This is very widely used and for very good reasons. It is versatile and can be used in several areas, from treating acne to fungal infections to the prevention of the spread of flu bugs. It is one of the rare oils that has combined antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties, and is also a very powerful immunostimulant which makes it excellent for immune function.
Not only does it give a cheery and uplifting fresh scent, lemon is also known for its important ability to stimulate the body’s defence mechanism against infection, as well as being a powerful bactericide which makes it another great oil for the immune system. A strong and robust immune system is essential in warding off illnesses.
For centuries, clove oil has been known for its anti-infectious properties and for the prevention of contagious illnesses, especially the plague. It’s a powerful antiseptic and also a ‘hot’ oil which means great care needs to be taken when using the oil. In some cultures, clove oil has been traditionally used as an antiseptic in midwifery.
As a strong immunostimulant, eucalyptus oil is great for those who are run down and prone to frequent colds and sinusitis. It is commonly used in formulations for the flu and respiratory infections as it is known for its powerful antiviral and bactericidal actions, which make it an effective treatment for colds by easing nasal congestion and preventing the spread of the virus. It is also a good insect repellent.
Well-known for its use in cooking thanks to its amazing flavour, it is also known to slow down the proliferation of bacteria on meat, especially before the days of refrigeration. It is also an intestinal antiseptic, which fights against gastric infections. Thyme is useful for all forms of infections as it stimulates the production of white blood cells which strengthens the body’s natural resistance.
Frankincense has been used since biblical times and has been valued not only for its highly calming effect on emotions, but also its usefulness in respiratory infections. It is an oil that encourages slow and deep breaths — this cleanses the body and increases oxygenation, which promotes health and boosts the immune function. It is also known an a ‘spiritual’ oil and is often used in meditation. Incidentally, it also a tonic for skin, slowing down the appearance of wrinkles which makes it highly sought-after in skincare. Some research have shown frankincense may be promising for the treatment of cancer.
The most versatile and popular oil is undoubtedly lavender. The antiviral, antiseptic and antibiotic properties of lavender make it a valuable oil for the treatment of coughs and colds during a flu bout. Lavender also reduces inflammation and restores the mind and body to a balanced state, so that natural healing can take place. Among others, it can relieve headaches and muscle pains, and soothe various skin conditions while stimulating the growth of new healthy cells, which makes it popular in skincare formulations.
A native plant of Australia, lemon myrtle gives off a vibrant fresh scent. It is a potent oil with antibacterial, anti fungal and germicidal benefits, and has been said to be even more powerful than tea-tree oil. A great oil to diffuse when there’s a flu bug in the home to promote quick recovery and to prevent the spread of infection.
Known for its antimicrobial properties, ravensara prevents and fights bacterial and viral infections. Besides boosting the immune system, this oil is also uplifting and induces relaxation, which is overall very beneficial to the immune system.
Studies have shown that oregano is power-packed with compounds that fight various infections, promotes detoxification and are loaded with antioxidants as well as antihistamines. It is a fantastic immune booster and is very helpful in treating infections and allergies. This is a very ‘hot’ oil and great care is to be taken when using it. It is never to be used undiluted on skin.