The vapor of the essential oil from the eucalyptus plant kills the influenza virus after just 10 minutes, a study in Essence Journal shows. Eucalyptus helps support the upper respiratory tract and breaks up congestion. It protects your lungs from inflammation and stimulates infection-fighting antibodies.
One of only a few essential oils on the planet in which no bacteria, virus or fungi can live, it’s used in most European hospitals. Clove is considered such a powerful anti-bacterial, The Atlantic Magazine suggests it’s one essential oil that may start replacing antibiotics. Clove kills highly-contagious harmful strains of bacteria, including e. Coli, streptococcus pyogenes as well as salmonella.
You are more likely to get sick if your liver, gallbladder, and bile ducts are clogged. Rosemary assists in your body’s detox process by cleansing these organs as well as the excretory ducts. In addition, laboratory and animal studies reveal rosemary contains antioxidants that protect cells from premature death and keep the body’s inflammatory response in check, especially in the immune cells.
Sprinkling cinnamon on your oatmeal may not prevent you from getting sick, but inhaling the vapors of cinnamon oil’s 40+ compounds and applying the oil directly to your skin just might. Rich in antioxidants, cinnamon oil is a natural antimicrobial, and contains several anti-inflammatory compounds.
Lemon essential oil strengthens the lymph nodes, driving out toxic waste from the body and improving immune cell function. In one study, inhaling lemon restored the balance of the immune system after being weakened by stress. Inhaling lemon oil also improves your immune system by uplifting your mood.