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Relieving Allergic Rhinitis Naturally with Essential Oils

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“As I have worked with my patients at my acupuncture and herbal medicine clinic, I am clearly hearing that they want me to help them effectively control their allergic rhinitis symptoms, while at the same time addressing the real underlying cause of their allergy suffering.

My patients have responded well to my treatment of the underlying cause of their allergic rhinitis. I have used acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine very effectively. It takes several months of weekly acupuncture treatment and daily use of herbal medicines to get these positive long-term results. So, my patients don’t see the significant benefits until the next allergy season.

Mindful of their need for immediate relief from their allergy symptoms, I had been looking for a safe, gentle, and natural way for immediate relief from the constant sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and headaches that keep them from participating in their favorite outdoor and leisure activities during their allergy season.

And my patients don’t want to use prescription and over-the-counter medications anymore, because they don’t wish to be sedated, lose the ability to concentrate, or suffer from additional complications such as sinus infections, middle-ear infections, or bronchitis, all of which negatively affects their work and schooling. They want real relief.

So, I was grateful when one of my patients introduced me to essential oils this past year, which met all my criteria for effective, immediate allergy relief. She suggested I test three essential oils, Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint, with allergy prone patients willing to try them.

To my surprise, all my patients who tried the combination of Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oils experienced an immediate increase of airflow through their nasal passages, a decrease in nose and eye itching, and relief of their headaches. I also diffused Peppermint essential oil in my waiting room and immediately received comments from patients telling me they experienced relief from their allergy symptoms after sitting in the waiting room for less than five minutes.

There were no specific studies for this combination of essential oils, but the Internet had blog articles, personal testimonies, videos, and commercial products sharing the effectiveness of the “Allergy Trio,” Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oils, in treating the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. As a result I am now including them as a key procedure in my overall treatment of allergic rhinitis.

As a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), I have observed that children and adults with allergic rhinitis also often have deficient secretion of digestive enzymes, functional abdominal pain, abnormal bowel motility (chronic constipation or loose stool or alternation between the two), and/or dysbiotic bowel flora.

According to TCM, this digestive dysfunction is another important aspect of the root cause of allergic rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis patients with these digestive issues seem to be prone to producing large quantities of mucus and are at greater risk for developing complications of their allergic rhinitis, including sinus infections, middle ear infections, and bronchitis.

I have consistently found that strengthening the function of the digestive system using acupuncture, herbal medicines, digestive enzymes, and probiotic/prebiotic supplements assists in the control of allergic rhinitis and decreases the incidence of secondary bacterial sinusitis or bronchitis.

I have recently begun adding a Digestive Blend of essential oils to my protocol for allergic rhinitis and have found that this addition makes the “Allergy Trio,” acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine more effective. The Digestive Blend includes Ginger, Tarragon, Fennel, Caraway, Coriander, and Anise essential oils, which help to decrease mucus production, thin mucus secretions, make mucus easier to expectorate, and decrease immune system over-activity.” -Kristen Horner Warren

Read article About Allergic Rhinitis by Kristen Horner Warren

Research Summary

A nasal spray consisting of standardized extracts of citrus lemon was assessed for its effect on allergic rhinopathy. Comparison of eosinophils, granulocytes, and mast cells showed a total reduction after treatment with nasal the nasal spray. This was consistent with improvement of clinical picture of patients. The authors concluded that the lemon-based nasal spray was a good alternative to conventional medicine for the treatment of perennial and seasonal allergic and vasomotor rhinopathy.1

Orange and peppermint oils activate intracellular antioxidant pathways and exhibit marked anti-inflammatory activity in epithelial cells in the human respiratory tract. This may provide a powerful mechanism through which effective and persistent cytoprotection of the upper respiratory mucosa against airborne environmental exposures.2

Lavender, methol, and eucalyptus oil cause an increase in ciliary beat frequency in human nasal epithelium. The effect was stronger with a 0.2% concentration than a 2.0% concentration.5 In another study, antioxidant components of naturally-occurring oils containing limonene, pinene, and cineole (also found in lavender, lemon, and peppermint essential oils) improve nasal mucociliary clearance as well as nasal patency in patients with chronic rhinitis.9

Topically applied, lavender essential oil inhibits immediate-type allergic reactions by inhibiting the release of histamine from mast cells in rats and mice.4

The pharmacological and clinical activity of eucalyptus, peppermint, and rosemary essential oils include anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral activities. Some of these herbs have direct activity on the respiratory tract, the coughing reflex and the airflow in the nasal tract.7

In a proof of concept study a nasal spray formulation containing a mixture of essential oils (1,8-cineole, linalool and davanone, constituents also found in lavender, lemon, and peppermint essential oil) and flavonols from Artemisia abrotanum appears to be clinically useful and suitable for the prophylactic and therapeutic management of patients with allergic rhinitis and adjuvant symptoms.8

Essential oil of Flos Magnoliae (in the form of nasal drops) was assessed for its clinical efficacy in treating pediatric allergic rhinitis. The chemical components of Flos Magnoliae volatile oil include 1,8-cineole, sabinene, beta-pinene, alpha-pinene, and trans-caryophyllene (also found in lavender, lemon, and peppermint essential oil). The observation group was treated with Flos Magnoliae essential oil and the control group with Cetirizine. The clinical efficacy, main symptoms, signs, syndromes scores of Chinese medicine, and peripheral eosinophil count were observed after 3-week treatment. In the observation group the total effective rate was 94.84%, which was higher than that in the control group (78.72%); the effective rate on alleviating main symptoms (sneezing, nasal obstruction), signs (nasal mucosa edema, pallor) and the peripheral eosinophil count were significantly lowered, all were better than those in the control group (P <0.05).11

Lavender essential oil displays the strong antioxidant activity against lipid peroxidation in a linoleic acid model system and good antibacterial activity against four rhinitis-related bacteria including staphylococcus aureus, Micrococcus ascoformans, Proteus vulgaris and Escherichia coli.3

Black (cumin) seed essential oil (chemical constituents include cuminic, cymene, dipentene, limonene, phellandrene and pinene, which are also found in lavender, lemon, and peppermint essential oil) exhibited a significant reduction in all the markers of allergic airway inflammation when injected intraperitoneally in rats. This effect seems to be the result of inhibition of the delayed type hypersensitivity and T-cell proliferation. The data suggests that inhibition of T-cell response may be responsible for immunomodulatory effect of black seed oil in the rat model of allergic airway inflammation. 10

References

1. Ferrara, L., D. Naviglio, and A. Armone Caruso, Cytological aspects on the effects of a nasal spray consisting of standardized extract of citrus lemon and essential oils in allergic rhinopathy. ISRN Pharm, 2012. 2012: p. 404606.

2. Gao, M., et al., Antioxidant components of naturally-occurring oils exhibit marked anti-inflammatory activity in epithelial cells of the human upper respiratory system. Respir Res, 2011. 12: p. 92.

3. Hui, L., He, L., Huan, L., XiaoLan, L., and Zhou AiGuo, Chemical composition of lavender essential oil and its antioxidant activity and inhibition against rhinitis-related bacteria, African J Microbiology Res, 2010. 4, p. 309-313.

4. Kim, H.M. and S.H. Cho, Lavender oil inhibits immediate-type allergic reaction in mice and rats. J Pharm Pharmacol, 1999. 51(2): p. 221-6.

5. Neher, A., et al., Influence of essential and fatty oils on ciliary beat frequency of human nasal epithelial cells. Am J Rhinol, 2008. 22(2): p. 130-4.

6. Pattnaik, S., V.R. Subramanyam, and C. Kole, Antibacterial and antifungal activity of ten essential oils in vitro. Microbios, 1996. 86(349): p. 237-46.

7. Rakover, Y., E. Ben-Arye, and L.H. Goldstein, [The treatment of respiratory ailments with essential oils of some aromatic medicinal plants]. Harefuah, 2008. 147(10): p. 783-8, 838.

8. Remberg, P., et al., Characteristics, clinical effect profile and tolerability of a nasal spray preparation of Artemisia abrotanum L. for allergic rhinitis. Phytomedicine, 2004. 11(1): p. 36-42.

9. Riechelmann, H., et al., Response of human ciliated respiratory cells to a mixture of menthol, eucalyptus oil and pine needle oil. Arzneimittelforschung, 1997. 47(9): p. 1035

10. Shahzad M, Yang X, Raza Asim MB, Sun Q, Han Y, Zhang F, Cao Y, Lu S. Black (cumin) seed oil ameliorates allergic airway inflammation by inhibiting T-cell proliferation. Pulm Pharmacol Ther. 2009. 22(1): p.37-43.

11. Wu, M., J.Y. Zhang, and X. Zhang, [Clinical observation of Flos magnoliae volatile oil nano-liposome nasal drops in treating pediatric allergic rhinitis]. Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi, 2009. 29(8): p. 740-2.

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