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It’s that time of year where everyone seems to be getting sick – especially my kids. No matter how diligent I am with washing hands and sanitizing, they always seem to get sick after doing an activity with other kids. We’re either home bodies and healthy or social and sick. I hate to keep them from play dates, so I’m being extra cautious about germs and have started using essential oils for immunity purposes. Check out my list below for the best essential oils for immunity – to help keep the sickness at bay the rest of winter.
Essential Oils for Immunity
- Citrus - Lemon and orange essential oils are the top 2 citrus oils that come to mind that are great for fighting infections. Lemon is specifically great for urinary tract infections, and orange is overall a great antiseptic – preventing infections from microorganisms.
- Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca) - It’s a great topical antiseptic and anti-fungal treatment. You can apply it directly to the skin diluted in either a carrier oil or witch hazel. Some people use it straight, but to avoid any possible skin irritation it’s best to start off using it diluted.
- Rosemary Oil – Also classified as a disinfectant, it’s often used in mouth wash to kill oral bacteria. Other studies have found that rosemary oil can help boost the immune system by aiding antioxidant activity in the body.
- Eucalyptus Oil - Is best known for treating symptoms of the common cold and can be found in the ingredients for many cough drops and vapor rubs. In addition, it’s also been shown to boost the immune system.
- Immunity Blends - While you’ll hear many people talk about thieves oil – it’s actually not a singular oil, but a blend of 5 that is trademarked by Young Living. You can also find other similar blends on the market, like doTERRA On Guard, that I was sent to review.
doTERRA On Guard Beadlets
doTERRA On Guard Beadlets are a convenient way to get the same effects as the On Guard Oil Blend. Both are a blend of wild orange, clove, cinnamon, rosemary, and eucalyptus essential oils. Instead of measuring out oil, you can simply pop a tiny vegetable coated beadlet into your mouth, let it dissolve, and enjoy the immune boosting effects. Each bottle contains 125 beadlets, which would last you about 4 months or 1 month for a family of 4.
The flavor isn’t my favorite – the clove oil definitely seems prominent, but it’s not unbearable. And definitely worth the effects. I’ve been the only one in my family taking it, as I’m a little hesitant to offer it to my kids – especially Haley since allergy tests have shown adverse reactions to cinnamon. All the essential oils in the blend are safe for kids so I really should start getting Grady to take it, as he’s always the first one to get sick.
I did get a cold during my review period for doTERRA On Guard. I was the least sick out of everyone (both kids had croup), so I do think the beadlets helped in both the severity and duration of my cold.
All doTERRA essential oils are 100% pure CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils and are extracted using low heat steam distillation (in most cases). This blend in beadlet form is safe for ingestion.
Have you used essential oils for immunity purposes or even once already sick? What has worked for you?
You can purchase the doTERRA On Guard Beadlets, like the one I reviewed, on the My Natural Family Website for $18.49.
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The product I reviewed and the giveaway prize was provided by My Natural Family and will be shipped to the winner by My Natural Family. All opinions expressed are my honest opinions based on my personal experiences. If you own a blog and would like to run a giveaway like this, check out their blogger program. The information in this post is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your health practitioner to discuss your questions concerning the use of essential oils.