Allergy sufferers are like a secret club.
We all know that moment that happens when you meet someone else who gets a red nose every spring and quietly whisper “you too?”
For those looking for immediate relief from uncomfortable symptoms, there is growing interest in the use of essential oils to help with allergies. Which ones are the most beneficial? Let’s take a look.
What’s in the Air?
Allergic reactions occur when an overly-sensitive immune system reacts to foreign substances as though they are invaders. When you come in contact with these substances, your body produces antibodies that produce mucous and block airways and sinuses. They can also inflame your skin and irritate your digestive tract.
Modern medicine offers endless treatments for allergy patients. Although there is no known cure, shots, antihistamines, and nasal sprays can help bring relief to allergy symptoms and sinus pain.
Yet recently, natural ways to treat allergies have been getting more attention. Washing often, drinking lots of water, and eating healthy are cited as excellent ways to keep allergens from settling onto and inside your body.
Sufferers are encouraged to wear masks when they clean and use HEPA filters in the vacuums to help prevent inhalation of dust, pollen, or ragweed.
We can’t avoid allergens all the time. In the past few years, physicians have taken a new interest in the role of essential oils in allergy treatment. They can be applied directly onto your skin at home or with a professional massage. This helpful post can provide you with more information.
Oils can also be dispersed through a diffuser or used in the bath or shower. Here or some of our favorites:
Lavender has a sweet, gentle aroma that is often used to treat anxiety and depression, as well as help with sleep and allergy relief. It is made from the distilled flower spikes of certain species of lavender plants.
Lavender can soothe and reduce inflammation as well as prevent the enlargement of mucous cells. It can also inhibit histamine production.
Inhaling lavender dispersed through a diffuser can bring immediate allergy relief. It can also be used in the bath as or shower as oil or salts, or rubbed on your temples, toes, or the back of the neck for maximum easement.
Made from the distilled leaves of eucalyptus trees, this oil contains citronellal, which is known to bring anti-inflammatory relief. It opens your lungs and sinuses and may help with congestion.
Eucalyptus also acts as an expectorant when you need reprieve from a stuffy nose or sinus headache. It improves circulation and has a cooling sensation that brings your whole body a sense of refreshment.
Blend eucalyptus oil with peppermint, oregano and rosemary to alleviate a cough or scratchy throat.
Peppermint has a sweet, sparky aroma that is known to reduce inflammation and relieve anxiety and mental fatigue.
Peppermint acts as an expectorant for a stuffy sinus cavity. It also has a relaxing effect on smooth muscle, reducing coughing bouts.
Peppermint oil can be applied to the chest, the back of the neck and the temples to allay allergy pain and pressure.
Citrus oils boost alertness and energy, which can clear sinuses and reduce congestion. It also helps to support lymphatic system drainage.
Diffused in the air or used in a cleaner, lemon oil can kill bacteria and eliminate allergens in the air.
Lemon oil can help flush out toxins and stimulate the white blood cell production that improves your immune system. It also helps with PH balance and stimulates your liver.
Basil oil, with its aromatic, greeny smell, can reduce inflammation and support adrenal glands.
It is also known to help relieve digestive concerns such as indigestion, constipation, and cramps.
A basil oil treatment can also be used to revitalize dull hair, and an application can treat a skin infection.
6. Tea Tree
Many allergy sufferers know that a room with too much mold and fungus will immediately send sinuses into overdrive.
Dispersing tea tree oil in a diffuser, or using it in a household cleaner, can kill mold, bacteria, and fungus. It produces antimicrobial activity against the bacteria, leading to a decrease in the microbes that cause inflammation and symptoms like coughing, sneezing, and a runny nose.
Patchouli oil has traditionally been used to treat dandruff, psoriasis, eczema, and chapped lips. It is a mood-lifter and an antidepressant, used to treat depression and anxiety.
Patchouli acts as an anti-inflammatory agent against allergies. Diffusing it or applying it directly to the skin stimulates the release of serotonin. It also has antiseptic qualities that fight against bacteria caused by fungi and bacteria.
Frankincense and myrrh are both made from the gummy sap that comes from Boswellia and Commiphora trees. The wise men were so wise!
Its warm, homey aroma is used to treat stress and anxiety, and it is even known to treat cancer patients. Frankincense can support your immune system and act as an anti-inflammatory agent when your body begins to overreact to allergens.
It is known to reduce the symptoms of allergic rhinitis (hay fever.)
Choosing the Best Essential Oils to Help With Allergies
It is no secret why more and more allergy sufferers are turning to essential oils to help with allergies. The anti-inflammatory effects and improved circulation provided by eucalyptus and peppermint, or the gentle relief offered by lavender or patchouli, bring an immediate improvement to your physical and mental well-being.
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