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I love using aromatherapy for immune system health: to fight colds and flu, promote healing, and help balance my subtle energies. Read on to find out which essential oils to use and how to use them.
The following oils are some of the many that are helpful for fighting colds and flu and supporting wellness. If you are purchasing them, make sure that they are true essential oils and not perfume oils (which are artificial).
|Essential Oil||Reputed Properties||Notes|
|Tea Tree||A powerful immune stimulant that can help fight all three categories of infectious organisms (bacteria, fungi, and viruses). Used topically, it can help clear wounds, acne, burns, herpes, athlete's foot, cold sores, and even warts. Used in vapor therapy, it can help with colds, sinusitis and viral infections.||A potential skin irritant, so use with caution.|
|Lavender||Strongly anti-inflammatory & antiseptic; immune stimulant; excellent for helping to heal minor burns, insect bites, and other skin ailments and infections--promotes rapid skin healing and helps prevent scarring; helps with colds and bronchitis; aids in healing by reducing stress, calming and relaxing; helps with insomnia|
|Lemon||Antiseptic, antibacterial, cleansing, tonic; boosts the immune system and helps relieve throat infections, bronchitis, asthma and flu; aids healing by lifting the spirits.||May cause skin irritation in some; also a photosensitizer, so avoid exposure to sunlight if applying to skin.|
|Bergamot||Especially good for skin infections, wounds and sores; helps relieve depression and stress; also aids in general convalescence; aids healing by lifting the spirits||Highly photosensitizing; avoid exposure to sunlight after use on skin.|
|Eucalyptus||Used to fight the effects of colds and flu; cooling and soothing to the respiratory tract; helps relieve coughs and respiratory congestion; helps skin ailments such as burns, blisters, wounds, insect bites, and skin infections||Always use in dilution; avoid during pregnancy; avoid if you have high blood pressure or epilepsy.|
|Grapefruit||Boosts the immune system; cleansing to the body; aids healing by lifting the mood and relieving stress||May cause skin irritation in some; also a photosensitizer and should be avoided prior to exposure to direct sunlight.|
|Peppermint||Used to help relieve symptoms of general respiratory disorders, as well as dry coughs, sinus congestion, and bronchitis; cooling and soothing to the respiratory tract; refreshing||Can cause irritation to the skin and mucus membranes; avoid during pregnancy; do not use on children under seven.|
|Geranium||Immune stimulant; increases white blood cell activity, antiseptic; aids healing by calming the nervous system, lifting the mood, balancing energies, and relaxing||Should not be used during pregnancy.|
Blend these oils in a small glass container, and then use it in one of the ways described below.
* 6 drops lavender oil
* 6 drops bergamot oil
* 3 drops lemon oil
* 3 drops tea tree oil
Remember, you should never ingest them (take them orally) in any form.
The safest way to use them is simply to put a few drops on a cotton ball and inhale. Not too close though! They can be very powerful.
EOs can help our subtle energies shift to a state of healthy balance and flow. They also connect us to earth energy (because they come from plants) and help to balance our often overactive minds. Their beautiful scents also bring us joy and help to elevate and brighten our energies.
Enjoy using aromatherapy for your immune system health! Remember always to see your doctor if you have any concerns about your health.
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