The season and weather is changing and though we are all excited for the warm weather, we are sure not excited for spring allergies. It is believed that 23 million american suffer during the spring from hay fever and most are prescribed antihistamines, which can cause drowsiness. Essential oils can be used as a supplement or as a replacement some essential oils have antihistamine properties. Antihistamines are drugs for the treatment of allergies and allergic rhinitis.
Essential oils are made from plants and have antimicrobial, antiviral, or antifungal properties. The body uses those properties from the oils to support the healing of the respiratory and immune system. Your body reacts to particles in the air when you are allergic with runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, congestion, sneezing, coughing, sinus pressure and headaches.
Some essential oils contain natural antihistamines that sooth irritations and reduce inflammation. Others can help to boost our immune system or kill bacteria, fungi and other allergens.
Essential oils that are most effective in treating allergies have the following properties:
Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal
Soothing and restorative
What Essential Oil is an Antihistamine?
Peppermint essential oil is the first that comes to mind as it contains menthol which decongests a stuffy nose and relaxes the respiratory tract muscles, this allows for easier breathing. Peppermint has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties as well, helping your body to naturally fight off infection.
Which oils to use for relief:
How to use:
Essential oils such as tea tree, lemon, eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint oil helps to open up the nasal passages, improve circulation, sooth irritations and relieve stress.
Breathing in the oils’ scents is known as aromatherapy. This practice stimulates your body through your sense of smell. What you smell can affect other parts of your body with different essential oils affects what area of the brain is stimulated. The oil must be smelled for five minutes to stimulate the olfactory nerve. Then it takes 15 minutes for the effect to occur in the brain.
If you are considering using these oils on your skin, always dilute the essential oils before using them with a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil or olive oil. A good ratio is to mix about 5 drops of the essential oil to 1 ounce of carrier oil.
You can also achieve these effects in many ways including:
Sitting in a bath with essential oils
Using a diffuser in the bottle
Adding a drop or two to your shirt collar
Pure essential oils are a highly effective, low cost, pleasant, easy to utilize and side-effect free and can be benefit
Eucalyptus is a great essential oil that aids our respiratory track and good at helping us breathe.
3 drops Lavender Oil
2 drops Eucalyptus Oil
2 drops Peppermint Oil
Diffuse this blend to calm your allergy symptoms naturally.
3 drops Bergamot Oil
2 drops Lemon Oil
2 drops Tea Tree Oil
The classic trio of allergy essential oils (lavender, lemon, and peppermint) with a little frankincense added to the blend to boost synergy.
4 drops Lemon essential oil
2 drops Lavender essential oil
2 drops Frankincense essential oil
2 drops Peppermint essential oil
Calm down the sneezing and allergy symptoms with this citrusy floral blend.
3 drops Lemon essential oil
3 drops Roman Chamomile oil
2 drops Lavender essential oil
Safety Guidelines for Using Essential Oils
Diffuse 30 minutes to 1 hour at a time as a safety precaution because you don't want to create a sensitivity to the oils, therefore use them in moderations. Never use undiluted oils directly on your skin but dilute in a carrier oil such as sweet almond or coconut. Essential oils are natural but powerful and it is best to inform yourself on the oils you intend on using. Some oils may work for one person and not the other therefore test them by purchasing small quantities first.