Which essential oils can help with our Immunity?
- Eucalyptus – reduces inflammation and helps breathing
- Lavender – can reduce irritation and relax breathing
- Lemon – anti-inflammatory for the respiratory system, improves immunity and is also antibacterial
- Peppermint – helps open up the nose and also relieves headaches resulting from stuffed sinuses
- Tea Tree – a natural choice for anti-allergy and building immunity
Our immunity boost favourites in more depth
Lemon - lemon has been used throughout history to protect against immune threats. It Promotes health, healing and energy, and has strong antibacterial properties. Lemon oil works primarily with the digestive, immune, and respiratory systems, promoting healthy function in the body. Aromatically, it's invigorating and is also one of the most popular essential oils.
Peppermint - Peppermint oil contains many powerful properties that can help bolster and fortify a person’s immune system, such as antibacterial properties.
These are beneficial to those with a weak immune system or are just getting over an illness. Peppermint oil also contains carvacrol, menthol, and camphor, which helps protect you from such nasty viruses as E. coli, salmonella, and even staph infections.
Peppermint essential oil is an excellent oil to start using at the onset of a cold or flu especially when you start getting a scratchy sore throat. Peppermint essential oil is also an amazing oil for stomach and abdominal upset. You can also use peppermint essential oil for controlling fevers.
Tea Tree - Tea tree oil is very important in the health of the immune system, as it acts as an immuno-stimulant and increases the body's ability to fight off any infections, while it also is used to revive the mind and body after shock.
Tea Tree essential oil has a warm, fresh and spicy aroma. A wonderful antiseptic essential oil which can help maintain a healthy and balanced immune system. Deeply cleansing and antibacterial and is useful in inhalations to clear the head and in body skincare blends for problem skin.
How to use the essential oils
There are so many ways to integrate these essential oils into your daily life to help boost your health, here are some ideas:
Why not make a spray that you use throughout the day? Particularly useful before bed to help clear congestion, or to spray on your pillow to help clear sinuses whilst you sleep. To 100ml of water add up to 30 drops of essential oils from the list above. Choose the oils that you like the smell of, as those are the ones your body will need the most! You can blend them all so get creative! Peppermint especially is cooling, so it’s perfect for spraying onto the skin when it is a humid night!
Try our immunity boost signature scent, lemon, tea tree and peppermint in your diffuser, as well as soothing symptoms, it makes the room smell beautiful! Lemon’s great for concentration too, so it’s ideal for when you are working.
If you’re really congested, try a steam inhalation over a bowl of boiling water with up to 10 drops of your chosen oil. Place a towel over your head as you inhale for a few minutes at a time, remembering to close your eyes. Better still, try having a bath with your chosen oils. Ensure that all of the doors and windows are closed and enjoy your inhalation whilst having a relaxing soak.
Cool compresses can be extremely soothing for sore, red, itchy eyes! Soak a couple of cotton pads in water, pop in the fridge for a few minutes and place over the eyes for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively the classic cucumber slice works wonders!
Healthy Wishes x