Aromatherapy for the immune system and applications for use
Aromatherapy may influence our minds, emotions and bodies, and therefore are a great therapy to incorporate during times when we need to improve our immune system, such as during the change of seasons, and in springtime, when seasonal allergies peak. Common aromatherapy applications include room, face, body, and counter sprays; Inhalations, oil burners, massage creams and massage oils.
The benefit of these applications may include keeping airborne germs at bay, to be able to spray yourself direction, and as a chemical-free alternative to countertop sprays.
The benefit of inhalations may include clearing nasal and sinus congestion.
The benefit of using an oil burner may include keeping airborne germs at bay.
Massage creams and oils
The benefit of the application of massage creams contacting essential oils being directly applied to the skin may include an increase in blood flow and lymphatic flow.
No matter what application you choose, aromatherapy will also influence your moods and create a pleasant aroma, but it is important to see a qualified aromatherapist because essential oils may have adverse effects on certain conditions and medications, as well as long-term health effects.
Some common aromatherapy classes and their essential oils
Antidepressant- (may have uplifting qualities)
Basil, bergamot, citronella, clary sage, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemongrass, Melissa, neroli, orange, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, rosemary, rosewood, ylang ylang
Antimicrobial (may reduce microbes)
Antiseptic (may help prevent tissue degeneration and control infection)
Basil, bergamot, black pepper, camphor, cedarwood, chamomile, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, garlic, geranium, ginger, hyssop, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, lime, marjoram, myrrh, myrtle, neroli, niaouli, nutmeg, palmarosa, peppermint, pine, rose, rosemary, rosewood, sage, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme, verbena, vetiver, and yarrow.
Bactericide (may combat bacteria)
Basil, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, lime, myrrh, myrtle, neroli, niaouli, palmarosa, rose, rosewood, tea tree.
Antiviral (may help control viral organisms)
Eucalyptus, lavender, lavender spike, lime, palmarosa, tea tree.
May help prevent disease
Disinfectant (may destroy germs)
Use for countertops and in room sprays and oil burners.
Birch, clove, juniper, lime, myrrh, pine.
Immune system boosting- (may enhance the action of the immune system)
Lemon, peppermint, eucalyptus, frankincense.
Tonics (may improve the body’s performance)
Basil, bergamot, black pepper, carrot seed, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, hyssop, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, lime, marjoram, Melissa, myrrh, nutmeg, neroli, orange, patchouli, pine, rose, rosemary, rosewood, sage, sandalwood, thyme, verbena, vetiver, yarrow.
Penelope Espinoza Hallett, Naturopath
BHsc (C.M.) AdvDip. Nat/N.D, Dip. Aroma, Dip. C.H., Cert. R.M., Cert. R.M., Cert. SBM, mNHAA