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Allergies Eased With Lavender & Peppermint


Author: Deanna H.
Skill: Nurse
Date: 01-16-2011
Views: 2,921
Word Count: 187
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 5197-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 6

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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: postnasal-drip,rhinitis — "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: 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
3.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
4.Associated topics: postnasal-drip,sinuses — "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: seasonal-allergies — "[L]avender oil inhibits immediate-type allergic reactions [anaphylaxis] by inhibition of mast cell degranulation in-vivo and in-vitro."Link
6.Associated topics: seasonal-allergies — "[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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