By Leanne Shelton
In a world currently inflicted by a virus outbreak, keeping yourself and the family healthy is probably your number one priority right now.
Apart from consuming fresh fruit and vegetables (if you can get your hands on them!) and drinking plenty of water, it’s a good idea to introduce essential oils to the mix to boost your immunity.
Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants. Once the aromatic chemicals are extracted, they’re combined with a carrier oil – ready to be diluted with water and inhaled via a diffuser. Most oils can also be applied directly to your skin (but if you have sensitive skin, it’s best to dilute them first.)
While they have been used for centuries, essential oils have had a major comeback in recent decades with people being more open to alternative therapies. Many concentrated oils can fortify the immune system or eradicate the bacteria and viruses that can make us sick. Others can indirectly help us by improving our sleep and alleviating stress – which can affect your immunity.
Here are our 3 must-have essential oils to keep you healthy:
You’re probably familiar with the scent of eucalyptus from over-the-counter cold and flu remedies used in the past. This is because this oil has powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties. It’s perfect for supporting a healthy respiratory system.
Frankincense is often referred to as the ‘King of Essential Oils’ because of its high health benefits. Best known for its highly effective inflammation-fighting capabilities, this oil supports healthy cellular function, promotes relaxation, and boosts respiratory systems.
Yes, Oregano is a tasty addition to Italian cuisines – but it’s also an effective antibacterial oil. It has two active compounds, carvacrol and thymol, which are great for supporting the immune, respiratory, and digestive systems.
We hope you stay safe and healthy during this period – and enjoy the beautiful scents of your new-found oils at the same time!
Leanne Shelton is a health and wellness copywriter and content coach at Write Time Marketing. (www.writetimemarketing.com.au)