Essential oils are made from parts of certain plants such as leaves, herbs, barks, and rinds. These concentrated plant extracts retain the natural smell also called ” essence” of their source. Makers use different methods such as distillation or presses to concentrate the plant parts into oils.
With their specific immune strengthening properties many essential oils will work directly to fortify the immune response and some can eradicate the bacteria and viruses that can make us sick.
Essential oils can be inhaled or diluted and applied to the skin. They may stimulate your sense of smell or have medicinal effects when absorbed, like
- anti fungal
- anti inflammatory
When know how to use them correctly these oils can be helpful to your health and overall well-being
There are a wide variety of oils and ways that essential oil can be used but for today I would like to talk about the ones that help boost the immune system either directly or indirectly.
Use of essential oils / Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is a staple in my household. I had been battling Eczema for many years before I was introduced to this amazing fighter against bacteria s and fungal skin conditions this germ-fighting oil helps in preventing infection and will promote healing of the skin due to it’s anti-inflammatory action.
I also incorporate it into my diffusers with other good smelling Oils as Tea tree oil in known to have antiviral properties.
Tea tree oil contains several compounds including terpinen – 4-ol which has shown to kill certain bacteria, viruses and fungi, terinine-4-ol has shown to increase the activity of your white blood cells who help fight off germs and other foreign invaders.
With this germ – fighting anti-inflammatory properties Tea tree Oil is a MUST have for anyone that values the natural remedy for treating bacterial and fungal skin conditions, preventing infection and promote healing .
DIY Hand sanatizer
- 15 drops peppermint oils
- 30 drops tea tree oil
- 3 ounces rubbing alcohol
- 1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 1 ounce witch hazel
Combine all oils with your vitamin E oil in a glass bowl by stirring, add the alcohol and witch hazel and pour in a glass spray bottle. When like to make a larger amount keep in a glass container and refrigerate for up to one month. In case, you do not like the peppermint you are able to substitute with any other oil that has a good scent to you. Tea tree oil has a very strong scent peppermint is my personal favorite but i also use lavender at times to round out the tea tree oil scent.
Use of essential oils / Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus is known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties. I am sure most of you have had Eucalyptus in one form or another during a cold to help loosen phloem and relieve congestion.
Eucalyptus Oil will battle bacteria and ease congestion when sniffing the pungent oil, but that is not all it is known for. It is a tick repellent and when diluted the eucalyptus oil may be applied to the skin and can be used against health problems like arthritis and skin ulcers.
One more great use is the deodorizing effect this oil has, often we can find it in deodorants or mouthwash.
A word of warning though. This oil can be poisonous if not diluted correctly and should only be used diluted and under guidance of a qualified health care provider.
DIY cold remedy
- 1 ounce of coconut oil ( or any other carrier oil of your choice)
- 3 drops of Eucalyptus oilmix all ingredients in your hand palm and rub on your chest or throat
Use of essential oils / Frankincense
Frankincense essential oil is often used for it’s highly effective inflammation – fighting capabilities, as well as to
alleviate stress and relieve pain.
When used topically it will help with kick-starting your immune response and help against the daily immune-damaging pollutants due to the environment or poor diets, it also is used and has shown that it can be beneficial in the management of stress and help to reduce wakening in the night.
DIY for a good night sleep
Before bedtime rub a few drops of Frankincense oil ( diluted with vitamin E lotion or any other carrier oil ) on the bottom of your feed. Sweet dreams!
Use of essential oils / Oregano
Oregano has many more effective usages than just as a spice in for your Spaghetti Sauce.
Oregano is a very powerful antibacterial due to the high levels of several active compounds like carvacrol and thyol who kill bacterial cells and is widely used as a natural alternative to assure food safety and quality in the food Industry. Oregano oil kills Salmonella, E.coli and is a strong antioxidant.
It also will help with Athletes food and Eczema.
DIY Foot Spray
- 2 ounces of Witch Hazel
- 15 drops oregano
- 15 drops tea tree oil
- blend all Ingredients in a glass bowl and poor in a dark glass Spray bottle. After you shower spray the blend on to your feet. You will see results within a few days.
- shake bottle lightly before each use
AND DON’T DO / USE OF ESSENTIAL OILS
Only buy organic!!!! organic oils are free of pesticides and will assure that you are getting a superior quality
Don’t take essential oils orally!!! unless you have a qualified healthcare practitioner that will be able to guide on how to use essential oils, be aware that some essential oils can be poisonous or can contradict with some medicine you are taking. Be safe and assure yourself the most effective use of essential oils for immune support and consult your Dr. first.
Always pay attention to the ingredients!!! as a general guideline it is safe to say that the price of your oil typically will reflect its quality and purity but it is a good Idea to research the oils to assure you will choose the ones that have the most benefits for your needs.
Dilute, dilute,dilute!!!!! I can not stress enough how important it is to dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil like coconut oil or avocado oil. Essential oils are highly concentrated .
I personally use oils from Jade Bloom they do not just provide you with certificates for each and every oil they sell but also offer a FREE Jade Bloom University where you can learn about the oils and are able to earn free product while achieving different levels of education.
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