When it comes to boosting the immune system, the use of essential oils and aromatherapy is a natural approach to strengthen the body’s lymphatic system, and generally improve one’s physical and emotional health. Nearly every essential oil used in aromatherapy is of benefit to the immune system – either directly or indirectly.

Direct Influences of Essential Oils on the Immune System

  • Antibiotic & Antibacterial – Good for fighting bacteria infections. Specific oils: lavender, lemongrass, rosemary and tea tree
  • Antiviral – Protection against and help in fighting complications of colds, flu, coughs. Specific oils: garlic, bay, melissa (lemon balm), eucalyptus, marjoram and tea tree
  • Cytophylactic – Increases white blood cell activity to help defend against infection. Specific oils: frankincense, lavender and rosemary
  • Detoxifying – Helps combat impurities in the blood or organs. Specific oils: angelica, fennel, juniper and rose otto
  • Anti-fungal – Fights fungal infections such as candida and athlete’s foot. Specific oils: lavender, myrrh, tea tree
  • Anti-parasitic – Destroys fleas and lice. Specific oils: eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary and tea tree
  • Vulneraries – Wound healers. Specific Oils: frankincense, lavender, marjoram and rosemary

General Immune System Stimulating Essential Oils

Bay laurel, thyme, roman chamomile, rosemary, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, tea tree, frankincense and sage

Essential Oils that Stimulate White Blood Cell Production

Bergamot, chamomile, lavender, lemon, myrrh, pine, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme, vetivert

Healing Essential Oils

Carrotseed, frankincense, helichrysum, lavender, rose, rose geranium, sandalwood

Garlic Oil – Used in the case of a seriously depleted person prone to continual infection, garlic oil may be used on the bottom of the feet, after being diluted 4% in carrier oil.

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Essential Oil Blend for Immune Deficiency

  • 6 drops Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
  • 7 drops Lemon (Citrus x limon)
  • 6 drops Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • 3 drops Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
  • 4 drops Niaouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia viridiflora)
  • 3 drops Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora) (different from Ravensara)
  • 2 ounces sesame oil (Sesamun inidicum)

Blend the above oils together. Twice each day for one week, rub this blend on the neck and chest. Take a ten-day break and then begin again for another two weeks. This blend can also be used in the bath. Use this blend on a regular basis, even when you are feeling healthy. You should see great improvement in your immune system.

Aromatherapy Blend to Build Your Body’s Resistance

  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • 2 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Ravensara (different from Ravintsara)
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus
  • 10 drops Tamanu oil (Calophyllum inophyllum)
  • 1 ounce calendula-infused carrier oil

This basic immune tonic blend can be used daily as a body oil in the bath as part of a health-maintenance program, or to treat cold or flu conditions.

Aromatherapy Massage Enhances the Immune System

Massages using appropriate essential oils are a good way to use these oils, especially when it’s a lymphatic massage that encourages the flow of lymph fluid.

Essential oils that work well in aromatherapy massage to enhance the immune system include: Rosemary, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, cypress, fennel, juniper, spearmint, lemongrass. Combine with carrier oil.

Essential Oil Blend for Lymphatic Massage Oil

  • 12 drops Lemon
  • 12 drops Rosemary
  • 12 drops Grapefruit
  • 2 ounces of carrier oil

Essential oils that help the lymph nodes eliminate accumulated waste include: Bay laurel, grapefruit, juniper and lemon.

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Essential oil use and aromatherapy are natural remedies that can help improve and increase the body’s resistance to disease by improving the ability to fight infection. Many essential oils have proven abilities to positively effect the immune system. Keep in mind, the best approach to good health is a holistic approach — healthy food, plenty of sleep and exercise all contribute to an improvement in the immune system.