Kids and Allergies

I have a lot of parents and grandparents come in to my store looking for allergy relief for their little ones. They tell me the children suffer with allergy symptoms such as skin rashes or hives (atopic dermatitis or eczema), difficulty breathing (asthma), sneezing, coughing, a runny nose or itchy eyes. Usually they're exasperated! Usually, but not always, children with allergies are from families with a history of such things. Allergies can lead to ear infections, miserable kids, lack of sleep, lost school days etc.

There are many causes of allergies. Outdoors it could be from tree pollen, plant pollen, car exhaust and general pollution such as cigarette smoke or perfume. Indoors it is likely from pet or animal hair or fur, dust mites, mold and of course, cigarette smoke or perfume. removing the allergen is the best way to treat the allergy, if you know what it is. Environmental allergies are more difficult to deal with.

An allergy develops when the body’s immune system reacts to an allergen as though it is harmful, like it would an infection. The body reacts by releasing chemicals, primarily histamine. Histamine causes small blood vessels to swell so that white blood cells can pass through to "fight" the alleged invader. Basically, for the most part, it's overkill.

We carry a couple products to help with the effects of this over reaction. For older children, Respair is an essential oil blend that contains Eucalyptus radiata and globulus, Cedrus atlantica (Cedarwood), Pinus strobus linneus (White Pine), Rosmarinus officinalis cineol (Rosemary), Thymus vulgaris thymol (Thyme), and Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree). Together this is a powerhouse blend as being anti-bacterial, anti-viral, decongestant, while helping colds, flu, and bronchitis. You can put it in the bath 10 drops or in massage oil 15 drops/30 ml carrier oil or diffuse it into the air.

Babies suffer from allergies as well and for them, we carry The Peas In A Pod All Better Chest Balm. It contains Olea europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Ricinus communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Beeswax*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Eucalyptus radiata & smithii (Eucalyptus)*, Cinnamomum camphora (Ravintsara)*, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree)*, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender)*, Thymus vulgaris ct linalol (Thyme), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract. * = organic It is safe to rub on their chest, back and feet.

We may not be able to prevent allergies 100%, but we can sure make their lives a little easier.

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