How do you keep yourself healthy when people around you are sneezing and coughing? The answer: plants!
People have been using the healing power of plants for thousands of years, and the essential oils derived from plants, actually support your body in its natural ability to regulate and heal itself. In fact, aromatherapy supports our immune system in two ways: by directly fighting the threatening micro-organisms and by enhancing the defensive activity of our cells and organs.
When it comes to boosting immunity, the best essentials oils are: Eucalyptus, Tea-Tree, Peppermint, Thyme and Lavender. Below are 5 ways you can use these essentials oils to boost your immune system.
1. Prepare a steam inhalation at home.
When you feel a tickle in your throat or notice some early sniffles, I highly recommend an aromatherapy steam inhalation.
To prepare, boil some water, get a heat resistant bowl, a towel and some tissues. Then, 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.
As you may do more than one inhalation per day, it is best to mix up the above 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.
2. Add Tea-Tree oil to a hot bath.
At 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 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. Add Eucalyptus oil to your tissues.
Another great way to boost your immunity is 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 throughout the day. You can do this while at work, watching TV or when you go to bed at night. If you use this technique at night before bed, you can place the tissue next to you on your pillow or on your chest and continue to inhale the immunity boosting properties of your eucalyptus oil while you sleep.
4. Use an aromatherapy burner or diffuser.
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. I recommended 10 oil drops per diffuser. An advantage of this method is that everyone in your room, studio or office will benefit from inhaling your essential oils. So, you’re not only keeping yourself healthy but everyone around you.
5. Make your own room or body spray.
This spray works as a room spray or you can spray it right in front of your face (close your eyes!) and take deep inhales to bring the essential oils into your lungs and blood stream. The best part about using a spray 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.