I’m not sure about you, but I am feeling a little frazzled this week and a little more fatigued than usual. Perhaps its because we are coming up to the end of the school term and a lot needs to get down before Easter.
In any event, in order to ward off the onset of any dreaded lurgies, I’m incorporating immune stimulating and restorative essential oils into my self care this week.
I’m sure in your experience as a busy health conscious mum, you know that prevention is better than cure. If you don’t have time to start this week, Easter is really a great chance to nurture and care for yourself and your loved ones so that you can make sure your immune systems are in tip top shape to tackle the cooler months and the potential ailments that go with it.
I really appreciate the opportunity to share with you some simple and beautiful Aromatherapy techniques to help you take care of yourself and your family this Easter with essential oils.
In a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, it is important to protect vital energy by supporting the immune system.
We can do this beautifully with energising, refreshing and uplifting essential oil blends with antibacterial and antiviral properties.
One of the simplest, easiest and safest ways to use essential oils to boost general health and wellbeing is to vaporise or diffuse them. Using an electric diffuser is important for maintaining a regulated heat so that the oils maintain their therapeutic benefits. It is also a very safe way to diffuse essential oils because there is no naked flame. You simply turn the diffuser on for 15 minutes and add up to six drops of essential oil. It is a good idea to have some ventilation if you are diffusing oils in a small space.
A fantastic ‘breathe easy” blend to diffuse to boost the immune system and relieve cold symptoms
is lavender, cajeput, lemon and peppermint. This is a purifying blend designed to cleanse the mind, body and spirit.
Cajeput and lemon have antimicrobial properties boosting the immune system and combating germs and peppermint is pain relieving and also clearing for respiratory and sinus issues. Another great immune boosting blend to diffuse in your home is 1 drop sweet thyme, 2 drops palmarosa, 2 drops bergamot and 1 drop niaouli. Again this synergy of oils has antimicrobal, uplifting and restorative properties and it smells divine.
Diffusing essential oils is much more than just experiencing a pleasant aroma. Diffusing essential oils helps to eliminate airborne microbes, lift your mood, balance your body energetically, all of which contribute to boosting the immune system.
Essential oils can also be added to a carrier oil such as jojoba, sweet almond etc to make bath and massage blends. To make a bath and/or massage blend you add 5-10 drops of essential oil to 20mls of base body oil. To add to the bath you simply fill the bath with warm water and add the mixture of base body oil and essential oils. Soak for twenty minutes. For a massage blend add 5-10 drops of your essential oil to 20 mls of base body oil and massage into the body. Take slow deep breaths as you go.
Three restorative essential oils are lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint. Lavender and peppermint both help with headaches and muscular aches and pains. Peppermint is bright, minty, clean and fresh, invigorating, great for circulation, encourages mental clarity and alertness, great for concentration. Eucalyptus is antibacterial, great for sinus, immune boosting and respiratory clearing.
Lemon and mandarin essential oils are wonderful uplifting and restorative essential oils. Lemon has antibacterial and antiseptic properties and is great for household cleaning and diffusing to help boost the immune system. Use a drop of lemon essential oil on your dish cloth to wipe out the fridge, put a few drops in your bucket to clean your floors, put a drop in the bottom of the garbage or scrap bucket to eliminate odours. Mandarin is very gentle and effective especially as we are aging and for young children, it’s great for digestive issues as well as calming anxiety.
In a non toxic home cleaning kit I would recommend essential oils of Eucalyptus, lemon and lavender. You can make your own floor, bench, window, or bathroom cleaners such as lavender disinfectant spray, lemon bench cleaner and eucalyptus all purpose cleaner.
You can also boost the immune system by keeping hands clean and sanitised. For a personal sanitiser try lavender and orange essential oil natural hand cleanser; 50 mls aloe vera gel, 21 drops of lavender and 7 drops of orange essential oil.
The ease with which these remedies can be incorporated into your everyday regime easily and effectively is a Blessing.
Just a brief word on essential oil safety, not all essential oils are suitable for pregnant women in massage and/or the bath so always consult a qualified aromatherapist to check before use if you are pregnant. Essential oils should not be used undiluted on the skin, always dilute in a suitable carrier oil. Do not ingest essential oils unless under the supervision of a qualified aromatic medicine physician. Essential oils are very concentrated so always use the less is best principle and use appropriate ventilation. Some essential oils can interact with other medications so again if in doubt seek advise from a qualified Aromatherapist.
If you would like any more information about the safe and effective use of essential oils to boost your immune system, please contact me at www.livingwellessentials.com.au or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a wonderful restful and restorative Easter.
Yours in Living Well,