I love springtime with the blue skies, balmy temperature, and gentle breezes. It’s a new beginning for the earth every year and a fresh start with the wild flowers coming up and the bees buzzing around pollenating everything. It is absolutely the best time of year. In my opinion anyway. But with springtime comes the allergies for many people including myself.
Allergies are not my favorite things with the sneezing, running nose, stopped up sinuses, headaches, watery eyes and itchy skin! Sound familiar? And even though spring is about gone and summer in coming on strong allergies do not go away for many people. It is estimated that 40 to 60 million Americans suffer from allergies.
You don’t have to be one of them anymore. Now you can get relief from all of these naturally without prescriptions or over-the-counter medications. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes including respiratory issues. (i.e. allergies)
Three of the most common oils for relief of allergies are Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint. These work great blended together or as single oils. But they are not the only essential oils that will give you relief from seasonal allergies.
Eucalyptus – For healing mucus membranes. Opens up the lungs and promotes clear breathing. To Use: diffuse five drops of eucalyptus at home or apply it topically to the chest and temples. You can also place a couple of drops in your palms and cup around your nose and breathe in. Or you can apply a drop of eucalyptus oil on an organic cotton ball and sniff it several times a day. Do not take internally.
Rosemary – Expectorant, supports healthy respiratory function, provide relief from throat congestion, and in treating respiratory allergies. To Use: Add five drops to diffuser for home. For individual use put a couple of drops in your palms, cup hands around nose and breathe in. You can also apply a couple of drops to an organic cotton ball or individual inhaler and sniff it several times a day.
Clove – Powerful expectorant, antiseptic and antioxidant properties. Can help ease respiratory ailments such as coughs, sinuses, colds and asthma. To Use: Add 2 drops of clove oil to a bowl of hot water, place a towel over your head and breathe in to relieve mucous and loosen phlegm. You may also add 2 drops to your decongesting ointment or gel, and rub onto your chest, back, and throat.
Lavender – Renowned for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial properties. It can relieve respiratory problems such as cough, sinus congestion, throat infections and bronchitis. To Use: Add a couple of drops to a bowl of hot water, place a towel over your head and then breathe in the steam. It can also be add to a vaporizer or it can be applied on your neck, chest, or back.
Lemon – Cleansing to the body’s systems and frequently used for respiratory discomfort. Use to relieve respiratory ailments and asthma. To Use: Add a couple drops to warm water and drink. Use as a gargle to relieve sore throat or mouth inflammations. Can also be added to water and sprayed on your couches, sheets, curtains and carpets thus reducing allergens in the home.
Roman Chamomile – Has anti-inflammatory, anti-septic and antibacterial properties. Calming effect on the skin, mind, and body. To Use: Diffuse throughout the home during allergy season. Apply to bottom of feet. Place a couple of drops in the palms of your hands hold over nose while breathing in. Can also place a couple of drops on an organic cotton ball or individual inhaler and sniff it several times a day. Dilute with fractionated coconut oil and apply to dry, itchy skin or skin rashes.
Peppermint – Both an expectorant and decongestant. Promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing. It can clear up mucus and phlegm in the respiratory tract. And may provide some benefits in tuberculous cases. To Use: Diffuse 5 drops for scratchy throat or to unclog sinuses. Dilute with fractionated coconut oil and apply to chest area. You can also take 1 to 2 drops internally once a day. It can combine with lemon and lavender in equal parts in a veggie capsule once a day for greater benefits.
Frankincense – Known as the “King” of oils. It break up mucus and phlegm in the respiratory tract and lungs. May relieve bronchitis-related congestion. It contains anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, disinfectant and expectorant properties. It functions as an overall tonic for the body and its systems. To Use: Add a few drops to a diffuser or individual inhaler to relieve colds and respiratory congestion.
Basil – One of the best anti-inflammatory oils for allergies and it helps detoxify the body of viruses and bacteria. To Use: Dilute 2 to 3 drops with equal amount of fractionated coconut oil and rub on chest, temples and back of neck. Can also be taken internally to help fight inflammation by adding 1 drop to salad dressing, soup, or any other food.
Melaleuca (tea tree) – Protects against environmental and seasonal threats. May be helpful in relieving chest and head congestion, stuffy nose and clears nasal passages To Use: Put a few drops in a diffuser or individual inhaler and breathe in. Place a couple of drops on a cotton ball and wipe on skin rashes or hives. For sensitive skin dilute with fractionated coconut oil before applying. Can also be used as a household cleaner.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.
Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any of these products.
10 Essential Oils for Allergy Relief