Essential Oils for Immune Health

Wow. Stuff is sure getting REAL in the news huh?

I’m not much for fear mongering and sensationalist media.  I like to be prepared, but keep positive.  Focusing on what we want (like wellness, and a healthy home) is far more empowering than letting the media lead us into the woods.  Its good to be informed, but not inundated.

Fear is the path to the Dark Side.

 So if you find yourself in a media-darkness-fear spiral, remember to take a moment. Turn off the TV (or news feed). BREATHE. Find your gratitude. Take another breath.  Be here in your wellness, in this NOW with all its promise.  Take a step outside and let the fresh air revive you.

You ok? Ok.

Lets all be like Master Yoda and focus our energy on what we want to CREATE.  I imagine that keeping your immune system strong and vibrant is going to be extra important to you this season.  I realize that I’m jumping the gun by not doing an Essential Oils 101 post first, but I really want you to know about these oils so you can get them into your life ASAP.  I promise my next post will have all the Essential Oil knowledge you need, so you can understand the what, and why, and how of Aromatherapy.  In the meantime though, here are my MVP Essential Oils for Immune Health:

Cinnamon Leaf (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) – Due to its antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties, it is effective on treating external as well as internal infections.  It is an immunostimulant, and has moderate antioxidant properties.  Cinnamon is great if you feel you have already been exposed to a germ or bacteria.  Start adding the actual herb cinnamon in your food or beverages too.  Its nice with tea, and really good added to your ground coffee.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus) – this is another one to have on hand and to use if you feel you’ve already been exposed.  Like Cinnamon it is analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic.  Its antiviral, decongestant, and expectorant properties make it my favorite for respiratory qualms.  If your sinuses or lungs need some protection or support, give yourself a nice steam treatment with a couple drops of Eucalyptus oil in some boiling water.  Yup, bowl of water and a towel over your head, just like on Tom and Jerry.  If you’re feeling extra fancy bruise a sprig of Rosemary and plop it in the water too.  Speaking of Rosemary…

Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) – Analgesic, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiseptic, decongestant, expectorant.  Great as a companion to the above oils.  Also antispasmodic and anti-arthritic.  Going to hit you with some chemistry: sesquiterpene hydrocarbons.  Those are the molecules contained in Rosemary which make it anti inflammatory.  Any oil that has sesquiterpene hydrocarbons is going to be anti inflammatory.  I really dig chemistry and we will totally get into it in some later posts.  But for now just know that the Anti inflammatory properties in this or any oil will manage muscle and joint inflammation just as well as it will  address inflamed sinuses or respiratory tracts…just as well as it will deal with your chronic systemic stress induced inflammation which *gasp* weakens the immune system and makes you more prone to infection.  So take that statement and reverse engineer it.  Get excited, and get involved with an anti inflammatory oil like Rosemary.  Get a happy little rosemary plant to live on your window sill and be a living wellness pet for your home. 

Lemon (Citrus Limon)  Dude.  I love me some Lemon. Antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antiseptic.  You are probably already using in in some of your cleaning products…along with g-d knows what else.  Lemon essential oil will kill whatever creepies your school-age children can bring home, or your co-workers can bring in.  Seriously.  Do yourself a favor get a glass spritzer bottle. Fill it with distilled water. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to it.  If you have the above oils, toss them in too! (no more than 15 drops to one ounce of water) You now have a quick spray you can use on the air or on a surface.  Add some  aloe vera gel and maybe some vitamin e oil and its a super eco awesome hand sanitizer.

Sales pitch: All of these oils are in my Healthy Harvest blend.

So get you some oils!  Go to Whole Foods, or your local health food or new age store .  Order them on line.  Buy them from your friend that sells them. Message me, and I’ll send you a care package laced with love and good juju.  Know that no one has “the best” Oils.  Some are definitely superior, and we will talk about that later, but for now get the best you can afford, and what is most convenient.  In a nutshell, things like “organic” and “steam extracted/distilled” are important.  Terms like “therapeutic grade”, “food grade” and “safe for internal use” are marketing terms, mostly meaningless, and possibly dangerous.  Seriously.  I will totally give you the skinny on Essential Oils in the next post, so you can be a savvy Aromatherapista.

In closing, the Do’s:

  • Wash your hands.
  • Stop touching your face.
  • Make or buy your essential oil blend and apply! (8 to 10 times a day is ideal)
  • Supply your immune system with good building blocks for wellness – living green fruits and veggies.
  • Keep up with your fitness schedule.

The Don’t’s:

  • Don’t spray your germ laden children or co-workers directly in the face with your essential oil spray as described above.
  • Don’t use Essential Oils undiluted.  These are super concentrated.  More is not better, and could be potentially harmful or irritating.  You don’t use concentrated beverages or cleaning products without diluting, do you? No.  No you don’t.
  • Don’t Take Essential Oils internally unless you are under the care of a expert practitioner.  An Essential Oil company sales rep / brochure / website is not an expert practitioner.  Certified Aromatherapists undergo hundreds if not more than a thousand hours of education and are able to weigh the risks and benefits of taking oils internally, and supervise you if in fact they advise you to do so.
  • Don’t Panic!  Be sure you know where your towel is travelers, and lets stay healthy!

Please feel free to hit me up with comments or questions!  How are you going to create health and wellness in the coming months?

Disclaimerland:

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.

Its best to avoid essential oils while pregnant unless working with a professional . Keep away from children and pets. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier).

I currently have no affiliations with any Essential Oil company or distributor.  If that changes I will let you know.  I will not be endorsing any brands or essential oil companies, and in order to keep the focus on the health benefits of the oils themselves, I won’t be allowing any comments that endorse particular companies or brands.

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