I pulled out my natural remedies for colds viruses this weekend when my son came down with a little cold. As usual, I reached for what I have around the house to help him. After a bit of research, I mixed this trio together.
What is an antihistamine?
An antihistamine is chemical blocker designed to stop your body from fighting something it thinks is a foreign invader. Whether it is a pollen or air-borne pathogen that your body disagrees with, it will fight it by trying to flush it out of your system. You may sneeze and sniffle just because something is offensive to your body system. However, it may also be a cold or flu virus that attacks your body and your immune system attempts to clear it out.
The truth is that an antihistamine will block your body’s reaction to whatever may be ailing you. It will stop your sniffles and sneezes, thus, allowing you to treat your body with fluids, rest and immune boosters until the threat has passed.
While I have used over-the-counter antihistamines, and still do, this little recipe does help in a pinch.
A special note for special needs parents: My son is on the autism spectrum, and a stuffy nose becomes unbearable to him. This did clear his congestion to the point where he was comfortable. It took all of about 30 minutes or so. So, I would say if it doesn’t work for your sweet patient, then try something else.
How to Make an Essential Oil Antihistamine
You will need:
1 teaspoon of honey
lemon, lavender and peppermint essential oils (therapeutic grade)
Put the honey in a mesuring spoon and add 1-2 drops each of lemon, lavender and peppermint oils. Stir a bit with a pointed object, and allow the patient to take it directly. Repeat every 2 hours if necessary.
Young children warning
I recently watched a webinar where it was explained that possibly peppermint is not a good oil to give to very young children. There is much that is floating around the Internet about this topic. All I can do is share my experience.
I do know that my son has ingested peppermint oil since he was about 7 years old. He has never had one problem with it, plus it has helped his digestion. But, if you are concerned, then try omitting the peppermint, or try diluting the oil before use. There are some child-safe oils that have come out on the market in recent years, so you could always try those.
While I do use Young Living oils and I am a distributor, I have had the same results from the following brands. Note, the lemon oil says to dilute it to make it Kid Safe.