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Allergies

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008

Summary

see also Food Allergies

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 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. 

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends: Respiratory BlendC, LavenderC, LemonC, LemongrassC, MelaleucaC, Protective BlendC, PeppermintC, PurifyC

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: BasilC, MelissaC, PatchouliC, Roman ChamomileC

Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.

Suggested protocols:

 

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.  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 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

Submissions directly to  EverythingEssential.me.  Our thanks to:

      Jared
      oilsessentialonline@gmail.com

Jared - 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 oils.

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, Respiratory 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 Blend on 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 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 Protective Blend

  8 T 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.   

** 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 water.

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 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 Protective Blend

·  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.

Protocols 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, Lavender) 

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 children’s rooms.

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 allergy symptoms.

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 allergies.

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 the family.

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 clear up.

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.

 

Apple Blaster

3 Apples

½ Lemon

2-3 drops of (xxx) Lemon Essential Oil

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

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

¼ Pineapple

2 drops (xxx) Lemon Essential Oil

1 drop  (xxx) Cassia Essential Oil

Agave Nectar or stevia (opt. To taste)

¼ tsp Cinnamon

Pinch of salt

Blend until smooth and green

 

Berry Greens

1 young coconut (meat and coconut water)

1 cup berrys of choice (blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, etc.)

2 cups baby organic spinach

2 Drops (xxx) Lemon Essential Oil

What Science & Research are saying

From Pub Med:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14971719?ordinalpos=5&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel. Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

Characteristics, clinical effect profile and tolerability of a nasal spray preparation of Artemisia abrotanum L. for allergic rhinitis.

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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