Fall Equinox marks the official beginning of Fall.  It is an excellent time to start thinking about boosting our Immune Systems.  Now is the time to consider what strategies we can implement to keep our families and ourselves healthy through the cooler seasons.

Prevention is always the best approach.  Diffusing the right essential oil synergy is an effective way of getting the essential oil molecules out into the air. This in turn helps to provide a clean, supportive environment.  This in turn can certainly help prevent anything ‘nasty’ developing later on.

Topical use of your essential oil synergy would allow you to take your preventative blend along with you wherever you go. A couple of strategies to use on the go might be to have your own essential oil hand sanitizer, or a special spritzer bottle you can use to mist around yourself.

There are lots of wonderful oils you can consider so pick oils that you enjoy as you and your family are much more likely to use them if you like the aroma

Monoterpenes

Monoterpenes have air antiseptics, antiviral, bactericidal and decongestant properties. Essential oils high in monoterpenes include many of the citrus and conifer oils.  Examples include Lemon (Citrus limonum), Frankincense (Boswellii cartari) and Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana).

Phenols

Phenols are powerful antiseptics and are an excellent stimulant for the immune system.
Essential oils high in phenols include Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) and Oregano (Origanum vulgare). Caution: Keep in mind that these can be skin irritants.  Use topically with respect, or only use in your diffuser or mister.

Other oils you could consider include:
  • Anti-viral properties like: Bergamot, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, E. citriodora, Geranium, Laurel, Lemon, Listsea cubeba, True Melissa, Ravensara and Rosewood
  • Immune Boosting properties like: Atlas cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Niaouli, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Spike Lavender, Black Spruce and Vetiver.
  • Anti-fungal properties like: Palmarosa, Pine and Tea Tree

Medieval doctors used to wear beaks filled with aromatic herbs and spices to keep them Disease-free. There is also the Legend of the Four Thieves Vinegar.

There are a number of different versions of both the legend and the formula. Basically, in the 1630s, when the plague was raging in the town of Toulouse in France four thieves who were busy looting abandoned homes and business.  They were caught and the judge was amazed at how healthy they were.  He offered to let them go free if they shared the secret of their resistance to the plague. While the ingredients in the formulas may vary a bit depending on the source, they do all seem to contain the same basic four aromatics of lavender, rosemary, sage and thyme.

Many herbalists have made up a Four Thieves Vinegar containing these four herbs. Certainly you could consider making up an essential oil synergy using these four oils.

A recipe I enjoy using at this time of year is Eucalyptus 3 parts, Lemon 6 parts, Palmarosa 6 parts and Ravintsara 4 parts.  This is skin friendly and can be used in a diffuser, mister or topically on the skin.

Reading the Strategies to Prevent Colds could be helpful as well.