I’ve struggled with allergies since I was little. First to animals. Then to pollen. Then to anything else that came along with stress.
But a few years ago I had a reaction to some meds I was prescribed. The meds caused my gut flora to be off and I had a bad rash on my neck. I went to an ENT who explained it was from the drugs. This all happened during allergy season. So the next time my body felt allergy season come along, it decided to break out in the rash again. My friend who loves oils AND is a nurse told me about mast cells. This helped me connect it all.
What is a mast cell?
A mast cell is a cell filled with basophil granules, found in numbers in connective tissue and releasing histamine and other substances during inflammatory and allergic reactions. They’re best known for their role in allergy and anaphylaxis, but they also protect us. They’re involved in wound healing, angiogenesis, immune tolerance, defense against pathogens, and blood-brain barrier function. So we would like to keep them happy.
Mast cells are part of your immune system. When something comes into your body that isn’t supposed to be there, your mast cells dump a bunch of histamines to alert you. The rest of the body then responds by rushing to the scene. This is an inflammation cascade. Your body is looking for something to attack. You have mast cells that destabilize easily and one major reason for mast cell degranulation is STRESS. And holy moly was I stressed when my mast cells overreacted.
Serenity Softgels from DoTERRA help stabilize mast cells. I’ve been using them daily for a year. This has definitely been my best and most allergy symptom-free Spring since moving to the South.
Here’s what I use daily during high pollen:
Lifelong Vitality Pack
PB Assist (You’ve GOT to use a good probiotic to keep that gut healthy!)
I also drink:
And lemon, lavender, and peppermint in my ice water ALL DAY LONG
Here is more information that will help you understand the role of mast cells: