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Boosting your immune system is one of the best ways to keep away illnesses such as the common cold, flu, and similar viruses that make their appearance in winter. There are plenty of celebrations coming up and you don’t want to spend those fun times in bed with a cold or the flu.
When you are looking for a way to boost your immunity, it is always better to use natural remedies such as herbs and essential oils. They work gently so that you do not have to worry about any adverse long-term effects.
The 5 most effective essential oils for your immune system include lemon, peppermint, lavender, oregano, and ginger.
Lemon essential oil is known for its immune boosting properties. The oil is extracted from the rind of the lemons and is highly recommended for detoxing your body. It is one of the most effective substances for clearing out toxins and cleansing your body.
To clear toxins from your body and boost your immune system, put a few drops of lemon essential oil in a diffuser and keep it on for a few hours every day in winter.
Another way to get the immune boosting properties of lemon essential oil is by adding 1-2 drops to your water or tea. Remember to take the appropriate precautions when ingesting lemon oil. Only ingest 100% pure, organic oil and always consult with your doctor first.
Peppermint is another essential oil that is great for your immune system. It works by helping to detox your body of toxins. Peppermint essential oil is commonly used to alleviate fatigue, relieve stomach issues such as nausea and indigestion, and relieve headaches that you get when you have a cold or flu.
100% pure, organic peppermint essential oil is safe to eat but as with lemon oil, you must consult with a doctor before ingesting any type of essential oil.
Lavender is next on the list of best essential oils to boost the immune system. Lavender essential oil is very calming for your mind and body and encourages the body to heal from the inside out.
Lavender oil is different from peppermint and lemon in that it does not help your immune system directly. Instead, it works by helping you to relax and get better sleep. Studies have long shown that a good night’s rest is the single best way to boost your immune system.
Thyme and Clove
Both thyme and clove are amazing for your health. The combination works particularly well to fight off the cold and flu.
The tw0 immune-boosting blends below are similar to the all-time popular Thieves Blend.
This combination of essential oils works especially well for warding off cold and flu viruses and bacteria. Use the Mister recipe to cleanse the air of your home, either in a cold mist humidifier. Alternatively, a simple spray bottle solution will do.
Spray the blend on surfaces and wipe down, for a clean, fresh home that’s also free of germs and bacteria. You can also use it on the bottoms of the feet, chest and neck area if you feel a cough or cold developing, or even if you’re already full-blown sick.
Immunity-Boosting Blend to Use In a Spray Bottle
- 10 drops lavender oil
- 10 drops thyme oil
- 10 drops lemon oil
- 10 drops rosemary oil
- 5 drops cinnamon oil
- 5 drops clove oil
- 1/4 teaspoon witch hazel
Fill an 18 oz. spray bottle 3/4 of the way with distilled water.
Drop in the oils listed above.
Add the witch hazel and shake well.
Use as a room freshener, surface cleaning spray or as a refreshing cool-down spray for your face and neck.
Immunity-Boosting Blend to Use as a Massage or Body Oil
- 10 drops lavender oil
- 20 drops thyme oil
- 5 drops geranium oil
- Jojoba or olive carrier oil
Dispense essential oils into a 4 oz. aluminum squirt bottle and fill 3/4 of the way with the carrier oil.
Shake or roll until blended.
Apply all over, massing thoroughly into skin.
This blend is okay for sensitive skin as it does not contain lemon, clove or cinnamon, which tends to burn the skin. Be especially careful if you are using this on children, however. It is always advisable to do a patch test before massaging all over.
Other Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System
While essential oils are an easy and effective way to boost your immune system, it helps to also supplement your efforts with these 3 measures:
Maintain a Healthier Lifestyle
There’s nothing like a healthier lifestyle to give your immune system a natural boost. Don’t get overwhelmed by thinking about huge changes. Just think about the small things you can do every day.
Here are some ideas to start you off:
- Eat a healthier diet
- Get some exercise every day, even if it is just a walk around the block
- Get enough sleep every night
For your diet, try to focus on whole foods like fruits and vegetables, switch to whole grains and complex carbohydrates. Cut down on fast foods and try and cook more meals at home.
In terms of herbs and other natural remedies for your immune system, Echinacea is definitely high on the list. This herb is popularly used for combating the cold and flu, and similar immune system illnesses.
Echinacea has natural properties that help to boost your immune system and help you fight off bacterial and viral infections more effectively. There are many ways to get more echinacea, from supplements to using the actual herb.
Don’t Forget the Probiotics
Probiotics are not just a trend or a hot topic. They actually work wonderfully to boost your immunity.
Probiotics are more commonly taken to help treat digestive issues such as leaky gut, but recent studies show that they can also help with boost the immune system.
Probiotics work by adding a type of beneficial bacteria into the body. This allows the body to absorb more nutrients, which in turn boosts the immune system making it more effective at fighting off the bad bacteria.
You can either take a probiotic supplement or eat a healthy diet to ensure you get enough of them through natural food sources. If you have any questions, talk to your doctor about the benefits of probiotics for your immune system.
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