As we venture into the colder months and get ready for long nights by the fire, darker evenings and fluffy blankets our bodies also need to prepare for this shift in temperature and lifestyle. With the chances of illness increasing, it's important we take time to ensure our body is ready for whatever these next few months will throw at us.

Whether you’re feeling run down, under stress or surrounded by people who are ill, essential oils can play a powerful role in boosting our immunity and fighting off potential illnesses such as the flu, colds and now Covid. So, how can you use essential oils to enhance your immunity and protect you?

All essential oils have antiseptic properties to some extent and many of them are effective at helping treat harmful bacteria, fungus and viruses. As well as this, some essential oils may help stimulate the immune system by increasing your blood flow or by supporting other parts of your body.

What essential oils may help boost your immunity?

1. Immune Support Essential Oil Blend


This essential oil blend contains some of the more powerful essential oils with Lemon, Clove Bud, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary! All with antiseptic properties that can help fight off harmful viruses, bacteria or fungus.

Lets look at the individual essential oil in the Immune Support Blend and their benefits:

  • Lemon brings to mind cleanliness, sunlight and a freshness that is cheerful and exhilarating. Lemon essential oil is reported to increase the activity of the immune system and has good antiseptic and anti-infectious properties.
  • Clove is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial and has shown to have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Properly diluted, Clove essential oil is a wonderful addition to a massage blend due to its analgesic, warming and anti-inflammatory nature.
  • Cinnamon is one of the most powerful antibacterial essential oils. While it is considered an irritant to the skin, it is perfect to use in cleaning products and in a diffuser as an air purifier.
  • Eucalyptus is well-known for its healing effects on the respiratory system with antiseptic and expectorant properties. It is classically used for the treatment of colds, influenza, thoart infections and bronchitis.
  • Rosemary is useful as an expectorant to clear sinuses and can be incorporated in the treatment of respiratory infections. It has a warming nature and fortifies the body, helps raise blood pressure and improve circulation.

2. Frankincense Essential Oil


Frankincense essential oil is an excellent choice when treating a cold or respiratory infection. An anti-infectious, anti-catarrhal and immune stimulant, Frankincense can help treat a productive cough and prevent the spread of infection when diffused or used in a steam inhalation treatment.

3. Lemon Essential Oil


The scent of Lemon conjures up thoughts of cleansing, detoxifying and clearing. It is a lovely stimulating oil for the circulatory system aiding in digestive functions and lymphatic drainage. It is reported to increase the activity of the immune system with good antiseptic and anti-infectious properties.

4. Eucalyptus Essential Oil


As we know, Eucalyptus is prized for its healing effects on the respiratory system with antiseptic and expectorant properties. It is classically used for the treatment of colds, influenza, thoart infections and bronchitis.

5. Sinus Clear Essential Oil Blend


Combining Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Lime & Peppermint essential oils, Sinus Clear Blend has been developed to help relieve nasal congestion, relieve symptoms of sinusitis, relieve the severity of symptoms of common colds and flu and the severity of symptoms of mild upper respiratory tract infections.

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6. Snooze Essential Oil Blend


When our immune systems are compromised our bodies need all the assistance they can get to help us recover. Hit snooze and reset with this relaxing blend of Mandarin, Frankincense, Sweet Marjoram, Cedarwood and Roman Chamomile.

Lets look at the individual essential oil in the Snooze Essential Oil Blend and their benefits:

  • Gentler then other Citrus', Mandarin helps create a calm space for a peaceful sleep. Research has shown that Mandarin essential oil has good antibacterial and antifungal properties making it the perfect essential oil to assist with sleep while supporting your compromised immune system.
  • The sweet, dry and resinous fragrance of Frankincense can deepen the breath and still our minds, allowing us time to rest. With immune stimulating properties, Frankincense helps to recover & reconnect with ourselves.
  • A gift to light sleepers, calming Sweet Marjoram helps promote deep and nurturing rest. With its sedative quality, Marjoram supports us during challenging times such as compromised health.
  • The majestic Cedarwood tree grows silently in the cool of the forest and instils us with a sense of groundedness, strength and peace. Cedarwood mcan help soothe dry coughs and respiratory complaints with antiseptic and diuretic properties.
  • A mild sedative, Roman Chamomile has been used to calm nerves, ease headaches and induce relaxation.

How can you use essential oils to boost your immune system?  

  • Diffuse: by using a diffuser you can help purify the air and prevent the spread of airborne germs. Simply add a few drops of different essential oils or blends into your diffuser. The diffuser will slowly release the extracts throughout your room or house which will benefit not just you but also your household as you prevent the spread of airborne germs.
  • In cleaning products: essential oils can be added to your DIY recipes or other cleaning products. You can create your own toxic free, DIY cleaning products that will be completely natural and help remove unnecessary chemicals in your life which may be comprising your immune system.
  • Topically: by using a carrier oil to dilute your essential oils or blends it can then be applied topically and will begin to help relieve common health concerns you may be faced with.
  • Direct Inhalation: an easy way to enjoy the benefits of essential oils is by putting a few drops onto a cloth for inhalation or a quick inhalation directly from the bottle.

These are just a few common ways to use essential oils to help support & boost your immune system. Our bodies are amazing machines designed to protect us from diseases. Alongside a healthy lifestyle, Aromatherapy can be used to help support and reduce the burden placed on our immune system, which is particuarly useful when we are feeling run down, under stress or caring for those who are unwell.

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Author: Ali Macrae
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Ali is the Content Creator at ECO. Modern Essentials. Ali oversees the company's social media platforms, helps coordinate brand collaborations and is a leader for ECO.'s content creation.

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