When doing research for the best essential oils to use that will benefit the organ systems of the body, I came across a wonderful site Dr. Fosters Essentials, who, in my humble opinion, is one of the best out there. I wanted to share some important and very helpful information with those of you who may be interested in learning about the awesome powers of flowers, plants, resins, roots, berries, barks, and the amazing miracles essential oils can perform when used correctly.
From all the work, trials and experimentation I’ve done with essential oils, I have also found these to be true, Read on for some great information:
Essential Oils that benefit many organs & organ systems :from Dr. Fosters Essentials
Brain: Frankincense, Migra-Stop (Ingredients: Peppermint, Marjoram, Cajeput, Basil and other essential oils for enhancement.), Grounding oil blend (Cedarwood, Vetiver, Lavender and other supportive herbs) Rosemary, Sandalwood, Peppermint, Lavender, Cedar, Vetiver, Brain Regain Formula
Sinuses: Germ Shield (Eucalyptus globulus, Peppermint, Melaleuca alternifolia and other essential oils in Jojoba oil) , Myrtle, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Fir, Clove, Cedarwood, Breathe Again Formula
When suffering from allergies, it often feels like nothing will make you feel better. Medications can treat your symptoms but can’t provide you with an overall feeling of relief.
Your airways feel stuffy and you have a constant headache from the invisible irritants that cause you untold misery.
Many people do not look outside conventional medicine and so do not consider essential oil options that can provide wonderful allergy relief. Applying the right types of essential oils can help you to feel better and to breathe easier around allergy season.
Treat essential oils with the same care that you treat medicines. You don’t need to be afraid or avoid essential oils and I’m certainly not trying to scare anyone out of enjoying all the benefits that aromatherapy offers. They can be an amazing blessing within a holistic lifestyle. Do remember, however, that when working with essential oils, less is more.
Dilute your essential oils prior to use on the skin and avoid the oils that are more likely to cause irritation and sensitization. When using an essential oil for the first time, do a skin patch test. You can learn how to do a skin patch test by reading AromaWeb’s Aromatherapy Safety article.
Essential Oils for Allergy Relief:
A synergistic blend of essential oils is often more effective in helping to promote the relief of symptoms and healing of any single essential oil.
The following essential oils are used for relief of allergies :
Blue tansy,(Tanacetum annum True Moroccan blue Chamomile)
all Chamomiles,(Roman, German, and Moroccan – Ormensis multicaulis)
Melissa / lemon balm,
NOTE: about Chamomiles:
Some types of chamomiles:
Roman chamomile- Anthemis nobilis- light color and best for children/elderly or sensitive
German chamomile, Matricaria recutita;- blue blue high content of chamazulene
Beyond these three basic chamomile types, German chamomile can also be called Hungarian or blue chamomile, while another species of chamomile called Moroccan is actually a different variety (Ormensis multicaulis) that is grown in Morocco. Ormensis multicaulis does not have the ink-blue color of the true Moroccan chamomile that is Tanacetum annuum, also called blue tansy.
Each chamomile is a different variety, however they all have similar constituents as well as some likenesses in appearance. –
Moroccan chamomile is a member of the Tansy botanical family and is like German chamomile due to the fact that they both produce a deep, ink-blue color when in the form of an essential oil. Out of the two varieties, Moroccan chamomile has the highest levels of chamazulene; however there are some chamomiles that have the name Moroccan Chamomile that are not blue in color. They are called Moroccan chamomile because they are a variety of chamomile that is grown in Morocco.
True Tanacetum annuum is blue and contains the highest levels of chamazulene; however, there is some concern with Tanacetum annum, also called blue tansy oil. Tansy oil has been purported to have some toxicity and should not be used directly on the skin. On the other hand, there are aromatherapists who rave about the wonderful effects of Tanacetum annuum. Research on Tanacetum annuum’s constituents and general actions is incomplete and there is not enough clinical data recorded to make any conclusions about safety or effectiveness. See more at: http://www.massagemag.com/chamomile-oil-which-chamomile-is-which-1885/#sthash.lbEhKAAE.dpuf
More about some of the essential oils for allergies:
BLUE tansy (Tanacetum annum ~ true Moroccan Blue Chamomile) – Blue Tansy delicious scent is warmly herbaceous with a complex sweetness reminds me of apples with a touch of spice. Everyone always loves the friendliness and welcoming smell of Blue Tansy! Highest in chamazulene, Blue Tansy is a natural antihistamine, anti-allergic properties. Research shows Blue Tansy be particularly effective for relieving allergies. It is often used in blends for asthma and emphysema due to bronchial dilation and effect. Strong analgesic properties help to reduce any swelling or itching associated with allergies calm, and its anti-inflammatory rapid immediately the nervous system.
Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi) – A tranquilizer and relative of valerian Nardelli was the most powerful sedative action and is useful in aromatherapy to calm the mind and relieve anxiety and stress. Spikenard sedatives to help calm the allergic reaction and reduces tissue inflammation. Its regular activities can help promote free breathing, breathing easier.
Rosemary, cineole (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. Cineol) – A new and clean scent recalls strong aroma of Eucalyptus and herbaceous. Rosemary cineole smell is highly penetrating to the senses. Rosemary Cineol stimulates blood circulation, has a clear and energizing by inhalation and is useful for the treatment of respiratory diseases, including allergies. Inhalation of rosemary in moderation is unblock sinus and nasal congestion and nasal congestion.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) – A pleasant smell of fresh lemon, Lemongrass has a tonic action and helps regulate the body. It is a natural vasodilator, anti-inflammatory and sedative, relieves congestion, promotes free and easier breathing, and relieves inflammation of the bronchi and sinuses.
Peppermint oil is often advised for allergic reactions. It can be applied on the throat, back of the neck, crown of the head and the temples esp. for headaches, or sinus headaches. Inhaling a drop of the oil from cupped palms has been known to release tension, headaches and stuffiness within minutes. For stomachaches, queasiness, and other digestive upsets, peppermint is applied directly on the stomach or taken internally in rice/soy milk, water, or in capsules.
Firs, spruce, or even pine essential oils are deeply grounded and may be used to calm allergic reactions. A drop of Douglas fir, spruce, along with blue tansy and peppermint oil applied on the throat or over the thymus gland boosts the immune system and helps create balance in the body’s energy field and make a big difference in allergy attacks and reactions.
NOTE: There are many cheap, synthetic copies of aromatic oils, but are not recommended for therapeutic use. For best results purchase the highest quality oils you can possibly find. Use certified organic essential oils, or oils that have beentested and are pesticide free.
Another natural allergy relief methods is NAET, which stands for Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique. Dr. Devi Nambudripad is a chiropractor and acupuncturist from California who accidentally discovered how stimulating specific acupuncture meridians while being exposed to the allergens one reacts to can reset the body so that it no longer reacts to those allergens.
Asthma is not often thought of as an allergic reaction but it can be triggered by certain environmental factors. Consider essential oil options for aromatherapy when dealing with asthma. Adding essential oil options for aromatherapy such as chamomiles, peppermint, rose, frankincense, neroli, or clary sage to the water in a dehumidifier can help to open up the airways of an asthma sufferer.
Talk to someone qualified in the field of aromatherapy about different essential oil options for aromatherapy when used to treat allergies or asthma. You may find great relief from the different allergies you suffer when using essential oils. This may help you to use less allergy medication or improve the situation at hand. The best way to treat an allergy is to use a holistic approach that takes into consideration the cause as well as ways to alleviate any symptoms present.
Essential Oil Options For Aromatherapy And Eczema Relief
Some people suffer from eczema and find no relief from medication and other conventional cures. If you suffer from eczema that is caused by an allergic reaction then you might want to explore essential oil options for aromatherapy allergy relief. Chamomile oil when used in a bath can help to ease stress, one possible cause of eczema.
Lavender is another essential oil found effective in treating eczema. The utilization of marjoram essential oil is also effective. To keep the cost of using these essential oils regularly you may want to buy effective essential oils wholesale when treating ongoing allergies.
There are two major oils helpful with allergies in general:
Chamomiles high in chamazoline like Blue Tansy, or German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
Melissa (Melissa officinalis) essential oil.
But make sure you are not allergic to any of them. Chamomile seems to be more effective, than Melissa.
The easiest way to use is to put 1-2 drops of oil on a handkerchief or tissue and to sniff whenever it needed during the day.
Facial massage with any of these oils can also be very helpful, it often decreases the severity of the allergic reaction. Never use essential oils undiluted, so mix in 1 teaspoon of olive oil 1 drop of essential oil and do the massage.
If you do not have the time for a massage, a bath with essential oils can also be very soothing. Use in a fullbath 3-4 drops and in a footbath 1-2 drops of essential oils. It is a very pleasent hay fever treatment.
Treatments for Pollen Allergy and Hay Fever
Protect yourself outdoors with a ‘pollen trap’! You can coat the inside of your nose with Vaseline and the sticky layer will trap spores, pollens, dust etc. before you inhale them. It stops immediately the irritation in your nose.
A regular use of nasal irrigation with a neti pot or just the use of saline nasal spray can help a lot fighting hay fever symptoms. You just rinse off all the irritant air-born pollens, fungal spores, dust and animal dander.
Neti pots are great natural allergy remedy that use light dilution of salted water to flush irritants from the sinus passages. One quarter teaspoon of salt is mixed into one cup of warm water and applied to the nostril through the pot. The salted water is allowed to drain from one nostril to the other and then expelled. Best to follow directions in the Neti Pot box.
If you are not allergic to herbs, your irritated allergy eye will find this herbal eyewash very soothing:
Pour 250ml boiling water over the herbs. Cover, and steep for a quarter of an hour. Strain through a coffee filter to remove all herb particles. Use as an eyewash or soak cotton balls in the herbal tea and apply to your eyes at least three times a day for ten minutes.
Caution: Make sure you are not allergic to any ingredient herbs!
If you do not have the time to make the herbal tea, put just a wet chamomile teabag on your eyes.
Homeopathy for Pollen Allergy and Hay Fever
Homeopathy offers a wide range of remedies helpful in different allergy conditions, like seasonal allergy etc. Most of them needs individualization of symptoms, but there are a few remedies good for hay fever as a general diagnosis.
One of them is Histaminum C30, potentized histamine, which is released in great amount during the allergic reaction. Homeopathic Histaminum is able to decrease the release and the effect of material histamine.
Other useful option is to take your allergen potentized, in a homeopathic form which can desensitize your body (the method is called isopathy).
If you are allergic to pollens, have a pollen allergy, take homeopathic Pollen C30, made from local pollens in your neighborhood. Start taking it 1 month prior the hay fever season (two times a week) and continue during the whole season, taking it daily.
If you are sensitive to dust mites, take regularly homeopathic House Dust Mite C30.
If you are allergic to mold, take the homeopathic remedy Aspergillus niger C30, which is made from the fungi.
If you are sensitive to certain animal hair (cat or dog or horse etc.) than take a remedy made from this special animals fur.
Take this remedies 2-3 times a week, long term.
During the hay fever season you may take:
Histaminum C30 in the morning and
Pollen C30 in the evening.
Let dissolve 2-3 pills under your tongue and do not eat or drink 10 minutes before and after taking the remedy.
General Tips for Pollen Allergy Sufferers
When you have to go out, wear wraparound sunglasses to keep pollens away from your eyes.
Wash your hair before going to bed, so you do not transfer a head full of dust and pollen to your pillow.
Stay indoors and keep the windows closed early in the morning and late in the evening, when pollen concentration is the highest. Shelter indoors during strong wind, since the wind stirs up all the settled pollens.
Fit your car with pollen filter and keep the windows closed when traveling.
Do not dry outdoors your bed-clothes, since they work like a pollen trap.
In the treatment of allergies and hay fever mother nature provides us several natural allergy remedy and herbs to overcome this annoying condition. Allergy medication can be based on all natural remedies and allergy cure is possible with the help of herbs, homeopathy, natural supplements and ayurvedic nasal irrigation.
One of the best allergy remedy is herbal:
Herbal Remedies for Allergy and Hay Fever
Nettle (Urtica dioica)
A very good remedy is Nettle (Urtica dioica), it contains a substance (quercetin) that works as a natural antihistamine. Capsules of freeze-dried leaf are available, take 500mg two or three times a day or half a teaspoon of nettle extract four times a day.
Has become renowned for its memory-boosting properties, but it is an effective allergy fighter and hay fever treatment as well. Take 450 mg a day, but not more. Ginkgo contains ginkgolides, which can inhibit the activity of certain allergy-triggering chemicals (PAF). You may take it long term.
Quercetin is a plant pigment and antioxidant able to inhibit the release of histamine. Foods naturally rich in quercetin include citrus fruits, purple or yellow onion, garlic, buckwheat. Concentrated quercetin is also available in capsules: take 500mg twice a day between meals. It works best when started a month prior to the start of allergy season. Continue taking it throughout the season. (Do not take this if already taking nettle or garlic, as they contain quercetin.)
Garlic has marvelous health-giving properties. Among all this properties it acts as an anti-allergic, due to its high quercetin content. Take 400-600mg daily, but not much more, since garlic is an effective blood thinner and may cause bleeding if overused.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Stir 1 teaspoon of ground Turmeric into 250ml water and drink it. Within 15 minutes the hay fever symptoms must be better. You can take Turmeric capsules as well. You may use it during the whole season.
These nasty little – painful lesions – are caused by the herpes simplex virus and are contagious. There may be pain or tingling one to two days before the cold sores appear. Cold sores generally clear in seven to ten days. They’re sometimes confused with canker sores, which are not contagious but produce small, painful ulcers in the soft tissues of the mouth, such as the tongue and the walls of the mouth.
Many essential oils can help with viral infections but need to be in your system soon after you are exposed. Those that suffer from cold sores know there can be many things that ‘trigger’ an outbreak. Stress, whether it be from emotional or physical – being run down so a cold or flu can take hold can easily bring on a cold sore.
Prevention is best done by controlling your exposure to stress and of course others with colds and flus. But once your ‘cold sore’ has attacked, you may get relief by applying a drop of Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) has antiviral properties. In a research study conducted in hospitals and dermatology clinics in Germany, lemon balm cream promoted the healing of blisters in five days compared to 10 days in the control group. Used on regularly, lemon balm cream may decrease the frequency of recurrences.
Also Tea tree (one drop neat) on the blisters several times throughout the day. Tea Tree can be applied ‘neatly’ which means undiluted. Lavender may also be applied neatly. Roman chamomile, Eucalyptus, Bergamot, Peppermint and Geranium may also stop the blistering in it’s tracks. To apply these other oils first mix them with a small amount of vodka. The best ratio is up to 6 drops in 5 ml of vodka. Mix well and dab on the blister using a cotton-tip applicator.
A study by the University of Heidelberg found that peppermint essential oil was found to penetrate the skin and have a direct virucidal effect againt the herpes simplex virus. Peppermint oil was also found to be active against an acyclovir-resistant strain of the herpes simpex virus. Although it’s promising, peppermint oil shouldn’t be used until studies have established its safety. Peppermint oil is absorbed through the skin so even small amounts could be toxic. Peppermint oil should never be ingested unless it is therapeutic grade.
Remember everyone’s immune system is different and with Aromatherapy we can try different essential oils – what works for one person may not work for the next. Usually you can find one that works best for you. Keep a journal of what you try at each outbreak. Recording things like how much, how applied and what oil(s) were used. Soon you will know what works best for you!
If the blisters open up, mixing any of the above essential oils with a small amount of Sweet Almond oil will help to keep the skin moist and less likely to crack. All essential oils have healing properties and will help your body to heal itself.
Best prevention for cold sores is to keep stress as low as possible, eat good foods and not processed and fast foods, avoid sugar and chemical sweeteners, and don’t get sunburned. This may exacerbate issue.
here are other natural remedies and natural cures for cold sores:
Lysine is an essential amino acid, meaning that we must get it through food or supplements because the body can’t make it on its own. It’s used to make protein, which we need to produce infection-fighting antibodies, enzymes, hormones, and body tissues. Lysine has been found to inhibit the spread of the herpes simplex virus.
Although we get lysine through food sources such as red meat, milk, eggs, cheese, wheat germ, brewers yeast, and fish, what appears to be most important is the ratio of lysine to another amino acid, arginine. They compete with each other for absorption in the intestines, so the less arginine there is in the diet, the more lysine is absorbed. Foods that are rich in arginine include chocolate, peanuts, and almonds.
In addition to these temporary dietary changes:
Lysine supplements (e.g. 1,000 mg taken three times a day) may help to shorten the duration of cold sores.
Lysine ointment – a pilot study by the Southern California University looked at the effectiveness of a lysine-containing ointment in 30 people. Researchers found that the ointment produced full resolution in 40% of participants by the third day and in 87 percent by the end of the sixth day. No adverse effects were reported.
Reishi and Astragalus
Reishi, also called Ganoderma lucidum is a type of mushroom that has a long history of use in traditional Asian medicine to strengthen the immune system.
Preliminary evidence shows that reishi may inhibit the spread of the herpes virus. A typical dose is 600 milligrams once or twice a day.
Reishi is available in powder or supplement form. Reishi can delay blood clotting, so consult your doctor before taking reishi if you are taking aspirin, warfarin (coumadin), or any other medications or supplements that interfere with clotting.
In traditional Chinese medicine, reishi is often used in conjunction with a herb called astragalus. Astragalus has been found to improve immune function in people with herpes simplex keratitis.
Resveratrol, a compound found naturally in red grapes, has been shown to be active against the herpes simplex virus in laboratory studies.
A study by the Northeastern Ohio University demonstrated that resveratrol cream applied topically two, three, or five times a day effectively suppressed cold sore development if it was applied one or 6 hours after infection with the herpes virus.
Resveratrol cream was also found to be as effective as 5% acyclovir ointment (Zovirax). Resveratrol cream also effectively suppressed cold sore formation in animals with herpes simplex infection that was resistant to acyclovir. No side effects were reported.
Propolis, also called bee propolis, is a brownish, resinous substance. Bees collect it from poplar and conifer buds and use it “cement” their hives and keep them germ-free. It is sold in health food stores.
A study found that propolis was active against herpes simplex 1 virus. It is believed to work by preventing the virus from entering body cells and by blocking the replication and spread of the virus. For more information about propolis, read the Propolis Fact Sheet.
The herb self-heal, also known as Prunella vulgaris is a perennial plant commonly found in China and Europe.
Extracts of this herb have been found to be effective against both herpes simplex 1 and 2 viruses. It is also believed to work against acyclovir-resistant strains of the herpes virus.
Echinacea – A study by the University of Ottawa found that echinacea is active against herpes simplex type 1.
Black currant – An extract of black currant, also known as Ribes nigrum or Kurokarin in Japan, was found to fight the herpes virus in laboratory studies.
Rhubarb and sage cream – A German study examined rhubarb-sage cream compared to sage cream and Zovirax in 149 people with oral herpes cold sores. The combined topical sage-rhubarb preparation proved to be as effective as topical aciclovir cream and tended to be more active than the sage cream.
Undaria pinnatifida – known as wakame in Japan, undaria is a type of seaweed that has been found to improve the healing time and reactivation of herpes infections.
People with tuberculosis, leukemia, diabetes, connective tissue disorders, multiple sclerosis, HIV or AIDS, any autoimmune diseases, organ transplant, or possibly, liver disorders should not take herbs or supplements that improve immune function (such as reishi and astragalus) without consulting their doctor first. Taking immune-boosting supplements may reduce the effectiveness of medications that suppress the immune system.
Big thanks to Cathy Wong, ND
About.com Alternative Medicine for helpful information.
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