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Terrible Seasonal Allergies Since Childhood


Author: Lisa B.
Date: 11-05-2011
Views: 7,140
Word Count: 207
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 6503-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 7

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I have had terrible seasonal allergies (pollens in April/May, and ragweed in September/ October) since I was a child. In the last several years, I've had to become very skilled at titrating my allergy medications to prevent side effects from causing more problems.

My everyday, year round medicine was Mucinex D and I would change out to Zyrtec D when allergy symptoms started. If they got really bad I would take D Allergy (always had to be careful not to take this for too long or I would develop sinus infections from the thickened secretions that didn't drain).

A friend from work introduced me to Young Living Peppermint this summer. Inhaling it from a few drops in my hands was so effective, I was sold. I did some investigating on this site and found testimonials for using Lavender for allergies.

I started taking about 10-15 drops of Lavender in a capsule in the morning when my hay fever symptoms started up this fall. I have had minimal allergy symptoms this season (and it's been a bad one for many people here).

I also haven't had any problems with dry mouth, sinus pressure/ infections like I used to have if I wasn't careful with my other antihistamines. Love these oils!


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: sinus-infection — "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
2.Associated topics: sinus-infection — "The antibacterial activity of 14 essential oils and their major constituents in the gaseous state was evaluated against [respiratory tract pathogens] Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Staphylococcus aureus. [The] oils [with cinnamon bark, lemongrass, and thyme being most potent] and their major constituents were shown to be effective against various bacteria tested.... These results indicate that the antibacterial action of essential oils was most effective when at high vapor concentration for a short time."Link
3.Associated topics: 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
4.Associated topics: 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
5.Associated topics: sinus-infection,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
6.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
7.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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