Today I would like to talk about 6 essential oils for allergies and how to use them.
My family used to call me morning call, because every morning when I got up my strings of sneezes woke everyone up. Allergy sufferers like me know that an allergy attack can be absolutely miserable! You can spend days, even weeks, walking around in a fog, feeling like you have the flu. So you want relief and fast. I spent years looking for most efficient ways to fight allergies. One of the best ways I have found to treat allergies is with essential oils. Essential oils may be used as an alternative or complementary treatment for allergy symptoms. They are derived from plants and can be used in a variety of ways. Today I would like to talk about 6 essential oils for allergies. They are safe and natural. And most importantly, they are incredibly effective at reducing the symptoms of an allergic response.
Why do we have allergic reactions?
Dr. Taz explains the following on his website: “When allergens make it past the first line of defense (the nose), they come into contact with the immune system. In people who are “allergic,” the allergen is mistakenly seen as a threat, prompting white blood cells to release histamine in an effort to protect the body from further invasion. This protection comes in the form of swelling & inflammation and the leakage of fluid.”
How can essential oils help relieve allergies?
- Essential oils for allergies can reduce the pain associated with your immune system response.
- They can detoxify the body and fight infections, bacteria, parasites, microorganisms and harmful toxins.
- They can help reduce inflammation which is the cause of most of the severe allergic responses. Essential oils for allergies reduce the body’s susceptibility to outside sources and reduce the overreaction of the immune system when facing a harmless intruder.
- They can block the allergens from entering your home and your body.
How to use essential oils for allergies?
- Diffuse them into the air. Put a few drops of essential oils in your diffuser, turn it on, and circulate the oil into your room.
- Use steam inhale. Boil 2-3 cups of water, pour it into a bowl and add 2-5 drops of oil to the water. Place your nose about 12” away from the bowl, cover your head and bowl with a towel, and slowly inhale the steam.
- Use them in bath and spa products.
- Simply inhale. You may choose to carefully inhale your essential oils. Rub 3-4 drops into the palms of your hands, or drop them on a tissue, inhale and enjoy.
6 essential oils for allergies
1. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint essential oil is known to reduce inflammation. It can provide immediate relief for those struggling with congestion by aiding in clearing phlegm. Peppermint oil is an expectorant, a relaxant, and has antispasmodic properties. So inhaling it can help clear your sinuses, relieve the pain of a sore throat, and reduce coughing.
To treat your allergy symptoms, you can place a few drops of peppermint oil into an aromatherapy diffuser. Or you can dab a few drops on your forehead and chest after diluting it with a carrier oil.
2. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory and also a natural antihistamine. This oil can strengthen your body against allergens and reduce many of the painful symptoms of your allergies. Therefore it is a prime option for treating yourself while in the middle of an allergic reaction.
To treat your allergies with lavender oil, you can put a drop on your cheeks and around your sinuses throughout the day to relieve your symptoms. You can also put a few drops in an aromatherapy diffuser and breathe in for 15 minutes.
3. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil is known as an anti-inflammatory and may help you with your congestion. The cooling sensation you experience while breathing it in may also help you feel relief as you combat seasonal allergies. Eucalyptus is a natural degreaser. While this is obviously helpful for mechanics, it is also a great option for clearing mucus.
Dilute it with water, mix with sea salt, and gargle to clear your throat. You can also put a few drops in a steaming bowl of water, place a towel over your head and the bowl, and breathe deeply for a few minutes.
4. Lemon Oil
Citrus-scented essential oils are often used in aromatherapy to boost alertness and energy. Lemon is most notable for its ability to cleanse toxins from any part of the body. There are numerous benefits including purification, nausea relief, improves digestion, cough relief, and more.
On the days when you are suffering from intense allergy symptoms, diffuse lemon and eucalyptus to lighten your mood and lessen your symptoms. You can also apply the oil to your skin to help with allergy symptoms. Be careful exposing your skin to sun or tanning beds if using lemon or any citrus-scented oils.
5. Clove Oil
Clove is similar in many ways to eucalyptus. When treating your allergy symptoms though, you might be interested in knowing that cloves have nearly 30 times more antioxidants than blueberries. This will help to protect your body from harmful bacteria and viruses.
Because clove is a gentler oil than eucalyptus, incorporating it into toiletries is a bit easier. You can add clove to deodorant, toothpaste, and face or body wash.
6. Frankincense Oil
Frankincense oil is helpful in relieving chronic stress and anxiety, reducing inflammation, boosting immunity, and managing pain. It should be in moderation due to its potency. Some people use a blend of sandalwood, frankincense, and Ravensara oils to treat allergies. The blend can improve blocked nasal passages, runny and itchy noses, and sneezing. To use these blended oils, mix with an almond carrier oil to dilute their strength and diffuse into the air.