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10 Essential Oils for Detoxing and Boosting Immunity
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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6. Laurel Oil
This oil is rich in antioxidants, which is great for helping your body get rid of a toxic overload. Greeks believed that a person covered liberally in this essential oil could gain the gifts of prophecy or divination. Romans, too, used this oil for a wide range of health issues. Laurel oil is an expectorant, diuretic, carminative, and is great for slow or difficult digestion, asthma, bronchorrhoea (which is similar to bronchitis but with much more phlegm). It’s also used for flu symptoms, and other viral infections. Native to the Caribbean Islands this oil has long been known for its antibiotic properties. This oil also promotes the discharge of bile into the stomach, improving digestion as well as removing toxins from the intestines. Being a natural sudorific, it helps the body remove toxins and excess salt, water, and fat through sweat and urine. This helps to make the body lighter and protects it from illnesses that arise from the accumulation of toxins.
7. Juniper Oil
From the juniper tree berry, this is a brightly colored, blue hued, oil that has terrific diuretic compounds that can also help with digestive problems. Juniper oil is also prized for its antiseptic, antispasmodic, stimulating, astringent, vulnerary, and overall tonic substance. This oil is well known for being an ant rheumatic, which means it improves blood circulation and removes toxins like uric acid from the body. This means it helps protect you from illnesses such as arthritis, gout, rheumatism, and renal calculi, which are all due to improper blood circulation and an accumulation of unwanted toxins in the body. This oil can also relieve swelling in the hands and feet. This oil is also a great astringent which means it can help with the grip of the gums on the teeth. It tightens loose muscles which can give you a look of youthfulness and fitness. Juniper oil is also great for cleansing the blood of toxins.
8. Grapefruit Oil
This oil is well known for its ability to flush out toxins from the body. It contains limonene, a compound in citrus fruits that has been scientifically proven to reduce the risks of colon, liver, skin, stomach, and pancreatic cancer. The benefits of grapefruit oil have been studied extensively by Universities all around the world. It has great antioxidant properties that can not only improve our immune system, but fight against free radicals. This oil is extremely effective in protecting the body from toxins and premature aging issues such as vision loss, hearing loss, macular degeneration, and nervous disorders. Grapefruit oil is a terrific disinfectant that not only removes infections that are already present, but can protect the body from getting new infections. This oil can stimulate the mind as well as stimulate the endocrinal glands. This essential oil also stimulates the lymphatic, circulatory, and excretory system so it’s excellent at removing toxins from all areas of the body. Find out how to blast fat away with grapefruit oil.
9. Rosemary Oil
A super powerful oil, it has anticancer, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, as well as expectorant qualities, for starters. This is perhaps one of the most popular oils around due to its many health benefits. Rosemary is known to improve memory, provide better insight, as well as assist in learning. This oil should not be taken internally, but topically only. Massaging this oil into the feet twice a day is said to help with candida albicans overgrowth. This oil was made famous by a German-Swiss scientist and botanist who, through his research, came to value rosemary for its ability to strengthen the entire body and heal almost every organ in the body including the brain, heart, and liver. This oil is known to stimulate blood flow and improve circulation. It’s often added to meat dishes to improve digestion. Rosemary is commonly used in hair care products because it slows premature hair loss as well as graying of the hair. This oil is also loaded with antioxidants that can help the body fight off infection and diseases.
10. Jatamansi Oil
Not a well-known oil, even though this has been used in Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine for perhaps thousands of years. Jatamansi oil increases the taurine level in the body which improves heart and brain functions. It’s often used to heal treat epilepsy and convulsions. It has also been used for those suffering from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Jatamansi oil is good for removing overall body weakness as well as purifying the blood. It’s often used to treat kidney stones and renal colic. This oil, when mixed with almond oil, is very beneficial for smooth and silky hair but when used in the bath, it’s extremely beneficial for headaches, tension, migraines, as well as insomnia. When used externally, it’s often mixed with water to form a paste and applied to the body to remove toxins, as well as reduce inflammation and pain. This essential oil has also been shown to have anti-fungal properties.