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.
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 virgen 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 buy your oils from. Look for a brand that discloses how their oils are purified, implements state-of-the-art quality control testing, and 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. Organic, fractionated coconut oil, which is basically tasteless and odor free, is popular as a carrier oil. 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, and I appreciate the Texas Hill Country Olive Company’s efforts to produce a pure, healthy, organic, olive oil.
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.
As with any other natural remedy, results will vary among users.
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 not considered toxic.
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?
You can buy essential oils from our Youngevity Store.