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Allergy sufferers turning to different remedy for their symptoms

For many, allergy season in Oklahoma means stuffy noses, sneezing, coughing, and wheezing.

One Oklahoma woman says she has an all natural way that is helping people all over our state.

9 year old Brooklyn loves badminton in the backyard with her sister.

Sheena Edge, Brooklyn’s mom, says that for many years, Brooklyn wasn’t always able to play outside.

Edge says this spring has been the best they have ever had because Brooklyn has actually been able to play outside.

Edge said, “As of last year she was on 3 different oral medications a day, plus nasal sprays and breathing treatments. I’m a mom, but I’m also a nurse and I didn’t like giving my child all of these medications, plus they weren’t really controlling it. I was ready to try something else.”

Edge decided to try essential oils.

Essential oil educator Jennifer Webster said essential oils are nothing new.

Webster said, “Essential oils have been around for centuries.  They’ve even unearthed Egyptian tombs where they had essential oils.”

For allergies, Webster suggests lavender, lemon and peppermint.

Webster says, “Lemon is a natural antimuculitic so you think of all the mucinex commercials – lemon. Lavender is a natural antihistamine. You can do oral. You can mix them with coconut oil and actually put them on your chest.  You can put them under your tongue or you can put it in a diffuser and let it run throughout the night while they’re sleeping.”

Brooklyn’s mom said her daughter is no longer on any medications.

“It was pretty remarkable how quickly they worked for her.” said Edge.

Dr. Dean Atkinson from the Allergy & Asthama Clinc warns those who suffer from allergies to be careful when using essential oils because they are not FDA approved.

Atkinson said, “I don’t know what’s in many of these products. Nobody does, because they haven’t really been tested. When you don’t have the appropriate testing done, you can’t really tell if there is a side effect.”

Atkinson also says the oils may seem like they work at first.

He said, “There are many things that when you first start taking them they have some placebo effect. But with time that will almost always wash out.”

Sheena Edge’s says she believes the oils work for her child.

“We’re not worried about her all of a sudden  going into some kind of asthma attack, wheezing,” said Edge. “Try it.  See if it works for you.  What do you have to lose?”

IMPORTANT – ONLY CERTAIN OILS ARE APPROVED FOR ORAL USE.  THEY GENERALLY ARE NOT THE ONES FOUND OVER THE COUNTER AT HEALTH FOOD STORES.  DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE SWITCHING TO ESSENTIAL OILS.