencies and address disease. She is a master herbalist of 20 years and healed herself of stage 3 cervical cancer 15 years ago. For more information, visit www.stoneoils.com or call 210-843-5179.