This is the time of year when we all hope to make it through the winter healthy! One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is by boosting the immune system. To understand how to support our immune health and ward off illnesses, let’s take a look at the basics.
Simply put, it’s the body’s ability to resist infection by a disease-causing agent such as a bacterium or virus.
Holistic aromatherapy helps by using essential oils to support the body, mind and spirit. Essential oils can help your immune system fight viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites and other microbes. Many essential oils used in treating infections possess antimicrobial properties and work directly against invading microorganisms. There are also essential oils that stimulate the immune system which can boost the body’s own defenses. So this winter, consider making essential oils part of your routine to help protect your immune system and overall health during cold and flu season.
This room spray is a simple way to start using essential oils to bolster immunity.
• 14 drops eucalyptus (eucalyptus globulus)—antibacterial, antiviral
• 10 drops orange (citrus sinensis)—antiseptic
• 6 drops tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia)—antimicrobial, bactericide, antifungal
Combine the essential oils with 4 ounces of distilled water and 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol. Shake well and spray in room to maintain a healthy atmosphere.
Too busy to make your own? It can be purchased already mixed with a carrier oil and ready to go. Using essential oils backed by science, Nectar Essences has a ‘super-immunity’ blend that includes antimicrobial essential oils of lemongrass, coriander, clove, thyme and red mandarin. There is also a kid and adult blend, ‘decongest immunity.’ that contains eucalyptus, cypress, silver fir, lavender, star anise and clove. Both remedies can be inhaled and applied topically, and 20 drops can be added to water for use as a room spray. Visit Nectar and use IMMUNITY15 for a 15% discount.
Wishing you a healthy and happy winter season!
Desiree Bell’s inspiration comes from botanicals and natural materials. She is a vegetarian who has a certificate in herbal studies and a certificate from Australasian College of Health Sciences in Aromatherapy. Follow her on Facebook at Beyond A Garden.