Top Five Essential Oils For Allergies This Spring AND All Year Round
Put the tissues away; you’re not going to need them.
I recently went on a road trip with some friends. We were all super excited about it, I had been planning our route and destination for weeks, and we even had our dog with us, so we could show him some new sites and get him out into nature.
Everything was going well, we were a little behind schedule, but other than that, all ready for adventure and a small break. Just as we got to our hotel, in the middle of a small town, surrounded by nature, that’s when my friend, our driver, started to have a sneezing fit. Now, I don’t mean a couple of sneezes, and we’re done, I mean an uncontrollable, non-stop, nose hurting, eye tearing, there was not enough tissues in the world type of sneezing fit.
Ah yes, allergies.
The rest of the details aren’t super important, it basically goes that she was miserable, someone else had to take over driving because she couldn’t control her sneezing, and we ended up cutting our trip quite a bit shorter than we planned.
If I had known before, I would have chosen a different location, and brought along some essential oils that could have stopped her allergic reaction to the great outdoors.
Now, maybe you might not have it this bad, but if you can relate, even just a little bit, or know someone in your family that suffers from allergies, read on to find the solution of what you can do to obtain allergy relief naturally.
Allergies- Seasonal and Persistent
So many people are prone to seasonal allergies which may be prevalent either in winter, spring, fall, or even summer. Such allergies can trigger unwanted symptoms like watery eyes, running nose or sneezing. And even though some allergies may be treated using over-the-counter drugs, such medications are often not the best or most effective choice is reducing allergic reactions. This is where essential oils come in.
I know it may sound counter-intuitive, but to fit plant allergies, use plant products. This holds as well for other allergies, whether it is pollen, dust, mold, animal dander, insect sting and a whole slew of other allergens both in spring, and all year round.
Before you buy those expensive antihistamine pills, or just shut yourself indoors for the season, consider these complementary or alternative treatment options that are usually derived from different types of plants and may be used in a variety of ways including;
- Diffusing or spraying them in the air
- Using them in spa and bath products
- Applying them directly to the skin when they are diluted
- Directly breathing or inhaling them from the container
Try one method, or feel free to mix them up using one or more of the best essential oils for fighting allergies below.
Top Essential Oils for Allergy Relief
1. Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense essential oil is a unique type of oil that features a calming scent, and it is known to work best for fighting against running nose, excessive mucus, watery eyes and also helps in soothing the nervous system.
How to use: You just need to put a few drops of the essential oil onto a handkerchief or tissue and inhale. This works wonders to relieve your nasal congestion. For nighttime relief, add a couple of drops of the oil onto your pillow case to promote easier breathing at night and a peaceful sleep.
2. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Also referred to as the narrow-leaved peppermint, this plant has a much more pleasant and less aggressive scent when compared to its blue gum relative. This one is safe to use with adults as well as safe for children, which is great news if you’re a concerned parent just wishing for relief for your baby. Eucalyptus oil is known to produce an immune-enhancing oil which may be utilized for easing sinus infections, which is also why you’ll see it in so many face and body creams.
How to use: Combining 4-5 drops of the eucalyptus oil with just about 2 tablespoons of almond or olive oil can make a strong solution which can help in fighting the swelling or inflammation of the tissue that lines the sinus. Application is easy, just gently rubbed the mixture onto your neck, throat, cheeks, back, or temples to ease congestion. Eucalyptus oil is also a preferred choice because of the cooling effect it has on the body, which often heats up from all that coughing and sneezing.
3. Green Myrtle Essential Oil
This is a particular type of essential oil that can help to boost the absorption of oxygen in your body. Green myrtle oil works by suppressing involuntary muscle contraction or convulsive movement and also promotes the loosening of mucus along the air passages.
How to use: It is very useful in helping the body to expel excessive mucus and can be added to other popular essential oils like coconut and almond to make a soothing chest balm. Massaging this sort of lotion on the neck, chest, temples or nape of your neck can provide you with immediate relief.
4. Chamomile Essential Oil
Previously used for treating illnesses like indigestion, insomnia, toothache and abdominal pain, roman chamomile essential oil is renowned for its capabilities to relieve involuntary muscle spasms and excessive gas problems. Furthermore, it also has very powerful wound-healing properties which can help the effects of the allergies.
How to use:You just need 4-5 drops of this essential oil to make a therapeutic steam that can be used for combating breathing problems. Heat up a large bowl of water with a few drops of chamomile into the mixture and inhale the aroma and steam deeply. For even better results, use a small towel to cover your head while you soak in the vapors.
5. Tea Tree Oil
Also referred to as lavender tea tree as well as rosalina oil, this oil is renowned for its efficiency in calming down the nervous system as well as rejuvenating your skin.
How to use: Incorporating tea tree oil in your daily routine is simple. Add a few drops into your bath, and take a relaxing soak. That should do the trick and clear up chest congestion or sinus problems. The oil can also help in loosening mucus, unclogging stuffy noses and flushing out unwanted particles from your body.
If you need relief now and don’t have any of the 5 oils on hand, you don’t have to wait till they are delivered. Other types of equally potent essential oils that are very effective in relieving the different kinds of spring allergies include:
- Lemon oil
- Lemongrass oil
- Sandalwood oil
- Bergamot oil
Get the relief you need now. Many allergy medicines work in helping to prevent your allergies from happening or being as bad, but with essential oils, you can both worth to prevent and get immediate relief from an allergy attack. Relax the different types of muscles, ease nasal and chest congestion as well as relieving pain.
With all the benefits listed above, you can say hello to spring and bye bye to allergies with essential oils.
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