Essential Oils and ALCAT testing

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Quimby's Mom
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   Posted 7/20/2014 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
If you haven't met me before, I have recently developed a sulfite allergy. My chiropractor is concerned about long term use of Benedryl (I don't use it daily - he's thinking very long term) and I wondered if anyone is using essential oils? I use Young Living oils and many of them are food grade. I tried a lavender/lemon/peppermint combo earlier this week and it helped my sinuses but did nothing to lessen the light burning in my mouth. I'm going to try Ocotea next because it is supposed to help the body deal with irritations and inflammation from food.

Plus, has anyone done ALCAT testing? I know the traditional medical community believes it to be quackery, but I'm about done with traditional medicine anyway because they wouldn't believe me with my other grain related problems and my nurse practitioner (who I really like) has already admitted that she "doesn't know much" about this new sulfite problem. All that to say that I'm only interested in responses from those who have had it done. If you don't know anything about it, go to this website: or The test can be customized and you can be tested for chemicals, molds, herbs, etc. plus over 200 foods.


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   Posted 7/30/2014 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't listen to practitioners who are not educated up to my standards. I'd see a good allergist. If you don't like one, go find another. I went through 3 before finding one who knows about sulfites. You have serious allergies, not to be fooled with.

I have friends who swear by the oils, but I've seen no repeatable scientific studies that any of them are effective. There are a few herbs that have some minimal effects. Remember how aspirin (salicylate) was discovered in aspen bark. The VA hands out turmeric for inflammation, but it's very mild and can cause stomach upset. Nobody's tested it thoroughly either, especially for side effects. You can get rid of minimal itching from mosquito bites by rubbing jewel weed juice on them too - because it has a little cinnamic acid in it. You ought to research how each oil or herb works, not just believe a snake oil seller.

You really have to worry about sulfites and other allergens in untested, unstandardized "supplements." Non-standardized testing is suspect too. Scratch test isn't even perfect. You can be sensitive to the carrier for the allergen.
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