I have found a love for Essential Oils!
What is the first thing most people think about when you mention essential oils? The smell right! At least that is the first thing I hear from people most of the time. “Oh that lavender smells so good and pure!” or “When I smell the lemon or orange essential oil, it just lifts my spirits!” I admit, for someone who is really sensitive to smells, the clean pure smells of essential oils is wonderful.
Yet there is so much more to these gifts of nature that most of us have no idea about. For instance did you know that the chemical make up of Frankincense is able to pass through the blood brain barrier and has been proven to shrink certain tumors? What about the fact that most oils are; antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral? Many of the beneficial properties of essential oils have nothing to do with the smell.
The main properties that you want to think about when choosing essential oils for immunity are: detoxification, anti-inflamatory, digestive support and general immune system stimulation. Depending on what you are needing for your particular immune system needs will depend on the oils you will choose and the application needed.
Here is a list of the top eight essential oils for Immunity.
•Lemon • Oregano • Melaleuca
• Clove • Eucalyptus • Frankincense
• Ginger • Rosemary
There are three general applications for essential oils: Aromatically, Topically, and Internally.
Aromatically means to diffuse the oils with some sort of diffuser. I recommend using vibrational diffuser and not using a heat method so as not to denature the oil and destroy many of the benefits. Using an ultrasonic diffuser creates an ultra fine mist easily assimilated by our bodies as well as killing airborne bacteria and mold.
Topically refers to applying it to your body. There are two rules of thumb here. First is generally you apply it to the affected area you are concerned with. If you have stomach concerns rub on your belly. If you have a headache, rub onto the back of neck or temples. Second is most oils will benefit from using a carrier oil such as almond oil or avocado oil for example. Besides this helps greatly against some skin reactions to strong essential oils.
Internally applies to only CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) essential oils. Never take an essential oil internally unless you see and FDA supplement label on the bottle. This assures it has been tested and is safe for internal use. Basic internal applications would include putting in capsules and swallowing or placing drops on the tongue.
With all Essential Oils the best benefits come from smaller amounts used consistently over time. So, for instance, instead of dumping a large amount of oil on for a headache or sore muscle, use a smaller amount 3-4 times per day or 1-2 times per hour depending on your condition.
I hope this has been helpful! If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us. Also, we hold Essential Oil classes every month; check our calendar for the next class!