Over the last 50 years, the number of allergic diseases and disorders has continued to rise in the industrialized world. Today, 40 to 60 million Americans are affected by some type of allergy and the numbers continue to grow, especially in children. Allergies can cause blocked and runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, headaches and an impaired sense of smell. For some people, allergies can be life threatening, leading to inflammation and shortness of breath if left untreated.
If the immune system and inflammation within the body was balanced, the reaction to the allergen would be normal; however, today these reactions are exaggerated and lead to the next unneeded allergic reaction.
Our goal with the Open Forum Event for Family Allergies and Relief is to provide people with an opportunity to speak with experts about how Acupuncture, Nutrition & Essential Oils can help to reduce allergy symptoms, bring ease and shorten the duration
We experience allergy symptoms when our body comes in contact with a stimulus we are sensitive to. These substances are normally harmless, but if you have an allergy to it, indicators will arise.
Ragweed pollen is typically harmless, but if you are sensitive to this substance a flare up upon contact will present. The runny nose, red itchy eyes and scratchy throat arise because the person’s immune system jumps into overdrive. The body’s system works to flush out the “pathogen”. The unfortunate part is those annoying symptoms we experience are unnecessary. The allergen is not the problem typically it is the bodies overreaction to it that is.
In Chinese medicine the view is that the external pathogen enters the body due to unbalanced zang/fu and wei or zheng qi is weak. The lung is in charge of the wei qi or protective qi. The lung is the most external of the zang organs with direct contact to the outside world. The goal of treatment is to strengthen the lung and support other areas based on presentation.
Allergies and Essential Oils Role:
One of the most amazing benefits of essential oils are their ability to fight inflammation and boost the immune system. Essential oils for allergies will help to detoxify the body and fight infections, bacteria, parasites, microorganisms and harmful toxins. They reduce the bodies susceptibility to outside sources and reduce the overreaction of the immune system when it is faced with a harmless intruder. Some exceptional essential oils even work to relieve respiratory conditions and increase sweat and urination — helping with the elimination of toxins.
Essential oils with antihistamine, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergen properties can help reduce uncomfortable symptoms so that you can enjoy the changing seasons!
Here are a few at home essential oil recipes to help ease your seasonal allergy symptoms:
Apply 1 drop of peppermint on the base of the neck two times a day. Tap the thymus (located just below the notch in the neck) with pointer fingers. Diffuse peppermint.
For allergy rashes and skin sensitivity, apply 3 drops lavender, 6 drops Roman chamomile, 2 drops myrrh, and 1 drop peppermint on location.
Diffuse 2 to 3 drops of lavender, peppermint, lemon, pure therapeutic essential oils throughout the day. This blend is also blended together, called Tri-Ease for convienant daily use.
Allergies, Nutrition and Lifestyle’s Role:
Four Holistic Health protocols for improving or supporting the Immune System:
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