Aromatherapy for Allergies

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 Allergy Symptoms Can Be Helped with Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

RagweedThe study of aromatherapy is based on the body’s biochemical, emotional and energetic responses to essential oils.   These responses can be elicited through the sense of smell and absorption of the essential oils through the skin.  While it is thought that scents, even the purest and/or pesticide and pollution free, can cause an allergic reaction under certain circumstances, it is also true that there are essential oils that help with allergy symptoms.  Take a look below at some of those essential oils and allergy soothing properties in some of the blends presented by MedEssential Oils.   There is probably a blend that is just right for you!

SINUS AID

This blend is useful when you have a stuffy nose accompanied by headache.  The ingredients and some of their properties are:

Peppermint (Mentha Piperita):  Analgesic (migraine, neuralgia), Anti Inflammatory (sinusitis, bronchitis), Expectorant (bronchial asthma), Mucolytic (bronchitis, bronchial asthma).  May exacerbate hypertension if not under control.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia):    Anti Bacterial (diplococcus pneumonia/streptococcus pneumonia) , Anti Infectious/Anti inflammatory (bronchitis, abscesses), Immunostimulant (immunoglobulin A and immunoglobulin M), Neurotonic (anxiety)

Eucalyptus Radiata (Eucalyptus radiata):  Anti infectious (acute and chronic respiratory infections), Anti Inflammatory (rhinitis, rhinopharyngitis, otitis, bronchitis), Mucolytic (coughs)

Ravensara (Ravensara Aromatica):  Anti Infectious (glandular, fever, bronchitis, sinusitis)  Anti Inflammatory (rhinopharyngitis), Detoxicant , Expectorant (bronchitis,coughs)

Rosemary Cineole (Rosemarinus Officinalis ct. Cineole):  Analgesic (migraine), Antibacterial (Klebsiella bacterial pneumonia), Expectorant (bronchitis, coughs), Mucolytic (bronchitis, coughs, sinusitis).  May exacerbate hypertension is not under control.

Lemon (Citrus Limon):  Anti Infectious (respiratory), Astringent (nosebleeds, broken capillaries), Immunostimulant (white cell deficiency).  Has been used to reduce hypertension.

 

BREATHE FREE

Breathe Free can be used as an alternative to Sinus Aid.  It contains ingredients that address infection and  inflammation not only of the sinus area but also the bronchial area.

Scotch Pine (Pinus Sylvestris):  Anti Infectious (air antiseptic, respiratory infections, asthma, bronchitis,sinusitis,colds),  Anti Inflammatory (inflammatory and allergic conditions), Cortisone-like (stimulates suprarenalcortex), Decongestant (breaks down bronchial secretions, congested lymph), Expectorant (respiratory tract).  Monitor blood pressure.

 Ravensara (Ravensara Aromatica):  Anti Infectious (glandular, fever, bronchitis, sinusitis)  Anti Inflammatory (rhinopharyngitis), Detoxicant , Expectorant (bronchitis,coughs)

Eucalyptus Radiata (Eucalyptus radiata):  Anti infectious (acute and chronic respiratory infections), Anti Inflammatory (rhinitis, rhinopharyngitis, otitis, bronchitis), Mucolytic (coughs)

Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus globules):  Anti Bacterial (diplococcus pneumonia/streptococcus pneumonia, mycobacterium tuberculosis, staphylococcus aureus & staphylococcus albus), Anti catarrhal (coughs, sinusitis), Anti Infectious (acute bronchitis, coughs, respiratory tract infections, sinusitis, laryngitis), Anti Inflammatory (pleurisy, bronchitis, sinusitis, migraine),Decongestant (asthma, headaches migraine),Expectorant (coughs), Mucolytic (coughs, sinusitis))

Lavender (Lavendula Augustofolia):  Analgesic, Antibacterial (beta-Hemolytic streptococcus, staphylococcus aureus, streptococcus faecalis, mycobacterium tuberculosis,  diplococcus pneumonia), Anti Inflammatory (sinusitis, otitis), Antiseptic (bronchial secretions, otitis, sinusitis), Antispasmodic (coughing), Calming/Sedative (headaches, migraines, sleep problems, anxiety), Hypotensor

Khella (Ammi visnaga):  Bronchial dilator; asthma & crisis (any type, but especially allergenic type), bronchial spasms, aids nervous tension, especially associated with asthma

Oregano (Oreganum compactum):  Asthma, bronchitis,sinusitis, cough, infectious pneumonia, immunostimulant (viral and bacterial infections), swollen glands, migraines.  Caustic – use highly diluted.

 

CALM BREATH 

Calm Breath is perhaps the gentlest of the three blends presented here and is used in a hospital in North Carolina in its Ambulatory Surgery unit.

 Lavender (Lavendula Augustofolia):  Analgesic, Antibacterial (beta-Hemolytic streptococcus, staphylococcus aureus, streptococcus faecalis, mycobacterium tuberculosis,  diplococcus pneumonia), Anti Inflammatory (sinusitis, otitis), Antiseptic (bronchial secretions, otitis, sinusitis), Antispasmodic (coughing), (Calming/Sedative (headaches, migraines, sleep problems, anxiety), Hypotensor

Lemon (Citrus Limon):  Anti Infectious (respiratory), Astringent (nosebleeds, broken capillaries), Immunostimulant (white cell deficiency)

Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum Nobile):  Antispasmodic (migraines/headaches), Calming/sedative (insomnia, irritability, nervous shock)

Melissa (Melissa officinalis):  Calming (palpitations, headaches, calming to central nervous system), Hypotensor, Asthma, Bronchitis,  Rapid Breathing, Coughs (with headache), Strep infections/viral infections, anxiety, depression, dispels fear/shock/grief/anger, nervous crisis

 

ANTI SNEEZE SPRAY

This nose spray is designed to clear and drain nasal passages to reduce sneezing.  Good for post nasal drip.

Niaouli (Melaleuca quinquiveria)  Anti inflammatory (sinusitis, rhinopharyngitis, bronchitis), Anti infectious (respiratory infections),

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata)  Anti inflammatory (rhinitis, rhinopharyngitis, bronchitis), Strong antiseptic

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Anti inflammatory (sinusitis) analgesic

Frankincense (Boswelia carteri) Analgesic, Anticatarrhal, Astringent, regulates secretions/reduces excess mucous

Lavender (Lavendula angostifolia) Analgesic,  Anticatarrhal, Calming, Anti inflammatory (sinusitis)

Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica) Antiinfectious (Sinusitis), Anti inflammatory (rhinopharyngitis

Helichrysum (Helichrysum Italicum) Anti inflammatory (sinusitis), Anti infectious, Anti allergenic, Anti histamine-like

 

Information Sources:  Price, S. & Price, L., Aromatherapy for Health Professionals. Churchill Livingston; Sheppard-Hanger,S., The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual,mel

 

 

 

 

 

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