Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Essential Oils for Immune Support

With Cold & Flu season knocking on the door, I thought it was a good time to share essential oils that support our immune systems.  There are three chemical components that come to mind for immune support.  Linalol,  Terpinen 4-ol and Limonene.  All of these encourage white blood cell growth. The picture here is of Thyme linalol.

Essential Oils High in Linalol:
Thyme ~ chemotype linalol
Sweet Basil 

Essential Oils High in Limonene:
Citrus oils in general are high in Limonene
* Orange & Tangerine are two of the highest with 90% or more 

Essential Oils High in Terpinen 4-ol
Tea Tree

We have an Immune Support Blend with Basil, Thyme, Lavender and Tea Tree.  A great way to use it or any of the essential oils above for immune support is to steam with them.  Get a soup or cereal bowl, add 1 drop essential oil and pour steaming water over it.  Put a towel over your head and steam for 2 to 5 minutes.

Immune Support Chest Rub Recipe:
5 drops Tangerine
1 drop Basil
4 drops Lavender
1 ounce carrier oil like Jojoba Oil or Olive Oil
Rub on your chest once or twice a day.

How do you support your immune system during the winter?  Have you ever used thyme or basil essential oils?

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