Battle Your Allergies With The Help Of Essential Oils

There are millions of people all throughout the world who suffer from all sorts of allergies. This over reaction of the body's immune system to substances such as pollen, animal hair and dander, foods, synthetic materials and dust can cause you to feel stuffy, make you sneeze, bring on headaches and start to ruin your day.

Other allergies can lead to an inflammatory reaction which may include dry patches, itchy rashes and even digestive problems. If you are looking for a way to battle the allergies that you are suffering from, you should know that you can get a great deal of relief simply by using a few different essential oils.

Just remember that you should use caution placing essential oils on the skin without first diluting with some type of carrier oil. Carrier oils are vegetable oils, such as, coconut oil, grapeseed oil or olive oil.

Peppermint

A quality peppermint essential oil is going to have an aroma that is fresh, minty and strong. This oil is great for treating allergic reactions of all kinds, including those that are known for causing digestive and respiratory issues. You can also use it to soothe, cool and relieve pain as peppermint oil also has anti-inflammatory properties. Most people also love to use it to help with opening up the airways, easing congestion and improving breathing.

To Use: Mix with a carrier oil if you are using directly on the skin. You can also use in a diffuser.

Eucalyptus

A eucalyptus essential oil treatment will help to support your respiratory system and it can be helpful for easing seasonal allergies, as well as, asthma attacks. This is an oil that can bring relief if you are dealing with the cold or flu that has you heavily congested.

To Use: Simply dilute in a carrier oil and apply topically or inhale. A great way to use the inhalation method is adding a few drops to boiling water in a bowl and putting a towel over your head to breathe in a good deal of the steam. You can also add a few drop to a diffuser.

Lavender

Not only is lavender a pleasant smell that is used in a lot of fragrances, this is an oil that is a great all-natural antihistamine. You can also use it to treat and relieve allergic reactions as it has great anti-inflammatory properties. If you develop a skin rash or a headache, you can also use it to give you some relief.

To Use: This is an oil that you can use topically to inhale or diffuse. With lavender, you can simply rub a couple of drops into the palms of your hands and then breathe in through your nose using slow, deep breaths.

Create A Powerful Allergy Trio

By simply combining the powers of peppermint, lavender and lemon essential oils, you can tackle just about any sort of allergic reaction. These oils together can give you a powerful antihistamine that will cut inflammation and the discomfort that can impact your body because of the allergic response.

There are several ways that you can use the blend, including:

- Simply take a couple drops of each of the three oils and add them to a small glass with water and gargle for a minute or two and then swallow. For this, you need to make sure that you are using food grade, high quality essential oils.

- Mix the three oils into a tablespoon of high quality raw honey and swallow to give instant relief.

- For a skin reaction, simply add a couple of drops of these three oils into a carrier oil and smooth onto the skin where the allergic reaction is present.

- You can also diffuse this oil blend into your favorite diffuser and enjoy it throughout the day to ease a variety of allergic discomforts.

Learning about essential oils and how they can treat you in a natural manner can make it much easier for you to battle your allergies and get some much needed relief from season to season. Be sure to experiment with a few of these suggestions so that you can ditch the drugs and find all-natural healing for your symptoms.

Marilyn Reid is a successful business owner and natural health enthusiast. She owns a site, http://www.tarunaoils.org, which is dedicated to providing tips, ideas, and recipes for use with essential oils and aromatherapy.

Mosquitoes, Fleas, and Ticks...Oh My!

buzz X101x250Summertime is all about being in the great outdoors! Unfortunately, we have to share the outdoors with all kinds of insects that bug you (sorry) when you’re having fun and that can present a real danger to your health. Specifically we’re talking about mosquitos, fleas, and ticks—those nasty little pests that can carry diseases like Lymes and West Nile.

For years, in order to keep these pests at bay, people have turned to repellents that contain the chemical DEET. But recent studies have shown that the health risks of DEET far outweigh any benefit.

For example, Duke University Medical Center pharmacologist Mohamed Abou-Donia found that prolonged exposure to DEET can have harmful effects on the brain, leading to motor skill and memory dysfunction. And since it seeps into the skin, it enters the bloodstream and gets into the gut, a vital part in the health of your immune system.

At Health Hut, we know that a good natural repellent can be just as effective at getting those bugs to bug off. That’s why we carry Buzz Away Extreme®, a natural insect repellent that’s proven to be effective against mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, gnats, and flies. In fact, in a USDA test, Buzz Away repelled mosquitoes for up to 8.5 hours! And best of all, it doesn’t have anything in it that will damage your brain. Which is nice.

We also carry organic Neem Oil, a subtropical evergreen extract mainly found in southern India. Neem Oil makes an excellent flea and tick spray, not only for people, but for dogs, too. All you do is rub a few drops of oil on your hands, massage it into your pet’s hair, and your furry friend is protected for hours.

Don’t let bugs put the bite on your summertime fun. Stop in to Health Hut today and let us show you our line of effective, all-natural insect repellents. Your health and well-being is our number-one concern!

Sources:

Natural News (http://www.naturalnews.com/028983_neem_oil_ticks.html#ixzz3322VWysC)

MedMinute, a service of Duke University News (http://today.duke.edu/2002/06/mm_deetmm0602.html)

Duke University Medical Center News Office (http://medschool.duke.edu/news-center/duke-med-news-communications)

Safe and Natural Allergy Remedies for Kids

kids allergiesFatigue. Drowsiness. Headaches. Allergy season can be tough. And it isn’t just hard on us adults; it can be just as exhausting and frustrating for kids. Unfortunately, most of the allergy medicines on the market today only provide temporary relief, and the side effects they cause can be just as bad. Even worse, they can interact negatively with other medicines and even cause behavioral issues.

At Health Hut, we want to help your child deal with allergies in a healthy, natural way that addresses the root problem, strengthening their immune system over time rather than weakening it. Two safe and effective solutions are butterbur and stinging nettle.

Butterbur

Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) is a member of the daisy family that has been used to treat allergies and other ailments for more than 2,000 years. It contains petasin, which, according to studies, has been shown to reduce inflammation and have antihistamine-like effects. In 2005, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) did a study of 330 people with respiratory allergies and found that those who took butterbur extract achieved the same level of relief as those taking the antihistamine medication Allegra. University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) also recommends taking 500mg of butterbur daily to reduce allergy symptoms.

Stinging nettle

Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) is another useful natural remedy for treating allergies, according to UPMC. A study by the University of Michigan Health System showed the plant’s effectiveness in alleviating symptoms related to hay fever. UMMC recommends that you take up to 600mg a day for up to one week to reduce symptoms.

These are just a couple examples of the safe, natural options you have for effectively treating your child’s allergic reactions and preventing future ones.

Please stop in Health Hut today. We’d be glad to answer any questions you may have on these and other homeopathic remedies.

Chemicals in Sunscreens - What to Watch Out For

sunscreenSummertime is all about fun in the sun. And after the frigid weather we had to deal with this past winter, nothing sounds better than heading outside and soaking up some rays.

But although a little sun can be healthy, too much of it can be dangerous. That’s why it’s important to always apply sunscreen when you’re going to be outdoors. The problem is, just about every sunscreen on the market contains toxic chemicals that can disrupt your hormonal balance and interfere with normal development.

When you’re choosing a sunscreen, two of the more dangerous chemicals you should look out for are oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate.

Oxybenzone, which is found in just about every sunscreen in the United States, has been shown in studies to inhibit normal development in animals and is toxic to reproductive systems, altering sperm production. It has also been associated with endometriosis in women and low birth weight in girls. Not only can oxybenzone penetrate the skin and cause allergic reactions, it can also enter the bloodstream and the gut, directly affecting your immune system.

Retinyl Palmitate is another chemical to watch for. Research conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that it may increase the growth of cancerous skin tumors when exposed to sunlight. Think about that: an ingredient in sunscreen that can be harmful when exposed to sunlight!

An even more disturbing European study, completed by Margaret Schlumpf of the University of Zurich, found sunscreen chemicals in mothers’ milk, meaning that newborns and even developing fetuses are being exposed to these dangerous chemicals.

So what do you do? Risk overexposure to the sun’s dangerous rays, or expose yourself to toxic chemicals that can have negative effects on your health?

The answer: neither. Instead, choose mineral sunscreens, which are safe for the entire family, water resistant, and have been proven to be effective.

At Health Hut, we have a selection of safe yet effective sunscreens that can protect your skin without exposing you to any harmful chemicals. Stop in today and we’ll help you find the best product for you and your family’s needs.

Sources:

http://www.ewg.org/2014sunscreen/the-trouble-with-sunscreen-chemicals/
http://www.ewg.org/2014sunscreen/the-problem-with-vitamin-a/