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The Bug Stops Here!

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With the growing concern about Lyme disease and West Nile virus, more people are spraying and slathering on insect repellent. Most commercial repellents contain harmful chemicals that should be used with extreme caution. Someone recently shared a story that occurred when they were on vacation at the beach. A parent used an insect repellent with DEET on her 2 year old child. The child went unconscious within minutes of application and was rushed to the hospital where she was later revived. This child was lucky, as others have died from it. Keep in mind, whatever you put on your skin ends up in your bloodstream. The famous estrogen, birth control and nicotine patches have proven that beyond a doubt.

Using commercial repellents with toxic chemicals may not cause sudden death to an adult, but as any toxin, it builds up in our tissues and organs, especially our liver. Our livers are already overloaded with toxins and this is one that can be easily avoided.

There are natural insect repellents that repel mosquitoes, ticks and other biting bugs. They contain various essential oils that are safe and effective. This is a healthy alternative, since essential oils contain many nutrients. The essential oils most popular for their ability to repel insects are citronella, tea tree, cedarwood, eucalyptus, lemongrass, orange, rosemary, clove, oregano and peppermint. If you have any of these essential oils at home and need a quick repellent, add a few drops of essential oil (single or in combination) to one teaspoon of olive, jojoba, almond or coconut oil and rub it on.
If you don’t happen to have these ingredients readily available, Hallowed Ground Essentials offers Ugg-A-Bug natural bug repellent which contains a blend of geranium, citronella, lavender, rosemary, and lemon eucalyptus essential oils.

There are some people that are just bug magnets. There is always at least one person at outdoor events that is slapping themselves silly getting eaten alive, when no one else is. Either they are wearing too much cologne or perfume, or they may be lacking in B vitamins, especially Thiamine (B1). It is never advised to take just one of the B vitamins as it could cause imbalances in the body. A good quality B complex is recommended. When the body has a sufficient amount of B vitamins, an odor is emitted through the pores that bugs don’t like. No one else can smell it, thank goodness. One could also consume foods that are high in thiamine such as salmon, eggs, black beans, lentils or sunflower seeds. Eating garlic also provides for a natural repellent, but might repel more than insects. On the contrary, consuming sugar not only depletes our B vitamins, but emits a sweet odor through our pores that attracts biting bugs. Consuming alcohol also depletes B vitamins and causes the blood vessels to dilate, which attracts mosquitoes and biting flies.

This article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Always consult with your doctor when seeking medical advice.

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Top 5 Best Essential Oils for Allergies

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These essential oils used for allergies contain anti-inflammatory, expectorant, antimicrobial, and immune-boosting properties. Consequently, the essential oils have been praised for their ability to unclog sinuses, fight inflammation, eliminate toxins, and boost the immune system. Read on to learn which essential oils can best help with allergies.

1. Peppermint Oil

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is one essential oil used as a remedy for allergic rhinitis. Peppermint oil may be great for helping clear out the effects of allergies on all the organs associated with breathing. Inhaling peppermint oil could help unblock nasal passageways and sinuses, as well as reduce the inflammation in the lungs and respiratory system. It could also help soothe coughs, reduce phlegm, and relax your windpipe.

A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2010 had examined the effects of peppermint oil on the tracheal rings of rats. The researchers discovered that peppermint oil had antispasmodic and relaxant effects that clear the sinuses and soothe cough.

Another study published in the European Journal of Medical Research in 1998 suggested that peppermint oil has anti-inflammatory effects and, as a result, lowered symptoms of chronic inflammatory disorders such as bronchial asthma and allergic rhinitis.

2. Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) oil may be an effective essential oil to reduce inflammation. Eucalyptus oil might help relieve congestion of the nasal passages if inhaled, but it might also help with chest congestion when used as a balm or chest rub. It could also help reduce swelling of the respiratory tract mucous membranes and soothe coughs.

If you suffer from asthma attacks, sinus pain, and seasonal allergies, eucalyptus oil could be the right essential oil for you. Research suggests that eucalyptus could potentially improve airflow due to its expectorant, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties.

In a study published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2011, researchers found eucalyptus essential oil to be effective for upper respiratory tract infection symptoms, including sore throats, coughs, and hoarseness. In the study, patients treated with eucalyptus spray reported greater improvement in respiratory symptom severity than those in the placebo group.

3. Lavender Oil

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) oil is another commonly used essential oil for allergies, itchy eyes, and other related symptoms. It is thought to soothe these symptoms due to its ability to lower inflammation.

Lavender oil is useful as it may help relieve allergic reactions as they are happening. Lavender oil appears to work best on the allergic reactions that occur on the skin, so it could work on hives and even insect bites (most insect bites that itch are in fact an allergic reaction to the bug’s saliva).

A study published in 2014 showed how the anti-inflammatory effect of lavender essential oil can combat the symptoms of bronchial asthma. The chemicals in lavender oil may also be able to inhibit histamine production, which suppresses inflammation in the airways.

Another study from the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, published in 2003, showed that the anti-inflammatory properties of lavender help reduce pain associated with inflamed skin and speed the healing process.

4. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) oil is another popular essential oil for runny nose, skin rash, and other allergy symptoms due to its reported ability to destroy airborne pathogens that trigger allergies.

Tea tree oil can be used as a decongestant, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic. It can also be used as a topical treatment for skin outbreaks caused by allergic reactions.

In a 2000 study, German researchers found that tea tree oil exhibits antimicrobial activity that fights the fungi, yeast, and bacteria that impair the immune system. Other research indicates that anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil might reduce skin swelling due to its antihistamine effect.

5. Lemon Oil

The citrus-scented lemon oil (Citrus limonum) is an essential oil for sore throat and other seasonal allergy symptoms, such as nasal congestion, due to its ability to support lymphatic system drainage. Lemon oil may be able to help relieve the respiratory issues that often come with an allergic reaction, opening the airways and making it easier to breathe.

Research shows that lemon oil is able to boost immunity and inhibit bacterial growth, and when diffused at home, it may disinfect and eliminate potential allergens in the air.

A study published in the journal International Scholarly Research Notices reported that lemon oil can help alleviate hay fever, and therefore may also be a good remedy for seasonal allergies.

Wrap Up

A good essential oil combination will include lemon oil, peppermint oil, and lavender oil. Our “Bless You!” allergy aromatherapy roll-on contains all three, plus eucalyptus oil which may help reduce nasal inflammation. Simply roll on either your chest or back of your neck twice daily (once in the morning, once in the evening).

For informational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health condition or disease. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.