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Breathing Difficulties From My Woodworking


Author: Brent G.
Date: 02-09-2009
Views: 3,147
Word Count: 261
Questions Received: Not available for contact
Testimonial ID: 3344-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 7

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When I purchased my wood lathe ten years ago I was very excited to start turning some projects. I called a friend and he brought over some spalted birch. He had been telling me how neat it looked with the little grey/black lines in it.

I didn't have a respirator or even a cheap paper mask and we turned and sanded some candle holders. If you don't know what spalted means it has black lines of mold in the wood, so it is almost rotting. So I basically breathed in a bunch of moldy dust that night. I then got a nasty sinus congestion that lasted a couple weeks.

I now have a good respirator but still get very congested the next day or two from any saw dust, even while wearing the respirator, I still have that reaction.

So two years ago I started putting a drop or two of the RC oil blend or Eucalyptus Radiata right on the filter cartridge before I start any woodworking and I do not have any of the symptoms the night after or days following the woodworking projects.

If I cut wood with the chainsaw or anything I still get all stuffed up, but when I know I will be sanding or doing anything with fine saw dust, I wear the respirator with the oil and have no problems.

If you or a friend ever notice this type of problem even while wearing your safety equipment, please try it. It lets me enjoy my hobby much more than before. I hope it helps you as well.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: breathing — "In confirming the presence of peripheral airways dysfunction in nonsmokers with uncomplicated common colds, our data imply that the changes can be modified favorably by short-term aromatics inhalation."Link
2.Associated topics: breathing,sinusitis — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
3.Associated topics: allergic-reaction — "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
4.Associated topics: congestion-/-mucus-/-phlegm,sinusitis,sinus — "The result for the primary end point was validated by the amelioration of the following secondary end points: headache on bending, frontal headache, sensitivity of pressure points of trigeminal nerve, impairment of general condition, nasal obstruction, and rhinological secretion.... In patients with acute nonpurulent rhinosinusitis, timely treatment with cineole [a.k.a. eucalyptol... found in eucalyptus, camphor laurel, laurus nobilis, tea tree, mugwort, basil, wormwood, rosemary, sage, and cannabis] is effective and safe before antibiotics are indicated."Link
5.Associated topics: breathing — "Essential Oil Diffusion [lavender, marjoram, balsam fir, and peppermint] for the Treatment of Persistent Oxygen Dependence in a Three-Year-Old Child With Restrictive Lung Disease With Respiratory Syncytial Virus [RSV] Pneumonia: A 3-year-old female with central core disorder, a static myopathy affecting type one muscle fibers, with an 18-day history of oxygen requirement, acute desaturation episodes on high-flow oxygen, and persistent upper-lobe atelectasis... experienced a rapid reduction in oxygen requirement when treated with diffused plant essential oils after insufficient response to N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and dornase alfa."Link
6.Associated topics: allergic-reaction — "[L]avender oil inhibits immediate-type allergic reactions [anaphylaxis] by inhibition of mast cell degranulation in-vivo and in-vitro."Link
7.Associated topics: allergic-reaction — "[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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