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Aromatherapy May Ease Allergies

Aromatherapy May Ease Allergies

An aromatherapy blend significantly relieved allergy symptoms in a recent study. Patients were instructed to pour a mix of almond, sandalwood, frankincense, and ravensara oils onto a fragrance pad, sit comfortably about 12 inches from the pad, and inhale the fragrance with normal breathing for five minutes twice a day. A control group used only the almond oil.

All participants suffered from perennial allergic rhinitis (PAR), which is triggered by allergens in the environment and causes sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose, and consequent sleep disruption. None had used aromatherapy before, and none were currently taking any medication for their allergies.

After eight days of aromatherapy treatment, the researchers concluded that the blended oils “alleviated subjective symptoms, improved the disease-specific quality of life, and reduced fatigue among adult patients with PAR.”

Sources:

“Re: Aromatherapy with Ravensara, Frankincense, and Sandalwood Reduces Symptoms of Perennial Allergic Rhinitis” by Heather S. Oliff, PhD, HerbClip, http://cms.HerbalGram.org, 4/14/17