An estimated 20 to 40 million Americans suffer from "Seasonal allergic rhinitis," commonly known as hay fever, resulting in 10 million lost work and school days. Hay fever occurs when the immune system mistakes an ordinarily harmless substance (Allergen) for a dangerous invader and makes antibodies to it. The next time the allergen invades, the body releases certain chemical substances, including histamine. Essentially, hay fever is simply an exaggerated immune response. But hay fever sufferers everywhere will agree that this exaggerated immune response is enough to sequester them inside the house for weeks or months at a time.
Most victims of hay fever turn to over-the-counter products hoping to control their symptoms, which range from red, watery eyes to an itchy mouth or throat. But over-the-counter medications seldom do more than
provide temporary relief, some wearing off in as little as a few house. Certain antihistamines, particularly nasal sprays, may even cause addiction if used for more than a few days.
Essential Oils to the Rescue
There is an alternative. Why not try-all natural products to combat this seasonal affliction? Young Living has formulated high-quality, all-natural products to help promote balance and overall well-being.
Here are some suggestions to help you survive the upcoming months of pollen infestation:
Eucalyptus Oil (#3535) acts as an antispasmodic, expectorant, and decongestant. Lavender Oil (#3575) works as a sedative and antispasmodic and may dull your sensitivity to pollen. Frankincense Oil (#3548) serves as an anti-inflammatory, expectorant, and sedative. Roman Chamomile Oil (#3512) may reduce the severity of your immune reaction to pollen.
Try the following methods to reduce the symptoms commonly associated with hay fever:
* Diffuse these oils throughout the day in your home or at work.
* Add 5-10 drops of oil to a steam vaporizer and breathe the moist air.
* Apply 5-10 drops of oil to a tissue or handkerchief. Inhaling deeply from the tissue or handkerchief throughout the day may help reduce inflammation and aid with congestion.
* Mix a small amount of oil with Massage Oil Base or V-6 Vegetable Mixing Oil and massage into the chest and sinuses. Eucalyptus works especially well for this.
* Use the oils as a gargle to relieve inflammation and itching in the throat.
More Help for Hay Fever
Supplements may also be effective in regulating the body's systems, allowing for more mild reactions to allergens. Sulfurzyme (#3543) may be especially effective as it serves to modulate immune function.
Essential Omegas (#3238) provides essential fatty acids, which reduce the body's inflammatory response. Super B(#3240) provides essential B vitamins to support the adrenal glands, which are often weakened by