Remember during the first season of Game of Thrones the phrase, “Winter is coming” struck fear in you? Well once a year I hear Ned Stark’s voice , but instead he’s saying, “Pollen is coming”. I seriously shutter.
There’s nothing like pollen season that makes me want to run and lock myself inside for a few weeks. I’m sure those with seasonal allergies can relate. It’s this way year after year – runny nose, itchy watery eyes, sneezing, and sinus congestion. Definitely not how I want to go about my day.
Over the past year and half I’ve been incorporating more and more essential oils in to my life. I have a good-sized collection now that can tackle a majority of issues as they arise. Using essential oils for allergy relief has been my top priority the last few weeks. So if you are a seasonal allergy sufferer like me, here’s some quick tips to relieve your symptoms without having to walk around in a fog (bye sudafed!).
The Allergy Relief Fab Four
Three of the most common essential oils (serious they can be used so many ways) are the ones that most people are first introduced to: lemon, lavender, and peppermint. These were in the first essential oil kit that I had purchased and I use them every day. I recently bought rosemary and not only does it smell amazing, it can be great at fighting respiratory infections by reducing inflammation. Combine 2-3 drops each of rosemary and peppermint in a diffuser to open up your nasal passages and breathe easier. This has been my go to diffuser blend (you can find more here) and I was surprised by how refreshing and clean it smells.
How To Use The Fab Four
- Lemon – inhale or apply topically over the bridge of your nose, this will help with your runny nose and congestion.
- Lavender – rub in between your palms and inhale (can also be diffused), lavender helps reduce mucus.
- Peppermint – apply under nose or to the bottoms of your feet (dilute with fractionated coconut oil to avoid skin sensitivity), this helps discharge phlegm and reduces inflammation.
- Rosemary – apply to chest (dilute with fractionated coconut oil) to reduce inflammation.
And to harness the power of the mighty three:
There’s a few ways you can take these three oils:
- Apply under the tongue, wait 30 seconds, then swallow.
- Mix in to 1/2 cup of water and drink.
- Combine in a capsule and take with a glass of water.
I personally like to mix them all together in a veggie capsule and take with water – fast, easy, and I can pre-make a couple to take as needed.
Allergy Support: What To Look For
While many essential oils can help with a variety of issues, you’ll want to look for specific essential oil attributes to target allergy relief. Use oils that are anti-allergenic (geranium), antihistamine (lavender, roman chamomile), anti-inflammatory (lavender, rosemary), antitoxic (lemon, black pepper), and steriodal (basil, rosemary).
With a daily regimen of essential oils you’ll be on the road to feeling like your fabulous self in no time.
Are you a seasonal allergy suffer? How do you relieve your symptoms?
Please share your tips in the comments below!
Essential Oil Safety
Essential oils are strong and concentrated and can cause allergic reactions in some individuals. I highly recommend researching the safety of specific oils and brands you wish to use. You can learn more about essential oils from The Essential Life book or AromaWeb.com.
LearningAboutEOs.com offers unbiased information from certified aromatherapists regarding essential oils and how to safely use them.
I am not an essential oil expert and any advice or recommendation found within this post should not be taken as professional medical advice. These blends are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.
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