Achoo! Achoo! Spring pollen is definitely here, and those of us who are bothered by seasonal allergies are pretty miserable. These airborne allergens will trigger symptoms in the nose, throat, lungs, ears, and sinuses.
If you're dealing with seasonal allergies and not finding much relief, we suggest you give essential oils a try. The antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties of some oils may help keep your body's allergic responses in check, and research studies suggest that essential oils can help you find relief for these symptoms.
Some of the best essential oils for seasonal allergies are peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon, and lavender.
PEPPERMINT. A 2010 study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology suggests that peppermint oil is a relaxant and exhibits antispasmodic activity, calming contractions that cause you to cough. Other research suggests that peppermint oil has anti-inflammatory effects and may reduce the symptoms of allergic rhinitis and bronchial asthma.
We recommend diffusing five drops of peppermint oil to unclog sinuses and ease a scratchy throat. This will also help to open your nasal muscles, making it easier to clear out mucus and allergens like pollen. Peppermint is also a stimulant, helping to keep you alert. For this reason, we suggest that you take care when using it night – it may interrupt your sleep.
EUCALYPTUS. Research suggests that eucalyptus oil for infections of the upper respiratory tract leads to noticeable improvement in symptoms such as sore throat, cough, and hoarseness. It also opens the airways, easing sinus congestion and improving airflow.
To ease respiratory stress, we recommend diffusing eucalyptus. You can also inhale it by adding 1 – 2 drops to a bowl of hot water. Place a towel over your head and inhale the steam for 5 – 10 minutes.
LEMON. In an NCBI study, researchers found that a lemon-based nasal spray helped in the treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis. It can be especially helpful if you suffer from post-nasal drip. Lemon essential oil can also inhibit bacterial activity.
Lemon can be used in a variety of ways. You can diffuse it to help clear allergens in the air. On its own or mixed with Tea Tree Oil, water, and white vinegar, it can be used to disinfect your home. Recipe: Add 40 drops of lemon oil and 20 drops of tea tree oil to a 8-ounce spray bottle. Fill the bottle with pure water and 1 Tblsp white vinegar and spray the mixture on any area in your home to control mold, bacteria, and dust mites. Caution: Keep tea tree oil away from cats. If you are concerned, skip the tea tree and use just lemon oil.
LAVENDER. Lavender is a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory oil, making it a very beneficial choice for easing seasonal allergies. In addition, lavender lessens anxiety and encourages a deep, restful sleep, something those of us with allergies definitely need.
Lavender can be mixed with a carrier oil and massaged onto your skin for a relaxing body oil. Add a few drops to your pillowcase, or on a nearby tissue, to aid in a deep, restful sleep.
At YBN, we personally ensure all our essential oils and blends are pure, natural, and of the highest quality. You can buy from us with confidence. Our proprietary All-Clear blend is hand blended in-house and specially formulated to help ease seasonal allergy symptoms. With essential oils of lemon, eucalyptus, peppermint, frankincense, and pine needle, All-Clear is one of our most popular blends and something every home should have.
As always, we recommend that you consult with your health care provider before using essential oils. And, we’re readily available to answer your questions or make recommendations.