Hay Fever Treatment With Essential Oils
Hay Fever is an inflammation of the lining of the nose resulting from an allergic reaction caused by airborne pollen released by plants and flowers during the spring and summer months.
The symptoms, similar to those of the common cold are sneezing, streaming eyes, runny or blocked nose, headaches and a general feeling of malaise. These symptoms can sometimes be more serious, such as constricted chest leading to breathing difficulties, known as seasonal asthma.
These symptoms are an allergic reaction of the body to what it perceives as external invasion. Pollen can trigger such reactions for some people.
Allergies are associated with the level of histamine, a protein that the body releases in response to injury or tissue damage. Histamine brings extra blood to the affected area to helps with the repair of damaged cells or tissues. The release of histamine is a normal defense mechanism.
However, in allergic reactions, the level of histamine produced is excessive.
Allergens do not affect everybody. Generally, hay fever starts in childhood; it can be developed suddenly in later life. In recent years, it seems that this is becoming more common. These allergens are such that each year, hay fever sufferers have to either increase their dose of conventional medicine or use stronger medication. Conventional treatments only address the symptoms and most medication have side effects which can be worst than the ailment.
The best way to treat allergies is using natural remedies. Sometimes these take longer to provide relief, but in the longer term they can even eradicate the allergy totally. This is because they treat the cause, not the symptom. The cause differs for each individual, as people react differently to specific allergens.
Causes of Allergies
The cause of allergies is not known, but there are several contributing factors. Such as:
– Food additives
– Synthetic chemicals
– High level of stress
– Feeling run down
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with plenty of rest, fresh air and eating whole food throughout the year will improve overall health and boost the immune system.
Avoiding dairy products can most certainly help, as these products tend to cause a build up of mucus. A high intake of vitamin C can help reduce the attacks, or eating plenty of fruits and vegetables specially those high in vitamin C such as the citrus fruits and strawberries. Also beneficial is garlic in the form of capsules. Local honey can act as a preventative in some cases.
Exercises and deep breathing will improve general health and strengthen the immune system to combat allergies and other diseases. The practice of yoga and other form of relaxation helps improve the mind, body balance which is necessary in order to achieve overall health and well-being.
The use of essential oils can be very beneficial in the treatment of hay fever. This is because they have such properties as anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine and anti-allergenic. Some oils are balsamic, helpful to soothe inflamed mucous membrane and affected skin areas around the nose.
Anti-inflammatory oils are: Yarrow, German Chamomile and LavenderAnti-histamic oils are: Rose, Chamomille, Lemon, Eucalyptus and lavenderBalsamic Oils: Rose & Lavender
Rose water, a by-product of the rose oil, helps with the attacks when sprayed over the face and nose area. It neutralises the effect of pollen from deep within the lower layer of the skin, stopping it getting into the blood stream and triggering the body’s response to its perception of external invasion.
There are several methods to use essential oils to alleviate hay fever symptoms. Using a combination of the above oils in a blend is more effective and will provide more benefits over the longer term than using single oils.
Methods of use:
– A regular spray of rose water over the face
– A blend of Rose & Lavender on a tissue to inhale throughout the day and on the pillow at night to lessen the frequency of the attacks
– A blend of Lavender, Yarrow and German Chamomile in sweet almond oil to rub the neck, chest and upper back may ease the intensity of the attacks
– An aloe vera base cream with Rose, Chamomile & Lavender to soothe the inflamed areas and the mucous membrane in the nose
– A blend of chamomile, lavender and rose to use as after bath oil.
Incorporating the use of essential oils in your everyday life helps to enhance it as they work both on a physical and psychological level.