ESSENTIAL OIL TIPS FOR ALLERGY SEASON

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It’s spring in California’s Central Valley.  Most of the almonds grown in the US are grown in my area, and all of the almond trees are blossoming.  

As I travel around the valley for work, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and I can smell the wildflowers, the honeysuckle, and the star jasmine.  I love spring.

Spring has only one downside: allergies.

Do you suffer from allergies too?  If you do, you are gonna want to listen up!

In fact, as spring approaches, the trees take on pollen, which can be an allergen for some of us.

When it is disseminated in the air, allergy attacks are more frequent, the respiratory tract gets assaulted.

The body overreacts by producing histamine, a chemical intended to protect it from certain external substances such as pollen, and which causes the reactions we know.

A runny nose, continuous sneezing, a sore throat, and swollen eyes that sting or itch: the signs are there, you are indeed confronted with a seasonal allergy.

In fact, as spring approaches, the trees take on pollen, which can be an allergen for some of us.

Allergies are simply your immune system’s reaction to foreign substances, usually harmless things like pollen, dander, mold, and some foods.  

The symptoms caused by allergies can usually be helped by using essential oils.  

Some reactions are severe, called anaphylaxis, and must be addressed with emergency medical care!

But the average runny-nosed, itchy-eyed torture known as seasonal allergies is perfect for addressing with essential oils!

Please note: The information provided below is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has NOT been scientifically verified with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts.

It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns please seek professional medical attention.

With aromatherapy, there are essential oils that can help to fight against these unpleasant discomforts.

The following essential oils can help us handle allergies and other issues

So let’s get into it!

The best oils for addressing airborne allergy symptoms are the following:

Lavender (my absolute favorite oil!)

Lemon

Melaleuca

Lemongrass

Peppermint

Basil

Roman Chamomile

Respiratory Oil Blend

Protective Oil Blend

* Some may find other oils effective in addition to these.  Also, you do not need every one of these oils; 1-3 oils can be just as effective as 10.  Lavender, lemon, and peppermint would be my top picks for allergies.

* Tarragon, thyme, and rosemary can also help strengthen a weakened organism. However, there are precautions of use.

These essential oils can be taken through the skin. To strengthen their action, it is possible to dilute them in vegetable oil.

For the most sensitive skin, in local application, or on the nasal mucosa, you can turn to the calendula macerated oil which offers excellent tolerance.

Tips:

Aromatic Applications

-Diffusing these oils can be very effective, as often the sinuses are the most affected by the allergic reaction.  Purchase a quality essential oil diffuser like this one, or one of these, and diffuse any of the above oils, or oil blends, as much as you like!

-Diffusing is also great because the extra moisture helps to soothe those irritated sinuses!

-No diffuser?  Place a few drops of your selected oils (such as lavender, lemon, and peppermint) into your palms.  Rub together, cup your palms, and inhale.

Topical Applications 

-For topical applications, dilute with a few drops of fractionated coconut oil for longer lasting effects!

-Apply diluted peppermint or other oils to the base of the neck and front of the throat, and the bottoms of the feet, several times per day.

Internal Applications

-Put a few drops of each of your selected oils in an empty gel capsule and swallow.  Can be taken several times a day.

-Make an “allergy bomb” – Put a few tablespoons of water in a glass.  Add 2-4 drops of each lavender, lemon, peppermint, basil, and On Guard.  Hold your breath and swig!  It’s not pleasant but I swear it works!

-If the sinus symptoms are really severe you can use a Neti Pot for nasal irrigation with 5 drops each Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, 1/4 T fine quality salt, and 8 ounces warm water.

Risks and potential complications of using essential oils 

Essential oils are made up of 100% active ingredients. This high concentration means you have to remain careful before any use and to only follow a determined dosage while using it for a limited duration.  

In general, these EOs are not recommended if you have the following conditions: asthma, epilepsy, or damaged skin. 

It is advisable to check with an aromatherapist or a health professional about the safe use of an essential oil, in particular for pregnant and breastfeeding women and children. 

You should never apply essential oil on the mucous membranes (ears, nose, eyes). Before any skin application, the essential oil must be mixed well with vegetable oil.

Some oils are photosensitizing. Do not expose yourself to the sun after their application. Finally, it is necessary to wash your hands after use.

Final Verb

I really hope this helps you and your family feel better this allergy season!  

I truly love using essential oils in my home.  They are safe and effective, and I feel good about steering clear of drugs as much as possible.  

Have a super-duper creation!

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