Monday, May 9, 2011

Welcome Spring, Welcome Allergies


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Here in Utah, spring is finally here and along with springtime comes allergies for almost everyone.  Millions of people suffer from allergies around the globe. Hay fever, asthma, and eczema are the most common allergic reactions.

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.
·    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. 

What can you do to help alleviate your allergies?  Believe it or not, there are natural ways to alleviate allergy symptons without taking medications (which always make me drowsy--even if they say non-drowsy).

This video explains some great methods for alleviating allergiy symptoms:




Recommended Essential Oils & BlendsBreathe, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, melaleuca, OnGuard, peppermint, Purify

Also consider: Roman chamomile

Airborne allergens: Make a mixture of equal parts lavender, lemon, and peppermint and take them in one of the following ways.  The frequency of application will depend on the severity of the allergens.  Use as often as needed to eliminate the symptoms.

  •      Put 2 drops each of lavender, lemon, and peppermint in a gelatin capsule then take internally.
  •      For those who are bolder, mix the oils in a ¼ cup of juice or water, swish 10-20 seconds in the mouth and swallow.  We consider this our "allergy shot"--as in taking a shot glass of an allergy alleviating concoction.  Works great!!  Try it!
  •     Pre-make a  blend of the oils then as needed put the mix on the fingers and inhale deeply.
 Molds and fungus: You can place several drops of melaleuca, lemongrass, or a Purify or OnGuard 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.

Experiences and Testimonials of others:

Netti - This little boy needs some help of the natural kind and so does his weary mum.  He has been backwards and forwards to the hospital this last couple of weeks and it looks like his immune system may need a boost.  We are into hay fever season here and that's the main problem. Is there a protocol for someone of his age for dealing with allergies? Thanks

Pat - You will need OnGuard, Breathe, and lemon. The Breathe you will keep on his chest and under his nose, make sure you use a carrier oil. Put Breathe on his hands (just a drop) and have him hold his hands over the nose area and breathe deep. Put the OnGuard and lemon on the bottom of his feet and put some in a spray bottle with water and have him spray the area he spends time in. The smell and topical application of the OnGuard and lemon will help build his immune system.
If he will drink a lot of water with a drop of two of lemon that will help also.

CeriAnn - My then four year old had similar issues, but to a lesser degree.  We didn't know about oils but I felt confident we needed to handle it without medication.  We stopped all dairy and saw a minor improvement, A week later we added in green smoothies ( just Google green smoothie if you don't know what I'm talking about). Within another week we had about 70% improvement. Then I found Breathe essential oil blend. Since his issue was not severe I put Breathe on his chest before bed and once or twice a day. After using the oils we had a complete abatement of the symptoms.   That was a year and a half ago.  We have kept the dietary changes, but no longer need to apply the oils so consistently.  I diffuse oils that help with respiratory stuff several times a week. To date we have not had an episode.

Anonymous - For allergies; 2 drops lavender, 2 drops peppermint, 2 drops lemon.  Swig in a small cup of water, swish it in the mouth for a few second then swallow.

Anonymous - For eyes only, I would try a small amount of lavender or frankincense or helichrysum carefully around the eyes.  Apply hourly or more. Dot lavender around the eye bones, you can even add a little frankincense, being careful to stay away from the eye.

Pat - The best thing you could add to your sinus area is Breathe, this is a wonderful respiratory blend and relieves all kinds of problems breathing related.

Chris - I have allergies -- they include the red burning, itchy eyes.  I had heard about using this formula but didn't know how -- so I went with what I did know.  I was having an allergy attack so I combined the oils.  Rubbed some on the bottom of my feet -- and inhaled it for a little while.  I did this right before bedtime.  My symptoms relaxed and I slept through the night. I did it for three nights.  My allergy symptoms for the most part have not returned.

Pat - I did the same protocol for my husband and he has been wonderful. No shots for him this year. I also dotted lavender on the bones around the eyes and they cleared right up.

Kathy - A couple ideas.  First, with the peppermint, lavender, lemon mix, make sure your frequency is good.  Some people will try a mixture like that and figure its like a clariton.... (wait an hour and see if it works)  With the PLL mix, use it and if the relief is not satisfactory within 20 min, take it again.  Also, attack from different application points. Some gargle and swallow, some just swallow, some cup and inhale, some will actually "snuff/sniff" a drop of the blend.

Experiment a bit and find if there is a method that works better. Finally, for those tpugh cases, like you may have.  You might consider a Nasal Irrigation. There are two formulas I've heard of being successful. Nasal Irrigation, blend 1 12 drops rosemary 4 drops melaleuca 4 drops eucalyptus 8 Tablespoons of very fine quality sea salt (not table salt) 1-2 cups warm water (may start out hot to dissolve the salt) Nasal Irrigation blend 2 5 drops lemon 5 drops peppermint 5 drops lavender 5 drops On Guard 8 v of very fine quality sea salt (not table salt) 1-2 cups warm water (may start out hot to dissolve the salt) Do a nasal irrigation using one of these blends, hourly till the symptoms subside.  This is a bit of a discomfort, but very effective if your allergies are bad. Use the blends at luke-warm temperature.

John - I got a little tired of making the mix every time I sneezed or my nose ran, so I premixed the peppermint, lavender and lemon and put it in it’s own bottle.  If I ever feel symptoms coming on, I put a drop or two on the area between my thumb and first finger, then I literally snuff the oils.  I do both nostrils if I need.  It can be a little harsh, but I’m used to it, its easy and it works great.

Rex - I have been using peppermint, lavender and lemon for my allergies and have great results for runny nose, sneezing and all those problems. But... recently I have had to go into some areas with very tall grass with lots and lots of pollen for a number of hours.  The peppermint/lemon/lavender formula works great for the nasal problems but my eyes almost swell shut and it takes a couple of days with Visine for the redness and swelling to go down.  Are there any suggestions?  I am not too eager to get any oils too close to my eyes for obvious reasons.

Kathy - A couple ideas.  First, with the peppermint/lemon/lavender mix, make sure your frequency is good. With the PLL mix, use it and if the relief is not satisfactory within 20 minutes, take it again.  Also, attack from different application points.  Some gargle and swallow, some just swallow, some cup and inhale, some will actually "snuff/sniff" a drop of the blend. Experiment a bit and find if there is a method that works better.
Finally, for those tough cases, like you may have.  You might consider a Nasal Irrigation. There are two formulas I've heard of being successful.

Nasal Irrigation - Blend 1
·  12 drops Rosemary
·  4 drops Melaleuca
·  4 drops Eucalyptus
·  8 Tablespoons of very fine quality sea salt (not table salt)
·  1-2 cups warm water (may start out hot to dissolve the salt)

Nasal Irrigation = Blend 2
·  5 drops Lemon
·  5 drops Peppermint
·  5 drops Lavender
·  5 drops On Guard
·  8 Tablespoons of very fine quality sea salt (not table salt)
·  1-2 cups warm water (may start out hot to dissolve the salt)

Do a nasal irrigation using one of these blends, hourly till the symptoms subside.  This is a bit of a pain, but very effective if your allergies are bad. Use the blends at lukewarm temperature.


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