Nature has given us a generous supply of “wellness support” through the precious gift of essential oils.
The wonderful thing about aromatherapy, is that it’s quite effective and also very enjoyable to use.
If you’re like me and relish the sense of smell, you’ll find this modality extremely nosey.
Aromatherapy helps the immune system, because essential oils support and strengthen the body’s immune response with a “dual action.” Some essential oils with antimicrobial properties fight the microbes, while other essential oils with immunostimulant properties boost the body’s natural defenses. Some essential oils have both properties, including:
*You can also find Synergy Blends which contain a variety of pre-blended essential oils suited for this purpose.
*Always choose essential oils that agree with you.
*My advice is to start with one or two of these oils and then slowly add others as you begin to acquire a nice collection.
Two Ways to Use Essential Oils
~Essential oils can conveniently be inhaled directly from the bottle whenever needed.
*Bring the bottle approximately 2 inches from your nose and take 3 deep breaths (recap bottle immediately to avoid evaporation).
~When used with a carrier oil, the small molecules of essential oils are ideal for absorption through the skin.
*Blend 1 tsp of jojoba oil with 4 drops of essential oil (when using 2 essential oils – blend equal drops).
*Spread the mixture onto clean feet and rub in. This is a great time to apply a little reflexology to the reflex points pertaining to immunity.
*Elevate your feet for 15 minutes while inhaling the aroma (jojoba oil is quickly absorbed into the skin).
*If choosing to apply before bedtime – wear a pair of gym socks, to avoid staining bed linens.
~Keep essential oils in your backpack, purse or briefcase – so they are readily available whenever you’re around others who may be ill, or if you feel a “bug” coming on.
~As a good preventative measure – use essential oils (in some way) every few days.
*Only use pure essential oils.
*Do not apply essential oils directly on the skin without first diluting with a carrier oil.
*Keep essential oils away from the eyes.
When used with care and respect, essential oils offer a gentle, natural support for one of the body’s most important systems – immunity.
Embrace one of natures “scented gifts”…..Aromatherapy.
Wishing you a lifetime of supported health!
For quality essential oils and supplies: Hands-On Aromatherapy
For proper care and storage of essential oils: C & S
For immune system reflex points: Immunity
Portions of this post gratefully supplied by: “The Aromatherapy Bible” – Gill Farrer-Halls
Photos: greentea2006 & snowriderguy