FALL is here! Along with the change of season, for some autumn can also bring colds, flus, and emotional stresses. Living a healthy, natural life today can be an overwhelming challenge. Schedules are stretched to the maximum, eating habits are poor and often eating on the run, environmental toxins are everywhere; and stress levels are at an all time high. All of these factors can impair our immune system. When the immune system is weak, the body becomes vulnerable, creating an opening for viruses and bacteria to invade your body. Maintaining a strong healthy immune system is a vital element to achieve and retain good health.

Strengthen your immune system naturally:

  • Get adequate rest and sleep
  • Use essential oils regularly
  • Eat healthy foods; eliminate processed foods and increase healthy nutrients
  • Reduce stress levels
  • Use herbal supplements
  • Exercise regularly

Essential oils are natural immune system boosters. Their concentrated chemical components include anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-septic qualities and more.
Upon topical application, essential oils can reach and absorb into the bloodstream in as little as 20 minutes. This can assist the immune system, cleansing the cells of toxins and enhancing their ability to absorb oxygen and nutrients.

A couple of essential oils that are terrific immune stimulants: Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica) and Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium).

Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica)
Immune System Benefits: Ravensara a strong antiviral oil, and can be support to the immune system. Ravensara is also effective to reduce joint pain, lymph congestion, fevers, fatigue, muscular aches and pains, and as a nerve tonic.
Precautions: Non-toxic, non-irritant when used in moderation.

Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium)
Immune System Benefits: Wide spectrum antibacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory. Manuka helps keep infections at bay: including colds, flu, fever, and muscle pain. It is excellent to diffuse as inhalation therapy as an expectorant for congestion in the nasal passages and respiratory infections; coughs, sinusitis, and whooping cough. It has disinfectant properties useful against bacteria and infectious diseases.
Precautions: Non-toxic, non-irritant when used in moderation.

The Maori people used Manuka as an important part of their natural medicine. It is believed that both manuka and tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) were used by Captain Cook to make a tea drink, thus given the name Tea Tree.

Essential Oil Applications to Strengthen the Immune System:
Diffusing, room spritzer, bath, compress, massage or body oil.

* Bath: Mix 3-5 drops of essential oils into 1 tsp. of carrier oil (organic sweet almond, sunflower, sesame or safflower oil) or vegetable glycerin or aloe vera gel, and then add to bath. (Suggested bath blend: 2 drops manuka, and 2 drops ravensara) Always check essential oil precautions before use.

* Compress: Mix 3-5 drops of essential oils and 1 tsp. of carrier oil, vegetable glycerin or aloe vera gel and add to compress water. Suggested use for respiratory issues: apply 2 drops of each manuka and ravensara in 1 tsp. of carrier oil, on the upper back and then apply a warm towel over the area.

May you enjoy a healthy Fall and Winter season!

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