What essential oils are good for seasonal allergies
1. Peppermint Oil
Inhaling diffusedpeppermint oilcan oftentimes immediately unclog the sinuses and offer relief to scratchy throats. Peppermint acts as an expectorant and provides relief for allergies, as well as colds, coughs, sinusitis, asthma and bronchitis. It has the power to discharge phlegm and reduce inflammation — a leading cause of allergic reactions.
A 2010 study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology investigated the effects of peppermint oil in the tracheal rings of rats. The results propose that peppermint oil is a relaxant and exhibits antispasmodic activity, inhibiting contractions that causes you to cough.
Another study published in the European Journal of Medical Research suggests that peppermint oil treatment has anti-inflammatory effects — reducing the symptoms of chronic inflammatory disorders such as allergic rhinitis and bronchial asthma. (2)
Remedy: Diffuse five drops of peppermint essential oil at home to unclog sinuses and treat a scratchy throat. This will also assist to relax the nasal muscles, enabling the body to clear out mucus and allergens love pollen.
To reduce inflammation, take 1–2 drops of pure peppermint essential oil internally once a day.
It can be added to a glass of water, cup of tea or smoothie. Peppermint oil can also be applied topically to the chest, back of neck and temples. For people with sensitive skin, it is best to dilute peppermint with coconut or jojoba oil before topical application.
4. Lemon Oil
Lemon oil supports lymphatic system drainage and helps with overcoming respiratory conditions. Studies own shown that lemon essential oil inhibits the growth of bacteria and boosts the immune system.
When diffused at home, lemon oil can kill bacteria and eliminate allergy triggers in the air. (7,8)
Adding 1–2 drops of lemon essential oil to water also helps with pH balance. Lemon waterimproves immune function and detoxifies the body. It stimulates the liver and flushes out toxins that can lead to inflammation and an overreactive immune system. Lemon water also stimulates white blood cell production, which is vital for immune system function because it helps to protect the body.
Lemon essential oil can also be used to disinfect your home, without depending on alcohol or bleach.
It will remove bacteria and pollutants from your kitchen, bedroom and bathroom — reducing the triggers inside of your home and keeping the air clean for you and your family. This can be especially helpful as the seasons change and allergens from exterior are being brought into your home on shoes and clothes.
Remedy: Add lemon oil to your laundry detergent, stir a couple of drops with water and spray it on your couches, sheets, curtains and carpets.
2. Basil Oil
Basil essential oilreduces the inflammatory response of allergens. It also supports the adrenal glands, which are involved in producing over 50 hormones that drive almost every bodily function.
Essentially, basil essential oil is helping your body to react appropriately to a threat by rushing blood to your brain, heart and muscles.
Basil oil also helps to detoxify the body of bacteria and viruses, while fighting inflammation, pain and fatigue. Studies prove that basil oil shows antimicrobial activity and can kill bacteria, yeast and mold that can lead to asthma and respiratory damage. (3,4)
Remedy: To fight inflammation and regulate the overreaction of the immune system when faced with an allergen, take one drop of basil oil internally by adding it to soup, salad dressing or any other dish.
To support the respiratory system, dilute 2–3 drops of basil oil with equal parts coconut oil and apply topically to the chest, back of neck and temples.
3. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil opens up the lungs and sinuses, thereby improving circulation and reducing symptoms of allergies. Studies own shown that it produces a freezing sensation in the nose that helps to improve airflow. (5)
Eucalyptus contains citronellal, which has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects; it also works as an expectorant, helping to cleanse the body of toxins and harmful microorganisms that are acting as allergens.
A 2011 study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that eucalyptus essential oil was an effective treatment for upper respiratory tract infections.
Patients who were treated with eucalyptus spray reported an improvement in the severity of their most debilitating respiratory tract infection symptoms compared to participants in the placebo group. Improvement was defined as a reduction of sore throat, hoarseness or cough. (6)
Remedy: To treat respiratory issues associated with allergies, diffuse five drops of eucalyptus at home or apply it topically to the chest and temples. To clear the nasal passages and relieve congestion, pour a cup of boiling water into a bowl and add 1–2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Then put a towel over your head and inhale deeply for 5–10 minutes.
Tea Tree Oil
This powerful oil can destroy airborne pathogens that cause allergies. Diffusing tea tree oilin the home will kill mold, bacteria and fungi.
It is an antiseptic agent and it has anti-inflammatory properties. Tea tree oil can be applied to the skin to kill bacteria and microorganisms; it can also be used as a household cleaner to disinfect the home and eliminate allergens. (9)
A 2000 study conducted in Germany found that tea tree oil exhibits antimicrobial activity against a wide range of bacteria, yeasts and fungi. These microbes lead to inflammation and force our immune system to work on overdrive. (10)
Remedy: Use tea tree oil on skin rashes and hives or as a household cleaner. When using tea tree topically, add 2–3 drops to a clean cotton ball and gently apply to the area of concern.
For people with sensitive skin, dilute tea tree with a carrier oil first, love coconut or jojoba oil.
How to Use Essential Oils for Allergies
Food Allergies — Take 1–2 drops of lemon or peppermint oil internally to relieve the symptoms of a food allergy.
This will assist to detoxify the body and eliminate the allergens through sweat or urination.
Skin Rash & Hives — Use tea tree or basil oil topically to treat skin rashes and hives. Add 2–3 drops to a cotton ball and apply to the affected area. Layering oils over the liver area is another way to treat skin irritations because it helps the liver to flush out toxins that burden the skin. Dilute 3–4 drops of tea tree oil with coconut oil and rub it into the liver area.
Seasonal Allergies — Disinfect your home with lemon and tea tree oil; this will eliminate triggers and cleanse the air and your furniture.
Add 40 drops of lemon oil and 20 drops of tea tree oil to a 16-ounce spray bottle. Fill the bottle with pure water and a little bit of white vinegar and spray the mixture on any area in your home.
To reduce respiratory issues associated with seasonal allergies, attempt my Homemade Vapor Rub; it delivers a soothing feeling that will open up the airways and make it easier to breathe.
Allergy Blend — Combine 2–3 drops of peppermint, eucalyptus and lavender oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil and massage the mixture into the temples, behind the ears and into the bottoms of the feet.
Possible Side Effects
When using these special essential oil for allergies, I don’t recommend that you take tea tree oil internally; it’s best to use tea tree aromatically or topically.
When using any of these oils topically, dilute with a carrier oil, especially when using on sensitive skin or one sensitive areas, love under the eyes or on the neck.
When using essential oils internally, a little goes a endless way. Only consume 1–2 drops a day for one month. Then take a two-week break and start the treatment again.
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June 26, 2018
By Grace Orosz RN-BC, CCAP
Integrative Registered Nurse
When I was growing up in Chicago, I can vividly remember how I looked forward to the change of seasons — Every FOUR OF THEM!
The mid-west was an open, clean, unused put to live. I spent most of my free time outdoors. We almost never played inside. We had numerous amazing forest preserves, lakes and hiking paths. I loved being in nature.
At the time, I was unaware of how pollen and grasses affected people. I never had a problem with any seasonal allergies. However, I knew several people that did. I would privately make enjoyment of them, in my mind. I just could not believe that people could be suffering so miserably with allergies, hay fever, sinusitis etc.
It seemed almost “too dramatic” for me. However, I tried to understand how maybe it affected them and make an effort to be sympathetic. They were always going for Sinus X-rays, CT Scans and using a plethora of antihistamines, decongestants and steroidal sprays and inhalers.
Then, about 27 years ago, I moved to the East Coast. Initially the seasons were beautiful much the same, but not for endless. Everything started to change. Perhaps the unhealthy climate changes, our polluted environment and dramatic fluctuations in the barometric pressure contributed to my newly developing allergy symptoms: sinus pressure, headaches, congestion, sneezing, phlegm and an annoying cough.
OH BROTHER, NOT ME, I thought!
I found myself in the same position as I mentioned above – blame KARMA! There I was with a cabinet full of every the over the counter (OTC) allergy medications you could imagine, and beautiful much addicted to Sudafed. Then I just could not stand taking those chemicals anymore.
They made me feel so crummy! Can anybody relate?
It was about that time that I had a personal and spiritual awakening, about my health and my life… I knew I needed to be more mindful of looking for a natural and holistic approach to treating this condition, as well as in my life in general.
This is when I started using Essential Oils to treat my sinus and upper respiratory symptoms.
I use them religiously and own to tell that I cannot remember the final time I took an OTC allergy medication.
Allergens trigger symptoms in the nose, throat, lungs, ears and sinuses. Therefore, I thought perhaps you might love to attempt something a little diverse if you suffer with these symptoms. I diffuse essential oils in my home almost constantly. I switch up my essential oil choices depending on the time of year and the symptoms I own. Here a few tips that might assist you too!
- Lavender Essential Oil works as a natural antihistamine and possesses strong anti-inflammatory properties that will treat an relieve most allergic reactions.
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil opens up the sinus and lungs, therefore improving circulation, which reduces the symptoms of allergies.
It works as an expectorant, but also has anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.
- Peppermint Essential Oil is strong, unused and minty and opens clogged sinuses almost immediately. It also has anti-inflammatory, pain relieving and decongestant relieving abilities. It opens airways and relieves a scratchy throat.
- Holy Basil Essential Oil reduces the inflammatory response of allergens, and supports our immune system overall.
It has antimicrobial abilities and can remove toxins from our system, as well as clear airways.
- Lemon Essential Oil works as a natural antihistamine relieving excess mucous and cools below inflammatory reaction. It also helps with respiratory conditions. Lemon is also known for its anti-bacterial properties. Its best used in a mix with Lavender and Peppermint.
Depending on the capacity of your diffuser, use 2-5 drops of any of these oils mentioned, in whatever combination you love. You could also use 1 drop of each of these oils on a tissue and just directly inhale deeply. Experiment to discover the combination that gives you the most relief.
As a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, this affirms for me that this is the best treatment for so numerous ailments.
Here’s hoping that this information brings you some healthier options for relief this allergy season.
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Truth be told, my allergies basically ruin my life in the spring, and after over a decade of taking the same over-the-counter medication year-round, I noticed it stopped working and I had to switch to something else (not fun).
I wish I had known about essential oils for allergies—yes, they apparently work—to ease my transition from one med to another, or maybe to treat my symptoms altogether. And I'm not the only person plagued by the pesky itching, sneezing, and clogged sinuses, since a reported 40 to 60 million Americans own allergic rhinitis (and that number is only continuing to grow).
Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, tells us that allergens are substances love mold, dust, or pollen that trick our immune systems into thinking they're invading it. This causes our bodies to produce antibodies that release histamines and other types of chemicals responsible for triggering things love itching, sinus pressure, and sneezing.
"When the body is already dealing with high inflammation, any allergen sets off an increased reaction," says Axe. "That means that when the body's immune system is overworked and stressed, introducing an allergen sends the body into overreaction." Basically, what essential oils do is reduce inflammation, which causes your body not to react when you come into contact with allergens. Hold reading to see the top five essential oils for allergies and exactly how to use each.
Have you ever had that head congestion related to sinuses that literally makes you desire to shut your eyes to relieve the pressure?
Well, eucalyptus oil not only calms your throat and helps with asthma, it also works to clear your head. On top of that, research has found that it forms a freezing sensation in the nose that increases airflow.
How to Use It: The oil is most effective if you apply it directly to your skin—but it must be diluted with a carrier oil first (try it on the neck, chest or bottoms of your feet).
Axe also suggests adding a few drops to a bowl of boiling water, placing a towel over your head, and then inhaling the scent for up to 10 minutes.
Basil oil seems to be less favorite than other essential oils, but that doesn't mean it's any less effective. It decreases your response to inflammation and aids the adrenal glands, which basically help with almost every single bodily function.
According to research, the oil has antimicrobial effects and can kill bacteria, yeast, and mold that can be responsible for allergic reactions.
How to Use It: Add a drop of basil oil to any food—soup, salad dressing—you name it. You can also stir it with coconut oil and apply it topically (try the chest, temples, and back of your neck).
Frankincense's more potent scent just happens to be one of my favorites when it comes to essential oils.
And it also helps get rid of any anti-inflammatory activity, which happens to include allergies. One study found that frankincense works to fight inflammation during bronchitis, which can lead to sinus infections if not treated.
How to Use It: Put a few drops in your diffuser, apply it topically to skin, or breathe it directly from the bottle or from some drops on a handkerchief.
Take your pick from these essential oils for allergies and see how they can change your life.
Lemon essential oil is known to assist with sinus issues including congestion and the effects of seasonal allergies. As a preventative measure, you can diffuse it into the air to kill bacteria and other allergens in your home.
Expression to the wise: Don't apply it directly to the skin if you're heading out in the sunlight since this oil can make you more susceptible to burns and blistering from the sun.
How to Use It: Put a few drops into your drinking water, apply to skin if you're not going in the sunlight, or diffuse it in the home.
If you're trying to fight the symptoms of allergies that you're already experiencing (congestion, scratchy throat), reach for peppermint oil since it's an expectorant and can give you some relief.
A study in the European Journal of Medical Research found that this oil is anti-inflammatory and can lessen symptoms of both allergic rhinitis and asthma. PS: Hold it in the home to fight headaches, fever, and a lack of energy, too.
How to Use It: Apply it topically to your skin (do a patch test first), diffuse it, or drink water with one to two drops in it once a day.