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A is for ALLERGIES

Spring is sprung, the grass is riz - Anonymous

And people in my house are starting to sneeze… A lot!!!


Allergies, simply put, are an overreaction of the immune system to substances that you come into contact with, such as pollen or pet dander.


Due to climate change, trees and plants are budding out earlier, and there is a lot of pollen in the air. When it comes to allergies, there are many things that you can do to alleviate your symptoms.


Diffusing essential oils is one of the ways to find some relief from the symptoms of allergies and hay fever (Allergic Rhinitis).


There are many essential oils that you can choose from, depending on your age,overall health, scent preference, and what your allergy symptoms are. Try diffusing one or two of these essential oils …


Lavender: As the workhorse of essential oils, Lavender is useful for so many things. By using it in a diffuser or a room spray, Lavender is said to be helpful to support the immune system due to its antiseptic properties.


German Chamomile & Roman Chamomile: these are very gentle, effective essential oils. Roman Chamomile is said to be useful for sinus congestion. German Chamomile is reported to have anti-allergenic properties. ***Don’t use either variety of the Chamomiles if you have an allergy to Ragweed.


Lemon: with its antiseptic properties, is effective when used in a diffuser or as a room spray. It is also said to help to support the immune system.


***Lavender, German & Roman Chamomile essential oils are gentle enough to use for children over the age of 2 and for elderly people.


*(Lavender & Chamomile hydrosols are a better way to go with children under the age of 2 & can be used as room sprays).


*Lavender, & both German & Roman Chamomile essential oils are generally safe to use after the 1st trimester of pregnancy but use caution as everyone responds differently to essential oils. Diffusing & inhalation are always best during pregnancy.


*Lemon essential oil: is better for diffusing for children over the age of 2 & for pregnant women. It may cause skin irritation & a photosensitive skin reaction, (Don't expose the skin to sun or UV rays for 12 -24 hours after useing Lemon essential oil on your skin. Products that wash away like shampoo or body wash are fine to use.)


As always with essential oils, less is best & dilute before topical use.


These next 3 essential oils:


Eucalyptus, Peppermint & Rosemary are very effective essential oils but are potent and should be used in moderation.


Peppermint: may help with sinus congestion, sneezing, and headaches. *If you don’t like the strong scent of peppermint, you can try the milder smelling Spearmint.


Eucalyptus: considered the big guns when it comes to dealings with the symptoms of allergies. I prefer to use Eucalyptus Radiata, which has a softer scent, (it doesn’t smell as harsh as the Globulus variety) I also like the Eucalyptus var. Dives which has a light peppermint smell.


Rosemary: If you don’t like the scent of Eucalyptus, you can substitute Rosemary, which has a lighter more herbal scent. Rosemary (ct cineole) essential oil which may help to reduce sinus congestion.


***These oils are not appropriate for topical use for infants,small children, pregnant & nursing mothers, or if have an untreated medical condition; use caution if you take medication, may antidote homeopathic remedies. Don’t apply on the face or under the nose of children under 6 years old.


*Use appropriate amounts & varieties of essential oil when diffusing for ages 6 & up;


Come spring, I like to diffuse my “Life Support” blend. I made this blend for my daughter who has year-round hay fever. This blend is made from the essential oils of Lemon, Spike Lavender, Frankincense, Eucalyptus Dives, Palmarosa, Ravintsara, and Peppermint. It smells fresh and I find that it helps me to “Just Breathe…”


 

My Blog is for general information only & is not meant to diagnose or replace medical advice.


Essential Oils are for external use only & should always be diluted before topical use.My blog doesn't include all of the precautions or possible interactions that may occur.



References:


Battaglia Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003


Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition, Vermilion, an imprint of Edbury Publishing, a Random House Company, 2005


Lawless. Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Thorsons, 2002Tisserand, Robert, & Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition, Churchill Livingstone, 2014


Catty, Suzanne, Hydrosols, The Next Aromatherapy, Healing Arts Press, a division of Inner Trade International, 2001.


http://www.westcoastaromatherapy.com/free-information/articles-archive/hay-fever/

http://www.naturopathic.org/content.asp?contentid=117

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/160665.php

http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/allergies/skin-allergy.aspx

http://www.alive.com/articles/view/23126/aromatherapy_for_seasonal_allergies

http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/best-treatments-seasonal-allergies


The first line in this blog was taken from the poem ” The Budding Bronx” In Arnold Silcock’s Verse and Worse, it is attributed to ANON [New York]… So credit goes to the author.


Photos on my blog: www.canstockphoto.com or from my own personal photo collection - CP


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