Essential Solutions for Maintaining a Healthy Immune Response
The immune system and lymphatic system work closely together to support the body against pathogens and disease. These systems include white blood cells, bone marrow, the spleen, tonsils, adenoids, appendix, thymus, lymph, and lymph nodes. A healthy immune response consists of the body’s ability to properly identify a pathogen and engage in a series of responses designed to prevent pathogens from entering targeted cells/tissues.
The immune system consists of:
The first line of defense is the innate immune system, which includes physical barriers, such as skin, fingernails, mucous membranes, tears, and earwax that help prevent invaders from entering the body, and chemical barriers, such as fatty acids, stomach acid, proteins, and secretions that naturally help destroy pathogens.
When pathogens are undeterred by the innate immune response, the adaptive immune system, which is more complex than the innate, processes the pathogen in a way that allows it to design specific immune cells to combat it effectively. Then it produces huge numbers of those cells to attack the pathogen and any toxic molecules it creates. The cells that carry out this specific immune response are called lymphocytes and are created and delivered by the lymph system.
- The innate immune system-this system protects and provides a generalized response that destroys any pathogens that bypass the barriers.
- The adaptive immune system-this system analyzes the incoming information and tells the body how to respond. This system also supports the immune system by delivering nutrients to the cells and removing toxins and waste products.
Our bodies are very sophisticated as they have the ability to adapt over time in recognizing specific pathogens more efficiently. This increases the response to that same pathogen.
Certain lifestyle choices can provide support for maintaining a strong and healthy immune response. Nutrition is a key factor in a healthy immune system; if cells don’t have the energy they need to provide critical safeguards for the body, pathogens can more easily penetrate and multiply. Detoxification is another critical activity that helps promote the body’s natural defenses; many times when an individual gets sick it is simply the body’s way to naturally eliminate toxins.
Natural essential oils have the unique ability to support healthy immune function.
USAGE TIPS: For most effective use of essential oils for immune and lymphatic benefits:
- Topical: Apply oils topically on bottoms of feet, especially on back side of toes, rub oils down the spine and/or on any specific area of concern. Use Aroma Touch Technique.
- Internal: Take oils in capsule, place a drop(s) under or on tongue near back of throat or sip from a glass of water.
- Aromatic: Diffuse for associated respiratory support and to clear the air.
- Surfaces: Clean surfaces with essential oil(s) mixed with water and emulsifier.