NourishDoc: Hello, everyone; I hope everyone had a great July fourth. I know I did. So now we are back here. We are talking about Immune Health. I know everybody is going to parties right now. However, we do have to be very careful about enhancing and boosting our immune health. That is the topic of discussion today on how Aromatherapy can help that. We have Renee with us. Renee is a certified aromatherapist and a natural therapy consultant. So she is with us to tell us about it. Thank you so much, Renee, for joining me.
How do essential oils help immune health?
Aromatherapist Renee: Thank you for having me. I’m excited to be here. So, yeah, it’s true. Everybody, things are open now. It’s the summer. Everybody’s excited. We’re out and about and want to be supportive regarding our immune health, and that’s always the case. However, I think we’re more aware now because COVID reminded us about washing our hands, keeping our faces covered, and coughing on everybody.
So, the way that essential oils protect our immune system is that it helps our Immune system to do better what it was designed to do. So, we already have an army that goes to work when we’re invaded with germs, viruses, and things like that. However, there are, of course, herbal preparations and supplements and essential oils that we can use to support that combat, that war that goes on so that we can recover faster and, in some cases, prevent from being overtaken, you know by that bug whatever it might so many essential oils are antiviral.
They are antibacterial and antimicrobial, so with that being the case, they support us in fighting off things like different bugs and viruses and colds and all these different things. One of my favorite things I’d love to share is that when you are working with something that has attacked your immune system, especially, you know, these respiratory conditions, one of the constituents you want to look for when it comes to essential oils is 1,8-cineole. So, we’re often used to hearing the names of the oils. So, we know eucalyptus, we know Ravensara, we know peppermint, we know the different names.
However, it’s the constituent that causes the action that we see. So, the constituent and the plant give us the results. So, we’re looking for ones that contain 1,8-cineole because they’re always going to be supportive to the breath and, depending on your specific condition, which one you want to use. For example, we love eucalyptus. So, we all know that we’re used to growing up with those rubs and that amazing smell that opens your breath, and that’s great. That’s 1,8-cineole that you smell, so eucalyptus is great at opening the breath, helping you breathe better.
However, if you have asthma, I love for you to start with a different oil called Ravensara. So, you can see it as Ravensara or Ravensara, and one typically works better for those who have asthma. When you have asthma, and you’re dealing with a respiratory condition, rather it is, you know, COVID or bronchitis or whatever, I want you always to do this test before you use essential oils. So, you take the cap off your oil or blend, and you know you always have that orifice reducer, a wave that across your nose. You can’t use that blend if you experience tightness in your chest.
It doesn’t mean you’ll never be able to use it, but in that instance, it will tighten up your chest. So, sometimes, some of the oils we use to help us breathe better can have the opposite effect if we have asthma or some bronchial irritation. So, always do that cap test, and for children, we want to use still 1,8-cineole, but we want to use cedar wood.
What are the best essential oils to boost immunity?
So, we don’t always think of wood oils as containing, you know, constituents that would help with the breathing, but for children, especially if they are five or younger, go with cedarwood to help them to make a nice little preparation for them to be able to breathe. So, that’s the primary thing I wanted to give to everyone. You can use many essential oils to boost your immune system; thyme is one of them, which comes in different chemotypes; timolol is the constituent you’re looking for in particular, so we have rosemary and oregano.
These are some of the ones that are going to be the most immune-supportive. They’re some of my favorites, tea tree. Another one that we don’t think about often when it comes to immune support is lavender. So you can use lavender, especially if you’re having difficulty breathing and can’t sleep. So before you reach for that over that night, medicine that’s going to knock you out at night, not that you can’t take both together. Try lavender. You can diffuse it. You can make a blend. What’s nice is that I love blending oregano with lavender, and doing a nice massage helps to relax you. It’s going to open up the breath. It will give you tons of fighting power, and you will be able to rest. So, you can apply that topically. You can use it in your diffuser, do not take essential oils internally. I don’t care what you’ve read online.
I know it’s all over the line. Just you know, put a drop under your tongue. Put a water drop. It actually can be extremely damaging to your digestive tract, do not take them internally unless you’re working with a certified professional, not just someone who loves Aromatherapy or they talk about Aromatherapy, and they have a million followers; you need to be working with a certified professional for your own life and safety. It’s essential.
So, please do not take them internally unless you’re working with a professional, but you can do a nice massage. It will give you every bit of the fighting power you need. It’s going to help boost your immune system, you can also diffuse, which is going to be incredible, and you can also use an inhaler. So, I teach the moot makeover method. Some of you know me from the Moot Makeover Method, which is all about emotional support with essential oils, and we use these all the time in those workshops. Because you get such a quick result as this goes right into that olfactory system and has an immediate effect on the brain. It’s also going to have an immediate effect on your lungs.
So, it is a great thing to do to help to boost your immune system, boost that support, boost the fighting power, help you to rest, help you to recover faster, help you to breathe, and we’re looking at some of those things that we want to fight in the essential oils can help you with that.
Several essential oils are eucalyptus and that are expectorants. So, don’t be afraid of that phlegm that’s coming up. If something’s coming up, these preparations can help you to bring that up. We want to do that. We don’t want to fight that cough in a way where it’s closed off. If it’s a productive cough, we want to let it out because we want to know that mucus is surrounding the virus. It’s part of our army. It’s part of the way our immune system works.
So cough that up if you’re having that. If you have a dry cough, you may want something that calms it because it’s not producing anything. But those coughs, let it out. Even with a fever, we love to do a nice massage to settle the body; sandalwood, cedarwood, frankincense, and lavender, are nice to settle the body, but that fever is also a sign that your body is fighting, right? So, we don’t always want to cut those things off. We want to let the body do what it’s doing to repair. It’s part of the immune system.
Aromatherapy for immune health
So, that’s really what Aromatherapy is all about. It’s about getting it gets into your system. Many times, people think of aroma therapy. It’s just some great smell good. Oh, it’s relaxing. I love to have it in my home, but it is therapy when you know how to use it properly, so we want to keep those things in mind. We want to use them in moderation. We want to use them appropriately so that our bodies can benefit and we’re not over or underuse them. So, the dosage is essential. So, those are some tips I love to leave your viewers today on immune support.
NourishDoc: Those are great tips. I had a couple of follow-up questions. We read a lot about the quality of essential oils, right? And there is so much on the internet that you go to these big stores. We need to figure out what to buy. Do you want to count on or educate on the oil’s purity and what an average consumer like myself should look for when buying essential oils?
Buying tips for essential oils
Aromatherapist Renee: Yeah, that’s always a big topic. My company, the Aroma Specialist, is we’re a brand-free zone. That’s what we call it. There are a lot of fantastic brands out there. So, you don’t need to feel that there’s a lot on the internet about this being the only pure brand. This is the only brand. None of that is true. So, anytime you see that that is sales and marketing. It has nothing to do with reality. Ours is the only one FDA approved for this or that, and none of it is is is valid. Some have FDA approval that has to do with being allowed to take certain essential oils internally. Nothing to do with the grade or the quality.
So, we’re looking for essential oils that are either organic or wild-harvested. That’s what you’re looking for. The labels such as pure and therapeutic grade mean nothing, unfortunately. It’s an unfortunate thing because we are under the jurisdiction of the FDA, and they do a fantastic job of warning people and looking at the things where people give claims that aren’t true. So it’s a great thing. But unfortunately, something can be labeled as pure and not be. It can be labeled as therapeutic grade and doesn’t mean anything. So, what we’re looking for is we want reports.
We want a GCMS report; the best is if the company allows you to see that report. So, some aroma companies provide the GCMS report on the screen. It is, it is a report that tells you the ingredients. Like, remember I talked earlier about constituents? It will tell you that this oil bottle has this, this, and this in it. That’s what you’re looking for.
Only some companies provide it, and it’s not a game changer if they provide it. However, you at least want to know that a DCMS report has been done and that bottled oils in their facility require a GCMS report. GCMS reports are third-party, so it’s not about that company, and so those reports are essential to ensure that what your bottle of oil is supposed to have in there has it in there. So, look for organic, Look for wild harvested, and look for reports such as GCMS reports.
NourishDoc: All right. Well, that’s great. Anything else you like to add before I wrap up? You’re welcome to talk about your Insta account or anything else that you, you know, we let anything else want to talk about yourself. It’s you’re welcome to do that before I wrap up today.
Aromatherapist Renee: We’ll go ahead and wrap up, but I appreciate the invitation. My Insta, of course, is the aroma specialist. We are the home of Holistic Champions, an Aromatherapy school. So those who want to become certified aromatherapists, we are the place for you. What makes us unique is that we teach people not only to become certified aromatherapists but we teach them how to teach aroma therapy. We teach them how to build their business simultaneously as they get certified. There are tons of certifications, and people need to learn how to use them. So, that’s what makes our school different, and we’re also the home of the Moot Makeover Method. It is how we use essential oils for our mind, emotions, and central nervous system. So, those are two-part programs that you’ll see us talk about on the Instagram account.
NourishDoc: Well, thank you so much, You have a wealth of information and knowledge in this particular subject, and this beautiful subject has so much to offer that I think most of us don’t understand the details, the in-depth details, and that’s what we are trying to bring out, you know, as I was talking to you earlier, in our platform, we’re going to have a separate section on Aromatherapy can help a different type of health concerns. So, stay tuned and keep supporting us. We will have over 250000 followers pretty soon. So, I am truly humbled and grateful to people like Renee, who helped us make this happen today. Thank you.
Aromatherapist Renee: Thank you so much for having me. I loved it.