Fast Relief for Sneezing and Sniffling

Essential oils offer a pleasant, popular, and microbiome friendly approach to dealing with common discomforts, such as those associated with seasonal allergies.

This essential oil mix can be prepared at home, and can be used either topically or for oil pulling to ease discomforts associated with colds, hay fever, and allergies*.   LLP Relief Mix is a simple home remedy that is not intended as a substitute for medical care.

Lemon Lavender and Peppermint essential oils each come from plants that have been used in therapeutic and culinary applications for thousands of years.

 

Ingredients:

1 part 100% pure Lemon essential oil
1 part 100% pure Lavender essential oil
1 part 100% pure Peppermint essential oil
7 parts food grade or therapeutic grade carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil or olive oil)

 

Essential Oil Quality Considerations:

Many companies sell high quality essential oils.  Some do not.  As with anything you plan to put on or in your body, it pays to read labels and learn about the company you get your oils from. Look for a brand that discloses how their oils are purified, implements state-of-the-art quality control testing, and offers the right kind of convenience for you.  Be sure you buy 100% pure oils that are either food or therapeutic grade.

 
Carrier Oil Quality Considerations:
You may use any high quality, organic, food or therapeutic grade (edible) vegetable oil for a carrier oil.  Avoid using common cooking oils, as these may contain pesticide residues.  I like using fractionated coconut oil, which is basically tasteless and odor free.  When I want to spice things up a bit with a little flavor, I use a high quality,  extra virgin olive oil, such as  Sola Stella Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
 Note:  I am not affiliated with the company that makes Sola Stella.  However, I have toured their farm, I buy their oils, and I enjoy both the flavor of the oil and the efforts the folks at the Texas Hill Country Olive Country make to produce a pure, healthy, organic, olive oil.  

 

Directions:

Use glass or stainless steel measuring utensils to combine the above ingredients and mix thoroughly.   Store in a colored glass bottle (I find 2 ounce dropper bottles convenient) at room temperature away from sunlight.  Use the mixture topically like you might use an old fashioned vapor rub.  You may rub a few drops on your chest, throat, or forehead.  If using food or therapeutic grade oils, you may also place two or three drops of LLP Relief Mix in an ounce of water.  Swish gently in your mouth, and swallow. Repeat 2-3 times if necessary.   Do not exceed more than 10 repetitions in an hour.

It Matters What You Mix and Store Your Oils In!

Amber or colbalt glass bottles protect essential oils from damaging effects of light.

Always prepare essential oils in high quality glass or stainless steel containers.   Essential oils contain natural hydrocarbons that can quickly dissolve chemicals found on and in common plastic household cooking utensils and storage containers.   You don’t want these toxic chemicals to end up in your mouth or on your skin!  Amber or cobalt glass bottles are recommended for storage because these protect your oils from exposure to light, which can reduce their shelf life.

 

What Makes This Mixture Effective?
Essential oils are powerful, complex, and biochemically balanced mixtures of small molecules that plants use daily to defend themselves against natural threats like pests and disease.  They have been used by humans as remedies since ancient times.   Essential oil mixtures are complex.  Each individual oil may contain more than 200 individual biochemicals.  This means multiple health benefits are possible.  For example, peppermint oil has proven antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.  It also relieves pain, and soothes the gastrointestinal tract.  Lavender oil has effectively inhibited allergic reactions in animal models, and has long been used for reducing anxiety–often a factor in allergic reactions.  Lavender also has analgesic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory effects. Lemon oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, in addition to antioxidant and neurological benefits that help the end user stay calm and focused.  This calm awareness may be helpful for minimizing the impact of an allergic reaction.
As with any other natural remedy, results will vary among users.  Many of our clients report excellent success relieving minor to moderate levels of itching, sneezing, sniffling, and wheezing associated with allergic reactions.

 

Are Essential Oils Safe?
The oils described above come from plants that have been used in food and medicine for thousands of years, and are recognized in section 182.20 of the US Food and Drug Administration’s list of GRAS (generally regarded as safe) substances. This list was last updated in 2016,   Used properly, and prepared in accordance with good manufacturing practices, GRAS substances are considered safe.   
While one might argue that the GRAS listing assesses the safe.  Because essential oils are potent, it is important to be aware of risks that can occur.  A comprehensive listing of safety issues to consider when using essential oils has been made available through the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.  Comparing these safety issues to safety issues and side effects associated with popular allergy medications should help any informed user make rational decisions about the available options.

 

Do Essential Oils Support Healthy Microbiomes?
Essential oils evolved to protect living plants, which thrive only when surrounded by healthy microbiomes.  Like the plant-and-microbial communities they evolved in, essential oils are biochemically complex.  Because they serve to protect plants from infection, essential oils contain chemicals that protect plants from pests and pathogens, while supporting the beneficial microbial associations that the host plant needs to survive.  While the dynamics of these complex interactions have not been thoroughly studied, basic ecological principles suggest that a complex, biochemically balanced mixture of essential oils that co-evolved with host plant microbiomes poses minimal risk to the human microbiome.

 

Where can I buy food or therapeutic grade essential oils?
Many retail and direct marketing outlets now carry high quality essential oils.  Your next door neighbor may even be a distributor.  For best results, purchase from professional distributors who are well informed about the plant material sourcing and manufacturing processes used to prepare your oils.  This might mean speaking to the person who shared this article with you.

 

Disclosures
*The information presented here is not designed to prevent, treat, cure, or diagnose disease.  To our knowledge, the FDA has not reviewed this material.
* I am a member/customer of a direct marketing company that sells essential oils.  I am not actively building that company, and I don’t mind readers from other companies sharing this article.  I simply provide tips about essential oils because I enjoy using oils and I find many of my readers are looking for microbiome friendly health alternatives.

 

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