An allergen is a substance that causes an allergic reaction. Some allergens include animal dander, dust, fungal spores, pollen and mold. Allergens in and of themselves are harmless but for some people, the immune system is tricked into thinking they are dangerous. In such cases, the immune system produces allergen-specific antibodies which work their way to the lungs, nose, throat, eyes and sinuses. The antibodies wait in these body parts to defend the individual if ever he/she is exposed to the”befouled” allergen again. At the time of re-exposure, the allergen specific antibodies swing into action producing and releasing a defensive chemical called histamines intended to “protect” the lungs, nose and eyes. These histamines are what cause the swelling, itching, redness, irritation, mucus build up, and headaches that are commonly experienced in an allergic response. All of this is due to an over active immune system that is defending against perceived rather than real threats.
Lemon Essential Oil and Allergies
Lemon essential oil has the ability to chemically support the body and help overcome hypersensitivity experienced with exposure to infections, bacteria, parasites, microorganisms and harmful toxins. Of all essential oils, lemon is among the most effective in supporting the body’s natural detoxification processes. Lemon essential oil supports detoxification through the blood and liver. With the support of lemon essential oil, the immune system is more robust because there are less pathogens and foreign invaders to deal with. A healthier immune system is less prone to becoming over-active, perceiving false threats leading to allergic reactions. In short, clearing toxins reduces the load on the detoxification pathways to allow the body to better filter and deal with allergens. Lemon essential oil is highly supportive in this clearing process.
One more quick happy point about lemon essential oil is that it supports the immune system by stimulating white blood cell production. White blood cells protect us against disease and foreign invaders. Similar to the detox effect of lemon essential oil, the ability to boost white blood cells nurtures healthy immune responses and allergic reactions are less likely.
Using Lemon Essential Oil for Allergies
- Diffuse them in a cool mist diffuser.
- Use in the bath. Add a few drops to bubble bath before adding to the water.
- Apply to the skin when diluted with a carrier. NOTE: lemon can be photosensitive. Avoid direct sunlight for 12 hour after application
- Inhale directly from the bottle
- Dilute with water (preferably distilled water) and use to wipe surfaces
- Mix 2 drops with a teaspoon of aloe vera juice, add water and drink.
NOTE: Lemon essential oils works best for allergies when combined with lavender and peppermint essential oil.
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