Health is a relationship between you and your body.
We know that when we take care of ourselves through diet, exercise, adequate sleep and relaxation that our body systems are better placed to take care of us. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true, when we are constantly stressed, don’t eat well or exercise, we limit our body’s resilience and inner strength. Generally speaking, if we are constantly in a stress response pattern - ‘fight or flight’ or even ‘freeze’ our immune function decreases, and conversely if we are more balanced physically, emotionally and mentally our immune function is better supported.
When we talk about the immune system, we are actually talking about a functional system of organs, glands, cells and interrelated functions to help recognise ‘self’ from ‘non-self’. Your immune system includes your spleen, thymus, lymph nodes, bone marrow and lymphocytes (white blood cells known as B- and T-cells) that all work together to defend and protect the body. The immune system has to preserve a delicate balance between mounting an aggressive response to outside invasion and not having that aggression turn against the body itself (autoimmunity).
So as we head into the winter months it is important to prepare ourselves by guarding against airborne germs and doing all we can to strengthen our bodies and immune systems. Eating well (fresh fruit, veggies and whole foods), avoiding toxins (e.g. too much sugar and alcohol), washing hands (paying close attention to hygiene) and resting up (getting plenty of sleep) form the basis of self-care heading into winter.
Additionally, you may consider an energetic kinesiology balance specifically targeting immune support and stability or utilise the wonders of aromatherapy to help boost and support your inner defences.
Anti-inflammatory, decongestant, expectorant, analgesic and relaxing properties are all readily available with the right combination of pure essential oils - as are important vitamins, nutrients and detoxifying practices to benefit sustained health.
As an holistic treatment, aromatherapy and essential oils can have a profound effect on physical and psychological wellbeing. There exists the belief that scent, as the most enduring of our senses, has the power to transform our emotions, calm our minds and heal our bodies.
Here are 7 amazing essential oils with antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic and purification qualities to aid in immune balance and support.
1. Tea Tree
Well known for its medicinal properties, the spicy, bittersweet scent of Tea Tree is refreshing and purifying.
The refreshing, stimulating influence of Eucalyptus provides a clearing aroma for mind and body. Well known for its healing effects on the respiratory system, reducing the severity of symptoms associated with colds and influenza.
3. Lemon Myrtle
Well known for its antiseptic and purification qualities, Lemon Myrtle has a clean, citrus aroma that uplifts and refreshes the body and mind.
The strong, fresh, herbal fragrance of Sage is clarifying and uplifting for the mood. Sage is reputed to reduce symptoms of bacterial infections and assists in the elimination of toxins.
The sunny, citrus aroma of Bergamot promotes a general sense of well-being, whilst its cleansing and invigorating properties aid immune function and clear the respiratory system.
A sweet and floral scent with a hint of rose fragrance, Palmarosa is calming for the senses. Its antiseptic properties make it a great essential oil for cleansing and purification.
A nurturing and nourishing essential oil, lavender has a calmative and relaxing effect. It’s calming to the nervous system and helps with inner peace, sleep, fever, headaches and general nervous tension.
Introducing the Healthy Kinect Inner Strength (Immune Balance Blend) created with 7 beautiful essential oils chosen for their antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic and purification qualities to aid in immune balance and support.
100% Essential Oils:
Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemon Myrtle, Sage, Bergamot, Palmarosa, Lavender.
Carrier: Almond Oil