Natural Remedies, Aromatherapy for Immune System Support
As a child I can remember two cold/flu remedies my grandmother used religiously. She always had a bottle of Eucalyptus oil in her medicine cabinet. A few drops on a hanky or my pillow case at night helped me breathe better and always sent me off to sleep. The second was a combination of lemon juice, honey and whiskey. She’d mix them together and give me a tablespoon full before bed. The intended affect was, lemon juice to help cut the mucus, honey to coat the sore throat and whiskey helped you fall asleep.
Today we have a much larger availability of natural remedies at our disposal. We can treat symptoms when we get sick, but when you have a strong immune system you are less likely to get sick. And, if you do get caught off-guard, your body will easily be able to defend itself. We all get exposed to cold and flu germs every year. Just about every essential oil will help immune system health. All of them have anti viral, anti bacterial and anti fungal properties in varying degrees, and they will help keep most infections to a minimum. Having a strong immune system is very important to me, being a C6-7 incomplete quadriplegic, it’s imperative that I keep my respiratory system strong.
Pharmaceutical companies don’t have a monopoly on comforting cold/flu sufferers. Mother Nature has been doing it for much longer. And her natural medicines don’t come with a long list of nasty side effects like pharmaceuticals do. She offers us so many wonderful options.
In Kathi Kevilles’ book: Aromatherapy for Dummies, she states that the use of oils such as Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Pine Needle, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Thyme-linalool, and Vetiver work with our body to help fight infection by supporting our while cell production. When we diffuse essential oils, they go into our lungs and are absorbed into the bloodstream. This helps our bodies start it’s first defense.
There are other ways to use essential oils besides diffusing. However, diffusing is one of the more popular methods. When that is not an option, you can also use a personal inhaler. This is when an essential oil or blend of oils are placed on a cotton wick inside of a nasal inhaler. Or you can use them topically. You can mix essential oils with a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil or coconut oil, and apply them on different areas of your body. For immune support it’s advices to apply oils to the bottom of your feet and/or your wrists.
Using essential oils on a daily basis can help you build your immune system to help you stay healthy when exposed to cold/flu viruses. The use of natural remedies and essential oils, is part of our history going back centuries.
Here are some recipes using aromatherapy for an immune system health boost.
Diffuser Blend: 5 drops Eucalyptus, 5 drops Tea Tree, 6 drops Orange
Inhaler Blend: 6 drops- Lavender, 6 drops- Bergamot, 3 drops- Lemon, 3 drops- Tea Tree
Roller Blend: 2 drops- Oregano, 2 drops- Tea Tree, 2 drops- Lemon, 2 drops- Frankincense, 2 drops- Cinnamon, 10ml roller ball with carrier oil ( I use coconut oil or sweet almond oil)
Make sure when purchasing essential oils, you do your research on the supplier as well as the oil itself. You’ll want to be sure you are buying a true essential oil and not a perfume oil. Always remember to use them responsibly, your body will thank you.
By: Sharon Little
Kathi Keville-, Aromatherapy for Dummies
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