Immune System and Lymphatic System

The Immune System and the Lymphatic System work together to protect the body from harmful pathogens and undesirable health outcomes. These systems include white blood cells, bone marrow, the spleen, tonsils, adenoids, appendix, thymus, lymph, and lymph nodes. A healthy immune response consists of the body’s ability to properly identify a pathogen and engage in a series of responses designed to prevent pathogens from entering targeted cells / tissues.

The immune system consists of:

• the innate immune system prevents pathogens from entering the body; it also provides a generalized response that destroys any pathogens that bypass the barriers.

• the adaptive immune system analyzes the pathogens so the body can respond with an army of protective cells created specifically to destroy that particular pathogen. This system also supports the immune system by delivering nutrients to the cells and removing toxins and waste products.

The lymphatic system includes:

• Bone marrow creates T-cells and creates and grows B-cells to maturation. B-cells travel via the blood system to destroy any lurking pathogens, T-cells, which attack pathogens and any toxic molecules, travel to the thymus, where they mature and later join the B-cells. These T-cells and B-cells are lymphocytes that travel in lymph.

• Lymph, a watery fluid, yellowish in color, that carries white blood cells, circulates through tissues and picks up unwanted fats, bacteria, and other substances and filters it through the lymphatic system.

The first line of defense is the innate immune system, which includes physical barriers, such as skin, fingernails, mucous membranes, tears, and earwax, that help prevent invaders from entering the body, and chemical barriers, such as fatty acids, stomach acid, proteins, and secretions that naturally help destroy pathogens.

When pathogens are undeterred by the innate immune response, the adaptive immune system, which is more complex than the innate, processes the pathogens in a way that allows it to design specific immune cells to combat it effectively. Then it produces huge numbers of those cells to attack the pathogen and any toxic molecule it creates. The cells that carry out this specific immune response are called lymphocytes and are created and delivered by the lymph system.

As part of the adaptive immune system response, humans have sophisticated defense mechanisms that include the ability to adapt over time to recognize specific pathogens more efficiently. This is accomplished by creating immunological memory after the initial response is rendered, leading to an enhanced response to subsequent encounters with that same pathogen.

Certainly lifestyle choices can either provide great strength or can seriously weaken immune response. Nutrition is a key factor in a healthy immune system; if cells don’t have the energy they need to provide critical safeguards for the body, pathogens can more easily penetrate and multiply. Detoxification is another critical activity that helps promote the body’s natural defenses; many times when an individual gets sick it is simply the body’s way to naturally eliminate toxins.

How Essential Oils Work with the Immune System

Natural essential oils, which have a chemical footprint compatible with the human body, have the unique ability to help the immune system bring itself to balance because they are lipophilic (soluble in fat) and thus are able to penetrate the cell membrane. Most pure essential oils are naturally drawn to the inside of the cell to help the body eradicate threats within the cell.

Interestingly, when essential oils are adulterated because the oil is synthetic (created in a laboratory), the signal molecule approaching the cell is the mirror-image of what it should be and thus is limited in the support it can give the body.

Note that for threats that exist outside the cell, essential oils can assist in warding off such risks. Oregano essential oil, for example, also has hydrophilic properties that allow it to effectively target threats that exist in the extracellular fluid (outside the cell). Knowledge of these powerful properties can help individuals provide effective reinforcements for the immune system.

Additional consideration for immune support:

The Aromatouch Technique is the systematic application of 8 different essential oils that serve to strengthen the immune system, reduce stress and bring the body into homeostasis, enabling the body to function optimally.

Essential Oils for Immune System and Lymphatic System Support

Single Oils

Cassia — May help to support healthy immune system function.*

Cinnamon Bark – May help maintain a healthy immune system.*

Lime — Supports healthy immune function.*

Marjoram — Promotes healthy immune function.*

Melaleuca — Promotes healthy immune function.*

Melissa — May help to support a healthy immune system.*

Oregano — helps maintain a healthy immune system.*

Patchouli — supports healthy immune function*

Roman Chamomile — May help to support healthy immune system function.*

Tangerine — Supports a healthy immune system.*

Thyme — supports a healthy immune system.*

Vetiver — immune-supporting properties.*

Wild Orange — supports a healthy immune system.*

Blends

OnGuard Protective blend — an effective alternative to synthetic options for immune support.*

Zendocrine Detoxification blend — Purifying and detoxifying to the body’s systems.* Delivers powerful antioxidants.*

DDR Prime Cellular Complex blend — Promotes a healthy response to free-radicals.*

Purify Cleansing blend — Protects against environmental threats.

Supplements

Bone Nutrient Lifetime Complex™ — Provides optimal levels of vitamins and minerals essential for developing and maintaining healthy bone mass and density.*

Alpha CRS® + cellular Vitality Complex — Supports healthy cellular immune function.*

doTERRA A2Z Chewables™ — Contains a superfood blend that helps support overall health and wellness.*

PB Assist® + Probiotic Defense Formula — Support healthy functioning of the digestive and immune systems.*

Zendocrine Detoxification Complex — Helps cleanse the body of toxins and free radicals that can slow the body’s systems down.*

xEO Mega® Essential Oil Omega Complex — Promotes healthy cardiovascular, nervous, and immune system function.*

TerraZyme® Digestive Enzymes — Supports healthy production of metabolic enzymes.*

GX Assist® GI Cleansing Softgels — Making a healthy lifestyle change, GX Assist can be your first step in an essential oil digestive maintenance program.*

On Guard® + Softgels — Supports and maintains a healthy immune system.*

TriEase® Softgels — Protects against seasonal and environmental elements.*

Microplex MVp™ Whole Food Nutrient — Supports healthy immune function.*

 Usage Tips

For most effective use of essential oils for immune and lymphatic benefits:

Topical — Apply oils topically on soles of feet, especially on back side of toes, rub oils down the spine and/or on any specific area of concern. Use AromaTouch Technique.

Internal — Take oils in capsule, place a drop(s) under or on tongue near back of throat or sip from glass of water.

Aromatic — Diffuse for associated respiratory support and to cleanse the air.

Surfaces — Cleanse surfaces with essential oil(s) mixed with water and emulsifier.

Caution

Do no use essential oils internally unless they are labeled for dietary use. Look for the Supplement Facts box on the label. Avoid oils labeled “for external use only”, “for aromatic use only”, “not for internal use,” or “do not ingest.”