Mind-Body Blends

Part of Aromatherapy Certification is going through a crash course in Anatomy and Physiology.  I’m learning a lot about how to better blend to support our body’s systems.

Right now,supporting the immune system is a huge concern.

So, most people would automatically go look up oils or chemical families that boost the immune system, like citrus or conifers.  And those are so important to help ramp up the lymph system and get it working in top shape.

But another part of it is recognizing that the body isn’t disconnected systems just inhabiting the same body, but lots of completely interconnected systems working together.  The every single system in the body is connected to the immune system in some way or another.

For example, the muscle system helps move the lymph through the lymph system because it doesn’t have a pumping organ like the heart.  Once the lymph fluid has moved through and filtered, its deposited right back into the circulatory system.

Something that is becoming more and more researched is PNI – Psychoneuroimmunology.  That big long word just means the study of how the mind, nerves, and immune system work together.  One of the things that has become more and more well known is that stress has such a negative effect on our immune system.

So, as part of that, when you are making immune-boosting blends, make sure and add a grounding, calming oil or two to help your mind-nervous interaction stay calm, reducing stress, automatically boosting your immune system. When we are stressed, the digestive, immune, excretory systems among others get put on the back burner. Think about the fight-flight-or-freeze response, all blood flow is diverted to skeletal muscles and other systems like that that could save you’re life in a dangerous situation. So, reducing stress is really important to immune health.

Some great calming, grounding oils are:

Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)

Frankincense (Boswelia carterii)

Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)

Patchuouli (Pogostemom cablin)

Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)

And here’s a recipe for an immune supporting master blend. You can add this to a roller bottle, diffuser, lotion, hand cleanser, etc. I’d keep this at a 1-2% dilution (5-10 drops per ounce of carrier) because this is more of a maintenance blend, rather than an acute problem.

5 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)

3 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternofolia)

4 drops Frankincense (Boswelia carterii)

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