The sniffling. The sneezing. The feeling that your head is trapped in a vice. Oh, the joy of seasonal allergies. While allergy attacks can put a serious damper on your spring and summer fun, fortunately, there are some ways to find relief.
Beyond all of the over the counter and prescription allergy options, did you know you can also use essential oils for seasonal allergies? Today, we’ll cover everything you need to know about how these powerful oils can stop your allergies in their tracks.
How Can Essential Oils Help?
The things that cause our seasonal allergies, things like pollen or ragweed, are completely harmless. But, if you suffer from seasonal allergies, your body treats these harmless things as invaders who are trying to attack your body.
When your body senses the presence of these allergens, it activates special cells called mast cells. These cells burst open, releasing chemicals like histamines, which cause inflammation, swelling, and the other annoying allergy symptoms you’re used to dealing with.
Antihistamines and other allergy medications can help to counteract your allergies, but they often have unwanted side effects, like drowsiness. Fortunately, essential oils for seasonal allergies may be able to provide relief without the side effects.
This is because some essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties. Some essential oils can also help calm your overactive immune system or relieve respiratory issues such as a cough or asthma.
In addition to essential oils, practices such as moxibustion therapy may also be helpful for allergy relief. One of the main moxibustion therapy benefits is it’s perceived ability to help your immune system perform at an optimal level, which in turn may quell your allergy symptoms.
How to Use Essential Oils
There are several different ways you can use essential oils for seasonal allergies.
- Topical – A popular way to use essential oils for holistic therapy is to apply them to your skin. Essential oils can’t be applied directly. First, you’ll need to dilute them in a carrier oil like almond oil or coconut oil. Then, you can massage the oils into your wrists, your temple, or anywhere else.
- Inhalation – You can inhale your essential oils directly from the bottle. Or, you can add them to a pot of hot water and inhale the steam generated by the pot. The steam inhalation method is particularly helpful if your allergies are causing you respiratory issues. Inhaling essential oils can also be helpful for dealing with stress and anxiety. There are plenty of different breathing techniques for anxiety you may wish to try while inhaling steam from essential oils.
- Diffusion – Using an essential oil diffuser is one of the most popular and useful ways to enjoy essential oils. This method can be particularly helpful in your bedroom.
- Add them to a bath – Adding essential oils to your bath water is a great way to enjoy the benefits of essential oils while you relax. Australian sandalwood is one of my personal favorites to add to a bath, although it doesn’t help much for allergy symptoms. There are plenty of DIY Epsom salt baths you can create in just a few minutes to take bathtime to a new level of relaxation and enjoyment.
- Massage – Therapeutic massage provides a number of benefits on its own, and you can increase those benefits with the use of essential oils. As with any topical application, you’ll want to dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil before applying them.
Best Essential Oils For Allergies
There are plenty of essential oils that can help you find relief from your allergy symptoms. Here are some of your best options.
Frankincense has been used for thousands of years for its therapeutic properties. It can help to provide relief from inflammation, coughing, and chronic stress. Frankincense can even help to boost your immunity.
Ravensara is an interesting essential oil when it comes to allergies in the sense that it can be used as a preventative measure. Over time, ravensara can help the body to become less reactive to allergens. So, using ravensara regularly may be able to help reduce the severity of the allergens your body reacts to.
Peppermint essential oil acts as an expectorant, which can help you to reduce the congestion caused by your allergies. It can also help to relieve inflammation and chronic headaches, as well. Since peppermint helps to open the airways, it’s a great way to clear your nasal passages so you can breathe easily again.
Thanks to its properties as a natural antihistamine, lavender essential oil is one that allergy sufferers will always want to have close by. Applying lavender topically can help you find relief from bug bites and other skin reactions. Inhaling lavender oil or using it in a diffuser help your bronchial tubes to open up by reducing inflammation. As a bonus, lavender oil is soothing, and helps to reduce stress and anxiety.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is chock full of different benefits. One of the top tea tree oil uses is treating allergies and allergic reactions. Tea tree oil is an anti-inflammatory, and its pungent aroma can help to clear your nose if you’re congested. It’s also useful for treating topical skin allergies. Keep in mind some people are allergic to tea tree oil, so if you’ve never used it before you’ll want to do a spot test to ensure you don’t have an allergy to this essential oil.
Eucalyptus oil provides relief from allergy symptoms in several different ways. First, it helps to clear breathing passages, so you’ll want to reach for this essential oil if your nose is stuffed because of your allergies. You can also mix a drop or two with warm salt water to create a gargle that will help ease a sore throat and dilate your bronchial airway.
Essential oils are a great way to find relief from your allergy symptoms if you’re looking for an alternative to traditional allergy medications. The essential oils we’ve covered above make a great starting point. Keep in mind; there are even more essential oils you can try that may help you find even more relief from your symptoms.