How to support a healthy immune system using essential oils

With today’s threat, as well as with it being flu season, every single one of us should prepare and take precautions. No, I’m not just talking about the 100lbs of rice, 3 dozen cans of beans and 20lbs of dried beans, although that’s what’s in my garage right now, alongside gallons of water and medical supplies. 

I’m talking about preparing your body!

I’m not a doctor, all opinions are my own. Essential oils do not treat, prevent or cure any disease. This is simply the products we use, as well as the routine my family has during this time. Fair warning, this is quite the long post but it has sooo much good info hidden in it!

Let’s talk about how to support a healthy immune system using essential oils!

Let’s talk about how to support a healthy immune system using essential oils:

Did you know, the majority of your immune system actually resides in your gut? 70% to be exact! Crazy, right? Until a few years ago, I didn’t know it either! Now, the gut is the first thing we give extra support to when one of us starts to feel something coming on. (We take pre-/pro-biotics as well as digestive enzymes everyday anyways, but when that time comes, we double up or increase the amount.


Generally speaking, washing your hands and practicing good hygiene, has never been more important than right now. 
See that person coughing at the store? Maybe not squeeze right past them today.

May I introduce my best friend: Hand sanitizer! But not just any alcohol based sanitizer, I’m talking doTERRA OnGuard Sanitizing mist here. It kills the bad, while keeping the good!

OnGuard Cleaning concentrate
Speaking of OnGuard, have you ever seen the 

“Cleaners vs. Chicken poop” experiment?                            

Basically, it’s 4 petri dishes that have been swabbed with chicken poop and then incubated to grow bacteria. To no one’s surprise, the control (Free from any cleaner) one is overgrown with bacteria. What might surprise you, is that the ones that had been sprayed with “Kills 99.9% of germs and viruses” aka Lysol and Clorox cleaners, were still very filled up with bacteria growth! Now, what did actually have an effect on the chicken poop and showing only minimal growth you may ask? doTERRA OnGuard Cleaner Concentrate!

Yes, and Essential Oil based cleaner beat Clorox and Lysol!

Of course this wasn’t some lab study, but if a school aged kid can figure this out, just imagine what labs with giant funding can discover! If you told me of essential oils being better at restricting bacteria growth than Lysol or Clorox, I would not have believed you. I was one of those “The more bleach the better” people before I discovered essential oils. Now of course, it’s so scary to think about what I exposed my family to! All those crazy, unpronounceable chemicals!


Let’s talk about how to support a healthy immune system using essential oils for adults and children alike:

No surprise here: Wash your hands!

Stay away from places like hospitals, doctor’s offices and airports if possible, and also maybe not go visit that aunt that’s had that funny cough for a few weeks now…

Stay home. The best way to prevent anything is to not expose yourself, if possible.

Before staying home, of course you need to stock up on the essentials. You know, like those rice and beans in my garage right now…. (We only stocked up so much because we are very close to a Military base with a lot of international troops that come and go weekly. We are also expecting hubby to be ordered to work from home to reduce risk of exposure to who knows what.)

Use your oils! We’ll talk about which ones and the best ways to use them in a minute.


Keep everything clean! Okay, you may think I’m overreacting right now, but I’m that crazy one right now that wipes down the groceries before I put them inside my house. Yes, I’m the one in my driveway in 30 degree weather, sanitizing the plastic wrap around the toilet paper….

Let’s talk oil products:
Immune supporting doTERRA Products my family is using during this “special” time:

OnGuard+ Softgels


PB Assist and PB Assist JR.

OnGuard Sanitizing Mist

OnGuard Cleaning Concentrate

OnGuard Laundry Detergent

Funny thing on how we’re dealing with our laundry right now, when we do leave the house. We take off the outside clothes right when we get inside, stick them in the washer and start it right away. Yes, I’m that ext

But let’s get to the oils:

The ways we use them best for supporting a healthy immune response are all three ways: Internally ( I’m only talking about doTERRA here), topically and aromatically.

My Top 5 oils for immune support are 





Melaleuca/Tea Tree

Of course there are way more, but these are my top 5, plus, they come in almost all starter kits!

FLOOM Blend graphic
Aromatic use:

Probably one of my favorite diffuser blend right now is the “POOF” blend. (Please know, right now it is about the oils more than the smell) The POOF Blend recipe is 4 drops Peppermint, 3 drops OnGuard, 2 drops Oregano and 1 drop Frankincense in your diffuser.

Other good blends for this season are 3 drops OnGuard with 3 drops Purify, 3 drops OnGuard with 3 drops Breathe, 2 drops OnGuard with 2 drops each of Lemon and Wild Orange. Another favorite, at night so no one has to smell it, is the FLOOM Blend from above. 2 drops each of Frankincense, Lemon, OnGuard, Oregano and Melaleuca/ Tea tree.

RELATED: A Powerhouse named OnGuard

Topical use:

A big one here at House on Toffee is a so called “Symphony of the Cells” Protocol by Boyd Truman, called the “Basic Protocol”. Everybody gets it twice a week to keep our immune system supported well. For extra support, we’d use the “Cellular Protocol”. We use these protocols on everyone! From my 33 year old Hubby down to the 18 month old little man! Of course, we dilute or “Thin down” the oils differently for the kids vs the adults. Our 18 month old actually oils himself now! Using his roller bottle, he rolls his own belly before bed! It’s adorable! If I don’t have all the protocol oils on hand, we simply do the FLOOM on feet and back, especially for the kids!

Immune Roller!

A must for everyone to roll on themselves throughout the day! (Dilution depends on age. 1 drop of oil per year of age for kids, 20 for adults 20 years +) In our house, we use different dilutions. Our 18 month old has 1 drop per oil in a 10 ml roller bottle and our 8 year old, together with the adults, use 8 drops per oil in a 10 ml roller bottle topped off with carrier oil. ( We do  drops per oil for adults if it’s up to 4 oils in a 10ml roller bottle, the more oils, the less drops each we use.)

The essential oils in the immune roller are: Frankincense, Lemon, OnGuard, Oregano, Melaleuca/Tea Tree, Turmeric, Copaiba and Clove. See what I did there? It’s the FLOOM Blend with a few extra oils!

RELATED: 15 uses for Lemon Essential Oil

Internal use:

Again, please know I’m only talking about doTERRA oils here!

FLOOM Bomb: By now, you probably know what it is. For internal use of the FLOOM, combine 2 drops each of Frankincense, Lemon, OnGuard, Oregano and Melaleuca/Tea Tree in an empty Veggie cap and swallow with a glass of water. Us adults use this up to 3 times a day when we feel something coming on or just for an extra immune boost when needed. For the kids, we do FLOOM topically only!

Since 70% of our immune system is in our gut, it’s important to support it as much as possible. We support our gut with pre-/probiotics called PB Assist (my little ones take the kids version called PB Assist JR.), as well as the digestive enzymes called TerraZyme. Taking TerraZyme before digestion-heavy foods, like Pizza or Fast Food, works wonders! I also take TerraZyme on an empty stomach every morning to support a healthy gut flora, as well as thereby supporting my immune system.

LLV or Lifelong Vitality supplements. Think bioavailable, essential oil infused vitamins, different from anything you can find in any supermarket.

Citrus Oils, think Lemon, Wild Orange and Tangerine during this season. Not to mention it’s cleansing and detoxifying to the body, and simply tastes good. It can even get you to drink more water simply because of the taste! It’s not just plain water anymore.

OnGuard Everything! Be it OnGuard + Softgels, Beadlets or the oil in a veggie cap alongside the FLOOM Bomb, as long as you take it, you’re good (Just my opinion though)!

Immune supporting daily Routine:

This is mine and my husbands daily routine


Diffuse immune supporting oils like OnGuard and Lemon, 3 drops each

1 to 2 drops Frank and Copaibe under the tongue 

Citrus Oils in water (1 drop per 4 oz)

TerraZyme, 1 capsule, on an empty stomach

1 drop Cinnamon or OnGuard in the coffee grounds before brewing

1 FLOOM Bomb capsule with breakfast

1 each of the Lifelong Vitality Supplements

1 OnGuard+ Softgel


This is my 8 year olds routine during this season


1 TerraZyme on an empty stomach

1 each of the Lifelong Vitality Supplements

2 OnGuard Beadlets

Wild Orange in the Orange juice, 1 drop in the glass

Roll Immune Roller on bottoms of feet and along the spine

doterra vitamin bottles

Refill the diffusers with OnGuard and Rosemary, 3 drops each

Citrus Oil in water, add 1 drop Cinnamon or OnGuard to it as well

1 FLOOM Bomb capsule with lunch

1 each Lifelong Vitality Supplement


1 PB Assist Jr. “Pixie Stick”

Roll Immune Roller on bottoms of feet and along the spine


Refill diffusers with OnGuard and Copaiba, 3 drops each

1 FLOOM Bomb capsule before bed

1-2 Copaiba Softgels before bed

1 OnGuard+ Softgel before bed


2 OnGuard Beadlets

Roll Immune Roller on bottoms of feet and along the spine or apply diluted FLOOM Oils on back

diffuser with essential oils
Throughout the day:

Run diffusers with different immune support oils, all day and night

Drink Citrus water! 1/2 of your bodyweight in ounces!

Roll Immune Roller on bottoms of feet and along the spine as needed

Wash hands with OnGuard hand wash a lot!

Use Hand sanitizing mist as needed

Use cleansing DIY Sprays to keep surfaces as “Ickie free” as possible! Alongside cleaning with the OnGuard Cleaner Concentrate all throughout the house

Throughout the day:

Stay hydrated with water, sometimes add citrus oils to taste

Use Immune Roller on bottoms of feet and along spine as needed

Wash hands often with OnGuard Hand wash and practice general good hygiene

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