10 Essential Oils for Detoxing and Boosting Immunity

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Many people discover the simply miraculous healing properties of essential oils from the very first time they try them. Although many people don’t look past their beautiful scent, they find out very quickly that there is more than just a nice smell when they receive some of the benefits of essential oils.

Although many essential oils have never been tested, there is more than enough feedback from users, even users over the centuries that can attest to the fact that these oils, like the plants they come from, are vital to our health when you use them properly.

Although there are probably thousands of essential oils available, this is a list of the top 10 that are used for detoxing, kicking your immunity up a notch, and offer overall health support.

(Please note that some oils are for topical use only. Never ingest essential oils unless they were specifically made for that purpose, such as a tea.)


1. Lemon Oil

It’s more than just for furniture polish! Lemons are natural disinfectants, and the essential oils from this fruit are no different. Lemons are unbelievably effective at cleaning out the gooey, gunk from the body. This is perhaps one of the best detoxifying oils around. It removes toxins from every part of the body, including the kidneys, hair and scalp, digestive system, and many more. Lemon oil is used for fevers, infections, obesity, stress disorders, insomnia, skin disorders, stomach problems, and hair conditions. Lemon oil is the perfect essential oil for those with stomach pains or insomnia, also for minimizing cramps during your period. Use lemon oil for irritability, nervousness, and mental fatigue as well as improving your immune system. The Romans used lemon oil to keep insects away, as well as freshen up their clothes. The scent of lemon oil is also very good at improving concentration while clearing the mind.


2. Peppermint Oil

Oh, the smell of candy canes! Now this oil can be used topically or internally in very, very small amounts. One drop in a smoothie or glass of water is plenty. Peppermint oil is great at detoxing the body.  The plant itself has been used for perhaps thousands of years. It can help the respiratory system as well as with stomach problems. If you are breastfeeding, a drop of peppermint water can reduce tenderness and sore nipples. Chemotherapy induced nausea, shingles pain, and hay fever can all be helped with peppermint. Many people claim that merely sniffing peppermint oil can relieve their headaches as well as other types of pain. Peppermint has been used for centuries and is one of the few essential oils actually tested by science. As a result, you will find peppermint in capsules as well as in many over the counter medications, especially for stomach ailments. Read more about benefits of peppermint.


3. Tea Tree Oil

Although many people think tea tree oil is simply for skin problems, it actually has many other curative qualities, perhaps the least known of which is detoxifying the body. This oil has antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, balsamic, expectorant, insecticide, fungicide, and stimulating properties. Some have called this the “cure-all” oil for good reason! Tea tree oil can take on just about any infectious disease and protecting you against almost everything.
Try adding one or two drops to whatever you are using to cleanse your face with and watch acne disappear!Applying a few drops of this oil to the chest area is said to relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies. This oil was first used by the Aborigines of Australia and they continue to use it to this day. The crushed leaves were inhaled for coughs; crushed leaves were put on wounds. The first noted use of this oil was back in 1920. This oil is for topical uses only, do not ingest tea tree oil!


4. Mandarin Oil

Besides smelling like heaven, mandarin oil also has antispasmodic, circulatory, digestive, sedative, relaxant, and stomach tonic properties. This essential oil can help to circulate the blood and stimulate the lymph system. It also encourages the growth of new cells and tissues. Mandarin oil therefore improves immunity and helps to turn over old cells quickly. Mandarin oil is great for detox as it helps the body remove toxins through sweat and urine. Two or three drops in a glass of water after eating can greatly improve digestion. Mandarin oil has great antispasmodic properties that can help when you are having difficulty breathing. Spasms are what cause vomiting and just a few drops of mandarin oil in a tea should stop those muscle spasms in minutes. This essential oil also purifies the blood by removing toxins. Mandarin essential oil will also improve the functioning of the immune system and toning up all bodily functions.



5. White Thyme Oil

This is another great immunity booster, not to mention cognitive aid. In ancient times, the Greeks used to actually bathe in it before a battle because they thought it brought their soldiers courage. Even the Romans used it to get rid of pests naturally. Thyme is perhaps the oldest herb on record. White thyme oil, cinnamon, or clove essential oil has been found to kill 92 percent of Gram positive or negative bacterial strains; this according to the International Journal of Food Microbiology. Thyme oil improves the heart, digestive, and circulatory system. This oil is also great at keeping the valves of the heart functioning properly. It relaxes the veins and arteries and thereby reduces blood pressure. Thyme oil also can help you get rid of a nasty cough when it seems like everything else has failed. Use white thyme oil for symptoms of bronchitis, and sinusitis, laryngitis, and other types of infections.

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