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
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
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?