Essential oils can play an important role in boosting and supporting the immune system. The immune system protects the human body from infections and foreign bodies that cause disease. It is important to keep the immune system strong.
Doctors tell us our body will take care of us when we give it what it needs to function properly. That means eating a proper diet and getting sufficient exercise. The opposite is also true: if we don’t eat well and exercise, we limit our body’s capacity to protect us. It is an on-going cycle to keep our immune system healthy.
Fortunately, there is good news for those of us who don’t always eat or exercise as we should. Many different essential oils can help play a role in boosting and supporting our immune system.
The Immune System
Our immune system is actually a complicated network of several organs and cells. These include the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, lymphocytes (white blood cells known as B- and T-cells), the thymus, and leukocytes (another type of white blood cell). Each of these pieces work together to defend and protect the body.
To keep each element of your immune system on track, doTERRA suggests a specific combination of essential oils and products for an “Immune Support Kit.” The essential oils in this “kit” that help protect the body from environmental and other threats include:
- doTERRA Breathe helps minimize the to help minimize the effects of seasonal and environmental threats. Diffuse this oil blend or apply directly to your chest.
- Oregano Touch helps support a healthy respiratory function. (The “Touch” version of Oregano is diluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize skin sensitivity.)
- Copaiba supports the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive and respiratory systems. Place one to two drops in a Veggie Capsule or the same amount directly under the tongue.
- doTERRA On Guard this essential oil blend supports the body’s natural antioxidant defenses. Add a few drops to a glass of water, or place a few drops on the tongue daily.
- doTERRA On Guard Sanitizing Mist a handy form of On Guard that can kill 99.9 percent of the germs and bacteria one encounters in their environment. Spray on hands when washing is not possible.
In addition to the oils and oil blends above, two other doTERRA products are recommended to support the immune system:
- doTERRA On Guard+ Softgels contains the proprietary doTERRA On Guard blend to support both healthy immune and respiratory function. Take two softgels every day.
- PB Assist+ a probiotic supplement that helps support healthy functioning of the digestive and immune systems.
Essential Oils Support the Immune System
In addition to the oils and products noted above, there are at least two dozen essential oils that support the immune system. At any time, incorporate different oils to see which works best for individual needs. Each of the oils listed here should be taken internally to achieve the desired immune support. As noted, some of these oils are a part of the doTERRA On Guard blend. To use these oils, simply place a few drops in a Veggie Capsule and swallow with water.
- Basil – Supports cardiovascular and nervous system health when consumed internally.
- Black Pepper – Provides antioxidant support and supports healthy circulation.
- Cardamom – Helps maintain overall gastrointestinal health and promotes clear breathing and respiratory health.
- Cassia – Promotes healthy digestion and supports healthy cardiovascular, metabolic, and immune function.
- Cilantro – Supports healthy digestion and a powerful cleanser and detoxifier.
- Cinnamon Bark – Supports healthy metabolic function and maintains a healthy immune system. One of the oils in the doTERRA On Guard blend.
- Clove – Has powerful antioxidant properties and helps support cardiovascular health. One of the oils in the doTERRA On Guard blend.
- Coriander – Promotes digestion.
- Fennel – Helps support a healthy respiratory system, promotes healthy digestion and may help promote healthy metabolism, liver function, and circulation.
- Frankincense – Helps support healthy cellular function, as well as healthy immune, nervous, and digestive function.
- Geranium – Promotes the appearance of clear, healthy skin and hair.
- Helichrysum – Helps promote a healthy metabolism and improve skin appearance.
- Juniper Berry – Supports healthy kidney and urinary tract function and acts as a natural cleansing and detoxifying agent.
- Lime – Supports healthy immune function.
- Marjoram – Positive effects on the nervous system and supports a healthy immune system, also may promote a healthy cardiovascular system.
- Melaleuca (Tea Tree) – Promotes a healthy immune function and helps protects against environmental and seasonal threats.
- Melissa – May help support a healthy immune system.
- Myrrh – Powerful cleansing properties especially for the mouth and throat.
- Petitgrain – May help support healthy cardiovascular function as well as antioxidant support and immune function.
- Roman Chamomile – May help support healthy immune system function and soothes the systems of the body.
- Tangerine – Supports healthy digestion and metabolism also supports a healthy immune system.
- Thyme – Provides powerful antioxidants and supports a healthy immune system.
- Vetiver – Has immune-supporting properties.
- Wild Orange – Supports healthy immune function. One of the oils in the doTERRA On Guard blend.
Essential oils are nature’s miracle makers. They can help improve the human immune system naturally.