Essential Oils for Seasonal Allergies – Vibrant Blue Oils, Jodi Cohen

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I love springtime – the sunshine, warm weather and wild flowers all make me so happy!

The only downside is the cold-like seasonal allergy symptoms – the watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, difficulty breathing, itchy skin or hives and general discomfort – that he change in the seasons and increase in pollen count can trigger.

Fortunately, natural remedies, like my 3 best essential oils for allergies, can help calm allergic reactions by calming the histamine and inflammatory response at the root of most allergic responses.
What Are Allergies?

Allergies are our immune system’s reaction to a foreign substance, such as food, pollen or dust, known as allergens. Our immune system can become hypersensitive to certain allergens, mistakenly seeing them as a threat. In response to threats, our immune system releases histamine, which triggers swelling, inflammation and the leakage of fluid to protect the body from further invasion. We experience this histamine reaction as symptoms like inflammation of the skin, sinuses and nasal passages, airways or digestive system, including:

Sneezing
Itching of the nose, roof of the mouth or skin
Runny, stuffy nose
Watery, red or swollen eyes (conjunctivitis)
Difficulty breathing or swelling of the throat
Itchy watery eyes
Sinus pressure or headache

How Essential Oils Relieve Allergies?

Essential oils help calm allergic reactions by calming the histamine and inflammatory response at the root of most allergic responses. Oils also help modulate the immune system (Read more about Modulating the Immune System with Essential Oils HERE) making your body less vulnerable to allergen triggers.

For example, histamine released in response to allergic reactions is a normal defense mechanism. It is the exaggerated histamine response –overactive histamine receptor cells that triggers numerous immune system reactions – that can contribute to chronic inflammatory reactions of nasal passages, sinuses, lungs and eyelids, causing many of the symptoms we experience with seasonal allergies like sneezing, runny nose, watery, red, itchy eyes, rashes, breathing troubles such as wheezing, severe coughs, asthma, or hiccups. (Read More about Exaggerated Histamine Responses HERE)

Histamine levels are designed to be kept in balance by two enzymes that break down excess histamine and prevent allergic reactions. One of these enzymes lives in the lining of our intestines and must be present to maintain balanced histamine levels in the gut. A damaged gut lining can compromise the production and secretion of this enzyme allowing histamine to build up and wreak havoc throughout the body.

The goal is to balance, not block, the histamine response as histamine performs critical functions in body, contributing to HCL production and neurotransmitter signals.

Essential oils, with their natural anti-inflammatory and immune modulating properties, can help balance histamine levels and naturally reduce inflammation, offering immediate and long lasting allergy relief.

Vibrant Blue Oils

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