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Essential Oils for Allergies.
Allergies are just no fun. Whether you deal with them seasonally, just during breezy spring and summer months, or year-round to things like pet or other irritants - allergies sound mild but can actually have serious effects on your day-to-day health and wellness. Bad allergies can come with itchy or watery eyes, runny nose, itchy throat, congestion, sinus pain, shortness of breath, and more. Symptoms are even worse if you’re a person dealing with asthma or chronic headaches. Over the past 50 years, it seems that allergies have increased in our population. There are a variety of theories about this, but the general consensus seems to be that our bodies antibodies kick into overdrive when presented with an allergen - which are typically harmless substances - because of the changes to our immune systems over the past several decades. Most people experience allergies related to general triggers like pollen, dust, mold, or animal dander, but there are also specific instances that can lead to acute allergic reactions like food, insect stings, or medications (in these instances it’s important to seek medical attention asap!)
As I explained in this post about essential oils for headaches , I’ve struggled the last several years with sinus and headache issues, and sinus season makes things a lot worse for me! When I talked to my doctor, their only remedies included taking more medicine. I didn’t want to add another medication to the list that I was already taking to deal with headache problems. That’s where oils come in! By researching quality essential oils, I was able to discover a few options for helping with allergies that can really work!
As with most essential oil treatments, your options are topical (applied to the skin, usually after being mixed with a carrier oil), or aromatherapy (breathing in the essential oil, either by applying to something and breathing in, or diffusing). Diffusing is a great choice for allergy sufferers because the soothing mist can also soothe irritated airways and help open up sinus passages and lung tissues. If you’re ready to incorporate oils into your allergy treatments, here are a few to try.
Lavender - the most versatile essential oil (in my opinion), lavender has many soothing and anti inflammatory properties. It can help to reduce mucus and other irritants, but is also very calming. It’s extremely helpful when allergies are keeping you awake and you need some help drifting off to sleep. Add it to your Young Living Essential Oils Diffuser or put a few drops in a warm bath before bedtime.
Frankincense - this essential oil has been shown to help with blocked nasal passages, runny or itchy noses, and sneezing. Particularly when blended with sandalwood, it creates a mixture that is very potent for allergy symptoms. Allergy sufferers often report a reduction in symptoms along with better sleep when they diffuse this oil into the air.
Eucalyptus - An often used oil in spas, breathing this essential oil in can help soothe, calm, and feel relief. Many people choose this oil when they are ill, suffering cold or flu, or dealing with allergies. The cooling sensation it brings on can feel relieving to sore noses and throats, and irritated sinuses. It’s great for diffusing, but also works well in a bath, or by adding a few diluted drops to your temples. You can also create your own vapor rub, similar to Vicks, by mixing a few drops with a carrier oil like coconut oil. Additionally, a few drops of eucalyptus and a few drops of lavender make a great night-time recipe for diffusing when you’re having trouble sleeping.
Peppermint oils - In order to reduce inflammation, try this essential oil. It has powerful properties that help with reducing the power of irritants, and also helps to constrict clogged passageways. Additionally, this oil is a well-known tummy soother and helps to get rid of nausea, which can sometimes be associated with drainage from allergies or colds.
Lemon and other citrus oils - These oils not only increase energy and mood - which can take a dive if you’re not feeling well - but they also help to clear sinuses and reduce congestion. Diffuse the oil anytime you need a mood boost, or in the morning to help get going when you’re low on energy. You can also apply it to skin once you’ve diluted with a carrier oil. (Note: citrus oils can cause an adverse reaction to sunlight, so be careful if you plan to be out in the sun after applying the oil).
You might also try helping to clear your environment of the allergens, particularly if you have seasonal allergies which can be attributed to things like pollen. In this case, try creating a cleaning solution with powerful essential oils. Add 40 drops of lemon essential oil and 20 drops of tea tree essential oil (a commonly used astringent) to a bottle with pure water and a tablespoon of white vinegar. Use this solution to clean any area of your home, or any surface.
None of these oils should be ingested. Diffusing or applying topically will give you the help you need.
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