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Your immune system is busy! It protects your body against viruses, bacteria, parasites, and other microorganisms and tumor cells that are ready to get you! The main "soldiers" of this protective army are the white blood cells, which identify and destroy intruders. White blood cells are made in your bone marrow and your thymus gland, and travel through your lymphatic system. Other organs, such as your spleen, liver, tonsils, and appendix, act as filters for foreign cells and gathering places for white cells to share information on your body's defenses.

You can assist your immune system and strengthen it with supplements and essential oils. But you also need to take care of yourself in other ways. These tools are powerful, but they are not a magic wand! You need to make sure you consume plenty of clean water and high-quality, nutritious food. You also need to get plenty of sleep and a reasonable amount of exercise. Sunshine and fresh air are very beneficial! Wash your hands frequently, especially after using the restroom and in cold and flu season. Basically, do what your mother always told you to do - wash your hands, get your sleep, and eat your vegetables!

Essential oils can be a powerful aid to strenthening your immune system. You can diffuse essential oils or massage them onto the soles of your feet, or massage directly onto the area of concern. Some oils need to be diluted first; check the oil label or your Desk Reference. Some oils are also safe to take internally, and can be very effective used in that manner. Always consult with a trained aromatherapist or health care professional before using essential oils internally.

A few suggested oils for massaging onto your feet are rosemary, thyme, frankincense, cinnamon, melaleuca, lavender, cumin, ledum, and oregano. You can also diffuse these oils (I would suggest frankincense, cinnamon, rosemary, or lavender; the others can be quite strong-smelling) for 1/2 hour at a time, 3 or 4 times a day. Put a couple of drops of lemon oil onto the palm of your hand and rub your hands together, then cup over your nose and inhale (be careful not to get essential oils into your eyes). Breathing lemon oil has been shown to boost your mood and stimulate production of glutathione, which is a great immune supporter! Lemon oil is also tasty to add to water or iced tea, and can be diffused as well.

Inhaling peppermint can help with stuffy noses and with nausea; you can also apply a drop or two of Peppermint oil to your tummy to get nausea relief. DO NOT use peppermint oil with young children 3 years old or younger.

Proper use of therapeutic essential oils and supplements can help support your immune system and your overall health and well-being.

Another area of support is your frequency. Higher frequencies support life and health; lower frequencies indicate illness. Some of the "Mother says" things are also ways to increase your frequency: using essential oils, eating fresh, wholesome fruits and vegetables, drinking pure water or even alkaline water, sunshine, moderate exercise, prayer and meditation. Another way to boost your immune system that we don't often recognize is doing good things for others - "random acts of kindness". Studies have shown that helping someone else can boost your immune system.1,2,3 In my article "Why So Many Oils?" I talk a little about frequency. (Some time soon I'll write an article about frequency in general.)

I hope this information has been useful for you.

References cited:
1 http://www.melbabenson.com/articles_files/Healing%20Power%20of%20Doing%20Good.pdf
2 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2381304/Be-happy--genes-thank-Doing-good-leads-strong-immune-cells.html
3 http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/volunteering-physical-benefits#1