Hmmm let’s see….what is the best way to answer this question with out spooking every one out.
Here’s how we can break down on what causes essential oil allergies.
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The Cause of Allergies from Essential Oils
The real culprit here Histamine. It is an amine produced by your body that is used to maintain homeostasis (the body’s natural balance of chemicals, temperature, metabolic rates, etc).
It is also a neurotransmitter and plays a role in your immune system by acting as a white cell director.
Histamine imbalances in your body cause a variety of effects. One of them being symptoms of seasonal allergies – such as runny nose, inflammation, soreness, etc – and an increased metabolism.
Simply put like any other common allergy, our body is reacting to the allergens and immune system causes symptoms, such as sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and a runny nose.
In this case body is treating essential oils as “unsafe” and asking the immune system to do its job.
The Test for Essential Oil Allergies
After studying different type of essential oils for allergies, it is important to find out what effects these natural remedies have on various people.
There are different modes of application of essential oils including ingesting, using topically on the skin and inhaling through diffusers or inhalers.
Before using these oils for aromatherapy or to alleviate the effects of allergies, read the instructions first to determine if they are right for you or not.
If you are not sure, consult with your medical practitioner before making the purchase especially for natural oils that you can buy over the counter (OTC).
Getting a doctor’s opinion can make all the difference between successful application and winding up in the emergency room.
Different Factors Affecting Allergic Reactions From Essential Oils
There are quite a few external factors that also come into play where it comes to essential oil causing allergic reactions.
- Combinations: Different of essentials oils that trigger natural body response.
- Shelf Life:Natural oils change their chemical compositions when stored for a long duration.These changes can lead to oxidation reactions on the skin.Lemon essential oil can burn the skin if the patient sits in direct sunlight after application.
- Method of application: For example, some of the know essential oils such as Tea Tree oil is best used on the skin rather than ingesting it in water.Eucalyptus oil is not mild, and therefore, users should take extra caution when handling it.
- Dosage:Using this natural extract in its full strength will do more harm than good.Mix it with oil carriers or coconut oil and test it on a small area first and observe how the skin reacts.
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