Allergies

Millions of people suffer from allergies. Hay fever, asthma, and eczema are the most common reactions associated with allergies.

Allergies are the body’s immune system over-reacting to normally harmless substances known as allergens.  The immune system makes antibodies to protect you from bacterial or other infections but with allergens, even though harmless, the body identifies them as dangerous and antibodies are created causing a variety of inflammatory reactions.  These may include skin disorders (rash or eczema), respiratory problems (hay fever or even asthma), or digestive discomforts. 

Allergens may originate from:

·    Pollen from trees, flowers, grasses, etc. giving rise to the common hay fever.

·    Hair, dander, urine, ect., from animals.

·    Foods.  More common in children than adults are reactions to various food types.

·    Mold.  When mold spores are present in the air they can cause an allergic reaction just as pollen and other allergens.

·    Medicines.

·    Synthetic substances.  Some have allergic reactions to repeated use of latex gloves, some cosmetics, other beauty products, and a variety of synthetic materials.

·    Insect bites.  Some develop allergic reactions after multiple instances of bee stings and other insect bites.

The majority of folks will experience some type of allergic reaction in their lifetime.  In most cases the symptomatic response can be helped or eliminated with essential oils.  Occasionally there may be a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) which requires immediate medical attention.

Suggested Oils to Use

Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Tea Tree, Peppermint

Also consider: Basil, Melissa, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile

Suggested Ways to use

Airborne allergens: Make a mixture of 3 drops each Lavender, Lemon with 2 – 5 drops Peppermint (depending on your tolerance and severity of allergy) and take mixture in one of the following ways. Also the frequency of application will depend on the severity of the allergens. Use as often as needed to eliminate the symptoms.

• Mild (or timid): Pre-make the mixture of the oils then put on the palms and cup and inhale deeply or put in a gelatin capsule and take internally.

• Moderate (bold): Add mixture to mouthful of juice or water, swish 10-20 seconds in the mouth and swallow.

• Severe (desperate): Use 5 drops each Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, 1/4 T fine quality salt, 8 ounces warm water in Neti pot and do nasal irrigation.

Molds/fungus: You can place several drops of Melaleuca or Lemongrass on an air intake filter every time it is changed to fight against allergy causing molds and fungi. Diffusing any of the oils mentioned above helps reduce reactions to allergens, mold, and fungi.

Dust mites, lice, fleas: This would be especially useful in bathrooms and laundry rooms. Make a 5% water spritz of Basil and Lemongrass or other oils to use on bedding each time the bed is made to exterminate uninvited dust mites, lice, and fleas.