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Aromatherapy: Age-Old Remedies for the Allergies of Today
If you’re anything like me, you spend a good portion of the year tending to seasonal allergies. Allergens like grass, pollen, and animals work in conjunction to make me miserable. If irritated eyes, post nasal drip, and itchy ears were not enough, persistent sinus congestion triggers headaches that last for days. Conscious of the substances that I put into my body, I wanted to find an all-natural remedy for allergy discomforts. To my delight, aromatherapy can be used for allergy relief.
Allergies: Why Am I Miserable?
Allergies are classified as a chronic illness because they recur systematically over time. Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system. Tirelessly out to protect your body, harmless allergens are seen as invaders and the immune response is triggered. Your body produces antibodies called Immunoglobin E (IgE) that attack the allergen causing inflammation and an allergic reaction. Classic reactions include fatigue, irritated eyes, scratchy throat, sinus congestion, rashes, and in extreme cases, anaphylaxis.
There are seven main types of allergens: pollen, food, stinging insects, grasses and molds, latex, pets and drugs. Respiratory relief through aromatherapy can be achieved for reactions to pollen, grasses and molds, and pets. These categories usually produce respiratory and/or sinus discomfort.
As your body fights off these faux dangers it works overtime to compensate for the impaired respiration. Fatigue sets in, becoming a secondary symptom. Whenever the body is busy fighting in one area, the rest of the body sacrifices energy to the effort. Hence, we feel tired when the immune response is activated.
You can also develop allergies to substances that once triggered no response. In fact, according to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America, the number of people afflicted with environmental allergies has risen to 30% of adults and 40% of children in the United States.
As of now, there is no cure for allergies and the reason for the immune system’s overreaction isn’t entirely understood. Patients are first encouraged to avoid the allergen. Where and when unavoidable, doctors may prescribe allergy medications and respiratory aids. For severe allergies that cause respiratory shutdown (anaphylactic shock), patients may be issued an emergency pen-like device to administer life-saving assistance prior to their arrival at the hospital.
Considering the increase in afflicted individuals in recent decades, researchers posit that allergic reactions may be a byproduct of inflammation. Inundated with poor diets full of additives and lacking in nutritional value, in conjunction with chemical toxins we are exposed to daily, our bodies are virtually always in a heightened state of arousal, unable to efficiently expel toxins. It’s believed that the introduction of an allergen sends the already irritated system into overdrive, producing the trademark discomforts.
Aromatherapy for Allergy Relief
Avoidance is not always an option. How would you go about avoiding a season? Some allergens, such as mold, are often out of sight; it’s hard to avoid something you don’t know is there. Essential oils have been used to mitigate immune system deficiencies and support the body’s internal processes, resulting in a reduction of hypersensitivity. Essential oils work to detoxify the body and support homeostasis. With a little research and a high-quality diffusion system, you can reap the benefits of this centuries-old holistic healing practice.
Peppermint Oil- This potent and versatile essential oil has been identified as an expectorant and sinus decongestant and is recommended for allergies, colds, and respiratory discomforts. Recent studies suggest that this oil is an effective anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and muscle relaxant which helps reduce the contractions that cause coughing and sneezing. Diffusion unclogs sinuses and soothes the throat by opening clogged passages and allowing mucus to clear.
Eucalyptus Oil- Surprisingly, it’s eucalyptus – not peppermint – that has been credited with creating a cool sensation in the nasal passage that improves airflow. Like peppermint, it is an expectorant that helps clear the toxins acting as allergens. Eucalyptus essence contains citronellal, an isolate that works as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Scientists have recorded positive results treating upper respiratory infections through diffusion methods.
Lemon Oil- The preponderance of lemon-scented cleaning products isn’t random, it’s taken from the properties of its oil and how it’s used in aromatherapy. Lemon oil slows bacterial growth which allows the immune system to rest, rebuild, and strengthen. There are even indications that lemon oil flushes out toxins, boosts white blood cell production, and support liver function. When diffused, this powerful oil kills airborne bacteria and allergens.
Allergy Relief from AromaTech
Therapeutic benefits from essential oils are dependent on the quality of the oil. Quality oil is devoid of fillers and additives sometimes used to keep prices low or to substitute for an unavailable raw ingredient. Aromatech prides itself on our sustainably-sourced 100% pure essential oils. Gathered from premium-quality resources from around the world, our essential oils are free from GMOs, petrochemicals, synthetic additives, parabens, synthetic additives, or substitutions.
In addition, we’ve revolutionized the cold-pressed extraction process which preserves the integrity and potency of each drop of oil. As a result, our oils don’t leave buildup in your diffuser or around your home. With no extra ingredients, our hypoallergenic essential oils are safe around kids and pets. Get relief fast by ordering Breath Easy, a cooling blend of peppermint, spearmint, eucalyptus, and anise, or talk to our team for tips on how to blend your own allergy remedy.
Get the most out of your oil diffusion with a top-quality system that fits stylishly anywhere in your home. Our line of cold-air diffusion systems is based on the intended diffusion space and installation method. Pump holistic healing through your entire house with an AC-installed AromaPro or get the access you need for the scent variety you want with the AroMini, a free-standing unit with remote control access and easy oil-changing chambers. Personal allergy relief can be attained by our fan-powered AromaCube. This small unit uses pads to prevent spills during transport, so you can take it anywhere.
Not a fan of peppermint, eucalyptus, or lemon? Not a problem. All the innate properties and healing characteristics of essential oils are contained in each drop. Its benefits are not diluted with the water which allows you to mix oils together without losing the benefits of any one of them. Our all-natural aroma oil blends are subject to the same quality standards and promises. They have been developed by our innovative scent engineers for appeal and balance. Find an aroma oil you like, then add the functional essential oils for holistic allergy relief.