Well Spring is certainly in the air again now with lots of beautiful flowers.  Unfortunately for some Spring also brings on allergies and hay fever.  For myself and my husband we use a mix of Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint.  I have these three oils premixed and we place a drop on the back of the tongue and I use one under my tongue too.  The taste isn't always to best but it certainly does the job of soothing that itchy throat.  I also rub the oils under my nose and on the back of my neck when I have the runny nose that can come with hay fever.  If the taste of this blend is too strong you can always put the oils in an empty capsule (from the health food shop) and you will get the same result but not as quickly. 

I must admit I haven't suffered with hay fever in ages now,  I put this down to doing this as a preventative as well. But we are only in the beginning of Spring but I know Ill be ready for any allergy nasties thrown my way.

Bring on the Spring.

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Millions of people suffer from allergies. Hay fever, asthma, and eczema are the most common reactions associated with allergies. Allergies are the body’s immune system over-reacting to normally harmless substances known as allergens.  The immune system makes antibodies to protect you from bacterial or other infections but with allergens, even though harmless, the body identifies them as dangerous and antibodies are created causing a variety of inflammatory reactions.  These may include skin disorders (rash or eczema), respiratory problems (hay fever or even asthma), or digestive discomforts.  Allergens may originate from: ·    Pollen from trees, flowers, grasses, etc. giving rise to the common hay fever. ·    Hair, dander, urine, ect., from animals. ·    Foods.  More common in children than adults are reactions to various food types.
·    Medicines.
·    Synthetic substances.  Some have allergic reactions to repeated use of latex gloves, some cosmetics, other beauty products, and a variety of synthetic materials.
·    Insect bites.  Some develop allergic reactions after multiple instances of bee stings and other insect bites.

The majority of folks will experience some type of allergic reaction in their lifetime.  In most cases the symptomatic response can be helped or eliminated with essential oils.  Occasionally there may be a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) which requires immediate medical attention. 

Suggested Protocol

Airborne allergens: Make a mixture of equal parts lavender, lemon, and peppermint and take them in one of the following ways.  The frequency of application will depend on the severity of the allergens.  Use as often as needed to eliminate the symptoms.
  •      Put 2 drops each of lavender, lemon, and peppermint in a gelatin capsule then take internally.
  •      For those who are bolder, mix the oils in a ¼ cup of juice or water, swish 10-20 seconds in the mouth and swallow.
  • Pre-make a  blend of the oils then as needed put the mix on the fingers and inhale deeply.

Protocols folks recommend for children 

  • Add a drop of lemon and peppermint and lavender to a teaspoon of locally made honey if it is available.
  •  Or juice is an alternative, if a child is sensitive to the taste.  Take the mixture as needed, hourly would not hurt. 
  • If the child is old enough he could drink drops of lemon, peppermint and lavender (allergy protocol) as needed.  During day’s that pollen levels are high, have the child add the oils to his water every time he drinks.
For children, also consider applying the same oils to his feet morning and night. And use the aroma touch treatment at least once per week.  This treatment can be very cleansing. Also consider diffusing cleansing oils before and at bedtime in the bedroom.  This will reduce pollens, and allergens in the room. (purify, lemon, grapefruit, peppermint, lemongrass, lavender)