The Human Immune System
What is our immune system and how does it function?
How does our immuneThe human body’s immune system is an intricate framework of cells, tissues, and organs that protect our body from parasites, bacterial and viral infections, and diseases. The immune system functions on a cellular level whereby, when harmful microbes are identified, it produces antibodies, white blood cells and proteins that by sheer number destroy the foreign intruders that attack the body.
Harmful micro-organisms either live in between cells, inside a cell, or both. Bacteria, for example, live in between cells. The body uses antibodies to fight them. Viruses, on the other hand, live inside our cells, and need to be tackled by white blood cells called T-lymphocytes. Parasites can live in between or inside cells. For those type of harmful micro-organism, the body needs to pretty much engage all it has to combat the attack and ensuing infections.
The body’s initial response to an microbial attack is that it produces chemicals that attract antibodies to the area in the body that has high concentrations of harmful intruders. Once the harmful micro-organisms are identified the antibodies encapsulate them and basically ingest them.
Our immune system consists of the following organs and tissues:
- Lymph nodes – transports nutrients and waste through body tissues and blood stream and filters out bacteria and viruses
- Spleen – filters blood and destroys bacteria and other harmful organisms
- Bone marrow – produces red and white blood cells
- Lymphocytes & Leukocytes – white blood cells that destroy bacteria and viruses.
- Thymus – which produces antibodies
We all have millions of bacteria and cells in our body that, as long as they are in balance, are essential for good health. But when they get out of balance or get infected, we can develop more or less serious diseases and illnesses such as diabetes, allergies, arthritis et. al. A healthy body can fight harmful microbes and cells and kill them off. However, in today’s toxin-laden world our bodies are not as strong, and are therefore more susceptible to bacteria, viruses, parasite and fungi.
How to strengthen your immune system
One of the most important aspect of strengthening your immune system are life style related. The Harvard Medical School has identified and explains several things you can do to improve your immunity:
- Exercise regularly
- Eat properly (healthy fats, reduce sugar intake, control processed carbohydrates)
- Sufficient and restful sleep
- Vitamins and supplements
- Reduce stress by breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, or other activities
- Don’t smoke or drink alcohol excessively
Kandala now offers you an effective blend of essential oils that contain herbs well-known to strengthen the immune system. Use this high quality blend of essential oils to help the body be better prepared to ward off coughs, colds, flu and other illnesses.
Ingredients and Benefits
The Kandala Immune Support blend contains essential oils of Lemon (Citrus limonum), Frankincense (Boswellia Carterii), Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii), Copaiba (Copaifera Officinalis), Petitrain (Citrus bigaradia), Dill Weed (Anethum graveolens).
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon Oil is known to stimulate the lymphatic system. It promotes the production of white blood cells and increases circulation. The combination of both properties leads to a detoxifying effect as toxins get flushed out.
The high levels of vitamin C and anti-oxidants have anti-inflammatory properties which also strengthens the immune system. The oil is extracted from the peel of the fruit.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense relieves respiratory issues and promotes the excretion of phlegm and mucus. This will offer relief from the common cold and flu as well as asthmatic, bronchitic and allergic reactions. The oil also has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-septic properties.
Frankincense is a resin which is the extract from the Boswallia tree.
Palmarosa Essential Oil
Palmarosa essential oil is anti-viral and anti-septic assisting the body in fighting off viruses and other harmful microbes. It is known to reduce fever and combat fungi such as athlete’s foot.
This oil is extracted from the Palmarosa grass.
Copaiba Essential Oil
Copaiba essential oil is extracted from a tree resin. It is said to be the most effective anti-inflammatory compound there is. Its inherent properties are anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, and it is known to offer relief from respiratory issues.
Petitgrain Essential Oil
Petitgrain is extracted from the leaves and young stems of oranges. It is known for its anti-septic properties, relieves respiratory issues and has sedative properties which help reduce stress levels.
Dill Weed Essential Oil
Dill is anti-microbial and an excellent disinfectant. If ingested with food, dill fights infection by promoting proper microbial balance in colon, urinary tract and kidneys. It also contains anti-oxidants which fight free radicals. As such, it functions as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic.
How to use Kandala Immune Support
This blend is of therapeutic grade and should be diluted with a carrier oil, such as almond, avocado, argan, coconut, jojoba for direct application to the skin.
Add 6-8 drops to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil and massage into your neck, chest, throat or the bottom of your feet if you have a cold, cough or chest congestions.
For a single application, dribble 2 drops directly onto your hand and add some carrier oil, mix the two by rubbing your hands together and apply to your skin.
Our roll-ons are already diluted with fractionated coconut oil and can be applied directly to your skin. Apply frequently throughout the day when you feel that you might catch a cold. Roll on wrists, behind the ears and on your neck.
Add 4-6 drops to a diffuser and go about your normal routine while the natural scents of this immune strengthening blend floats throughout the room. Or use one of our aromatherapy necklaces or bracelets: you dribble a few drops of Immune Support Essential Oil onto a felt pad and insert it into the locket of the necklace or bracelet. This way you can inhale the immune strengthening scents all day.
If you are struggling with the onset of a cold, you could also add 15-25 drops of this blend to a hot bath and let the vapor surround you. Ideally, drizzle the oil onto some Epsom salt and mix it in. Then add it to the fully filled tub. This will ensure the oil dissolves in the water and not linger on the surface and accumulate on the edges around the tub.
The essential oils in the Kandala Immune Support blend are of therapeutic grade, 100% natural and pure. They are unfiltered, undiluted, without additives, fillers, alcohol or any other synthetic ingredients. Strictest quality testing includes analyses for odor, color, specific- gravity, optical rotation, refractive index, flash point and solubility. The oils are non-GMO, but not officially certified.
A quick overview of the chemical composition of the essential oils in the Kandala Immune Support Essential Oil Blend:
Lemon (Citrus limonum): a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, a-terpinene, linalool, b-bisabolene, limonene, trans-a-bergamotene, nerol and neral.
Frankincense (Boswellia Carterii): a-pinene, actanol, linalool, octyl acetate, bornyl acetate, incensole and incensyl acetate.
Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii): myrcene, linalool, geraniol, geranyl acetate, dipentene and limonene.
Copaiba (Copaifera Officinalis): sesquiterpenes (β-Caryophyllene, caryophyllene oxide, α-humulene, α-cadinol, delta-cadinene), diterpenes.
Petitrain (Citrus bigaradia): geraniol, linalool, nerol, y-terpineol, geranyl acetate, linalyl acetate, myrcene, neryl acetate and trans-ocimene.
Dill Weed (Anethum graveolens): d-carvone, dillapiol, dhc, eugenol, limonene, terpinene and myristicin.
As with any other natural product, some people may develop a reaction when exposed to even the most natural and pure source of a plant, flower, or tree. Likewise, with essential oils, which are the most concentrated form of its source material.
Some of the naturally occurring chemicals in essential oils could cause a skin reaction such as aldehydes (citronella) and phenols (eugenol). Citrus plants also increase the photosensitivity of the skin, so when applied topically, extended sun exposure should be avoided. Some of the known potential skin irritants include bay, cinnamon, clove, citronella, cumin, lemongrass, oregano and thyme.
Elderly, babies and children as well as pregnant women should be careful when using essential oils. These groups are generally more sensitive to essential oils. And while the effects are not documented well enough to be of any proof, it’s not worthwhile taking any risks. Pregnant women should avoid clary sage, rosemary and rose.
Avoid contact of essential oils with the eyes as it can cause severe damage to your eyes. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent diseases. If in doubt about whether or how to use essential oils, consult your health practitioner for advice.
Check the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy website, which has a comprehensive overview of safety concerns of essential oils.
The information and statements made about the essential oils, blends, and products mentioned on this web site have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The information on this site and the products listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease