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The human immune system is complex. Your spleen, lymph nodes, blood cells, bone marrow, and more work together to protect your body from bacteria, viruses, and other threats. Unfortunately, our immune systems will never perfectly protect us from every threat, but we can make lifestyle choices that support a healthy immune system.
The doTERRA Wellness Pyramid is a great place to start. (Read "Stepping Towards Wellness: The doTERRA Wellness Model" for an overview.) Eating well, exercising regularly, managing stress, and getting enough sleep will go a long way to support your immune system. Essential oils can enhance your efforts to maintain your immune system through each of the wellness steps. They can play an important role in several ways.
Essential oils support your immune system indirectly by supporting your wellness objectives in the areas listed above - nutrition, exercise, stress management, and sleep.
Eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals can support a healthy immune system. It is also important to limit foods that have little or no nutritional value. Grapefruit Essential Oil and Slim and Sassy Metabolic Blend can help manage cravings and provide a mood boost when you are struggling to make healthy food choices. It is difficult to get all your nutrients through food even when making only the best choices. doTERRA makes several supplements that support immune function.
Maintaining a consistent exercise routine can be difficult. Sometimes lack of motivation or occasional post workout soreness can deter the best intentions. Try Motivate Encouraging Blend for a bit of extra determination or Peppermint for an energy boost. Deep Blue Soothing Blend and AromaTouch Massage Blend are excellent for use post-workout.
Diffusing essential oils like Balance Grounding Blend, Arborvitae, Patchouli, Vetiver, and Geranium can induce feelings of calm and peace. Use these oils when you are feeling anxious or when you know you are heading into a situation that you know will feel stressful like an important presentation, a test, or even rush hour traffic. You may also want to create a roller bottle blend with these oils, or simply apply PastTense Tension Blend.
Several essential oils and blends can support a good, restful, sleep. Before bed diffuse Lavender, Clary Sage, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood (Hawaiian, Indian), Serenity Calming Blend, or Breathe Respiratory Blend. As an alternative, add a few drops to a cotton ball and put it inside your pillow case.
Many essential oils can be taken internally to help support and maintain the immune system. However, it is important to remember safety guidelines. Because of their potency, essential oils should be used in small amounts per application. Typically just 1-2 drops at a time applied an hour or so apart over the course of the day. You should not consume larger amounts when trying to ward off an oncoming cold or other illness. Not a fan of the taste of an immune supporting oil? Just place a drop or two in a veggie capsule and swallow with water.
The following essential oils help maintain and support the immune system when taken internally:
On Guard Protective Blend
In addition to these single oils, doTERRA has created a blend specifically designed to support the immune system. On Guard Protective Blend is a natural option for protecting against environmental and seasonal threats. Place 2-3 drops of On Guard in a veggie capsule and ingest, or dilute one drop into 4 oz. of water or other liquid and drink. We have lots of On Guard usage ideas in our Essential Oil Notebook. There is actually an entire line of On Guard products that make usage easy and convenient including some pre-made soft gels called On Guard Plus.
If you want to try a DIY version, make this blend. The roller bottle version is great for kids or those who don't want to use oils internally.
Super Immunity Boost - Veggie Capsules
- 2 drops OnGuard
- 2 drops Melaleuca
- 2 drops Oregano
- 4 drops Lemon
- 1 drop Frankincense (optional)
- 1 drop Black Pepper (optional)
Add these to an empty gel capsule and use throughout the day with food.
Super Immunity Boost - Roller Bottle
- 6 drops OnGuard
- 6 drops Melaleuca
- 6 drops Oregano
- 12 drops Lemon
- 3 drops Frankincense (optional)
- 3 drops Black Pepper (optional)
- Fractionated Coconut Oil
Add the essential oils to a 5 mL glass roller bottle, top with FCO. Apply to the bottoms of the feet and massage in throughout the day.
Reducing Environmental Threats
Reducing environmental threats can also help keep you healthy. Diffusing certain essential oils has been shown to purify and cleanse the air. Lemon, On Guard, and Purify Cleansing Blend are all good options for reducing environmental threats in the air.
These oils, as well as Grapefruit and Wild Orange, are also excellent surface cleaners. I love using natural cleaners in my home to reduce my family's toxic load. You can use one of the On Guard cleaning products or whip up your own essential oil enhanced product. This Super Easy Surface Cleaner is good to have on hand all the time.
How do you incorporate essential oil into your overall immune support efforts? If you are just jumping in to the world of essential oils, using On Guard consistently will be a great place to start. Purchase it at retail or open you own doTerra discount account and get started on a path towards better immunity.