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With colder climates creeping, it’s the perfect time to explore new ways to boost your immune system against the common cold, flu, and other respiratory ailments.
While there are many products on the market that address these issues, aromatherapy offers a natural way to soothe and protect yourself.
Aromatherapy is an incredible healing art and science, supporting and enhancing immunity and mind-body wellness. At the core of aromatherapy are essential oils, which are extracted from different parts of plants and abundant in healing properties.
Various essential oils support the immune system by soothing the nervous system and reducing stress. Use the following essential oils and recipes to help enhance your immunity and strengthen your respiratory system for the season.
Note: Avoid use of Eucalyptus globulus and peppermint for children.
There are many ways to reap the benefits of essential oils. Follow these four recipes to get the most out of them.
Putting essential oils directly in a bottle allows for easy storage and travel. You can take them wherever you go. This undiluted blend is great for congestion relief.
Directions: In a 10 ml, dark cobalt or amber essential oil glass bottle, combine the two oils. Waft bottle under nose, inhaling deeply three to four times daily, as needed. Gently shake bottle before inhaling to synergize.
Use essential oils to create a room spray that can help turn any environment into a place of healing.
Directions: Gently swirl essential oils in a 4 oz. PET hard plastic mist spray bottle to synergize, add pure water. Shake before spraying in room to purify the air. Not for dermal use, avoid contact with eyes.
Direct Inhalation is one of the safest methods of using essential oils and can be very effective.
Directions: Add essential oil to a tissue, place tissue in palm of hands, and inhale deeply two to three times through the nose. Do this twice daily.
For a different experience, try using steam to inhale essential oils. This can be a great practice for cold days.
Directions: Add essential oil to steaming hot water in a basin. Cover your head with a towel and place your head above the basin. Breathe through your nose from a comfortable distance, exhaling through your mouth. Keep your eyes closed.
When using essential oils, keep the following in mind:
Remember that aromatherapy can greatly benefit your health, but is not a cure for ailments. It’s a complementary treatment used to help alleviate symptoms.
Aromatherapy is not meant to replace a diagnosis or treatment by a physician.
*Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only; it does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Chopra Center's Mind-Body Medical Group; and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health programs.