For many people, essential oils are known for their pleasant, refreshing fragrances. What is less known is their role in preventing infection and illness. Research confirms that essential oils provide effective immune system support and are highly compatible with human physiology.
Diffusing immune-building essential oils into the air you breath on a daily basis helps to eliminate airborne threats. The oils purify the air fortifying your immune system, which ultimately prevents you from getting sick. Plus, immune-supporting oils smell nice, have an uplifting effect on the psyche and have a sharpening effect on the mind.
When you diffuse essential oils into the air and breathe them in, they go directly to the respiratory system. From there, they cross the airway capillary system, and in a matter of minutes they are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. The molecules of the oils are then transported by the circulatory system, benefiting every cell in your body.
The best way to diffuse oils is by using an ultrasonic aromatherapy diffuser, because they maintain the integrity of the essential for therapeutic use. This type of diffuser distributes negative ions, which improve oxygen flow to the brain, serving to relieve fatigue and stress, and helping you sleep and breathe better.
Oils to Diffuse
Eucalyptus radiata, ravensara and rosemary of the cineol chemotype are excellent single oil choices. A popular immune blend can be made using 5 parts lemon, 3 parts clove, 2 parts cinnamon bark, 1 and ½ parts eucalyptus radiata, and 1 and ½ parts rosemary cineol.
Combatting an Attack
Oils work best as a preventive measure, however, if you begin feeling unwell, you can apply 2-4 drops each of eucalyptus and lemon essential oils to the skin in the steam of a shower (so that the skin is more porous). Eucalyptus can be applied to the chest and back; lemon should be applied directly to the lymph nodes to support the immune response. Lymph nodes are located in different parts of your body—in the throat, breasts, under the arms and groin. They serve as filtering centers for cleansing your blood, which helps prevent illness.
This application is fastest-acting and very effective to kick-start the immune system. The vast majority of individuals should have no sensitivity response to such application if they are using essential oil graded for internal use; if, however, any skin irritation is noted, apply diluted in a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil.
Try diffusing the following oils for specific support:
- Lympatic system support: Cypress, Grapefruit, White Fir
- Immune system support: Eucalyptus, Lemon, Melaleuca, Thyme
- Fortify immune activity: Melissa, Cinnamon, Clove, Oregano.
- Oils to reduce high stress: Basil, Lavender, Vetiver, Wild Orange
Be aware of your body’s sensitivity to your oil use and adjust usage accordingly, or add fractionated coconut oils as needed. Be sure to seek professional advice whenever necessary.
When choosing your own self-healing methods as part of your overall natural health and wellness program, it is important to choose the proper modality for each situation. There are many helpful texts available for the use of essential oils as medicines, such as The Essential Life by LLC Total Wellness Publishing.
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.