Was On Allergy Shots For 3 Years As An Adolescent
Author: Nikki S.
Skill: Yoga Instructor
Word Count: 342
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 10461-OR
Scientific Studies: 4
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I have suffered from seasonal allergies all my life and even received allergy shots for three years as an adolescent. My three children all displayed symptoms of the same allergies from the time they were two years old. My husband, while being allergy free most of his life, "grew into" allergies in his mid 30s, though not nearly as severe as the rest of us.
Three years ago I was using Flonase nose spray daily and often had to supplement with Claritin or even Sudafed to survive Iowa's long cottonwood season. Our children were using Children's Claritin from the first spring thaw to the first hard freeze in the fall.
After I began using essential oils in January 2012, I began researching what to use for allergies. It was scary to stop using the Flonase, but that spring I decided to go for it. I also stopped buying Claritin for myself and the children.
Instead, I rubbed one drop of Lavender essential oil on the base of the neck (where the skull meets the spine) on each of us every morning. If one of us had a case of the sniffles or itchy, watery eyes, I would rub a little Lavender on the cheekbones, steering clear of the eyes. My daughter prefers Lemon essential oil to Lavender for stuffy noses, but the rest of us are fine with Lavender.
Not only have we not bought any more over-the-counter allergy meds (or any other, for that matter) since that spring, but we have also needed less and less Lavender oil each year. Last spring and summer, we hardly used any at all.
We moved from Iowa to Washington at the end of July, and both places are known to be allergy-inducing environments. In fact, the previous homeowner of the house we purchased moved to Arizona because his allergies were so horrible here.
We, however, have not had any severe reactions and have not had to reach for the Lavender since arriving. We'll see what spring brings here, but we know we have essential oils if we need them!
Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: rhinitis, seasonal, hayfever, alergies, congestion, coughing, zyrtec, singulair, allegra, antihistamine, antihistamines, allergic, pollen.
|Supporting Scientific Studies|
|1.||"[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|
|2.||"[L]avender oil inhibits immediate-type allergic reactions [anaphylaxis] by inhibition of mast cell degranulation in-vivo and in-vitro."||Link|
|3.||"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|
|4.||"Lavender essential oil displays the stronger antioxidant activity against lipid peroxidation in a linoleic acid model system and good antibacterial activity against four rhinitis-related bacteria including staphylococcus aureus, Micrococcus ascoformans, Proteus vulgaris, and Escherichia coli."||Link|
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