Immune defences: essential oils for a risk-free winter – Presse santé

At the beginning of autumn and with the arrival of winter, the immune defenses are often flat. Seasonal depression, fatigue, insomnia, our defense system against flu viruses, or bronchitis can no longer cope. Essential Oils (EO) offer perfect support to our defenses to allow us to get through the winter without risk. By Pierre Franchomme

The change of season in autumn and the onset of winter is favorable to the awakening of many viruses. First the Parainfluenza virus which causes laryngitis, bronchitis, etc., then the Influenza virus, the flu virus and even the respiratory syncytial viruses responsible for bronchiolitis, bronchitis, laryngitis… and finally the Rhinoviruses which trigger rhinitis, bronchitis! Our immune defenses have work.

Aromatherapy stimulates immune defenses naturally

Stimulating the natural defenses to escape respiratory infections is a wise solution. Aromatherapy is a beneficial choice in this field, especially since it can intervene on several levels.

Indeed, it is well known for example that seasonal depression due to the onset of winter is an immunosuppression factor, add insomnia and disturbed or shortened sleep and the picture is complete, the immune and antiviral defenses are at the lowest.

“Immune defenses”

Among immune cells, “Natural killer” lymphocytes will have the role of killing infected cells, and macrophages, another line of white blood cells, will have the role of eliminating them. To activate and strengthen this first line of defence, two fragrant volatile compounds, present in some essential oils, have shown their effectiveness; it’s about :

-African Nutmeg (Monodora myristica) whose main component of its essential oil, the – of (+)-α-phellandrene is a stimulant of the two types of white blood cells,

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– Guava (Psidium guajava) and its active ingredient β-caryophyllene, or Copahu oleoresin (Copaifera officinalis) are both Natural Killers stimulants

Recommended dosage: 2 drops of each per day, every other week.

Let’s add, in the form of food supplements in capsules, β-glucans from oat bran and marine magnesium.

Fight depression and regain restful sleep with essential oils

Then to compensate for a slight depression, apart from vitamin D, our choice is directed towards the essential oil of frankincense from Somalia (Boswellia sacra), or rosewood from Amazonia (Aniba rosaeodora) in massages on the wrists or the soles of the feet – 4 to 6 drops a day are enough – or 1 to 2 drops of bigarade neroli to be taken in honey.

And for restful sleep, a cocktail based on essential oils at 5% in vegetable oils, to be applied to the chest in the evening (tangerine, chamomile, vanillin), or/and a touch of sandalwood (Santalum album) entry of the orifices of the nose at bedtime.

Learn more and order
The essential oils mentioned in this article, as well as ready-to-use formulas with mandarin (AROMA DERM) or sandalwood (AROMA SENTEUR), are available on the Nature supplement

Photo by Pierre FranchommePierre Franchomme

Pierre Franchomme is a leader in the field of medicinal essential oils. A true pioneer since 1975, he is notably the discoverer of several essential oils that are essential today such as ravintsara, tea tree, radiated eucalyptus, immortelle, fragrant inule… His immense research work has posed the bases of aromatic pharmacology, leading him to impose the fundamental notion of “chemotype” and to collaborate with prestigious organizations: Institut Pasteur in Paris, Faculty of Medicine in Toulouse, CNRS, and many others. Pierre Franchomme is also a teacher in Aromatherapy and founder of the humanitarian association Aromatherapy Without Borders.

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