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Is it a seasonal allergy? Do you have a chemical sensitivity? Did you use a "bad quality" essential oil? Have you ever used an essential oil, or cream and wondered why you feel so bad? Many items are cross reactive. A study of patients allergic to propolis (bee glue) demonstrated that more than 10% reacted to beeswax, BOP, colophony, fragrance mix I (F1), eugenol, clove, coriander, ylang-ylang, cassia, peppermint, arnica, calendula, and chamomile, and all of these should be considered propolis cross reactive. 

Formaldehyde's cross reactive group contains more than 50 related substances, including preservatives, textile resins, and biocides used in oils and cutting fluids... parabens!! Glutaraldehyde and formaldehyde share the chemical family name “aldehyde" and glutaraldehyde is used in sterilizing medical and dental surgical instruments and other areas. As a medication it is used to treat warts on the bottom of the feet. 

So what about the other similar organic “aldehyde" compound? Acetaldehyde is primarily used as an intermediate in the manufacture of a range of chemicals, perfumes, aniline dyes, plastics and synthetic rubber and in some fuel compounds. Acetaldehyde is also used in the manufacture of disinfectants, drugs, perfumes, explosives, lacquers and varnishes, photographic chemicals, phenolic and urea resins, rubber accelerators and antioxidants, and room air deodorizers. It is also used as a synthetic flavoring substance, food preservative and as a fragrance. Mint contains acetaldehyde... I love mint so I don't know why I keep coming back to this. For some reason it is stuck in my brain. So there are all of these environmental items that can relate to food items, and cause all sorts of problems. 

My daughter suffers from (OAS) Oral Allergy Syndrome. OAS is sometimes called “Pollen-Food Allergy”. What this causes is an allergic reaction in response to eating certain fresh fruits, nuts (although the nut allergy is separate for her), vegetables and herbs and is actually cross-reactivity between plant proteins from pollen and various foods. When a person with a pollen allergy eats certain fruits, nuts, vegetables or herbs the immune system sees the similarity and causes an allergic reaction. Cooking seems to change the protein enough so that the immune system does not recognize the food as being the same as the pollen. 

When they tested her blood work and looked at the eosinophils range a few years ago, they were off the chart... and then I Iooked at that and went, "What is attacking my child, and why aren't her mast cells fighting it off?" She was dealing with major histamine issues and at that point it didn't seem to be getting better. I haven't checked her levels yet since then, but I see differences in her now that make me believe that she is healing. (UPDATE: As she was diagnosed through genetics with cEDS, it makes sense why the levels come and go with the collagen issues). 

Heavy alcohol and/or medication usage is a strong risk factor for having histamine intolerance (she's obviously not an alcohol drinker...although my dad was an Alcoholic and so was his mother and my Great Grandfather on my other side}, or it could be something causing dysfunction with your mast cells. A child or adult with a gut full of candida deals with some of the same issues as an alcoholic with the ethanol converting into acetaldehyde. Ever see someone get a rash after drinking? That is the acetaldehyde rash. Similar in part to the rash in those with heavy candida. Acetaldehyde is one of the toxic byproducts of Candida albicans, and all of this impacts the liver, the gallbladder, the bile, fat digestion... on and on. There is a fatty liver problem in our country, and I don't believe it is all because of fast food. 

So I took it further and looked at Salicylates. Salicylates are chemicals found naturally in plants and are a major ingredient of aspirin and other pain-relieving medications. Interesting enough, I was once told that I was allergic to Salicylates. Field crops of cotton are often treated with methyl salicylate. How about we swaddle all of our kids in cotton? {need to know where your clothes come from} 

From the Herbs and More Store: 

Foods That Contain Salicylates:

Fruits: Apples, Avocados, Blueberries, Dates, Kiwi fruit, Peaches, Raspberries, Figs, Grapes, Plums, Strawberries, Cherries, Grapefruit, and Prunes. {I am allergic to about half of these}

Vegetables: Alfalfa, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Mushroom, Radish, Broad beans, Eggplant, Spinach, Zucchini, Broccoli, and Hot peppers. {Most of these cause me joint pain}

Some Cheeses. {went vegan... enough said}

Herbs, Spices and Condiments: Dry spices and powders, Tomato pastes and sauces, Vinegar, Soy sauce, Jams and Jellies.

Beverages: Coffee, Wine, Beer, Orange juice, Apple cider, Regular and Herbal Tea, Rum, and Sherry.

Nuts: Pine nuts, Peanuts, Pistachios and Almonds. {Cannot eat any of these}

Some Candies: Peppermints, Licorice, Mint-flavored gum and Breath mints.

Ice cream and Gelatin

Products That May Contain Salicylates: {Very sensitive to all of these}

Fragrances and perfumes

Shampoos and conditioners

Herbal remedies

Cosmetics: Lipsticks, Lotions, and Skin cleansers

Mouthwash and Mint-flavored toothpaste​

Shaving cream

Sunscreens and Tanning lotions

Muscle pain creams

Salicylate-containing Ingredients:

Alka Seltzer

Aspirin {Can't take}

Acetylsalicylic acid

Artificial food coloring and Flavoring {totally sensitive to these}


Beta Hydroxy acid

Magnesium salicylate



Salicylic acid


Phenylethyl salicylate

Sodium salicylate


Did you know if you are allergic to any kind of mint you may be cross reactive to thyme, sage, horehound, marjoram, basil, savory, rosemary, lemon balm (Melissa) and catnip? I read a clinical study recently where they showed reactions to cross-reacting plants of the Labiatae family, such as oregano and thyme, as well as to the chemical turpentine, to clue a doctor into a diagnosis of mint allergy. Would you consider if your child reacted to oregano that they were maybe allergic to Mint? 

Something to think about when you are looking at what is going on with your body? Is it an allergy, is it chemical sensitivity, is it candida... maybe all of the above all related to each other. I am sharing all of this because I don't believe you should go into using essential oils thinking that it's a one size fits everyone. This is why I became a Certified Aromatherapist, and went into nutritional education. This is why I think detoxification is the most essential item we can use in our daily routine. In fact on the energy healer podcast I love to listen to, they had only their 2nd ever interview the other day... with a Doctor who says exactly the same thing. Of course when I add in plants like moringa, I get a quick dose of many nutrients that help my body, like molybdenum.. however sometimes... like right now... I need a little more. Then I supplement with a sublingual tab and a little soft gel with some sweet potatoes (or avocados may be your joy food).

Interesting study: Formaldehyde and acetaldehyde exposure and risk characterization in California early childhood education environments : https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ina.12283

What is really the cause of your seasonal, not so seasonal, al the time yuck? Just a long much needed to release rant.



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