Essential Oils: Powerhouses For Your Immune System
At APEX Wellness Center in Dallas, TX, we believe in using a variety of tools to support health and healing. That’s why our chiropractor may use essential oils during a therapeutic session. Aromatherapy doesn’t just smell wonderful. It also offers multiple benefits. So what is it, and how can it help support immunity?
What Are Essential Oils?
These are concentrated plant extracts that have been distilled, pressed, or otherwise removed and preserved. The oils contain a powerful version of the health and mood-boosting properties of the original plant.
Plant oils are often too strong to be used in their concentrated form, especially those that are placed on the skin. Instead, they may be diluted in a neutral carrier such as olive or coconut oil.
How Are These Oils Used?
Many aromatherapy oils are applied to the skin, for instance, during massage therapy or when a chiropractor is giving you an alignment. Some are heat activated. A few drops of these work well in therapeutic hot baths. Certain oils offer health benefits when enjoyed in a diffuser. We’ll let you know how to get the most benefits from the oils we recommend.
How do Essential Oils Support the Immune System?
Plant oils affect your immune system in two ways: directly and indirectly. Some oils are known to directly strengthen your immunity thanks to their antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, or antiseptic properties. These include frankincense and eucalyptus, along with kitchen staples like oregano, thyme, and cloves.
Other plant oils work indirectly by relieving conditions that weaken your immune system. For instance, did you know that chronic and high levels of cortisol, the ‘stress hormone,’ can compromise your immunity? Aromatherapy oils like lavender, lemon, or chamomile help you relax and lower your immune-busting cortisol levels.
Which Oils Are Right For You?
Are you interested in using aromatherapy oils alongside other health-boosting techniques and treatments? Our staff at APEX Wellness Center in Dallas, TX, will be happy to discuss which essential oils are best for your concerns. Give us a call today at 972-392-9402 to book an appointment.