Boost your Immunity with Essential Oils

Your immunity is a complex and wonderful defence mechanism. Everything from the food we eat, to the physical activity level that we engage in, can contribute to the effectiveness of the immunity.


But did you know a lesser known way that may help to boost your immunity is through essential oils?


Yes! Not only will you smell good, your immunity will thank you too!


How do essential oils work in boosting the immune system?

  • Essential oils overall have antimicrobial properties.
  • They may help serve as an alternative to medication or used in conjunction with medicine, to yield even better results.
  • Certain oils are known to help you sleep and reduce stress, which may reduce your risk of catching a flu or infection.
  • Essential oils provide different benefits and properties that may both directly affect your immunity, or may create positive effects contributing towards a strong immunity – However, their exact properties vary from oil to oil. Below we shall highlight the top essential oils known to boost immunity!


Lemon oil

a) Lemon essential oil has powerful antibacterial properties, which is why it’s a common ingredient in homemade cleaners and disinfectants.
b) It’s also a powerful antioxidant, which may be beneficial to the immune system.

How to use?

  • Lemon oil should only be used on the skin in very low dilutions (dilute using carrier oils such as jojoba, rosehip oil etc)
  • Do not use before sun exposure.


Eucalyptus oil

This is a potentially powerful antiviral and antibacterial oil.

a) It is actually commonly used for the ease of symptoms associated with the respiratory system.
b) It is also known to potentially help to fight off a number of illnesses such as flu, chickenpox, measles, and more.

How to use?

  • Can be inhaled through method like steaming.
  • Can be diluted and taken orally.


Peppermint oil

a) It is known as a reliever for the symptoms of coughs and colds and as a natural decongestant and expectorant.
b) It may also assist in protecting your body against illness such as colds, fevers, and the flu, and can even help perk you up when you’re feeling sluggish.
c) It contains antibacterial and antifungal properties.

How to use?

  • Can be inhaled through methods like steaming, or placed and inhaled from a handkerchief.
  • Help relieve headaches by rubbing a single drop on your temples.


Tea Tree oil

a) Frequently known to be used for the skin, tea tree has a wider variety of uses that includes antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal uses.
b) It is a known immuno-stimulant, which means that it may help to activate and support your immunity.

How to use?

  • Can be inhaled through method like steaming, or placed and inhaled from a handkerchief.


Rosemary oil

a) Having powerful antimicrobial properties, it’s often used when fighting off some symptoms, especially of the respiratory variety like coughing.
b) It is also an immuno-stimulant, so it not only may help protect the body by fighting off germs, but also may help boost the immune system.

How to use?

  • Can be inhaled through method like steaming, or placed and inhaled from a handkerchief.


Please note that with all oils, avoid using near or on the face of infants or young children.


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