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Allergies Eased With Lavender & Peppermint


Author: Deanna H.
Skill: Nurse
Date: 01-16-2011
Views: 3,924
Word Count: 187
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 5197-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 8

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Lavender has been such a blessing in giving relief to my allergy symptoms, and those of my family, but we also use Peppermint in conjunction with it.

I now use Lavender under my nose and over my sinuses, when I notice my allergy symptoms starting, placing just a swipe of the oil from the bottle directly under my nostrils every few hours, or as needed.

My 15-year-old son has constant allergies, which is helped greatly by using Lavender in conjunction with Peppermint. Sometimes he will put a drop of Peppermint in his glass of water, which helps open his nostrils, and he is able to breathe so much easier.

In addition, he sleeps better at night when he uses his Peppermint. He has begun purchasing his own oils for his personal use!

I also will apply the oils to the sinus reflex points on the feet, for penetration into the body in that way.

When our allergies are very bad, we put a drop of Peppermint into a hot steaming mug of water. The vapors penetrate quickly, helping us breathe better. This also works great for a bad cold or cough!


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Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: allergic rhinnitis, antihistamine, rhinitis, runny nose, seasonal, sinusitis, sinusitus, sniffles.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: post-nasal-drip,rhinitis,breathing-/-inhale,colds,runny-nose — "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-/-inhale,colds,cough — "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: colds — "Taken together, we found an essential oil blend [Orange, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary] notably attenuates influenza virus PR8 infection in vitro via inhibition of viral protein synthesis at the post-transcription level. The lack of toxicity and potent specific inhibition ability make the essential oil a possible antiviral drug for influenza virus proliferation control and treatment."Link
4.Associated topics: sleep — "Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link
5.Associated topics: rhinitis,seasonal-allergies — "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
6.Associated topics: relaxation-/-rest — "The ylang ylang oil caused a significant decrease of blood pressure and a significant increase of skin temperature. At the behavioral level, subjects in the ylang ylang oil group rated themselves more calm and more relaxed than subjects in the control group. These findings are likely to represent a relaxing effect of the ylang ylang oil and provide some evidence for the usage of the ylang ylang oil in aromatherapy such as causing a relief of depression and stress in humans."Link
7.Associated topics: rhinitis,seasonal-allergies — "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
8.Associated topics: sleep — "Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic [anxiety] drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antihypertensive [high blood pressure], antimicrobial, analgesic [pain] agent as well as a wound healing accelerator.... The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches."Link

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