Essential oils from Nepal with proven immune benefits
Blending with oils from a single country is a creative way to come up with unique recipes.
This immune support oil is made with essential oils from Nepal.
Okay, the carrier oil—Peru Balsam infused jojoba—is from South America! But the essential oils themselves are all from Nepal. And they contain some powerful components to support immune health:
- Linalool – A widely studied natural component! Study after study shows that linalool can calm inflammation and support the body’s healing process. It’s also been proven to relax the nervous system. All of this combines to encourage strong immune health.
- 1,8-Cineole – Research shows that 1,8-cineole is responsible for supporting a strong respiratory system (including reducing mucus), and for protecting the system against “invaders” (germs!)
Use this blend as a daily moisturizer to surround yourself in a protective layer of essential oils that help boost your immune response as you go about your day. Since most of these essential oils from Nepal contain plenty of linalool, your moisturizer will also help you stay calm in the face of stress!
Nepalese Spice Immune Health Body Oil
- 1 oz (30 ml) Peru Balsam infused jojoba oil (Simmondsia chinensis)
- 8 drops Tamala essential oil (Cinnamomum tamala ct. linalool)
- 5 drops Sugandha Kokila essential oil (Cinnamomum glaucescens)
- 3 drops Wintergreen essential oil (Gaultheria fragrantissima)
- 2 drops Sweet Basil essential oil (Ocimum basilicum ct. linalool)
Make this body oil in a 1 oz (30 ml) bottle.
Combine the Peru Balsam infused jojoba and the essential oils from Nepal, and then shake your blend gently. Massage it into your skin after your daily shower or bath, or any time you’d like extra moisturizing.
This body oil smells like a luxurious, subtle perfume or cologne (it’s great for both women and men).
Tamala essential oil
Cinnamomum tamala ct. linalool
Tamala oil is rich in linalool and 1,8-cineole.
It has a sensual, exotic scent—warm and radiant like cinnamon! It’s distilled from the leaves of broad-leaf evergreens in the Himalayas of Nepal.
Sugandha Kokila essential oil
Sugandha Kokila contains 1,8-cineole, and an ester called methyl cinnamate, which offers deeply soothing effects for the heart and mind.
Natural perfumers love working with the sensual, sweet, spicy aroma of Sugandha Kokila!
Wintergreen essential oil
Wintergreen is the only one of these essential oils from Nepal that doesn’t contain much linalool or 1,8-cineole.
Instead, it’s chock-full of methyl salicylate—which has profound cooling, inflammation calming benefits. It can also reduce the presence of microbes.
According to Tisserand and Young, authors of Essential Oil Safety (second edition), Wintergreen oil is contraindicated for those taking anticoagulant medication, for people who have just had major surgery, and those with bleeding disorders. Don’t use this oil if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, if you have ADD/ADHD, or GERD. Only use Wintergreen oil on unbroken skin.
If you want to leave Wintergreen out of this blend, feel free! You can also add more Sweet Basil, or substitute with Peppermint oil instead.
Sweet Basil essential oil
Ocimum basilicum ct. linalool
You’ll find plenty of linalool in Sweet Basil oil, along with a healthy dash of 1,8-cineole.
Sweet Basil oil adds a sweet, fresh, herbal note to this recipe. True to a linalool-rich oil, it’s very emotionally balancing. But Sweet Basil isn’t too “sedative.” It’s one of my favorite oils for settling in and focusing on work.
Do you prefer a creamier moisturizer?
Check out my YouTube video on How to Make Whipped Immune Support Butter!
The shea and cocoa butters in that recipe create a base that restores moisture to dry skin, and helps prevent itchiness or irritation. Once you’ve made the whipped butter base, you can add the essential oils from the YouTube video, or use these essential oils from Nepal instead.
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Topics: essential oils for immune system health, Suganda Kokila, sweet basil, Tamala, how to make a body oil, moisturizing body oils, how to use essential oils for immune support, wintergreen essential oil