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Dust Mites In My Mattress, Pillows, And Linens


Author: Karen C.
Date: 01-11-2015
Views: 3,239
Word Count: 177
Questions Received: Not available for contact
Testimonial ID: 10396-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 4

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My mornings were hideous. Despite taking an allergy nasal spray and pill, I would wake up terribly congested with sinus pain and a runny nose like I have never seen.

I finally set to work thinking it had to be something to do with my bedroom/bed/linens and considered that a dust mite reaction might just be the culprit. I found this scientific study which used Clove essential oil and decided to try it:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24641290

I put one teaspoon per cup of water in a spray bottle and went to town on the mattress, pillows, and linens. A very noticeable improvement was seen after the first day, and I continued the protocol for three days. Now I do not even need to blow my nose in the morning, and prior to this I could not stop its deluge!

Per the scientific study, this protocol should be repeated at 3-month intervals. I would do a test on a small area of lightly-colored fabric first, as there is a slight color to Clove essential oil. Thanks, Young Living!


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: mites,household-allergens — "The lemon-based nasal spray [containing Lemon, Melaleuca Quinquenervia, and Ravintsara] was a good alternative to conventional medicine for the treatment of perennial [pet dander, dust mites] and seasonal allergic and vasomotor rhinopathy."Link
2.Associated topics: mites — "To evaluate the eradication of house dust mites (HDM)... by direct contact using the essential clove oil (Eugenia caryophyllus).... A pilot study was initiated to determine the killing power of clove oil.... SEMs revealed dead mites on the fibers.... The zone of inhibition indicated significant clearance for all the bacteria and fungi indicating greater biocidal activity when compared to the controls.... Clove oil is a promising agent for killing dust mites with a potential use in dust-mite laden mattresses."Link
3.Associated topics: mites — "Thujaplicin, a minor component of Aomori Hiba [Hinoki], showed rather strong antifungal activity against seven kinds of plant-pathogenic fungi.... Thujaplicin and hinokitiol (the major component of Aomori Hiba [Hinoki]) also showed clear antibacterial activity against Legionella pneumophila SG 1 and L. pneumophila SG 3 [Legionnaires disease, pneumonia].... This compound showed strong insecticidal activity against Reticulitermes speratus [termites], and it also had clear acaricidal [ticks, mites] activity against Dermatophagoides farinae [house dust mites].... [T]he strong cytotoxic effect of Thujaplicin on murine P388 lymphocytic leukemia cell line [CLL, chronic lymphocytic leukemia] should be emphasized...."Link
4.Associated topics: household-allergens — "[T]he biological activity of 20 essential oils (EOs) from herbal plants and citrus fruits were investigated in terms of mammalian DNA polymerase (pol) inhibitory activity, cancer cell (human colon carcinoma) growth inhibitory activity, antiallergic activity... in rat basophilic leukemia cells, and antioxidant activity.... Among these EOs, chamomile... showed significant effects on both cancer cell growth and mast cell degranulation. On the basis of these results, chamomile EO can be recommended as a potentially useful, bioactive candidate for therapeutic applications."Link

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