It's a year-round problem, but coming into the cooler months we need to try that little bit harder to protect our immune system. As the seasons change, you'll notice a lot more people sniffling, sneezing and coughing, so it's important our immune systems are working to protect us. Aromatherapy can be used to help support and reduce the burden on our immune system which is particularly useful when we are feeling run down, under a lot of stress or caring for those who are unwell.
All essential oils have antiseptic properties to some degree and many essential oils are especially good at treating harmful bacteria, fungus and viruses. Some essential oils can help to stimulate the immune system by increasing blood and lymph circulation and generally supporting the different body systems.
Essential oils can be:
Lemon is an immune stimulant and has been shown to be useful in treating influenza viruses, E. coli and some Staphylococcus (Staph) strains. The clean scent is comforting and helps to relieve nausea.
Eucalyptus is invaluable to help treat the symptoms of colds when applied to the chest and feet. A steam inhalation can help clear congested sinuses. Effective against flu, E. coli, some Staph strains and Candida albicans.
Rosemary is another helpful essential oil for respiratory illness and is an excellent warming oil that clears the sinuses and ‘foggy head’, shown to be useful treating bacterial and fungal infections and has mild anti-viral properties.
Tea Tree is an immune stimulant and a very strong anti-septic oil. Tea Tree has been shown to be effective to treat viral infections of the digestive system, Candida albicans and a strong anti-bacterial action against E. coli, some Staph and Salmonella strains.
Clove Bud is a powerful anti-bacterial and useful for treating bacterial infections that affect the digestive system amongst others.
Cinnamon is probably one of the strongest anti-bacterial essential oils with some anti-fungal properties. Excellent for adding to cleaning products in small amounts and avoid using directly on the skin.
Calming essential oils can be added to any immune support blend to treat the immune system on a physical and emotional level. There are so many ways that aromatherapy can help to support your immune system. We hope you enjoy the benefits of incorporating essential oils into your daily life!