Many know that spring has arrived because of chirping birds and the arrival of flowers, but I know it’s spring due to
my allergic reactions to what is going on outside. The increased pollen and animal dander from shedding make my allergies unbearable.
Not only do I have a problem with nature bugging me, but cigarettes and fragrances also add fuel to the fire. It is a great time for cook-outs and trips to the park, but my allergies make stepping outside uncomfortable.
How do these allergy triggers work?
Allergens can come from anywhere! Some of the more common allergens are smoke, dust, mould, and fragrance in perfumes and cleaning products. The body responds to these allergens by releasing histamine to the cells located in the lungs and nose. Histamine’s job is to then attach to receptors in blood vessels causing them to enlarge. This causes the redness, swelling, and itching associated with allergies.
There are many over the counter fixes like shots, steroids, and medications. The common ingredient in several of these is antihistamines. These medications do work but come with a long list of side effects.
Here are just a few:
- Dry Mouth
- Drowsiness and Dizziness
- Blurred Vision
One brand of over the counter allergy medication puts me in a dazed state all day. Luckily, there is a great natural treatment that can also help you fight those pesky allergies.
Oregano oil is often in the spotlight as an excellent herbal remedy. It can be used topically for toenail fungus, to remove warts and moles. It is not ideal for open wounds.
Oregano fights infections like funguses and candida, as well as colitis, cancer, inflammation, asthma, respiratory infections, and allergies.
– Start by diffusing it into your home and inhaling the vapour. If you do not own a diffuser, drop 1 or 2 drops on your palm, rub your palms together to warm it and inhale. Wash your hands afterwards and especially before touching your eyes.
– Mix 1 drop of oregano essential oil with honey into warm water. Make sure to mix frequently because essential oils can separate from water.
No more than 10 days in a row is advised. Overuse can kill beneficial gut bacteria or become toxic to the liver.
Note: Oregano oil is not advisable for infants and young children. Pregnant or nursing mamas are also discouraged from using oregano oil in any form. It may also lower blood sugar levels and affect those with diabetes.
Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.