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How Do Essential Oils Fight Allergies?

Posted: April 12, 2017
By: Ferguson Wellness

How Do Essential Oils Fight Allergies?

An allergic reaction begins in the immune system. An allergen is a substance that tricks the immune system — making it think that the allergen is an invader. The immune system then overreacts to the allergen, which is really a harmless substance, and produces Immunoglobulin E antibodies. These antibodies travel to cells that release histamine and other chemicals, causing the allergic reaction.

The most common causes of an allergic reaction include:

  • Pollen
  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Insect stings
  • Animal dander
  • Food
  • Medications
  • Latex

These allergens will trigger symptoms in the nose, throat, lungs, ears, sinuses and lining of the stomach or on the skin. The question here still remains — if these common causes have been around for thousands of years, then why have the allergy rates increased in recent history?

One of the theories behind explaining the increase in allergies has to do with inflammation, the root of most diseases. The body responds in a certain way to an allergen because the immune system is in overdrive. When the body is already dealing with high inflammation, any allergen sets off an increased reaction. That means that when the body’s immune system is overworked and stressed, introducing an allergen sends the body into overreaction.

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.

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.

Top 5 Essential Oils for Allergies

1. Peppermint Oil

Inhaling diffused peppermint oil can oftentimes immediately unclog the sinuses and offer relief to scratchy throats. Peppermint acts as an expectorant and provides relief for allergies, as well as colds, coughs, sinusitis, asthma and bronchitis. It has the power to discharge phlegm and reduce inflammation — a leading cause of allergic reactions.

A 2010 study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology investigated the effects of peppermint oil in the tracheal rings of rats. The results suggest that peppermint oil is a relaxant and exhibits antispasmodic activity, inhibiting contractions that causes you to cough. (1)

Another study published in the European Journal of Medical Research suggests that peppermint oil treatment has anti-inflammatory effects — reducing the symptoms of chronic inflammatory disorders such as allergic rhinitis and bronchial asthma. (2)Remedy: Diffuse five drops of peppermint essential oil at home to unclog sinuses and treat a scratchy throat. This will also help to relax the nasal muscles, enabling the body to clear out mucus and allergens like pollen. To reduce infl

It can be added to a glass of water, cup of tea or smoothie. Peppermint oil can also be applied topically to the chest, back of neck and temples. For people with sensitive skin, it is best to dilute peppermint with coconut or jojoba oil before topical application.



2. Basil Oil

Basil essential oil reduces the inflammatory response of allergens. It also supports the adrenal glands, which are involved in producing over 50 hormones that drive almost every bodily function. Essentially, basil essential oil is helping your body to react appropriately to a threat by rushing blood to your brain, heart and muscles.

Basil oil also helps to detoxify the body of bacteria and viruses, while fighting inflammation, pain and fatigue. Studies prove that basil oil shows antimicrobial activity and can kill bacteria, yeast and mold that can lead to asthma and respiratory damage. (3,4)

Remedy: To fight inflammation and regulate the overreaction of the immune system when faced with an allergen, take one drop of basil oil internally by adding it to soup, salad dressing or any other dish. To support the respiratory system, dilute 2–3 drops of basil oil with equal parts coconut oil and apply topically to the chest, back of neck and temples.

3. Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil opens up the lungs and sinuses, thereby improving circulation and reducing symptoms of allergies. Studies have shown that it produces a cold sensation in the nose that helps to improve airflow. (5)

Eucalyptus contains citronellal, which has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects; it also works as an expectorant, helping to cleanse the body of toxins and harmful microorganisms that are acting as allergens.

A 2011 study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicinefound that eucalyptus essential oil was an effective treatment for upper respiratory tract infections. Patients who were treated with eucalyptus spray reported an improvement in the severity of their most debilitating respiratory tract infection symptoms compared to participants in the placebo group. Improvement was defined as a reduction of sore throat, hoarseness or cough. (6)

Remedy: To treat respiratory issues associated with allergies, diffuse five drops of eucalyptus at home or apply it topically to the chest and temples. To clear the nasal passages and relieve congestion, pour a cup of boiling water into a bowl and add 1–2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Then place a towel over your head and inhale deeply for 5–10 minutes.


Best essential oils for allergies - Dr. Axe


4. Lemon Oil

Lemon oil supports lymphatic system drainage and helps with overcoming respiratory conditions. Studies have shown that lemon essential oil inhibits the growth of bacteria and boosts the immune system. When diffused at home, lemon oil can kill bacteria and eliminate allergy triggers in the air. (78)

Adding 1–2 drops of lemon essential oil to water also helps with pH balance. Lemon water improves immune function and detoxifies the body. It stimulates the liver and flushes out toxins that can lead to inflammation and an overreactive immune system. Lemon water also stimulates white blood cell production, which is vital for immune system function because it helps to protect the body.

Lemon essential oil can also be used to disinfect your home, without depending on alcohol or bleach. It will remove bacteria and pollutants from your kitchen, bedroom and bathroom — reducing the triggers inside of your home and keeping the air clean for you and your family. This can be especially helpful as the seasons change and allergens from outside are being brought into your house on shoes and clothes.

Remedy: Add lemon oil to your laundry detergent, mix a couple of drops with water and spray it on your couches, sheets, curtains and carpets.

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5. Tea Tree Oil

This powerful oil can destroy airborne pathogens that cause allergies. Diffusing tea tree oil in the home will kill mold, bacteria and fungi. It is an antiseptic agent and it has anti-inflammatory properties. Tea tree oil can be applied to the skin to kill bacteria and microorganisms; it can also be used as a household cleaner to disinfect the home and eliminate allergens. (9)

A 2000 study conducted in Germany found that tea tree oil exhibits antimicrobial activity against a wide range of bacteria, yeasts and fungi. These microbes lead to inflammation and force our immune system to work on overdrive. (10)

Remedy: Use tea tree oil on skin rashes and hives or as a household cleaner. When using tea tree topically, add 2–3 drops to a clean cotton ball and gently apply to the area of concern. For people with sensitive skin, dilute tea tree with a carrier oil first, like coconut or jojoba oil.


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Reducing the Peanut Allergy + Peanut Butter Alternatives

Posted: April 12, 2017
By: Dr. Axe

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In the U.S., approximately 1 to 2 percent (or more) of the population has a peanut allergy — about 3 million people — a percentage that continues to rise. For instance, in the past two decades, the prevalence of peanut allergies has more than quadrupled, up from 0.4 percent of the U.S. population in 1997 to 1.4 percent in 2008 to more than 2 percent in 2010. 

Peanut allergies are more prevalent among children under 3 years old, and the risk of developing a peanut allergy increases to 7 percent for a sibling of a child with a peanut allergy. It’s why peanuts are among the “big eight” food allergies, along with eggs, fish, milk, tree nuts, shellfish, soy and wheat.

What’s really disturbing is that there’s no clear, definitive reason why this common food allergy is on the rise, but new research in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that avoiding peanuts at an early age may be partly to blame.

Peanut Allergy Symptoms

Peanut allergy is one of the most serious of the immediate hypersensitivity reactions to food in terms of persistence and severity. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, peanut allergy symptoms include:

  • Itchy skin or hives (could be small spots or large welts)
  • An itchy or tingling sensation in or around the mouth or throat
  • Runny or congested nose
  • Nausea
  • Anaphylaxis (less common) 

Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life-threatening whole-body response to an allergen. This is rare, but it’s a peanut allergy symptom that must be taken seriously. The symptoms of anaphylaxis include impaired breathing, swelling in the throat, a sudden drop in blood pressure, pale skin or blue lips, fainting, dizziness and gastrointestinal issues. It must be treated immediately with epinephrine (adrenaline) or it can be fatal.

In spite of increased recognition and understanding of food allergy symptoms, food is the single most common cause of anaphylaxis seen in hospital emergency departments. It is estimated that about 30,000 food-induced anaphylactic events are seen in U.S emergency departments each year, 200 of which are fatal. Either peanuts or tree nuts cause more than 80 percent of these reactions. 

5 Peanut Allergy Remedies

The only absolute cure for a food allergy is to remove the allergen from your diet completely. However, there are natural allergy relief remedies you can utilize to improve peanut allergy symptoms.

1. Quercetin

Quercetin has been shown to block allergies to certain foods, including peanuts.  A study published in the Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology analyzed the effects of quercetin on rats with peanut sensitivities. Over four weeks, the rats were treated with 50 milligrams of quercetin daily. The researchers found that “quercetin completely abrogated peanut-induced anaphylactic reactions,” concluding that quercetin could suppress peanut allergy symptoms and work as an alternative treatment for similar food allergies. 

2. Probiotics

As scientists research the critical role of intestinal microbiota in the development of immune tolerance, there is more and more interest in the benefits of probiotics. Probiotics are able to re-colonize and restore microflora in the intestinal tract. Several studies have been recently conducted on the role of probiotics in preventing and treating allergic disorders. 

A 2005 study conducted at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School in the UK indicates that the management of allergies has been shown with probiotics reducing the incidence of atopic eczema. Probiotic treatment was demonstrated in infants using lactobacillus. 

3. Bromelain

Bromelain has been traditionally used as a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling agent. A 2013 study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine tested the efficacy of bromelain against atopic conditions such as asthma, food allergies and dermatitis. Researchers found that bromelain inhibited allergic airway disease and the data provided additional insight into bromelain’s anti-inflammatory and antiallergic properties. These bromelain health benefits may help people with allergies to reduce peanut allergy symptoms and the results of an overactive immune system. 

4. Supplement with a Multivitamin

Research has shown that children with multiple food allergies are at a higher risk of poor growth and a deficient vitamin and mineral intake. Studies indicate that children with food allergies are commonly deficient in vitamin D, copper, zinc and selenium. For children with allergies, a 3 to 7 day food diary can point out the possibility of vitamin deficiencies. Making sure that children with food allergies receive the micronutrients they need will help to boost their immune system and regulate their immunological response to allergens. 

5. Introduce Peanuts Earlier

According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, in which 640 infants (at least 4 months old but less than 11 months old) with severe eczema, egg allergy or both were randomly selected to consume or avoid peanuts until 60 months of age, what researchers found was “the early introduction of peanuts significantly decreased the frequency of the development of peanut allergy among children at high risk for this allergy and modulated immune responses to peanuts.”  This study suggests that you may be able to reduce the risk of your child developing a peanut allergy simply by introducing peanuts to them at a very young age; however, such a step needs to be done with extreme caution, usually within the supervision of a doctor.

In early 2017, health experts, sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, released clinical guidelines to aid in the introduction of peanut-containing foods to infants at an earlier age. The guidelines contain three different suggestions based on the infant’s risk: 

  1. Infants at high risk (infants who have eczema, an egg allergy or both), should have peanut-containing foods as early as four to six months of age. Be sure to check with your infant’s healthcare provider first as he or she may perform an allergy blood test or recommend a specialist based on your child’s health and medical history. The doctor may recommend that these foods be introduced under supervision or not at all.
  2. Infants with mild to moderate eczema should have peanut-containing foods around six months. This may vary depending on your family’s dietary preferences. Once again, it is important to tell your healthcare provider about your intention to introduce peanut-containing foods as supervision may still be suggested.
  3. Infants with no eczema or food allergies can be introduced peanut-containing foods freely.

Regardless of the infant’s risk, all infants should start other solid foods before they are introduced to peanut-containing foods. You should also never give infants whole peanuts as they may choke. Instead, try peanut powder or paste in small amounts. 

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Allergies & Chiropractic

Posted: April 12, 2017
By: Ferguson Wellness

Many people feel that when it comes to allergies it is OK to have them. Most feel that it is quite normal to be allergic. Because many other people are also afflicted, there is a sense that somehow there is strength in numbers. That it is OK to have a season for coughing, blowing, wheezing, and sneezing.

Thousands of children (and their parents) in communities all over, seem to be affected by this allergy thing. What is it that makes one child allergic and another not? Why would one child be allergic to cats, dogs, fur, feathers, grasses, tree pollens, and peanut butter? After all, we all live on the same planet! What is the difference between one individual and another? Aren’t we all essentially the same?

Very simply put, an allergy is the inability of your child’s body to handle something which is in their immediate environment: Pollen from trees, grasses, flowers, peanuts, etc. (There are also allergies to drugs, harsh detergents, and other chemical agents. These allergies are seen as a protective reaction and are not the type I am talking about). In other words, your child seems to be very sensitive to the pollen, dust, etc., in their immediate environment. This is called hypersensitive.

Think about this for a moment. Something is making your child’s body hypersensitive to a perfectly normal part of the environment! Is the solution to eliminate all of the flowers, tress, grasses, etc.?  Or does it make more sense to make your child’s body function normally, to effectively cope with its environment?

The thing that runs your child’s body in a perfect manner, is the nervous system, As long as it is able to control all functions of the body with no interference, your child should have the best health possible. If however, there is interference to the normal function of the nervous system, your child’s body will not function properly, and will react poorly to pollens, peanuts, and his/her environment.  Chiropractors call this interference a Vertebral Subluxation. It can be a serious health hazard. By correcting these Subluxations, the systems of the body are strengthened and your child will have a better chance to successfully deal with allergies.

Wellness Expert Dr.John Ferguson specializes in offering chiropractic care for allergy symptoms. He can provide more holistic alternatives for dealing with these symptoms and helping you to live a more fulfilled life without allergies. Schedule your consultation today and learn how you can take control of your allergy symptoms:

References: Kids-First: Health


Asthma & Chiropractic

Posted: April 12, 2017
By: Ferguson Wellness


Screen Shot 2017-04-12 at 6.58.06 AM.pngWellness Expert Dr. John Ferguson specializes in helping patients with the difficult symptoms associated to asthma. Looking for more holistic alternatives for dealing with your asthma? Schedule your first consultation with Dr.John to begin your journey:

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