Ultimate Autumn immunity boosting blend

Ultimate Autumn immunity boosting blendAutumn is the time of year when we can be susceptible to viruses, like the common cold, and the accompanying uncomfortable symptoms, so I thought it would be helpful to share my Ultimate Immunity Boosting Power Blend with you, comprising of 4 drops of Black Pepper essential oil, 8 drops of Ravansara and 2 drops of Sandalwood. The resulting blend is powerful and synergistic, protecting against and fighting bacteria and viral infections.

Exploring each of the essential oils individually, it is easy to understand why they contribute to this ultimate immunity boosting blend.

Black Pepper, for example, has anticatarrhal, antibacterial, antiseptic, expectorant properties and is very beneficial to use for respiratory problems such as colds, coughs, bronchitis and laryngitis. The oil has a spicy, woody aroma and is steam distilled from the still green, unripe berries of the plant which is native to South West India. Some experts warn, however, that it may over-stimulate the kidneys, be an irritant to sensitive skins, and that it should be avoided during pregnancy.

Ravansara essential oil also has antiseptic, antimicrobial, antiviral, expectorant and immunomodulant properties and is an excellent choice in the treatment of influenza, chronic fatigue syndrome and as a preventative measure against colds and viral infections. The oil has a slightly spicy, camphorous, woody, herbaceous odour and is steam-distilled from the leaves and twigs of a tree native to warm and tropical climates. It has no known contra-indications, although should be avoided in pregnancy.

Sandalwood oil is non-toxic and is recommended for a wide range of respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, and influenza due its decongestant properties. The oil has a distinctive woody odour and is steam-distilled from the heartwood and roots of a small, evergreen tree native to Asia, with India being the main producer of the oil. Sandalwood harvesting is now officially controlled by the Indian Government, and only mature trees (over 30 years old) can be harvested. Base Formula recommend that when purchasing Indian Sandalwood essential oil you check to ensure that it carries the 'Agmark Seal' which certifies that it conforms with Government standards.

Colds can, of course, be prevented by washing your hands regularly, ensuring items such as cutlery and crockery are washed thoroughly, and using your own towels, especially if someone in the household is poorly. Healthcare professionals also advise to use disposable tissues instead of cloth handkerchiefs to avoid reinfection.

For further immunity boosting protection, eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, and ensure you have time for rest and relaxation, for example, invest in a weekly Aromatherapy massage, which is reputed to have immunological benefits. Our ultimate immunity boosting essential oil blend is the perfect choice for use in the massage treatment or, if you prefer you could try a foot massage instead. The blended oils can also be inhaled by using a candle burner or an aromatherapy diffuser, or by simply sniffing off a tissue. Use between 3-5 drops of the oil blend in an oil burner, several drops in an aromatherapy diffuser (following your product's instructions), or pop up to 5 drops on a tissue and inhale throughout the day.



 

If you have been unfortunate enough to develop a viral infection, such as a sore throat, put 5 drops of the blend into 10ml of Moisturising Lotion and apply to the throat area twice a day.

This blend can also help ease blocked sinuses or congestion, when used in a steam inhalation. Boil two pints of water and pour into a bowl. Add ten drops of the essential oil blend, agitate the water (not with your hands as the water will be too hot), lean over the bowl, put a towel over your head, close your eyes and inhale the vapours for up to ten minutes. Repeat this process several times a day. Alternatively, the blended oils may be put onto a paper tissue, as described above, which is ideal for asthmatics for whom steam inhalation is not recommended.

For bronchial problems put 5 drops of the essential oil blend into 10ml of Moisturising Lotion and apply to the upper chest and back twice a day.

Aching muscles and joints can be relieved by mixing 5 drops of the blend into 10ml of Arnica infused oil and massaging it into the affected area twice a day.

I hope that you find our ultimate immunity boosting blend useful in protecting yourself and your family from viral infections over the coming months.

Christine Fisk
Consultant Aromatherapist

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