Essential Oils for the Immune System
Essential oils for immunity
In clinical trials, the top performing immunity oil seems to be cinnamon leaf which can outperform any other oil and kills pathogens flat. It is, however, a very strong oil so apply in small regular dilutions rather than one big, potentially hazardous hit.
Close behind it are:
Tea tree Maleleuca alternifolia – One aromatherapist recommends copious amounts of neat tea tree at the onset of an infection poured onto the inside of the arm where the blue veins show.
However, dilution is necessary for all other oils!
Bay laurel Laurus nobilis – digestive and respiratory tract infections
Eucalyptus Eucalyptus globulus – Use for respiratory infections
Bergamot Citrus bergamia – for genitor-urinary infections
Frankincense – respiratory and urinary
Oregano – All systems are boosted, but especially digestive
Thyme Thymus vulgaris – over all immune tonic
Other recommendations include:
Ravensara Ravensara officinalis – extremely powerful for respiratory infections
Manuka Leptospermum scoparium – Trials suggest that this oil, particularly against bacteria such as Staphylococcus and Streptococcus and Pathogenic Fungi, Manuka Oil has higher antibacterial and anti-fungal activity than Tea Tree Oil.
Kanuka Kunzea Ericoides – High level antibacterial
For building immunity (rather than fighting bacteria when you are ill) these essential oils are recommended:
Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Pine needle, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Thyme