As cold and flu season peeks over the horizon and everyone is back in school, it’s more important than ever to have essential oils on hand that help boost the immune system, fight off germs in the home, and support the body when we do come down with a bug.
ImmuPower is an essential oil blend that contains specific EOs known to be potent immune system supporters and germ killers that are good for keeping you and your family as healthy as possible all season long.
I usually pick up a new bottle as the summer comes to close so that I have it on hand for the colder seasons to come and it hasn’t failed me yet!
What Oils Are in ImmuPower?
ImmuPower contains the following essential oils:
- Ravintsara/Camphor (now Ravensara)
- Mountain Savory
- Idaho Tansy (now Dorado Azul)
ImmuPower Essential Oil Recipe
ImmuPower, a blend by Young Living, is a concoction of essential oils known to strengthen immunity and repair damaged DNA within cells. Its potent antiseptic and anti-infectious properties make it a powerful blend to use during the fall and winter months when cold and flu germs are at their peak.
Here’s how to make your own ImmuPower blend at home (5ml):
- 20 drops cistus essential oil
- 15 drops frankincense essential oil
- 15 drops oregano essential oil
- 10 drops clove essential oil
- 10 drops hyssop essential oil
- 10 drops ravinstsara essential oil
- 10 drops mountain savory essential oil
- 5 drops cumin essential oil
- 5 drops blue tansy essential oil or dorado azul essential oil
This makes a total of 100 drops of master blend (about 5ml).
To make a 15ml bottle of ImmuPower master blend, you will need:
- 50 drops cistus essential oil
- 37 drops frankincense essential oil
- 37 drops oregano essential oil
- 25 drops clove essential oil
- 25 drops hyssop essential oil
- 25 drops ravintsara essential oil
- 25 drops mountain savory essential oil
- 13 drops cumin essential oil
- 13 drops blue tansy essential oil or dorado azul essential oil
This makes 250 drops of master blend or 15ml.
ImmuPower Benefits – What Is ImmuPower Good For?
Here I will go into each essential oil and their properties. Combined, these oils form an incredible blend that can be used as a preventative during cold and flu season or as a potent treatment to help speed along recovery.
Cistus, also known as rock rose, is an essential oil that contains high amounts of polymeric polyphenols that help fight inflammation. It is also a powerful antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral with bio-film- breaking qualities that help enhance immunity and repair immune cells.
Cistus essential oil is particularly good for fighting off viruses sense it targets virus’s envelope proteins (a shell-like layer that surrounds its DNA and RNA), thus preventing the virus from entering host cells and replicating.
This essential oil has also been shown to have potent antiviral activity against the flu virus by targeting the virus itself and reducing symptoms by inhibiting pro-inflammatory cytokines. These properties are also effective against upper respiratory infections.
Additionally, cistus essential oil has also been shown to break down the bacterial biofilm that can form on bodily surfaces like the mouth. This biofilm is what can allow bacteria to evade antibiotics which contributes to the persistence of bacterial infection. Cistus can destroy this film and restore proper microbial balance within the body.
Since frankincense is one of the few essential oils that can cross the blood-brain barrier, it is great for stimulating the hypothalamus and pituitary gland and encourage them to amp up the body’s immune defense.
Frankincense also has potent antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and immunostimulant properties which can help prevent or shorten the duration of cold and flu.
It can also rid the home of cold and flu germs when diffused or added to homemade cleaning recipes.
Oregano essential oil is perhaps one of the most powerful antimicrobial essential oils. It is also antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic which makes it a well-rounded essential oil to have on hand during cold and flu season.
Oregano oil contains both carvacrol and thymol, two compounds with potent antimicrobial effects, that help inhibit the growth and replication of certain types of bacteria.
Studies have even shown its ability to kill off the norovirus in just 1 hour!
Idaho Tansy (current blend now uses Dorado Azul)
Idaho tansy essential oil is highly antiviral, antibacterial, anti-infectious, and readily fights off cold and flu due to its high amounts of thujone.
However, it is not an essential oil commonly used in aromatherapy because even 15-20 drops of this oil is considered to be highly dangerous depending on the dilution.
I believe YL subbed out this essential oil officially for Dorado Azul for this reason, but I’m not sure if this is the case. perhaps it became difficult to meet demand.
I have subbed the Idaho Tansy with Blue Tansy instead which is well-known for its powerful antihistamine properties. This help control sinus irritation and allergic reactions by reducing inflammation in these areas. This helps with cold and flu symptoms that are in the sinuses.
It also helps reduce fever and fights off bacteria and viruses.
Cumin essential oil, not the black cumin seed oil you may be familiar with, is a powerful antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory that is often used for its ability to repair DNA and amplify immunity.
It’s also good for digestive upset which a common symptom of cold and flu.
Clove essential oil is one of the most potent antioxidant essential oils and helps prevent cellular DNA damage.
Research has suggested that antioxidants can protect the body against bacteria and viruses. This is why clove essential oil is found in many immune support essential oils blends.
Is it also extremely effective when used during the mid-end stages of cold or flu because it inhibits the growth and replication of 8 separate IAV strains, reduces inflammation, and reduces cellular death.
Hyssop essential oil is antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, mucolytic, decongestant, and helps fight infection.
This makes it the perfect oil for respiratory conditions as it helps alleviate bronchial spasms and breaks up mucus in both the lungs and sinus. This helps loosen phlegm, soothe cough, and can help decongest the sinuses.
Ravintsara (the current formula now uses Ravensara)
Ravintsara, also known to many as White Camphor or Ho Wood, is one of my favorite essential oils to use for cold and flu season and general immunity support.
It helps ease aches and pains, support the immune system, and is especially effective against the flu virus. It provides excellent relief for clogged airways and is ideal for chest rubs, diffusion, and baths.
Ravintsara’s uses are similar to that of eucalyptus radiata.
I’m not sure as to the reason YL no longer uses ravintsara in their ImmuPower blend. Both Ravensara and ravintsara are good for respiratory complaints and general immunity. If you know, please share it in the comments!
Mountain savory essential oil, also known as Winter Savory and White Thyme, is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiparasitic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, carminative, and immunostimulant.
It is these properties combined that give this essential oil an edge over bacteria and viruses during cold and flu season.
Mountain savory essential oil is often used for nausea, diarrhea, sore throat, lung congestion, and gastrointestinal complaints.
How Do You Use ImmuPower?
ImmuPower can be used in the following ways for seasonal support:
- Diffuse 5 drops in areas where you want to disinfect the air and surfaces. You can also diffuse it in the room of someone who is currently sick though you should caution when using it for small children. (read why here)
- Add 4-6 drops to 1 cup of Epsom salts and add it to running bathwater.
- Add 3-5 drops to a personal nasal inhaler and use as needed. This is my favorite way to use this blend since the scent is contained.
What have been your favorite uses for ImmuPower? Please share in the comments below!
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