How do you keep yourself healthy when people around you are sneezing and coughing?
One way to boost your immune system is the use of pure essential oils, which contain the life force of the plant. People have been using the healing power of plants for thousands of years and essential oils are a natural therapy that supports your body in its natural ability to regulate and heal itself. Aromatherapy supports our immune system in two ways: by directly fighting the threatening micro-organisms or by enhancing the defensive activity of our cells and organs.
Here are 5 ways to use Aromatherapy to boost your Immune System.
1. Aromatherapy Steam Inhalation
When you feel a tickle in your throat or some sniffles, I highly recommend an aromatherapy steam inhalation. To prepare, boil some water, get a heat resistant bowl, a towel and some tissues. Now put about 3 drops of essential oils into the bowl, set the bowl onto a heat resistant surface, let the water cool down slightly after boiling and then pour the water into the bowl. Immediately sit down in front of the bowl, close your eyes, place the towel over your head and shoulders and place your face over the bowl to inhale the healing properties of the essential oils for about 3 minutes.
Here are some oils that I recommend for a steam inhalation. As you may do more than one inhalation per day, it is best to mix up the oils. I also recommend this steam inhalation even if you may have gotten a cold or the flu as it supports your immune system along the way, speeds up your recovery, and eases the symptoms.
– Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus radiata)
Powerful antiseptic, bactericidal, antiviral, decongestant
– Tea-Tree (lat. Melaleuca alternifolia)
Anti Infectious, powerful immuno-stimulant
– Peppermint (Mentha piperta)
Clears nasal passages, eases headaches
– Thyme (Thumus vulgaris)
Fights infections by stimulating the production of white blood cells, strengthens body and mind
– Lavender (Lavandula angustifolis)
Antiseptic, antibiotic, reduces pain and headaches
2. Aromatherapy Bath
On the first signs of coming down with a cold or a flu, or just for pure prevention, take a bath with Tea-Tree oil to stop the germs in track and/or to reduce the severity, it also helps to prevent secondary infections. You may like to add some Eucalyptus and Lavender as well. For a full bath I recommend 5-10 drops of essential oils. Sink into the water, relax and let the healing properties of Aromatherapy boost your health and well-being.
3. Aromatherapy Tissues
Boost your immunity by placing 1-3 drops of eucalyptus oil on a tissue and hold it up to your nose to take deep inhales. This is a very convenient way to use Aromatherapy as you can do this while at work, watching TV, or when you go to bed at night. When you get tired of holding the tissue up to your nose in bed you can just place it next to you on your pillow or on your chest and continue to inhale the immunity boosting properties of your eucalyptus oil.
4. Aromatherapy Diffuser or Burner
Prevent yourself from getting sick by allowing the healing essential oil properties to be diffused in the air. You may have one or two Aromatherapy burners in your room to make it most effective and choose one or a blend of the above oils in your diffuser/burner. Recommended are 10 oil drops per diffuser. An advantage of this method is that everyone in your room/studio will benefit from inhaling your essential oils. So you’re not only keeping yourself healthy but everyone around you. How wonderful!
5. Aromatherapy Immunity Booster Spray
This spray works as a room spray or you can spray it right in front of you face (close your eyes!!!) and take deep inhales to bring the essential oils into your lungs and blood stream. The best thing is that you can take it with you where ever you go. Fill a 2 oz bottle 2/3 with filtered or spring water and then add about 35 drops of above essential oils. Close the lid, and shake well before every use. Store the bottle in a dark, dry and cool environment.
Wishing you the best of health and happiness!
Tanja Alexandra Kern