Overview: 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
Synthetic substances. Some have allergic
reactions to repeated use of latex gloves, some
cosmetics, other beauty products, and a variety of
Insect bites. Some develop allergic reactions
after multiple instances of bee stings and other insect
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.
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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
one of the following ways. Also the frequency of application
will depend on the severity of the allergens. Start early
(before symptoms if you can anticipate them) and 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, Protective Blend, Peppermint, 1/4 T fine quality salt, 8 ounces warm
water in Neti pot and do nasal irrigation. (please see
Karen's experience under the Testimonials).
Molds/fungus: You can place several drops of
Melaleuca, Lemongrass, or a Cleansing Blend or Protective Blend 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
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.
I have had the worst time with
allergies. I have looked into many options
and found essential oils. I was affected by
anything from hay fever, eczema to asthma.
When allergens enter the body, it can elicit
the allergic reaction that we are familiar
with; runny nose, sneezing, congestion or
even sinus build-up and pressure. To help
fight these airborne allergens, a diffuser
will help the most. Diffusing Lemongrass,
Melaleuca can fight against allergy causing
fungi and molds. It was amazing my results
after a short while of using the natural
Building the immune system by ingesting
Lavender, Peppermint, and Lemon can work
wonders. Be sure your essential oils are
100% pure before you ingest. One other way
of combating allergies is to make a water
spritz of Lemongrass or another combination
of oils. Use this spritz on bedding each
night to kill potential fleas or dust mites.
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 Protective Blend,
and Lemon. The Respiratory Blend you will keep on his chest and under
his nose, make sure you use a carrier oil. Put Respiratory
his hands (just a drop) and have him hold his hands over the
nose area and breathe deep. Put the Protective Blend 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 Protective Blend 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 Respiratory Blend essential oil blend. Since
his issue was not severe I put Respiratory Blend 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 Respiratory Blend, 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
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
• 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 Peppermint
• 5 drops Lavender
• 5 drops Protective Blend
• 8 T of very fine quality sea salt (not table salt)
cups warm water (may start out hot to dissolve the salt)
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
** Editorial Note: Based on reviewing
other recommendations for Nasal Irrigation (Mayo, About,
NeilMed) I believe Kathy meant 1/8 T of salt. Other
recommendations vary from 1/8 to 1 T of salt per 8 ounces of
Karen - I have a brand new IPC under me
who had a terrible experience following one of the protocols
here. This dear lady has bad airborne allergies. Without
consulting me first, she came here and found a protocol that
suggested putting several oils in a Neti Pot and putting the
mixture up her nose.
One of the oils was Protective Blend! Up her nose! The protocol says
it can create discomfort. This was a gross understatement.
She told me she screamed in agony (I can imagine!) and it
burned like crazy! It took several minutes for her to be
able to function again.
I am writing to ask you to either pull that protocol down or
preface it with the message that (...) never recommends
putting the oils up one's nose. Also that this protocol can
result in EXTREME discomfort and to do so at one's own risk.
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
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
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 Protective Blend
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
folks recommend for children
Jan - Add a drop of Lemon and Peppermint and Lavender to a teaspoon
of locally made honey if it is available. Or juice is an
alternative, if a child is sensitive to the taste. Take the
mixture as needed, hourly would not hurt. If the child is
old enough he could drink drops of Lemon, Peppermint and
Lavender (allergy protocol) as needed. During day’s that
pollen levels are high, have the child add the oils to his water
every time he drinks.
For children, also consider applying the same oils to his
feet morning and night. And use the Massage Blend treatment at
least once per week. This treatment can be very cleansing. Also
consider diffusing cleansing oils before and at bedtime in the
bedroom. This will reduce pollens, and allergens in the
room. (Cleansing Blend, Lemon, Grapefruit, Peppermint, Lemongrass,
Stacy does not look forward to Allergy season. It has
never been a fun time for her family. Herself, her
husband(Jim), her youngest daughter and oldest son all seem to
suffer through boxes of Kleenex, and misery.
This year she has decided to put some serious effort into
using her essential oils to try and reduce the discomfort in her
home. She first made sure that as spring started to come
on, that she had plenty of new filters for her HVAC system.
She would change filters often, and even between changes she
would mix 2 tblsps of coconut oil with several drops (15-20) of
on-guard blend and drip the drops on the filter to protect
against allergens, pollens and molds in the air-duct system.
The coconut oil would keep the essential oil from volatizing too
quickly. She once was out of Protective Blend, so she instead used
Melaleuca and breath blend.
She would also diffuse essential oils daily in the main
living area’s also with Protective Blend or the Peppermint, Lavender,
Lemon mix. At night she would move the diffuser to the
At night as she went in to tuck in her small girl, she rubbed
her feet with Peppermint, Lavender and Lemon. Her daughter
loved the time she had with mom, she loved foot massages, and it
would almost always end with a prayer or story.
He oldest boy usually got dad to rub his feet with the blend
at night. It was a good chance for the two to catch up on
how the day was.
Occasionally, if the kids had been outdoors playing, they
came in with itchy eyes and a runny nose. Stacy would pull
out her jar of local honey and the Peppermint, Lavender and
Lemon oils. She would mix a drop of each with a teaspoon
of honey. If the honey is local it will likely contain
pollens from the local region. The theory goes that by ingesting
small amounts of pollen from the surrounding area your body will
build up a immunity to pollens so they will produce fewer
The synergetic combination of local honey and the Peppermint,
Lavender, Lemon mix make a palatable and powerful combination to
ease the discomfort of allergies.
Stacy’s husband suffers horribly compared to the children.
He has used many prescription and non prescription
antihistamines, and they tend to do the trick. But drugs often
come with side effects. In addition to reducing allergies, they
also produce dry nasal cavities, drowsiness and other
undesirable conditions. You could often tell when he was
using an antihistamine because he had a red or raw area under
his nose where the medicine would cause a dry area, and become
sensitive to constant wiping.
Stacy purchased a small whisky glass for Jim, and when he
would feel an attack coming on, he would put a small amount of
water in the bottom and drip 2 drops each of the Lemon, Lavender
and Peppermint in the water then swish the mixture around his
mouth for a minute before swallowing.
On one occasion, he found the symptoms almost overwhelming.
The drops seemed to ease things but before long his eyes would
begin to furiously each and sneezing would return. Stacy
pulled a neti pot out of the hall closet. She dissolved
several tablespoons of fine sea salt in some warm water then put
the essential oils in with the water and after mixing well, put
the mixture in the neti pot. Jim was not excited, but use
the nasal irrigator and found almost instant relief from the
The great side effect for Stacy that summer was that she
noticed her home smelled wonderful, and the family did not
suffer any viruses, colds or flu. She was sure her efforts
had raised the immune system of her family and the diffusion had
killed any airborne pathogens before they had a chance to affect
Diet and Nutritional
complements to essential oils
Help from Julia's Natural Kitchen
Cleaning up the diet will help with
allergies. The lungs and the colon seem to be related. By
eating more fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, seeds
and grains, and eliminating mucus forming foods such
as acid forming meats, dairy (especially cheese), and sugary
foods, the body will become alkalized and allergies will
Dr. Mom in the Kitchen
3 Day Juice Cleanse:
Drink plenty of water and
fresh juices such as carrot and celery, beet and apple,
grape for three days and much as desired in a day. Continue
for three days and break cleanse with a leafy green salad.
2-3 drops of (xxx) Lemon
1 inch of fresh Ginger root
¼ tsp. Cayenne Pepper
Juice apples, Lemon, and
Ginger. Filter and add Lemon Essential Oil and Cayenne
Pepper to taste. The goal is to increase the Cayenne Pepper
to ½ teaspoon. Great for allergies or an oncoming cold.
Green Smoothies are very alkalizing
to the system and are delicious as well! Be sure to rotate
your greens and not get stuck with just one leafy green.
Start the day off with a Green Smoothie!
Cilantro Green Smoothie
1 Pink Grapefruit, peeled
1 peeled Cucumber (if organic
leave on peel)
½ bunch of Cilantro
1 Lime, juiced
2 drops (xxx) Lemon Essential
1 drop (xxx) Cassia
Agave Nectar or stevia (opt.
¼ tsp Cinnamon
Pinch of salt
Blend until smooth and green
1 young coconut (meat and
1 cup berrys of choice
(blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, etc.)
Characteristics, clinical effect profile and tolerability of
a nasal spray preparation of Artemisia abrotanum L. for allergic
Remberg P, Björk L, Hedner T, Sterner O, Department of Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry, Lund
University, Lund, Sweden.
A nasal spray formulation containing an extract of Artemisia
abrotanum L. was developed for therapeutic use in patients with
allergic rhinitis and other upper airway disorders. The nasal
spray preparation used contains a mixture of essential oils (4
mg/ml) and flavonols (2.5 microg/ml), of which some components
have been shown to possess antiinflammatory, expectorant,
spasmolytic as well as antiseptic and antimicrobial activities.
The most important constituents in the essential oil fraction of
the preparation are 1,8-cineole (Eucalyptus), linalool
(Lavender) and davanone (Cypress), while the flavonol fraction
contains centauredin, casticin and quercetin dimethyl-ethers. No
trace of thujon was observed in the essential oil of the
Artemisia abrotanum L. genotype "Tycho" used for the manufacture
of the nasal spray preparation. In 12 patients with diagnoses of
allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis and/or bronchial
obstructive disease, the nasal spray was given immediately after
the appearance of characteristic allergic nasal symptoms. In 10
of the 12 patients, allergic rhinitis with nasal congestion,
sneezing and rhinorrhea was dominant. After administration of
the nasal spray, all patients experienced a rapid and
significant symptom relief of nasal symptoms, comparable to the
effect of antihistamine and chromoglicate preparations which
several of the patients had used.
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intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease,
nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. As
members offer or look for answers, kindly understand that essential oils
work to help to bring the body into balance - thus helping the body's
natural defenses to restore homeostasis. Essential oils are not
used to "treat" medical problems.