3 Essential Oils That Can Help You Manage Your Allergies

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The following 3 essential oils when used together in a blend will work synergistically to create an all-natural and effective antihistamine.

1) Lemon essential oil
2) Lavender essential oil
3) Peppermint essential oil

Blend 2 drops of each essential oil (choose quality oils such as CPTG oils by doterra australia with 1tbs spoon of virgin coconut oil or fractionated coconut oil and apply to the affected area and to the soles of the feet.

Another effective remedy or practice for minimising seasonal skin allergies and food allergies is to take a quality probiotic supplement (not the cheap stuff) with multiple strains of beneficial bacteria. More and more research is confirming the correlation between allergies and gut health. Maintaining healthy gut flora by using pre-biotics and probiotics while at the same time minimising your intake of processed foods, especially sugar and alcohol will help to keep your immune system strong and increase your tolerance before allergy symptoms even present themselves.

About Allergies

Allergies are very common in the population. Allergies occur when the body’s immune system reacts adversely in some people to a foreign substance such as bee venom, pollen, food, or pet dander. Our immune system produces antibodies that protect us from harmful foreign substances. However, sometimes the immune system starts to attack substances that are not harmful to us. In these people, when one comes into contact with an allergen the immune system quickly reacts by causing inflammation of the skin, airways, sinuses, eyes or the digestive system. The intensity and severity of allergies do vary from person to person. Some people only have a mild reaction but others can develop life-threatening anaphylaxis. The majority of allergies have no cure but one can prevent most of them.

What are allergy symptoms?

The symptoms of an allergy depend on the substance and organ affected. The reactions may range from mild to severe and generally include the following:

– Chest tightness, difficulty breathing.
– Facial swelling.
– Hives.
– Itching of the nose, eyes or roof of the mouth.
– Rash.
– Runny, stuffy nose.
– Sneezing.
– Swelling of the lips tongue, throat.
– Tingling mouth (if allergen is food).
– Watery, red, or swollen eyes (conjunctivitis).

Sometimes the allergic reaction can cause a life-threatening condition called anaphylaxis. This may present with:

– Lightheadedness.
– Loss of consciousness.
– A drop in blood pressure.
– Severe shortness of breath.
– Skin rash.
– A rapid, weak pulse.

This is a life-threatening condition and no time should be wasted at home. Call emergency services immediately. If you carry EPIPEN, give one shot immediately.

When does one need to see a healthcare provider?

In general, if the above symptoms persist and cause problems in your personal and professional life, you may want to see a healthcare provider. If you have severe symptoms, you must always see a healthcare provider. Anyone with a history of allergies who is using EpiPen and develops allergies should also see a healthcare provider.

What causes allergies?

The key reason why allergies occur is because the body’s immune cells recognize the foreign particle as harmful. This process leads to a complex inflammatory reaction, where many chemicals from the body are released. Histamine is one of these substances, which is also known to cause wheezing, itching, hives and swelling of the lips.

What are common allergy triggers?

– Airborne allergens: dust, pollen, mold, mites, and animal dander.
– Certain foods: wheat, peanuts, soy, most nuts, shellfish, milk, and eggs.
– Insect venom from bee or wasp stings.
– Medications: especially penicillin but almost any antibiotic has the potential to cause an allergic reaction.
– Latex.

What are risk factors for allergies?

– Family history.
– Being young or a child.
– Having asthma.

How is the diagnosis of allergy made?

In most cases, a history and physical exam will reveal the cause. However, to confirm the allergy, doctors often do a variety of skin tests and look at levels of the specific immune cells in the blood.

What is the treatment of allergies?

The best treatment for allergy is to avoid the allergen. Today there are many medications that can be used to treat the symptoms of allergy and prevent a future attack. Some doctors recommend desensitization therapy but this is very expensive and often does not work. Recently a new drug has been developed that can be placed under the tongue to treat some pollen allergies. Anyone with a history of allergies should always carry EpiPen. This drug is given when severe symptoms develop and can be life-saving.

Prevention

– The best way to treat allergies is to prevent them in the first place. This can be done by:
– Avoiding all known triggers.
– Keeping a diary of what you eat and eliminate all suspected foods from your diet.
– Wearing a medical alert bracelet.
– Eat a healthy diet.

Plus, the daily use of pure essential oils (and in particular the 3 oils: lavender, lemon, and peppermint) is an effective and all-natural way to help keep your body strong and resilient. The more you incorporate these aromatic ‘gifts of the earth’ into your lifestyle, the more you will benefit from their healing, protective properties.