Protect your health by avoiding life-threatening chemicals found in personal care products and household cleaners
(NaturalHealth365) Okay, you’ve made an important (health) decision to eliminate hazardous, life-threatening chemicals found in too many personal care products and household cleaners. No longer are you going to trust (or depend on) government “health” officials for healthy living advice. That’s good, because they tend to always be in favor of corporate profits over public safety.
Here’s the good news: there are many (healthier) ways to clean countertops, put a scent on your body or “freshen up” the air around you without subjecting yourself to toxic chemicals. Remember, these unwanted toxins contribute to inflammation, breathing problems, cancer cell growth and even infertility issues.
If you’re looking for a quick (simple) solution: try to use pure essential oils instead.
Essential oils: Healthy scents that support a strong immune system
Using natural, plant ingredients that benefit health like 100% pure essential oils is super smart. Essential oils have endless health benefits. For example, did you know that they can enhance immunity by increasing the number of natural killer cells? (NK cells)
Natural killer cells, as researchers note, are “effector lymphocytes that play protective roles against both infectious pathogens and cancer. Although NK cells are known to contribute to the innate immune system, they have a number of similarities to cells of the adaptive immune system, including T and B cells. Recent discoveries have also shown that NK cells are capable of adapting and developing into long-lived memory cells, providing new functional insights into the roles of innate immune cells.”
Many essential oils, especially the ones I list below, are capable of supporting the immune system by increasing not only the number of NK cells in the body but also their strength and actions in protecting us against bacterial, fungal, and viral invaders.
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What better way to scent the body (or home) but, in something that shields the body as well?
100% pure essential oils that have proven immune-boosting powers
The following 100% pure essential oils and essential oil combinations have proven in human studies to significantly boost immunity.
Lemon, orange, and bergamot essential oils (EOs): In human studies, citrus EOs have proven to have a restoring effect on the immune system by enhancing CD4/CD8 T cell values and NK (natural killer) cell activity.
Ginger: Ginger essential oil has proven to modulate biological pathways that can cause inflammation. Ginger is also a powerful antioxidant and anti-cancer agent. Ginger acts as a base/bottom note in fragrance formulations.
Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus essential oil has been shown in human studies to be a significant anti-inflammatory agent and immune response enhancer. Eucalyptus is a middle or heart note in fragrance formulations.
Hinoki cypress: Hinoki cypress is a type of cypress tree yields a pure essential oil proven to increase the numbers of NK cells.
Sweet orange, lavender and sandalwood in jojoba oil: This EO blend is not a wonderful fragrance blend, it also significantly increases the numbers of peripheral blood leukocytes and lymphocytes.
Rose hips from rosa multiflora: Rose hips enhances immunity because it is packed with phytonutrients and antioxidants that help us neutralize free radicals in the body.
Understanding EO blend ratios and dilution
Every aromatherapist has an opinion on this, so experiment. Basically, you can dilute pure essential oils in purified water – especially if you want to make a wonderful air freshener. So, get an eye dropper and start putting your drops into a clean spray bottle or a diffuser.
Be sure to get some guidance from an experienced aromatherapist. Plus, you can click here for some recipe ideas.
Let us know what your experience is like using essential oils in the comment section below. Enjoy!
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