Boosting Your Immunity With Essential Oils
Have your kids just started school? Are they already coming home with colds and other illnesses? These days, many people are raving about the benefits of the “Five Thieves” essential oil blend (called by different names by various companies) for warding off illnesses and building immunity. Thieves is a synergistic blend of lemon, clove, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus and rosemary oils. It’s a beautiful, powerful blend that is, unfortunately, potentially harmful to children under the age of 10 and pregnant or lactating mothers. Cinnamon bark(1) and rosemary(2) oils have chemical constituents that are contraindicated throughout pregnancy and lactation, and eucalyptus oil (3) can compromise breathing in young children. So what can you use? The following are some safe oils that could be blended and diffused regularly to support a healthy immune system. It is important to change your blend from time to time in order to prevent a potential allergic reaction (sensitization) of a particular essential oil; so pick 2 or 3 to blend and change your formula every 3-4 weeks.
- Tea Tree
- Ho Wood
- Douglas Fir
- Copaiba Balsam
To diffuse, add 2-3 drops to the water in an ultrasonic diffuser, tart warmer or simmering pot on the stovetop (a crockpot works too!). Diffuse a half hour on/ half hour off throughout the day.
Essential oils are a great tool in a holistic approach to health. They are highly concentrated substances that should be approached with respect and education. Please do not take essential oils internally.
(1) Cinnamon Bark Cinnamomum verum as it may cause toxicity to the embryo, and due to the constituent safrole. Safrole can cause kidney and liver tumors to develop in the baby. It is recommended that all internal use of safrole-contaning essential oils should be avoided, and external use limited. (2) Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis due to the constituent camphor. Camphor is known to cross the placenta and become very toxic to the growing baby. Avoid all internal and topical use during pregnancy. (3) Eucalyptus Eucalyptus camaldulensis, Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus maidenii, Eucalyptus plenissima, Eucalyptus kochii, Eucalyptus polybractea, Eucalyptus radiata, Eucalyptus Autraliana,Eucalyptus phellandra, Eucalyptus smithii - avoid using (all routes) on children under 10. Essential oils that are high in 1,8-cineole and can potentially cause respiration to slow in children.
For more information, contact Natasha Sheer