Diet, lifestyle and sleep are of great importance when it comes to keeping a healthy immune system, but not enough. These days more and more people turn to essential oils to support their immune system. Now, skeptics may ask: How could sniffing or applying oil to the skin be effective to such a delicate and complicated thing as the immune system?
There are 3 answers that question:
Essential oil can purify the air around us from microbes, bacteria, thus decreasing the concentration of harmful factors we are exposed to and reducing the odds of getting sick.
Essential oil can have relaxing effects on the mind, keeping us in positive state in which our immune system works the best to protect the body.
Essential oil can improve blood circulation and the production of T-cells which is important if you want to have a strong immune system and cure infections such as staph infection, cold, flu, etc.
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If you’re feeling under the weather, here are 8 essential oils that can help boost your immune system:
Lemons are probably the most popular citrus fruits in the world. Cold-press from the rinds of fresh lemons, lemon oil is one effective therapy to improve immune system. Packed with anti-infection, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties and high concentration of vitamins, lemon oil has been known to improve blood circulation throughout the body, promote the production of white blood cells and thus enhance the immune system.
If you already have a cold or flu, you may be able to support the healing process faster using lemon oil. Just simply make a mixture of lemon oil and coconut oil and apply it on your neck.
Used for centuries, peppermint oil is well-respected by its ability to detoxify the body and raise one’s resistance to several disorders and diseases. It is a powerhouse of antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties.
It is recommended to use this oil a very modest amount of this oil. One drop of peppermint oil in a glass of lukewarm water is enough to perform miracles. You can take it topically as well.
There must be a good reason why ginger is widely believed in China and India for thousands of years to treat ailments. Ginger essential oil is the most potent form of ginger and contains the highest level of gingerol – a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory property. Ginger oil can warm up our body so well that it breaks down toxins in our body, thus keep us away from weakened immune system.
This oil can be taken orally or used in combination with eucalyptus oil to have best result. Apply the mixture on the area of pain will improve breathing and fight off the illness quickly.
Thieves essential oil is the powerful combination of cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, rosemary and wild orange oils so it seemingly takes forever to list all the curative properties in it. Thieves oil is an excellent source of antioxidant, antibacterial, antiseptic, expectorant, immune boosting properties. It supports healthy immune function and gets rid of harmful bacteria that make us susceptible to diseases.
Thieves can be applied to the bottoms of your feet and palms daily to kill germs.
The most impressive health benefit of oregano oil is its ability to protect the immune system. High concentration of antioxidants called rosmarinic acid and thymol can neutralize the free radical activity, eliminate damaged cells, thus optimizing the immune function of our body. Beside, antibacterial properties in oregano oil also prevent our body from the attack of viral infections.
Oregano should be heavily diluted with honey or non-dairy products or it will burn you. It is recommended you to use small doses under supervision or consultation of doctors. You can choose to apply topically through carrier oil like coconut oil.
6. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is gaining popularity by its’ ability to treat skin problems, but this oil is much more amazing than that as it can improve our immune system effectively. This benefit can be attributed to its antibacterial, anti-viral, antiseptic, antimicrobial properties. It is so effective in killing harmful bacteria causing diseases and curing viral infections.
Tea tree essential oil should be used topically only. When you feel susceptible to sickness, apply a few drops of tea tree oil to the chest or area of infections. You can also drop 1 drop of tea tree oil to your pillow and let the aroma purify the air, relax your mind and boost your immune system.
Eucalyptus oil is so effective in healing wounds that it is a must have items in many Australian homes. It can help boost the immune system too. Eucalyptus oil acts as an expectorant and eliminates harmful microbes, bacteria, fungi that cause sickness and detoxify the body from toxins, thus strengthen the body’s ability to fight off diseases.
Many people benefit from eucalyptus oil by putting it in a diffuser before going to bed. Others make a steam bath with a few drop of eucalyptus essential oil.
Bergamot essential oil is extracted from the rinds of Bergamot- a type of citrus fruit. Its exotic aroma makes it a frequent ingredient in many kinds of perfume. Bergamot oil, more than that, has a lot of medical potentials. It contains antibiotic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, sedative, antidepressant and disinfectant properties.
As a result, bergamot oil is the beloved remedy to improve immune system in so many ways. It can relax the nerves, improve the circulation of the blood, promote the absorption of nutrients and prevent the development of harmful virus, germs and fungi.
Arial Grande is the Senior Editor of Authority Remedies. She is a certified pharmacist after finishing her bachelor degree of Healthcare Management at University of Findlay. She has worked and trained in the field of nutrition and health for several years, consistently providing people with useful information about nutrition and helping them with their common health problems.
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