Essential oils and herbs can offer both germ fighting and immune supportive properties and you don't necessarily have to purchase a "magical" immune support blend from a big company. While some essential oils and herbs are more potent at fighting bacteria, viruses, and fungi than others most oils do offer some protection against germs -- even gentle oils such as lavender.
One of my favorite go to blends for immune support uses tea tree (Melaluca alternafolia), Eucalyptus radiata (or globulus), and orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oils. These oils are easy to find and relatively inexpensive. Since essential oils are made using an enormous amount of plant material what you get in one drop of essential oil is very powerful and as little as 4 to 8 drops in a diffuser can be highly effective at killing airborne germs and supporting the body via inhalation.
Let look at the benefits of these essential oils:
Tea Tree (Melaluca alternafolia): Rich in terpinen-4-ol, γ-terpinene, and α-terpinene tea tree offers anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properites. Tea tree supports the respiratory and immune system. Tea tree is uplifting and has a medicinal aroma that some people like and others don't, but you can hide the aroma under more pleasant smelling oils. Topically it can fight infection, soothe cuts and scrapes, and ease aches.
Eucalytus: Eucalyptus radiata (or globulus): Eucalyptus contains aromatics such as 1, 8 cineole, α-terpineol, and limonene which support respiratory health, fight germs, and stimulate the immune system. It's uplifting, refreshing, can open airways, and supports focus. Topically it can soothe muscles and improve circulation.
Orange (Citrus sinensis): Orange is rich in limonene which boosts the immune system and offers analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Orange is bright and encouraging and smells wonderful. It adds a wonderful sweetness to blends and also supports digestive health and eases nausea.
For a lovely diffuser blend that works to fight germs, uplift the mood, support the immune system, and smells great add to a diffuser:
1-2 drops Tea Tree essential oil
1-2 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
2-4 drops Orange essential oil
turn on the diffuser and enjoy. You can also triple the maximum amount of drops and add to an aroma inhaler for on the go immune support.
LabAroma analysis of the blend shows scent notes and that the blend is effective for respiratory and immune support. The blend is energizing and balancing.
Eucalyptus can sometimes aggravate allergies or asthma in some individuals -- so avoid if that is the case. In place of Eucalyptus you can substitute cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana), ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora), or even lavender (Lavendula angustafolia) or spike lavender (Lavendula latifolia).
If you have questions about aromatherapy or essential oils stop by the shop in Old Town Temecula for a free 10 minute consultation, use the contact form for questions, sign up for an aromatherapy consult, or take one of our aromatherapy classes.