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Boosting immunity with Essential Oils

We already know that food can be our best medicine. We look to herbs, vegetables and fruits to boost the immune system. But did you know that you can also boost your immunity AND protect yourself from infectious diseases through inhaling the essential oils of plants?


Essential oil-containing aromatic plants have been used for anti-infectious purposes for millennia. Sewage, rotting garbage, sick people, environmental pollution, and other sources of unpleasant smells reveal the presence of proliferating microbial toxins. Without knowing the details of what pathogenic agents were present, people understood that where there were bad vapors, diseases lurked. Aromatic plants have been the primary antidote for these evil spirits. Traditional medical systems, such as Ayurveda, had a general concept of microscopic pathogens and knew that substances such as essential oils counteracted those toxins. ( referenced from “The Antimicrobial Effects of Essential Oils By David Crow, L.Ac. –

Immune boosting foods and essential oils


My friend Liz is an attorney who travels a lot for her job and she easily falls ill when she is on the road.  Her diet includes organic veggies and grass-fed meats, she exercises and she takes food grade vitamins. Her career, however, is very stressful and traveling puts additional stress on her body. Her biggest complaint is that she tends to catch colds whenever she travels. I put together a combination of herbs for her to take to boost her immune system and set her up with our new AT HOME remedy for travel stress ( which is available for purchase on our website ).

AT HOME is a beautifully scented aromatic remedy that clears stagnant air; improving respiratory health, hydrating the nasal and respiratory passages. This comforting remedy diminishes the unsettling side effects of travel including nausea, jet-lag and stress.

AROMA | concentrated  plants oils of Silver Fir, Clove, Lemon Petitgrain & Jasmine rounds out the formula and adds a delicious scent to the formula. This remedy should be sprayed into the air and inhaled on the plane, hotel room or car.

ESSENCE | homeopathic sequoia essences helps you feel rooted to the earth


Learn more about the oils in our formula :

Silver Fir –  Santene, alpha-Pinene, 1-Limonene, Bornyl-Acetate, Lauralaldehyde, Decylaldehyde  | antimicrobial, antineuralgic, antirheumatic, antiviral, bactericidal, insecticide


Clove – Eugenol, Eugenyl-Acetate, beta-Caryophyllene, Methyl-n-amyl Cetone | antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral

clove leaves and young buds

Lemon Petitgrain –  Limonene, Citral, Geraniol, Nerol, Linalol, Linalyl-Acetate, Geranyl-Acetate | the leaves and flowers of the lemon tree


Jasmine – Benzyl-Acetate, Linalol, Linalyl-Acetate, Jasmone, Indole, Methyl-Anthranilate  | anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, expectorant, sedative

night blooming jasmine


The immunological functions of essential oils within plants are also directly related to their effects on human immunity. Essential oils are secondary metabolic byproducts which serve several physiological purposes, including anti-bacterial, anti-vital, and wound healing. The molecules within an essential oil can be thought of as the expression of the plants immunological intelligence; when we utilize essential oils we are using botanical immuno-chemical intelligence to repel and destroy pathogens common to both plants and humans, and to activate healing processes that are likewise similar in both. It is interesting to note that most aromatic plants are not vulnerable to common pathogens and pests that affect non-aromatic plants; likewise, those who have worked with essential oils during times of epidemics, such as distillers and professional perfumers, have a historical reputation of being less vulnerable to contagious illnesses. ( referenced from “The Antimicrobial Effects of Essential Oils By David Crow, L.Ac. –

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