“Ugh, it’s my allergies.” Is uttered so often and it’s no surprise, with researchers estimating 50 million people in the US suffer from nasal allergies. (AAFA.org)
It seems it’s always “allergy season”, although there are certainly times of the year they spike, an allergy is simply your immune system reacting to an allergen, which is a foreign substance. These substances are harmless to others – pollen, pet dander, dust, etc. – but to some they cause an allergic reaction. When you have an allergy, your immune system sees certain allergens as a threat and creates fighting antibodies causing an inflammatory response; inflamed skin, sinuses, airways, etc.
Over the counter medication seems to be the go-to for surprising symptoms (because there is no cure for allergies), with the top allergy fighting brand Zyrtec bringing in over $345 million in 2016! (Statista.com)
Cost aside, people are looking for more natural ways to ease their allergies, and essential oils fit the bill. This post will cover 5 oils you can use to naturally alleviate your allergy symptoms, and ways to do so.
Eucalyptus is often referred to as a “cool” oil for the cooling effect it has. The primary property of this oil is eucalyptol and alpha-terpineol which promote open airways and a feeling of clear breathing. I don’t have to point out why this could be useful for fighting allergies! It’s also a natural degreaser and while you may think, “great, but I’m not here to learn how to clean.“, Hang on a sec! This also makes it a useful tool for clearing mucus.
Mix with peppermint oil and coconut oil and use like a vapor rub on your chest.
Dilute with coconut oil and apply to outer ear and bone behind the ear to ease earaches.
Place 1-2 drops in a bowl of steaming water and create your own home facial steam.
Lavender was an obvious choice for my post on essential oils for better sleep, it is a natural anti-inflammatory and antihistamine. Although the calming effects of lavender make it great to use for better sleep when your allergies are acting up.
Diffuse to reduce bronchial tube inflammation.
Inhale on the go by placing a few drops on a cotton ball to keep in a baggie in your bag.
Take internally with lemon and peppermint to relieve allergy symptoms and hay fever.
Dilute with coconut oil (in a roller bottle) or use neat and rub into sinuses, forehead, and cheeks.
dōTERRA’s top-selling essential oil is lemon, likely because of it’s versatile uses, many of which can help with allergies. It not only helps purify the air, it promotes healthy respiratory function by supporting your lymphatic drainage system. By purifying the air, it kills many of the allergens that trigger allergic reactions.
Take internally (use veggie capsules or put 1 drop in water) to help with seasonal respiratory irritation.
Be proactive and put a drop into laundry detergent.
Apply topically to bridge of nose to slow a runny nose.
Dilute with water in spray bottle and use on furniture to combat allergens brought indoors.
Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
Melaleuca is most known for it’s purifying properties that can destroy airborne pathogens that trigger allergies in the first place. It provides healthy immune system support and protects against both seasonal and environmental threats. Top properties include antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and decongestant.
Dilute and rub the bottoms of your second and third toe to relieve itchy eyes.
Take internally in a capsule or in warm water by gargling to help a sore throat.
Add a couple drops to a cotton ball and rub over skin rashes to soothe and fight bacteria.
Peppermint oil works wonderfully as an expectorant which can help you clear phlegm and congestion immediately. It minimizes inflammation thus promoting clear breathing and healthy respiratory function.
Apply to temples, above ears, and nape of neck to alleviate headaches and migraines.
Apply to bottoms of feet for hives and allergy relief.
Inhale or apply diluted over bridge of nose to help regain sense of smell.
Add to your tea for clear breathing and general allergy relief.
Allergies are a chronic problem and while you may sometimes need to bring in the big guns and fight with medication, essential oils are a great way to reduce symptoms and possible stop them from getting to you in the first place. Try these natural remedies before heading to the drug store and you may be surprised by how much you can reduce your symptoms and pill use.