Ever wonder why a cold is called a cold? There is something about colder temperatures that seem to correlate with illness.
Conversely, raising the core temperature in the body seems to help certain types of immune cells to work better. In fact, studies have shown that raising your body by just 2 degrees can increase immunity by 40%.
This is one of the reasons the body naturally spikes a fever to stimulate immune function to help fight off infection and make your body less habitable to pathogens.
Heat makes antiviral and antibacterial immune responses more efficient. Much of your body’s immune response is designed to respond to a heightened body temperature, including antiviral and antibacterial immune responses. A fever-range temperature also allows your body to better remember germs it’s exposed to, making it stronger at fighting them off in the future.
Essential Oils for Immune Function
Hot essential oils can stimulate infection-fighting white blood cells and stimulates antibodies against germs. Essential oils can safely bring the body’s internal temperature to 102°F, mimicking some of the major immunity benefits of a fever.
Heat helps to kill the viruses, which is one reason why warm remedies, like chicken soup or hot tea, are given when we are sick. Heating up the body for short periods of time to induce health is called hyperthermia and it is one of the reasons that healing technologies like infrared saunas, biomats and Epsom salt bathes are such effective healing techniques.
This is a key reason why hot essential oils are so powerful at fighting illness. Our Immune Support™ blend, which builds on the popular immune fighting essential oil formula known as “Thieves” blend includes a combination of hot essential oils like clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. The blend got its name from the story of four thieves who pulled the gold teeth out of dead bodies during the bubonic plague.
Despite close proximity to those dead and dying from a highly infectious disease, these thieves never contracted the plague. When they were apprehended, the were offered a lesser sentence in exchange for sharing how they stayed healthy and the combination of the antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-infectious essential oils they wore in a mask over their faces to kill airborne bacteria.
The thieves blend has since been found to have a 99.96% success rate at killing airborne bacteria in research performed by Weber State University. This combination of heat generating essential oils has been found to stimulate the immune system, circulation, and respiratory system, and help protect against the flu, colds, bronchitis and sore throats.
When rubbed on the bottom of the feet, or over the throat, it can help raise our body temperature and help the immune system work better. Clove oil, in particular, has been shown to protect the body against infection and can speed recovery from the flu.
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