Scent allergies and sensitivities fall under the umbrella term “environmental sensitivities” (ES). They can develop following a massive or chronic exposure to toxic products such as solvents, pesticides and mildew. People affected by ES react to substances in the environment that the average person would find perfectly tolerable. An ES can be set off by any number of substances encountered on a daily basis: paint, cigarette smoke, animals, mildew, petroleum products and even electromagnetic radiation.
Scents are the primary cause of contact dermatitis, and can also cause headaches, migraines, dizziness, runny nose, itchy eyes and fatigue. The Canadian Lung Association states that scents can aggravate symptoms for people who suffer from asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The severity of symptoms can vary enormously, from mild to acute, even to the point where those affected are unable to work in a normal office environment.
Unfortunately, there’s no miracle cure.
Of course, the best protection is to avoid exposure to scents in the first place.
Naturopathy recommends reducing the body’s toxic load to decrease the intensity of reactions. If you’ve been exposed to pollutants that put your body into reactive mode, you can do a cleansing cure to eliminate toxins from your body. But don’t worry, it won’t hurt a bit! In fact, it’s really easy! Just check out the following recipe >> Detox cure.
Stinging nettle and Molkosan, which are part of the cleanse, have the benefit of minimizing allergic reactions in general.