The term “allergy” can be described as an unfavorable reaction by the body triggered by an allergen, which results in an inflamed immune reaction. While some allergic reactions are extremely mild, some reactions can be quite serious and need medical assistance.
For long, anti-histamines and decongestants have been the most recommended therapeutic agents for the treatment of allergy. However, recent research reports suggest the use of fish oil for allergies as an effective therapeutic alternative.
How does allergy happen?
Immune reactions associated with various allergies such as hay fever, asthma, hives, eczema, and psoriasis are primarily inflammatory responses generated by the body in response to potential allergens.
During the process, the body releases some pro-inflammatory eicosanoids such as PGE2 prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and thromboxanes. These chemical messengers attract immune cells to the site of reaction, thereby leading to the production of the antibodies and neutralization of the allergen.
In the process, the body experiences some symptoms that include fever, sore throat, sneezing, nasal congestion, and headache. Also, small blisters appear on the affected area, which turns red and starts itching.
Essential oils are great for allergies and can be used as anti-allergenic and in fact, they can be the best solution for allergies for many people. I suffered from chronic allergies for years, and essential oils have been the only thing that have kept them under complete control.
How exactly do you use essential oils for allergies?
1. Identify why you have allergies. This is a crucial step in controlling allergies no mater what method or product you use. Are you suffering because you are allergic to a certain food? Or is it hay fever? Seasonal allergies? A sinus infection? Or something else? The exact oils that you use will vary according to the kind of allergy, so it is important that you know this first.
2. If you have a common food allergy such as wheat, gluten, corn, or soy, the best combination is a special blend by Doterra called Digest Zen. You can also use peppermint oil by putting a couple of drops in a glass of water and drinking it or by rubbing a few drops on your stomach or under your nose.
3. For sinus or seasonal allergies, the best combination is a lemon, lavender, and peppermint. You can take these in one of two ways. The first way is to mix a few drops of each in water and drink. (Note: you need to make sure that if you do this you are using a certified therapeutic brand that is safe to take internally and not just any kind of essential oil.) Or the second way is to put a few drops in capsules and swallow with a glass of water. I hate the taste of lavender and so that is the only way I can handle it. For sinus and nose congestion, you can rub a few drops of peppermint under your nose and a deep breath to inhale.
4. For hay fever, you can try the same strategies as in number three. Only you may want to increase the amount of lavender oil that you use.
5. If you are having heart burn from your allergies, then the Digest Zen blend works well but you can also use wild orange oil.
In summary, know that essential oils are a great anti-allergenic but you will have to do some experimenting since not everyone reacts to them in the same way. You may need to dry a few different oils and use a few different methods before you find what works to you.