An allergy is a damaging immune system response to a substance that does not bother most other people. Allergy symptoms vary greatly, but common allergic responses include itching, swelling, runny nose, asthma, and sneezing.
The term allergy was originally coined in the early years of this century to describe an abnormal reaction of the body to foreign proteins, for example the pollens which provoke an attack of hay fever. Because invading organisms, such as bacteria and viruses, are composed mainly of protein, our defense mechanisms are triggered when the body detects proteins which it cannot recognise as being part of its own structure (such as proteins in food). In an allergic response, this process has gone out of control in some way: either by over-reacting wildly, or by reacting to a protein which is not in itself any threat. Hay fever, eczema, urticaria and some forms of asthma are all typical of a classical allergic reaction.
An aromatherapist’s approach to allergy is to modify this over-reaction by using essential oils which are calming and soothing. Chamomile, Lavender and Melissa are the oils most often used successfully to help allergies. Baths, compresses, inhalations and skin lotions. are appropriate methods too depending on the type of allergic response.
Stress is known to play a very important role in predisposing people to respond allergically. Quite often, a person who develops asthma, eczema or other allergic reactions to various irritants when under stress, can come into contact with the same allergen without any reaction when calmer and happier. So one of the most important things an aromatherapist can do is to help in cases of allergy is to decrease the levels of stress. Massage is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress and the three oils mentioned above, as being most used for allergies, are also de-stressors, which is undoubtedly why they are so effective in treating allergies.
Bergamot, Clary, Neroli, Rose, Jasmine, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang are some of the other oils that are most often used to help with stress. An aromatherapy massage is certainly one method of use, but aromatic baths in between massage treatments are a real help too. In my experience, a Raindrop Technique session using appropriate oils for stress and allergies has by far the best results. Raindrop Technique is a method of applying therapeutic grade essential oils to the feet and back/spine using special techniques such as Vitaflex, feathered finger stroking and dropping the oils in ‘raindrop’ fashion onto the back. It was developed by Dr. Gary Young during the 1980s based on his knowledge of the antimicrobial effects of essential oils coupled with the ability of Vitaflex and effluerage to generate electrical energy in the body. The Essential Oils I would use in an ‘allergy’ Raindrop are: Valor, Oregano, Thyme (duo) Lavender, Chamomile, Ylang Ylang (trio), Peace and Calming and V-6 massage oil. (see Raindrop Technique under ‘articles’ above, for more information on this technique). Continue Reading
Frankincense ‘fights cancer’.
‘It is known to most people as one of the three gifts borne by the Wise Men when they visited the newborn Jesus. But now frankincense, an aromatic resin – is being hailed as a medical marvel. For scientists have discovered that it could be used to treat ovarian cancer.
In tests, Leicester University researchers found that a chemical in frankincense killed cells from hard-to-treat tumors.
Ovarian cancer is symptom-less in the earliest stages and usually not diagnosed until it is too late, making it the deadliest gynecological cancer.
There are more than 7,000 cases a year in Britain and 4,300 of these women will die from the disease – around 12 a day. Continue Reading
For all the recipes on this website, please use only YOUNG LIVING essential oils, as these are therapeutically pure and can be taken internally.
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3 drops of YL Oregano
3 drops of YL Melaleuca Alternifolia (T-Tree)
3 drope of YL lemon
in a capsule and take every 4 hours.