The use of essential oils is a time-honored method used for centuries to bring healing to both mind and body. They have powerful anti-viral, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal and expectorant properties that help fight viruses that cause illness and promote healing by helping to build and support the immune system.
Essential oils are made by extracting the natural essences from the plants by distillation with steam and water or mechanical expression. This heightens the distinctive aromas and properties of the oils. They have been used in medicines, perfumes, food flavorings, and aromatherapy.
Essential oils can be inhaled, massaged into the body, or diffused into the atmosphere.
The best method is by use of an essential oil diffuser. Diffusers work by breaking down the essential oils and quickly releasing them into the atmosphere to purify and improve air quality. This reduces the presence of bacteria, viruses, and fungi that can cause infections and disease.
There are companies as Organic Aromas that provide a huge variety, shapes, colors and sizes of essential oil diffusers to choose from at an affordable price. They are handmade and don’t require heat or water.
Essential oils, when naturally extracted, are highly concentrated but are easily metabolized in the body to help build the immune system. As they are inhaled or diffused into the atmosphere, they enter the lungs and bloodstream and are carried to the cells and parts of the body during circulation.
There are many essential oils with varying degrees of healing properties. Some of the best oils actually proven to promote healing are:
Tea Tree Oil is a powerful immune stimulant. It stimulates the production of white blood cells/ “T” cells or fighter cells in the body. It is said that this oil fights all categories of infections and is good for colds, flu, sinusitis and viral infections.
Peppermint is said to be one of the most versatile essential oils, peppermint oil helps combat invasions. It relieves symptoms of respiratory disorders, relieves sinus congestion, dry coughs, bronchitis, and asthma. It is also soothing and refreshing and helps relieve headaches and migraines. Peppermint oil is also good for relieving bowel spasms, indigestion, gas, bloating, and fights nausea.
This is also an immune stimulant that helps increase the activity of the white blood cells. It also boosts circulation, balances energy, and lifts the mood. It helps reduce bloating and stop hemorrhaging.
This is another powerful essential oil that is highly anti-inflammatory. It relieves lung congestion, fights sinus infection and bronchitis.
Lemon oil also boosts the immune system because of its cleansing and detoxifying properties. It stimulates the production of white blood cells and helps relieve throat infections. It is effective in treating symptoms associated with bronchitis, sinusitis, flu and asthma.
This oil is an expectorant, and also helps relieve stress and depression. A general convalescence, it lifts the spirits and helps promote healing.
This oil is loaded with Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) and helps improve the defense mechanism in the body. It is good for detoxifying and cleansing the system. It also helps relieve stress and lifts the mood.
This oil acts as a decongestant, expectorant, decongestive and antitussive (cough) agent, that fights colds and flu, relieves congestion and soothes the respiratory tract.
Lavender oil has the ability to stimulate the immune system by supporting the activity of white blood cells. It is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and also supports better sleep, which aids in allowing the body to heal and restore itself.
Another great expectorant, it helps fight sinusitis, rhinitis, bronchitis, and the common cold. It expands and deepens breathing.
Frankincense (CO2 Extract)
An ancient healing oil, it enhances the immune system. It is said to be antimicrobial (kills and inhibits the growth of micro-organisms). It also relieves anxiety, improves focus and clarity and can relieve feelings of sadness and grief.
Another highly potent ancient oil, its many properties include anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents. Studies also show that myrrh protects against liver damage and ongoing research is indicating that it may be effective in cancer treatment.
Sandalwood oil is said to be safe for both internal and external applications to promote healing. It stimulates the white blood cells, boosts the immune system, lowers HDL cholesterol, and helps treat urinary infections.
Here are a few helpful ways to use essential oils to get the best healing properties:
- Inhalation: (Steam or nebulizer): Place 2-3 drops essential oil in 2 cups steaming hot water, place in the basin, cover the head with a towel, close the eyes, place your head over the basin and inhale through the nose and mouth.
This helps break up and expel mucus and relieves decongestion in the airways.
- Gargle and mouth wash: (a few drops diluted in water helps heal cold sores and mucous membranes)
- Direct Palm Inhalation: (Said to be the safest method of using essential oils)
Place 1-2 drops on a tissue or cotton ball, place on the palm of hands and inhale deeply 2-3 times through the nose. Use twice daily.
Diffusion (Air purification)
To improve air quality, and help dispel viruses, fungi, and bacteria, try this recipe:
4 oozes pure water, 10 drops each: cinnamon leaf, rosemary, lemon, and eucalyptus oils. A few puffs around the home or at the office is helpful.
Nature has provided a natural bounty of healing properties through essential oils. They help strengthen the immune system, improve wellness and promote healing.